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7 (2014)
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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24 (2010)/2010
25 June - 1 July
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From THE EDITOR (24) - Editorial
During the week I had the chance to meet with a Ukrainian civil servant. Having been around during Soviet times, it was a fairly obvious question for me to ask how he felt life in those days compared to now. He told me that back then it was like living in a zoo everyone in the zoo was fed and housed, but there was of course the fence to keep everyone in. Now, he said, we are free to live in the jungle where everyone has to fend for themselves. Which is better? I dont know. Its an interesting analogy, and one that is comparable to those whove become institutionalised after serving long prison sentences: adjusting to life outside can be very difficult. It is a theme explored by Isaac Asimov in his Robot novels, in which his first law of robotics, A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm, finally results in the robots desiring the incarceration of humanity in order that we be protected from all possible threats.


Visa-Free Travel to Israel Approved - Whats Up?
Wondering where to go on holiday this year, but worried about all the hassles surrounding obtaining a visa? Well, heres a simple solution for you Israel!
Yes, after a couple of months of debate, the Israeli parliament has finally approved visa-free travel to the country for Ukrainian passport holders, and that makes getting there a whole lot easier.
The reason cited for the changes to visa requirements for Ukrainians is to boost tourism from the country after it witnessed a massive boom following the introduction of a visa-free regime for Russians.


Anti-Government TV Channels Lose Their Licenses - Whats Up?
According to reports in local press, Ukraines press freedoms are about to receive another serious blow in a long line of serious blows dished out since Yanukovych came to power. This time two pro-opposition channels have lost their licenses to transmit. In January, Channel 5, which rose to prominence in 2004 during the Orange Revolution for reporting on the blatant vote rigging carried out by Yanokovych, and TVi channel received the renewal of their licenses during the normal tender process.
But then Inter Channel Group owned by long time Yanukovych supporter Valerie Horoshkovsky (who, incidentally, was appointed as head of the SBU when Yanukovych came to power), filed a lawsuit saying the tender process had been carried out unlawfully.


Swing High! - Whats Up?
Residents in Obolon were treated to an amazing sight on Saturday when 1300 people got together on the wharf to dance Boogie Woogie. Organised by different dance clubs throughout the country, the aim was to get the largest group of people dancing Boogie Woogie at the same time, and they certainly managed a good number.


Peaceful Protestors Arrested and Charged - Whats Up?
Not only are press freedoms at risk under Yanukovych, but according to Amnesty International, human rights are at risk as well. Concerns were raised earlier this month when peaceful protestors were arrested and charged in Kharkiv.
According to the Amnesty International report, the trouble started when Kharkiv City Administration allowed for the felling of trees in Gorky Park, a 1,800 hectare forest park first planted in the nineteenth century, to make way for a road.
The logging crews started work on 20 May, and local residents and activists gathered at the site to try and prevent the trees from being felled by standing in front of them, or sitting in them. Over the coming days more and more people joined the protest until there were over 200 of them.


The Big Gas Gamble Continues - Whats Up?
Its like a big stakes game of poker, of bluff and counter bluff, where neither knows the importance of the win to the other, and it looks set to rumble on for sometime. Now the latest bets have been laid on the table, and the stakes have been raised yet again. And what has Ukraine placed as a bet this time? Prime Minister Azarov has yet again denied the Russians the chance to merge Gazprom and Naftogaz, and at the same time the Ukrainian government has asked that plans for the South Stream gas pipeline that will connect Europe with Russia through the Black Sea bypassing Ukraine be shelved.


Stars in Tandem with Whats On - Special Feature
Whats On has been around for eleven years already, and regardless of whos been at the helm, this little rag has been doing its best to keep up with the lives of all of Ukraines current and soon to be stars and starlets. With the years passing and their own showbiz careers gaining huge momentum, Whats On has had the privilege of watching them grow. In taking a look back to past episodes with some of our favourite cover models, we give you the very best of Ukraines stars in bright lights over the last eleven years.


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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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