So let’s just hope. Let’s hope that finally the current administration will come to understand that their position is untenable and step down (which let’s 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.
Let’s hope that however it happens, the bandits are removed from power. Let’s hope it happens peacefully and without any violence or loss of life.
Let’s hope that whoever comes to power in their stead has the welfare of the people at the forefront of their minds. Let’s 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.
Let’s 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.
Let’s 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.
Let’s hope for an end to corporate raiding and the proper enforcement of property rights.
Let’s hope that the EU association agreement is signed, bringing with it inward investment and a much-needed revitalisation of the country’s economy. And that full EU membership follows quickly.
Let’s hope that 2014 is the best year yet for Ukraine, and that during this year we see all that’s bad in this great country come to an end. Let’s 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.
Let’s hope that by the end of this year, the future for Ukrainians is a bright one.
Kyiv Top Five
In keeping with our albeit slight theme of bad presidents in this issue, we’ve 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 weren’t so keen on giving him such a prestigious ranking. After all, he’s 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 didn’t 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
Heavy-handedness, papal support, reflection, and some extremes for international media to continue to take notice. It’s 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 they’ve become.
Buzzfeed’s 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.
Alongside EuroMaidan is AutoMaidan and that means travelling by car to greet this country’s illustrious leaders. For the second time in two weeks, the EuroMaidan offshoot got within 300 metres of President Viktor Yanukovych’s 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.
As if the big day wasn’t 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 it’s a completely non-ironic tradition of sorts
A Russian, a Frenchman and an Englishman were arguing about Adam’s 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?”