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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 43 (2010)

43 (2010)/2010
19 November - 25 November
Sharon Stone In Kyiv!
Courtesy of world renowned photographer Michel Comte


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From THE EDITOR (43) - Editorial
Last week I finally got round to watching Valkeryie, the movie in which Tom Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and his part in the July 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. After watching the movie, a discussion followed regarding German opposition to Hitler versus support for him, largely centring around Edmund Burkes statement: All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. The German people were put to terrible hardship after the First World War and the ridiculously harsh Treaty of Versailles, and this made it easy for someone like Hitler to come along, play to their national pride, and convince them someone was to blame. We think now that what happened then can never happen again.


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FEMEN go Topless for Iranian Woman - Whats Up?
The plight of Iranian woman Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, who in 2007 was found guilty of adultery by an Iranian court and sentenced to death by stoning, was made public in Ukraine by our favourite feminist protestors, FEMEN.
Five members of the group, who like to raise awareness of feminist issues in the most unfeminist way, gatecrashed the opening party of the Week of Iranian Culture in Ukraine event, took their tops off (as usual) and started shouting out against what they called government-sanctioned murder.


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Lippi to be Offered Ukraine Job - Whats Up?
According to numerous reports, star Italian coach Marcello Lippi has been offered a job at the helm of the Ukrainian national team to fill the position currently held by Yuriy Kalivinsev on an interim basis.
According to the reports, Hryhory Surkis, president of the Ukrainian Football Federation, has had informal contact with the 62 year-old manager regarding him taking over the role in the lead up to EURO 2012 in order that this host nation stands a good chance.


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Italian Comic Book About Holodomor - Whats Up?
To some it may seem insensitive, to others it is another testament of the tragedy that occurred: which every way you look at it the creation of a comic book (or graphic novel as they prefer to call it these days) by Italian artist Igort that tells the story of the mass starvation many call genocide here in Ukraine in 1932-33 will certainly raise awareness of the tragedy.


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Drive Safely and Smile - Whats Up?
Two advertising campaigns caught our attention recently, and we think both of them are long overdue. The first is aimed at getting people to drive more safely, and that will be welcomed by everyone. Theres not a person in the country who doesnt think the driving is terrible, including the worst of the terrible drivers, and the result is that thousands of people die on the roads here every year. But now Ukraines Road Safety Organisation has launched an advertising campaign for their Road Safety Week with the motto Its Time to Act! Which it certainly is.


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Young Ukrainians Now Looking to India - Whats Up?
It is a very sad fact that since independence, and before, many young Ukrainians have wanted to leave their country of birth in the hope of finding greener pastures abroad. For many years the US and Europe were the most popular target destinations as there the grass seemed greenest, but with barriers to obtaining legal work there making it almost impossible, young Ukrainian eyes turned to the Middle East for sometime.


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A Good Variety - My Kyiv
According to Olivier Dufour, proprietor of Kyivs premier French wine boutique Vinolioub, there is no one definition of wine connoisseur. How we taste wine depends on our personality. Im curious to find out what that means for Mr Dufour.


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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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