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Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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.

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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.

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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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Editorial

From THE EDITOR (17)

Its getting to be that time of year when nobody wants to be inside anymore. If you pay close enough attention, youll probably find your colleagues coming in late, taking more coffee breaks, stretching out lunch, and, if no ones said anything by this time, taking off early to go and sit in the cool shade of an umbrella, sipping more coffee, watching the world go by with friends who are just as delinquent. Playing hooky in this country is easy. All you have to do is tell someone youve got a temperature and youll be told to go home and rest immediately. Another inspired story is the my grannies died excuse, which always seems to be good for a couple days if not a whole week off.

Granted, this is customarily a fish story proffered by nice young ladies who dont necessarily know how to let their foreign gentleman callers down easily. But it can also be used in the workplace quite adequately. My only concern is what happens when one runs out of grandmothers. My own personal favourite, however, is the text you get at 08.00 on Friday morning, that says, I feel myself bad. I must stay home today. First of all, feeling yourself at any point is your own business, and probably shouldnt be advertised as a reason you wont be coming into the office today or any day. And secondly, if your plan is to play hooky with such a lame excuse, and sent by text no less, make sure youre headed out of the country, to some fabulous locale where you wont be running into your boss. Rather than checking in at your favourite local hangout, where youre sure to get an immediate reply to your Facebook post that goes something to the tune of youre fired. I will admit, for those of you out there who have a foreign boss to answer to, its not always as easy to go AWOL. Especially if they have been here a while and know that once the thermometer hits anything past 20s theyre going to have an empty office. But still it can be done. For all the rest of you out there with too much work on your hands or an overdeveloped sense of conscience, bring the lazy hazy days of spring and summer into the office: a bouquet of fresh blooms always brighten up a room; open the window rather than turning on the air conditioning (youll find this also helps ease the looming threat of a nasty temperature as well); and make sure youve got enough ice on hand to keep everyones java filled to the brim. Theres lots of ways you can enjoy the season and still keep your job, all you need to do is be creative.  

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief

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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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