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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 25 (2012)

25 (2012)/2012
6 July - 12 July
Kyiv Picnic 2012
Your American Independence Day


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From THE EDITOR (25) - Editorial
As I sit down to write this weeks editorial, the blowtorches and sledgehammers gnaw away at an almost mile-long Fan Zone spread across the entire length of Khreshchatyk. The Swedes have come in and packed up their beer tents, taking their fun-loving football spirit and inedible pizza with them. The massive screens, which broadcast not only all of the matches but an entire range of concerts from tap-dancing to Elton John on Maidan, have come down. Even the toilets, which, lets be honest, are a welcome alternative to finding strangers in alleyways with their pants down, are being taken away. At the risk of repeating myself two weeks in a row, its kind of sad. But then thats life: we prepare, we party, we pack up.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
6 July 1934 
Nestor Makhno, leader of the Ukrainian anarchy movement in 1917-1921, dies from tuberculosis-related causes. Forming a free and independent republic in the Hulyaypole village of the Zaporizhya region, his anarchistic military formations fought any force coming into the region, be it Bolsheviks, national Ukrainian forces, the Austrian-German Army, etc.


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Corny But True - Whats Up?
In addition to record-breaking numbers of people taking in the football over the last three EURO 2012 matches, Ukraine is expected to hit an all-time high in terms of its corn production this year. True, it doesnt at first sound like a stop the presses kind of story. However, Risk Management expert of INTL FCStone, Matt Ammerman, thinks that with 45 50 million tonnes total crop harvest expected in the next fiscal year, with 14 million tonnes going to supply world markets, Ukraine could well leave Argentina in its wake with the volume of corn exported!


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A New Centre - Whats Up?
The football may be winding down now for the summer, but basketball is just getting started; especially with the Detroit Pistons eager to acquire Vyacheslav Kravtsov later this month. Kravtsov is a 7-foot (2.13 metres) centre who played for BC Donetsk in Ukraines top division this last year. Regarded as extremely athletic by scouts, the Pistons are going after the 24-year-old big man to see if they cant take on the Celtics, the Bulls and the Lakers once and for all.

Back in the Ring - Whats Up?
While Vitaliy Klitschko should be focusing all of his wits on how to fight the governmental powers that be in parliamentary elections this fall, instead, hes agreed to take on Germanys Manuel Charr in defence of his WBC heavyweight title in Moscow on 8 September. 
The 40-year-old, with a record of 40 KOs, 44 wins and two defeats, last fought in February, defeating Dereck Chisora. The fight itself was a good one. But the more memorable event seems to be the Chisora/Haye brawl that took place at the post-fight news conference.


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An All-time High - Whats Up?
The EURO is over and in the month of June youve probably processed about as much information on cross completion, passing and possession statistics as your brain can take. But, what are the numbers for the tournament itself?
Well, different sources tell different figures, but its been estimated that EURO 2012 reached a total audience of 1.4 million people.


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Kyivs Alternative Logo - Whats Up?
Kyiv has been experiencing a real boom in tourism this summer! As such, a truly European city has to have a cool-looking logo to match. With an official competition launched in the winter of this year, the winning logo was announced in March. But thats not the end of this nice little story. 
A stream of criticism was what followed, and a community calling themselves the Centre of Contemporary ANTIart emerged with a competition of their own.


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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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