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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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20 November - 26 November
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From THE EDITOR (43) - Editorial
The main aim of any democratically elected government is to remain in power, is an oft quoted phrase commonly attributed to Adam Smith. This is a fact. Democracy is a deeply flawed form of government where people can remain in power by throwing populist titbits to their voters that are of no real value, while wreaking havoc, serving their own interests and causing all sorts of damage internally and extermnally. We see it all the time in many democracies throughout the world, but never in the field of human democracy has so much damage been done to so many by so few. Seriously, what are we dealing with in our beloved Ukraine? Yushchenko is so desperate to remain in power against all the odds, he even went so far as considering declaring a state of emergency, and Tymoshenko is so desperate to win it shell do anything. And both are equally willing to bring the country to its knees in their bitter feud for power.


The Flu: Its All About Money, and Pigs! - Whats Up?
You may have been wondering what its all about; who stands to gain from this hysteria over the flu. Some reports, such as talk of pneumonic plague or new and deadly strains, comparisons with the pandemic of 1918 commonly called Spanish Flu which killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people throughout the world, and other such nonsense, are just that, nonsense. Now, were not experts, but we know people that are, and it would appear that the statistics for this years flu outbreak are no worse than the year before, or the year before that.


The Ukrainian Gas Bypass - Whats Up?
Ukraine currently sits on what should be a goldmine, a license to print money, a never ending and constant supply of that nice folding stuff   and its the gas pipeline thats currently the only way to transit Russian gas to Europe.
However, due to the folly and greed of Ukraines politicians, both Russia and the EU are desperate to find alternate routes bypassing Ukraine and cutting us out of what should be a very lucrative operation.
At the weekend, Slovenia was the fifth country to sign up to the South Stream gas pipeline that will run under the Black Sea. Estimated to cost around 20 billion euros, construction of the South Stream pipeline is expected to commence in the near future, and to be completed by 2015.


Economy Slumps 15.9% Last Quarter - Whats Up?
Ukraines economy contracted 15.9%  in the last quarter, compared to a 17.8% contraction in the second quarter, according to a report released on Monday by the State Statistics Committee. And while a resumption of global trade flows is showing signs of supporting Ukraines exporters, recovery remains uncertain as credit remains virtually nonexistent.
However, Fitch Ratings are warning that the idiocy of the countrys leaders is placing the country at an elevated risk.


Presidential Candidates Declare Income - Whats Up?
And it makes hilarious reading. Serhiy Tihipko seems to have been foolish enough to be the least dishonest as he appeared on the list as the highest earner with a declared annual income of 20.26 million hryvnia. Tihipko is a former governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, and therefore one might expect him to be a little more careful with such declarations.
Coming at the bottom of the list, and therefore at the other end of the honesty stakes, is Oleksandr Pabat, a deputy of the Kyiv City Administration who can apparently live on a measly 245hrv and 62 kopecks per year. Good for him! Incredibly, with such a meagre income, hes managed to buy himself a land lot of 7,327 square metres, an apartment of 200 square metres and a garage of 48 square metres in which he houses his Maserati Spider, Porsche Carrera, Mercedes, Morgan Aero 8 (allegedly), a Subaru Impreza and a Citroen C6 (what?).


Holodomor Revealed in British Journalists Diaries - Whats Up?
Holodomor, one of the greatest acts of genocide in human history where an estimated 10 million Ukrainian peasants died due to forced starvation during Stalins rule, is commemorated every November. To mark this great tragedy this year, the diaries of a British journalist who witnessed these events first hand will go on show at Cambridge University in the UK.
Stalin tried very hard to keep the massacre a secret, sealing the border between Ukraine and Russia so that word of the horror would not get out, but Gareth Jones managed to sneak into Ukraine and interview peasants. They all had the same story: there is no bread; we havent had bread for two months; a lot are dying, he wrote in one entry. They all said: The cattle are dying. We used to feed the world and now we are hungry. How can we sow when we have few horses left? How will we be able to work when we are weak from want of food?


Everyone Has the Right to Live Better - Ukraine Today
So says our metropolitan leader Leonid Chernotevsky. And with the birthday of the big man coming up this week, we thought wed take a moment to reflect on all the commotion hes caused in his 58 years. Some call him an ostentatious moralist others call him a troublemaker, but however you want to spin it, he makes Kyiv an interesting place to live.


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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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