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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.


What's On Archive 38 (2009)

38 (2009)/2009
16 October - 22 October
Reviving Philanthropy
Oleh Skrypka and Tetyana Mironova and their new charity project

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From THE EDITOR (38) - Editorial
We complain a lot about the police here, especially the ones found loitering on Kreshchatyk late at night purely for the purpose of shaking down some hapless foreigners who might happen to be there. These bandits in blue are one of the things that get to me about life here, and so I was looking forward to heading home at the weekend for my Dads birthday and spending a few days in my homeland. I flew UIA to Gatwick and then had a four-hour wait for the Easyjet up to Glasgow. First thing I did was go to one of the pubs in the place and get myself breakfast a full fry up which went down a treat. Then I headed outside for a smoke. Once Id finished I was wandering slowly back into the terminal building when my heart sank as I spotted a policeman spotting me and heading in my direction. Am I back on Kreshchatyk, I wondered for a moment. Good morning sir, he said with false joviality. Where are you heading today?


Ukraine Beats England, but Flares Cause Problems - Whats Up?
Ukraine beat England 1-0 in Dnipropetrovsk on Saturday, meaning that, as we go to press, all they have to do is secure a victory against Andorra, which we are assuming they will, in order to qualify for the World Cup Finals in South Africa next year.
The win was well deserved, with the home side being in control throughout the game, and with many near misses, the gap could have been much wider. The excitement started when England defender Rio Ferdinand misjudged the flight of the ball, giving Ukraines Artem Milevskiy a chance.


Now Girls Everywhere Have aChoice - Whats Up?
Austrian scientists have been spending an awful lot of time in the labs recently but it seems that their energies have not been spent in vain as they have come up with something that may start keeping fathers up at night. The secret to health and beauty they say? Human sperm and grapefruit not necessarily to be used simultaneously. In research conducted first with fruit flies and earthworms, it appears that the little bugs were living longer and healthier lives when these ingredients were added to their diet. Specifically, scientists found that it was spermidine, a chemical compound abundant in both sperm and grapefruit that was helpful in slowing down the aging process by making cellular processes more efficient.


A Strong Sign of a Recovering Economy? - Whats Up?
In what could be seen as a strong sign that the countrys economy is on the mend, Ukraines stock market index, the PFTS, surged an amazing 38% last month, the biggest gain on any countrys stock worldwide. In fact, according to Danske Bank A/S it is now the most overbought stock in the world, and this can only mean that investors are now looking to Ukraine as a place where they can make a buck.
While the Danish bank is foreseeing a retreat, the PFTS index climbed 5.2% on Monday alone, sending its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) to 93, the highest level among 70 benchmark indexes tracked by Bloomsburg. The last time Ukraines RSI climbed above 90 was in 2007 when it reached a peak of 98.5 on February 27. However, the PFTS tumbled a massive 20% in the following four trading days, showing just how fickle bullish traders can be.


Ukraine has aForeign Minister at Last - Whats Up?
After six months without a foreign minister six months that has seen relations with Russia disintegrate, and the west seem a little more distant Yushchenko and Tymoshenko have finally managed to agree on a candidate, and the man theyve managed to agree on is Petro Porochenko.
The position of foreign minister is one of two the president is allowed to nominate. But his suggestions have to be passed by parliament, and that has proved something of a stumbling block after the Verkhovna Rada sacked Volodymyr Ohryzko in March after he had a row with Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.


Has Obama Sold Ukraine Down the River? - Whats Up?
It might seem like a ludicrous question, but only a week after US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize (which surely must come under the category we-hope-he-does-what-he-says-he-will), local and international press is full of speculation that he is prepared to sacrifice Ukraine for support from Russia over Iran.
The speculation, at first glance, seems quite preposterous, but on closer inspection there may be reason to worry. Last month Ukraines intellectual class complained in a letter that the west had abandoned it, and other eastern European countries also share a strong sense of betrayal following Obamas decision to cancel Americas planned missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The shield was seen by many as a guarantee against future Russian aggression, and its cancellation has been great cause for concern.


Whats the Matter With Kyiv? - Kyiv Culture
There is a popular joke in this country that asks this very question: Whats the matter with Kyiv? The genuine riposte is, Its surrounded by Ukraine.
While this answer may be one of great magnitude for some, there exist finer points that poignantly incorporate it and they vary drastically depending on whom you are asking


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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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