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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.


What's On Archive 12 (2011)

12 (2011)/2011
8 April - 14 April
Jamala tells us about her new album and her hit song

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From THE EDITOR (12) - Editorial
Posted on someone's facebook page last week: If you want to change the world, change yourself. I liked that. Ive always been a fan of the Buddhist way of thinking that the only thing in this world one can affect is oneself, and to make the world better, one should make oneself better. This facebook post said pretty much the same thing, only in a more succinct manner. The post recalled to mind a little thought that has been swirling round my head for some time a little thought that heightened its insistence a few weeks back when I was writing an editorial about the number of people wanting to leave the country. A large percentage of Ukrainians want to leave Ukraine. They cite many reasons for this, but one I often hear startles me: I dont like the people.


Government Plans to Sell 25% of Naftogaz - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian government has decided to sell a 25% stake in the state-owned oil and gas company, Naftogaz, according to Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko. This follows a statement from President Yanukovych last week who said he did not rule out a partial privatisation of Naftogaz to optimise its operation, and one from Naftogaz CEO Yevhen Bakulin in early March when he said the company could hold an IPO in 2012-13.


Nigerian Man Beaten on the Metro - Whats Up?
You're on your way home from work on the metro, and someone starts punching you in the face for no reason. It would be a rather shocking circumstance. But thats what happened to Nigerian born Ukrainian citizen Viktor Ihbokvume on Saturday evening.
Someone in the next carriage videoed the event, in which we can see the diminutive victim (much smaller than his attacker) attempt to defend himself.


Milk and Berries Still Contaminated - Whats Up?
A report from Greenpeace declares that milk and other staples like mushrooms and berries are still contaminated in parts of Ukraine from radioactive fallout from the Chornobyl nuclear disaster that occurred 25 years ago.
The environmental group published findings of a field investigation ahead of the international conference on Chornobyl set to take place on 19 April in Kyiv. Ukraine is seeking 600 million euros in extra funding to build a new shell over reactor four, and this report may possibly help.


Anti-Corruption Law Adopted? - Whats Up?
As Whats On rolls off the presses on Thursday, the Party of Regions hopes the new law on corruption will be passed in the Verkhovna Rada after its second reading. On Thursday, well get out there, and, I hope, at last adopt the law on fighting corruption, leader of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction, Oleksandr Efremov said.
He reminded everyone that the original draft contained a series of contentious articles which had been amended for the second reading.


Hate Crime Fears in EURO 2012 Hosts - Whats Up?
A UEFA sponsored investigation has uncovered nearly 200 serious hate crimes at recent football matches in both Ukraine and Poland, heightening fears the  EURO 2012 finals could be seriously marred by racist incidents. The report, which was compiled by the UEFA-sponsored East European Monitoring, discloses anti-Semitic chants and banners during matches, supporters abusing their own teams black players and violent attacks against anti-racist groups.


Unfitting the Format - Kyiv Celebrities
Winner of the New Wave 2009 Song Contest in Latvia and rising star in Ukrainian show business, Jamala has just released her debut album, For Every Heart. Mixing pop, jazz, blues and other such genres to her already large repertoire of vocal ability, Jamalas music is fresh, captivating and likeable, and when she shares her talents with the Kyiv capital this week, you too will have the opportunity to see just what were talking about.
Her own comments about her music are this: People say that I sing pop. The same is said about Sting, for example, but we all know that what he does is something far more than plain old pop. Instead, I support the idea that good, quality music shouldnt refer to any particular genre. Its just good music thats it.


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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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