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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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What's On Archive 27 (2008)

27 (2008)/2008
16 July - 23 July

Summer Eating On the Dnipro
A Whats On guide to Kyivs adventurous floating restaurant scene



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Evangelists to Plant Local Churches - Whats Up?

Whats Ukraine need? More Jesus! Ukraine already has its share of evangelical Christians, but there might soon be lots more if a come-to-Christ crusade set to kick off this month is succesful. The crusade is called Project 125 because it seeks eventually to establish new churches in 125 Ukrainian towns, but for the moment its humbly restricting itself to setting up a mere 40.



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Moscow Knickers Still in Missile Twist - Whats Up?

File this in the Whats That Supposed to Mean? folder. We mean this recent Russian official statement in response to American plans to place defense technology in the Czech Republic or Lithuania, apparently to guard against eastward rogue states like Iran: If a U.S. strategic anti-missile shield is deployed near our borders, we will be forced to react not in a diplomatic fashion but with military resources.



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Rada Divas Get Spa Treatment Cash - Whats Up?

Its the icing on the cake as far as goes the frivolousness of Ukraines legislators: Rada deputies will receive a total of $3 million for make sure youre sitting down summer spa treatments. Whats interesting is that the vast majority of the people in the Rada are so rich, their pockets so stuffed with money of dubious origins, that that $3 million sum will be petty change for them after its divvied up.



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Ukraine Grabs Dubious Energy Honour - Whats Up?

In a recent Forbes.com ranking of the energy efficiency of the worlds most industrialised 75 countries, Ukraine has earned the honour of coming in wait for it! dead last. Slightly better, but still bad, are fellow ex-Soviet Republics Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The most energy-efficient countries in the world, it turns out, are those with high GDPs and little domestic energy, such as the European countries and Japan. (Japan is number one in the rating, with Austria, the UK, Germany and Switzerland in the top 15.) Conversely, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have relatively low GDPs and huge domestic energy reserves.



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Press Still Unfree, But Differently - Whats Up?

More than three and a half years after the Orange Revolution supposedly ushered in an era of press freedom, is the media really better off than it was under the old authoritarian regime of President Leonid Kuchma? The answer seems to be both yes and no. On the one hand, here in Kyiv, journalists can be pretty sure that no thug is going to beat the stuffing out of them in their lobby when they come home at night, and the endless harassment media companies used to undergo in the old days the repeated visits by tax inspectors, for instance are no more.



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Ukraines Best Rock, Pop and Ethnic Music at Bulba Fest - This Week

Taras Bulba Rock Festival, Dubno village, Volynsky region, 18-20 July
The Taras Bulba Festival is probably the oldest music festival in Ukraine, being coeval with independent Ukraine. It unites rock, pop, and ethnic music and is held in the shadow of the ancient walls of the Ostrozky and Lubomyrsky fortresses, for maximum atmospheric effect. Its a Day for Real Ukrainian Music is the events slogan, but it also features many international guests. If youre into local music or just want a great weekend out in the country, you cant do better than this.



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Spend Time With the Lama - This Week

Photos by Lesya Malskaya, Lavra gallery (17 Sichnevoho Povstannya), till 21 July
This epic photo exhibition by Lesya Malskaya records the photographers days in the company of the Dalai Lama. The pictures form part of a documentary film by Vitaliy Manskiy called Dawn, Sunset: Dalai Lama XIV. Take a virtual look into the life of one of the planets most lauded human beings, seeing how he lives and what he does and generally following him around, so to speak.



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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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