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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 34 (2008)

34 (2008)/2008
17 September - 24 September

Twisted Comedy For You!
The boys from the ChPMinsk troupe bring their edgy humour to Freedom Concert Hall



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From the Editor (34) - Editorial

It was almost two years ago that my wife and I, walking from her parents house to the Syrets metro station, noticed a rustling in the bushes, accompanied by a frenzied yelping and whining. Back in New York City when you notice such sound effects emanating from foliage on the edge of ragged urban parkland, youre in the presence of whats either a crime or some serious perversion. But what it turned out to be was a box full of puppies, abandoned there by some flint-hearted neigbourhood resident as autumn yielded to the Slavic winter.



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Putin Blows Hot and Cold - Whats Up?

Will they or wont they? Thats the question when it comes to whether in the wake of its war with Georgia and in the face of Ukraines NATO pretensions, Russia will start with the separatist shenanigans in Crimea and perhaps even in eastern Ukraine, as well as take other unpleasant steps. And depending on what Russian leader you listen to and when, the answer is either reassuring or not so reassuring. On the not reassuring side was the recent statement from Russias foreign ministry that Ukrainian authorities have recently been pursuing policies that cannot be seen as anything other than unfriendly towards Russia. Good heavens, thats quite ominous.



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Feminists Will Target Randy Turks - Whats Up?

Ukraines female students dont fool around when it comes to fighting back against the crowds of sex-crazed foreign men that are more and more in evidence on Kyivs streets. Following up on their July Ukraine is Not a Brothel! anti-sex tourism demonstration on Independence Square in July, the activist group Femen is planning to target the Turkish Embassy next. On 21 September a group of Femen activists will materialise in front of that little bit of Turkey in Pechersk, dressed in salacious nurse outfits and carrying syringes, with which symbolically to dose randy men with a serum that lessens their libido. Why the Turkish Embassy?



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Rabbi and Small Son Beaten - Whats Up?

This isnt good: late last week a rabbi and his three-year-old son were beaten up by a gang of young male morons in the city of Vinnytsa at about 10:30 p.m. Father and child were walking to a store from their home. Eyewitness reports had the thugs beating the little boy at least a couple of times on the head and the face. At least one of the attackers yelled out Well kill all the yids! Heil Hitler! This, in a country that lost millions to Hitlers aggressions, and the population of which is of an ethnic stock that the Nazis considered inferior.



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Palin Pledges War With Russia for Ukraine - Whats Up?

The temperature has risen high in Ukraine lately, geo-politically speaking. Just when wed all gotten used to the idea that post-Orange Revolution Ukraine had reverted to being a relative backwater in world affairs, suddenly the country is the hottest thing going, strategically-speaking. The latest sign that Ukraine might be headed for interesting times happened last week when Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor running for vice president of the United States on the Republican ticket, announced in her first interview that the US would certainly go to war with Russia to defend Ukraine, for which she favours immediate NATO membership.



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Yulia Questioned in Poison Case - Whats Up?

Observers of Ukrainian politics know that Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yushchenko have hated each other almost since they met. Still, its hard to believe that she actually stooped to the level of poisoning the chap. And yet there she was, Ukraines soignee Prime Minister Yulia, getting dragged into court last week to testify about Yushchenkos notorious 2004 poisoning. Was she called as a mere witness, and not as a potential suspect? Possibly, but given the new level of mutual contempt that Tymoshenko and Yushchenko have reached in the wake of the governments downfall, and given that Yushchenko actually accused Tymoshenko of treason not long ago yes, of treason we somehow doubt it.



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Whos Killing All the Stray Dogs? - Ukraine Today

Kyivs population of stray dogs is one of the most surprising things about it for visitors. Some are threatened by these wandering beasts and some have a fondness for them, but either way, shouldnt this issue be humanely taken care of?
Its 10 oclock in the morning. A telephone call breaks through the morning stillness here at the Whats On office. I can hardly distinguish through the tears of the woman on the line what she is trying to say, but one thing is for sure: shes about as upset as you can get. As it turned out it was Evgenia Tkachenko, communications director at Winner Automotive, and shed witnessed a terrible scene when shed been out jogging at 6 a.m on the Obolon shoreline with her dog.



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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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