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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Just a Minute

Provocations & Observations (#47)

Publishers Provocations
While at a charity fundraiser on Saturday evening, someone started (later in the evening) giving me a bit of a hard time about my inability to filter what I say, to always say things as I see them, and how that can impact upon the people around me.

Thinking about this the next day, I somehow managed to remember an event that took place when I was about 13-years-old. Sitting in a café with some friends, some older boys had made a mess throwing stuff about. For some reason, the workers in the café thought they were my friends, and I told them to clean the mess up. The older boys looked on laughing. I told them what I thought of them in no uncertain terms, and got a bit of a beating for it. Youd think Id have learned from this, but I can cite several similar examples since (some more serious, some less so) of my behaving in the same manner.
Ive always had a heightened sense of justice and fairness, and a complete inability to remain silent when I see things happen I think are unjust or unfair. Dont get me wrong, I am not boasting here, because I recognise that along with this heightened sense of justice comes an equally excessive amount of judgment. As one friend put it, You are the most intolerant person Ive ever known. Or, as another friend recently said, a little more kindly, You do not suffer fools gladly. And not just fools.
Strangely, internally, I am not that intolerant. In fact, Id actually say that Im pretty good at understanding people and their motivations. And internally, I accept why people are the way they are and why they do what they do. Externally, however, I find it very difficult to keep my mouth shut.
This, as my emotional guide on Saturday felt free to point out, is often not a good thing, because it can create conflict, upset people, and interfere with relationships in a negative way. For example, if a friend is being treated unfairly by someone, I find it hard not to speak out against it, but often that can exacerbate the situation, especially if that someone is a friend of the friend.
Its something Ive understood about myself, and its something Ive been working on for many years, albeit with not a great amount of success. And its good that I was reminded of it.
Most importantly of all, who am I to tell anything to anyone? Everyone is flawed, and me more than most.
But some things are simply unjust and unfair, and those things are worth speaking out about. Yanukovych and what he is doing to this country is one of those things. And it is good that the people of Ukraine speak out against it. This is not a time to bite ones tongue, this is a time to scream from the rooftops! And its time for the governments of this world to provide more than words. Its time for them to take action.

Neil Campbell

Kyiv Top Five
Its Christmas time for most of us here at Whats On, and we want to wish you all a warm, healthy and happy holiday season. We recognise that you wont be opening gifts for a few more days yet, and so we thought we might help steer your shopping away from some of the worst gifts we have ever received.

1. Toe socks
2. Cheap versions of lego
3. Piggy banks
4. Kitchen utensils
5. No gifts at all!

EuroMaidan irony, hypocrisy, promises, and bye-bye Mr President. The revolution usurps drinking to dominate talk of Ukraine on Twitter in our tweets of the week.
Chrystyna Lapychak (@chryslap) notes some irony:
Report of a significant decline in crime in Ukraines regions over the past few weeks since most of their police left for Kyiv!!
LBC (@laydbackcat) has a point:
McCain warning Putin that interference in Ukrainian affairs is not acceptable...whilst he himself is in Kyiv interfering ...The hypocrisy
Valeriy Kramarenko (@V_G_Kramarenko) is skeptical:
The Ukrainian police promise not to beat people anymore. I dont even know to laugh or to cry at this message? #euromaidan #Ukraine
Protesters want to wish Yanukovych a permanent goodbye according to Maxim Eristavi (@MaximEristavi):
200 #Euromaidan activists are protesting at #Kyivs main airport Boryspil. Theyre trying to say a proper goodbye to Yanukovych leaving for Moscow

Whats Hot
Who needs Christmas decorations? The sight of thousands of mobile phones illuminating the EuroMaidan fortress in the centre of Kyiv as people sang the national anthem of Ukraine last Saturday was poignantly beautiful. Never has Kyiv felt more festiveor more hopeful.

Whats Not
They are the hired help for Viktor Yanukovych and his ruling Party of Regions. State-employees paid around 300 hryvnias (about $37) a day to stand and feign support for the government or risk losing their jobs. And at the end of their working day they leave. Yanukovych and co, youre not fooling anyone.

Kyiv Cartoon
A Ukrainian judge is sitting in his private chambers before going out to hear a case. Quietly, one of the parties in the case sneaks into his room, hands him $10,000 and whispers, Rule in my favour. He takes the $10,000 and the man leaves. A minute later, theres a gentle knock on the door, and another man enters the other party in the case. He hands the judge $10,000 and says, Rule in my favour. Now the judge has a moral dilemma... Which man to rule for, both have given him the same amount of money, so he decides to listen to the merits of the case.

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

    Kyiv Culture

    Pulling Strings
    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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