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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

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Once upon a time there lived a greedy king who ruled a large and beautiful land. He lived in a beautiful castle with a roof of pure copper, a zoo with ostriches and kangaroos, an 18 -hole golf course, riding club, tennis court, bowling alley, shooting range, yacht club, 70 -car garage, and helicopter. The greedy king acquired all of these things by stealing from the people in the village below, and though he had everything he could ever want, the greedy king was selfish and wanted more.
The people who lived in the village on the other hand were poor but they were happy. They worked hard day in and day out, only to give what few kopecks they earned to the greedy king.

Though they did not have the same beautiful things as the greedy king, they amused themselves on a regular basis with the traditions of their ancestors.
One day, a kind emperor from a not-so-far off land visited the greedy king. The kind emperor envisioned a strong partnership, resulting in many good things for one and all. But the kind emperor was not a foolish man, and told the greedy king he must fulfil a number of requirements set by the kind emperor, and if he completed them, the two could be partners.
The greedy king thought about this. He thought about the money he had already stolen from the people in his own land. Then he thought about all the money he could steal from the people in the kind emperors land. Excited about the prospects, he agreed.
The greedy king tried to do some of the things the kind emperor asked of him, and the people who lived in the village below were very excited about the prospects of a new life. It looked as though the greedy king might have changed. But when it came time to meet with the kind emperor again, the greedy king decided suddenly he did not want to make the pact with the kind emperor after all.
The kind emperor didnt understand, and asked the greedy king why he changed his mind, but was given no real reason. The people did not did not understand why he had changed his mind either, and so they decided they would send him a message. The greedy king did not like the people in the village questioning his decision. And so, one night, as the people of the village slept in their beds, the greedy kings army crept quietly down the hill. Arriving in the village, the army banged on the doors, rang the village bell, and made the people sleeping in their beds jump with fright.
The next day, the people of the village gathered on the main square very upset. We have been treated very bad by the greedy king, the all agreed. And we have put up with it for a very long time. We are tired of being dealt with so badly we need to do something! And so it was decided that the people would send another message to the king, telling him he was a bad king, and they were not going to listen to him anymore. In response, the king sent another, bigger army down the hill to try and scare the people of the village into submission. But the people were no longer scared. Here ends chapter one of Ukraine: A Fairytale.

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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