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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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.
|What's On Archive ¹ 1 (2014)|
17 January - 23 January
Find depictions of French culture in Evenings of French Film starting this week in Kyiv
Just a Minute
Take me out!
|From The Editor (1) - Editorial|
Revolutions are happening all over the world, though you wouldn’t know it necessarily from international press. Here in Ukraine, as we go to print, we are on day 55 of EuroMaidan, and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon.
Our Turkish neighbours to the south are also facing a bit of unrest, with demonstrators coming out against the corruptive practices of their current ruling leader – Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
|This Week in History - Whats Up?|
20 January 1661
King John II Casimir of Poland sets up the Lviv University by granting the city’s Jesuit Collegium, founded in 1608, the honour of being called an Academy. Today, it is called the National University named after I Franko and remains one of the oldest educational institutions in Eastern Europe.
|Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?|
Znaye kit, chyye salo z’yiv
“The cat knows whose butter he has eaten”
This refers to a person whose look and behaviour suggest that he is well aware of his wrongdoing. He tries to avoid punishment, but nothing is more wretched than a guilty conscience... Hmmm... Can you think of any wretched little kitties this might apply to?
|Businesstheman Not “The Man” After All - Whats Up?|
In what is our only non-EuroMaidan related news story this week, scammers have been caught by the National Commission for Regulation in the Area of Markets of Financial Services for a ponzi scheme.
According to the Commission, mass emails, addressed to citizens, inviting them to join a business programme called Businesstheman, was unearthed in December of last year.
|Appeals and Recipes - Whats Up?|
The prosecutor’s office launched an investigation against the Berkut for abuse of power according to news source Forum, after their use of force outside Kyiv Svyatoshynskiy district police department on Friday 10 January.
According to another report on the same site, however, the use of force was warranted, after Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Yaroslav Romaniuk made this appeal: “The independent court is [an] inherent feature of any democratic country. [On Friday], an attempt of physical violence was committed in Svyatoshynskiy district court in Kyiv, when a group of people, dissatisfied with the court’s ruling, tried to use physical violence against a judge, rather than to appeal the decision as provided by law.”
|For a little light, first-issue-back fun, let’s play... - Whats Up?|
The rules are simple, we are going to present you with a couple of facts about a despot currently in power somewhere in the world and you have to guess who it is... Ready? Go!
1) Which despot builds himself a massive mansion while the country he alleges to serve struggles with massive levels of poverty?
2) Which despot surrounds himself with cronies who are all busy enriching themselves and enjoy lavish lifestyles from the various scams they have in place to bleed every cent they can from the country’s various economic resources?
3) Which despot claims that any criticism of his rule is only the work of foreign interference in his country’s affairs?
|Recharged - Whats Up?|
The crowds were sparked to action once again this past weekend when approximately 50,000 people came out in support of honest government on Sunday 12 January, the first such massive rally of 2014. The same faces you have come to know and love were there: Vitaliy Klitschko, Arseniy Yatseniuk, Oleh Tyahnybok, Petro Poroshenko, Ruslana, the AutoMaidan boys, and a new face – Iryna Lutsenko, wife of former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko, who was admitted to intensive care after a little bout with the Berkut on Friday 10 January.
Through snow, rain, dark clouds and finally a bit of sunshine, non-governmental supporters shouted their Slava Ukrainis, Zeka Hets and Razom Cilis well into the afternoon.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.