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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 32 (2008)

32 (2008)/2008
3 September - 10 September

Country of Dreams
Its not just the name of a festival, its Oleh Skrypkas vision for the future of Ukraine



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From the Editor (32) - Editorial

When youre planning an event in a field, you might be more than a little disappointed to find grey skies overhead and cold breezes blowing. You might begin to wonder if anyone will turn up, or if the whole things going to turn into a complete fiasco. But if the event youre planning is a Lions Club fundraiser, you neednt worry for a second, because the Lions Club members and their supporters would never let a little bad weather spoil their fun, nor would they let it distract them for a second from their main aim of raising money for charity.  Yes, the weather was pretty poor on Saturday when everyone gathered for the Lions annual Kozak Night, but that didnt stop anyone from attending, nor did it stop anyone from having fun.



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Russia to Annex South Ossetia - Whats Up?

Another week, another interesting set of developments in that anxiety producing phenomenon known as the Russian Resurgence. Most interesting was Prime Minister Putins insistence that the United States government had prodded the Georgian government to attack South Ossetia, in order to influence the current US presidential race. By that he must have meant the following: getting Georgia to attack would ensure a violent Russian response. That violent Russian response would prove to the American electorate that the world is a dangerous place full of evil, violent threats to peace, freedom and the American Way, and that they have to be dealt with forcefully.



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Ukraine Sees Weapons Bonanza - Whats Up?

One cynical Ukrainian girl of our acquaintance joked about the big Independence Day military parade on Kreschatyk that it amounted to advertising: the Ukrainian government was showing off its weapons to potential foreign buyers, other governments and shady warlords and terrorists alike. So it was a coincidence to see the current reports stating that in 2007 Ukraine for the first time in its history cleared a billion dollars in weapons sales. The country not only retains its place in the list of the top ten biggest arms suppliers in the world, but is upping its take, exporting 20 percent more last year than it did in 200 .



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Weather Star Yanked for Erotica - Whats Up?

In a move that will send male weather buffs across the country into fits of despair, Ukrainian pin-up girl Dasha Astafieva has seen her naughty weather report show on M1, in which she reads the forecast while undressed, taken off the air. According to an executive at M1, Weather was found to elicit fantasies and agitation. Which would seem to be the point, but those groups of busybodies known as the National Television and Radio Council and the National Expert Commission on Defending Societal Morals registered complaints about the show. In a letter to M1, the Council suggested changing the schedule so that Weather ran later, in that post-midnight time zone appropriate for smutty content, or else toning it down.



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Younger Klitschko Scores Big - Whats Up?

Boxing hero Volodymyr Klitschko is palling around with Czech model Karolina Kurkova, it seems. The blonde Kurkova, 24, probably best known to non-Vogue readers as a Victorias Secret icon, is the worlds third-most-booked model. We get along well and are good friends, the boxer told the German newspaper Bild. Its all very fresh. Well see how it progresses. I dont want to say more at this time. She is a very open girl, very energetic. She has a great sense of humour, which I really value. Kurkova was in the news earlier this year when there circulated in the American media a quickly shot-down rumour that she was involved in a love triangle with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.



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Bandera Replaces Russian Hero - Whats Up?

Those people over in Ukraines west really do live to annoy the Russians, dont they? All over the region theyre renaming streets that used to be named for Russian or Communist heroes after Ukrainian nationalist heroes, replacing Soviet monuments with new, more patriotic monuments and generally doing everything they can to give the Russian bear a boot in the backside.



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Ukrainian Students - Ukraine Abroad

Now that autumn is peeking at us from around the corner its time toplan what to do next summer, at least if youre a local student who would like to head abroad to the US the next time the hot weather rolls around. Whats On looks into Ukraines work-and-travel complex.
Work, save money and travel - play your cards right and you can do all of that at the same time, if you get yourself in with the right work and travel company that will take you across the pond to the United States. All you have to do is apply for a three-month work abroad programme, which will also give you the chance to travel around the country. Two companies that have been working in this area for more than eight years are Coliseum and TM Studentland, both specialising in cultural exchange.



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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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