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7 (2014)
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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Just a Minute

Provocations & Observations (#1)

Publishers Provocations
Lets be honest, its not been the brightest start to the new year for Ukraine protestors are still on the streets slowly escalating their actions in an attempt to be heard, and the bandits are still in power, showing absolutely no signs of moving or capitulating to the will of the people they have been elected to serve.

What will 2014 hold for the country and its people? Theres optimistic and pessimistic views of that, but at this stage no one really knows whats going to happen.
So lets just hope. Lets hope that finally the current administration will come to understand that their position is untenable and step down (which lets be honest is highly unlikely), and if they do not, then hopefully the protestors and the leaders of the opposition finally manage to persuade the police to stop following the orders of these thugs.
Lets hope that however it happens, the bandits are removed from power. Lets hope it happens peacefully and without any violence or loss of life.
Lets hope that whoever comes to power in their stead has the welfare of the people at the forefront of their minds. Lets hope whoever it is is not corrupt, and that they work hard to stamp out corruption in this land, and put in place an effective judicial system that follows the rule of law, and that said rule of law is just.
Lets hope the government becomes a force that serves the people as it should, providing security, quality services and a decent standard of living for all the population.
Lets hope the police become a force that serves the people as it should, that protects them and makes the country a safer place where the rich in their big black cars cannot drive at 200 km/h without fear of penalty, and where court cases are ruled upon on their merits.
Lets hope for an end to corporate raiding and the proper enforcement of property rights.
Lets hope that the EU association agreement is signed, bringing with it inward investment and a much-needed revitalisation of the countrys economy. And that full EU membership follows quickly.
Lets hope that 2014 is the best year yet for Ukraine, and that during this year we see all thats bad in this great country come to an end. Lets hope the Ukrainian people, after centuries of struggle, finally get the country they deserve, that the vast potential of this amazing nation is finally unlocked.
Lets hope that by the end of this year, the future for Ukrainians is a bright one.

Neil Campbell

Kyiv Top Five
In keeping with our albeit slight theme of bad presidents in this issue, weve put together a list of the top 5 worst rulers of all time, in our opinion. Of course, we considered putting Yanukovych up there at number one, but we werent so keen on giving him such a prestigious ranking. After all, hes more of a bonehead than ruthless ruler.

1. Joseph Stalin first prize for wielding more political power than any of his contemporaries
2. Adolf Hitler comes in at a close second thanks to that tacky little moustache
3. Bashir Al-Assad an evil little man, who clearly didnt get enough attention as a child
4. Robert Mugabe you know he had to be in here
5. George W Bush number 5 on our list for clear and utter stupidity

Tweets
Heavy-handedness, papal support, reflection, and some extremes for international media to continue to take notice. Its a new year but EuroMaidan continues to dominate our tweets of the week.
Seems a little harsh, Daniel Kennedy (@DanielabKennedy):
Three Ukrainians sentenced to 6 years in prison for conspiracy to blow up Lenin monuments.
The Holy See sees what is happening in Ukraine according to Robert Calvaresi (@RobertCalvaresi):
The Pope expressed his support to Ukrainians.
Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) pauses to reflect on EuroMaidan:
Powerful message. #Kyiv protesters hold mirrors up to riot police to force reflection on what theyve become.
Buzzfeeds Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) reminds the online world EuroMaidan continues:
There are some insane pics from Kyiv in case you thought things in Ukraine had calmed down.

Whats Hot
House Calls
Alongside EuroMaidan is AutoMaidan and that means travelling by car to greet this countrys illustrious leaders. For the second time in two weeks, the EuroMaidan offshoot got within 300 metres of President Viktor Yanukovychs heavily guarded Mezhyhyria luxury estate at the weekend and, just to hammer the point home, took an effigy of dead Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi with them.

Whats Not
Wedding Photos
As if the big day wasnt enough to create lasting memories, in this part of the world wedding photos and Photoshop go hand-in-hand and that means Photoshoppery of head-aching proportions. From wing-sprouting brides and multiplied grooms to your mate in miniature it seems anything goes. And believe it or not its a completely non-ironic tradition of sorts

Kyiv Cartoon
A Russian, a Frenchman and an Englishman were arguing about Adams nationality.
The Frenchman said, Of course Adam was French. Look how passionately he made love to Eve!
The Englishman said, Of course Adam was British. Look how he gave his only apple to the lady, like a real gentleman.
The Russian said, Of course Adam could only be Russian. Who else walking around naked with nothing but an apple would believe he was in a paradise?

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Kayla | 15.04.2014 23:17

@2011Queenn I agree with you russian girls are pettry but as a partner for life they are totally useless, they never will be working because most of russian degrees you can put in toilet. And if you so lovely husband you will cover her study in US for few years . and after this she\'ll leave you alone and you\'ll pay her alimony all your life.


 
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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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