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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.


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18 September - 24 September
Like a Bat Out of Hell
While the roads might not be up to it, people here love their bikes

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From THE EDITOR (34) - Editorial
Since independence, the young people of Ukraine have embraced capitalism with a passion that probably has Lenin spinning in his grave and Stalin straining to resurrect himself so he can have some people shot. The need to demonstrate status through material things and the places where one is seen is so strong in so many of the youth of Kyiv that I often (being mildly left-leaning myself) find myself wondering why. There are of course some obvious reasons for this that it is new etc but one was brought to my attention recently that I hadnt considered before. My parents are simple people, a young lady I was talking to one day said. Where they prefer vodka, I prefer a glass of good wine, where they think McDonalds is exciting, I prefer to eat in a good restaurant. The generation gap has a lot to answer for. And thats something I can testify to myself.


Ukraine Lands Profitable Plane Contract - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian Aviation Industry has recently signed a contract with the Iraq Air Force for more than $80million. Specifically, Antonov Aviation Factory has promised to build six military transport planes - AN32 in eight months and while this may seem like an equitable and lucrative transaction, the pitfalls within the contract, of which there must be many, remain unknown because of with whom it is being supervised: UkrSpecExport, a government organization that has rights to sell firearms and crafts on the international market.


Ukraine Ranks with Gambia andAlgeria - Whats Up?
TIA,meaning this is Africa, is a phrase used in the movie Blood Diamond to explain the way things are there, and TIU would be equally appropriate. And apparently the comparison is a valid one, as last week the World Economic Forum published its Global Competitiveness Report for 2009-2010, and Ukraine ranked 82nd, with Gambia and Algeria on either side.
Falling a staggering ten positions since last year, Ukraine ranks alongside these African nations, but on the upside, using the term loosely, it remains ahead of most CIS countries with Georgia coming in at number 90 and Armenia at 97. Of all post-Soviet states, Estonia came out on top at position 29, and the global top spot was taken by Switzerland with the US taking 2nd place.


Elton John Wants to Adopt Ukrainian Toddler - Whats Up?
Bosom buddy of oligarch Viktor Pinchuk, Elton John, has decided that he and his gay partner David Furnish want to adopt a 14 month old Ukrainian boy he met at an orphanage. Following in the footsteps of other mega-celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Madonna, Elton wants to follow the fashion of adopting a child from a developing country after meeting the boy while touring orphanages as part of his AIDS Foundation work.
The singer admits it may not be possible because of bureaucratic obstacles but says a young boy named Lev stole his heart during his visit. However, he has Pinchuk on his side, and were quite sure that hes pretty good at making bureaucratic obstacles mysteriously disappear.


Florida Man Keeps Foster Kids - Whats Up?
Elton Johns hopes for adopting a Ukrainian boy were given another knock following the actions of a Florida man who has put the whole international adoption process in Ukraine on hold. The man, a millionaire property developer participated in a hosting programme during the summer, but apparently he refused to give the children back when he was supposed to.
Court documents show that Larry Vander Maten hosted three Ukrainian girls for the summer through an exchange programme for foster children. The three sisters aged 9, 11 and 13 stayed at his huge mansion in Florida for three months, but when the time came to give them back he sent a letter to the programmes organisers telling them one of the girls was too sick to travel. Three days later he allegedly filed for guardianship in his local County Court.


NBU Investigated as IMF asks Questions - Whats Up?
In what is probably another heave in the ongoing power struggle between the prime minister and the president, Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko said he would be investigating the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) for allegedly squandering tens of millions of dollars that should have been used to prop up the countrys failing economy. While most sane people will be well aware that a large portion of the $10.6 billion the country has received from the IMF so far is going into the pockets of officials, lawmakers and ministers, the question is why, with the Presidential elections looming, such an investigation has been launched now.


The Mass Graves of Ukraines Fields - Ukraine History
When Neitszhe and Darwin wrote their genius, no one, least of all themselves, could have foretold how their words would be twisted to justify the Nazi attempts to exterminate a whole race of people. But mans ability to turn enlightened thought to justify evil is demonstrated throughout history. As the world commemorates the start of WWII and remembers the victims of the Nazis, the horror of what happened on the Eastern Front remains relatively unknown to many people in the West.


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Ukraine Truth
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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