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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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21 (2011)/2011
10 June - 16 June
Virtually Insane
Jay Kay and the Jamiroquai people return with their new album

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From THE EDITOR (21) - Editorial
On the morning of writing this, before I left for work I was watching the news while having a little breakfast. The two main stories were the election of the leader of the centre-right Social Democratic Party as prime minister of Portugal as the country struggles under a massive burden of debt and a failing economy, and mass protests in Athens as Greece also struggles under the same problems. These stories follow quickly upon the heels of those regarding the recent mass protests against austerity measures in Spain, and all of them and those of other countries combine to make what should be a very depressing picture. There are those who say the crisis is over, and were on the road to recovery, and maybe theyre right, but if they are, its going to be a very long road. Some countries may be showing signs of recovery, but many are not.


Yanukovych Begins Local Government Reforms - Whats Up?
On Monday, President Viktor Yanukovych told members of the press that the government had begun a complete reform of local government. Our country is now starting a profound reform of local government. A concept and practical plan to develop and support local government is being elaborated, the main purpose of which is to make local government work more effectively, he said.


Ukraine Becomes European Surrogacy Centre - Whats Up?
Ukraine is becoming the most popular destination for Western couples seeking to have children through surrogacy due to low costs and relatively favourable legislation. It seems that women in some parts of Ukraine charge far less for the service than in Europe, and another big bonus for couples seeking surrogacy is that Ukrainian legislation recognises the couples who hire surrogates as the only lawful parents.


The Government - Whats Up?
Theres a lot going on this week regarding Ukraines foreign debt, and it seems even the government is finding it all rather confusing. First of all, last Friday Finance Minister Fedir Yaroshenko told the press that he expected the next tranche of the IMF loan to come on time.


Yanukovych Need not be Worried by Lukashenko Example - Whats Up?
When Alyaksandr Lukashenko, the Belarusian leader, took 80% of the vote in Decembers election, people smelt a rat. They took to the streets and protested peacefully, with opposition leaders making speeches and acting as any opposition would. In Ukraine we drew parallels with the Orange Revolution and even the Arab Spring. But unlike those examples the Belarusian protests didnt lead to change; camera crews didnt arrive en masse, and the incumbent didnt make concessions or cede power.


Wine and Wine Tourism in Ukraine - Ukraine Travel
When asked what alcoholic drink they would most readily associate with Ukraine, visitors and residents alike would most likely reply vodka or even beer given that the latter is a common sight on the hot summer streets of Kyiv. What would surprise many is the increasing importance of wine as a choice of alcoholic drink for Ukrainians.


Whos Your Ideal Mate? - Ukraine Today
According to a Ukrainian proverb, Love is evil: you can even fall in love with a goat. Flummoxed by the diversity of modern tastes, What's On decided to find out what were all looking for in members of the opposite sex.
Investigating the most attractive traits of body and character, Whats On found itself in a situation where almost all respondents decided to impress our readers with their bottomless kindness and deep philosophical approach towards finding the essence of their ideal mate.


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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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