” Putin Khuylo ” or Putin’s Goebbels School of Propaganda

Language is a wonderful thing and the ability to communicate is fascinating. Very often phrases get lost in translation and rather than clarifing one point or another they become obfuscated. In particular a very new phrase – Putin Khuylo. The need to clearly communicate becomes even more challenging during times of crisis and war. Russia…

Call out to President Elect Petro Poroshenko

Exit polls are not an exact science, though from my years consulting with Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the first Ukrainian NGOs to ever use such a tool as form of control over elections, they are pretty damn accurate when properly designed and with an appropriate sample size. Given all the problems cause by one man by…

We Need Bigger Sticks Against Putin’s Hypocrisy and His Twisted Reality

Today a headline from Reuters read, “Russia says EU sanctions will hurt Ukraine peace efforts”. Is it possible that the stick of sanctions has had some effect and are disrupting Putin’s inner circle and that he fears even further sanctions, or is it that he simple wants the world to think that he can convince…

Bad Translations Cost Tourism Big Bucks

In France alone, bad translations cost tourism close to €120 million annually. Having lived in Ukraine for nearly ten years, there were plenty of times that going out to dinner could either be extremely entertaining because of how comical a menu item had been translated; however, I had the benefit of understanding the orignal menu…

British journalist ‘shocked’ Japanese book he dictated denies Nanking Massacre

Imagine that you as an author suffer a debilitating illness, making it difficult for you to sit in front of a keyboard, let alone putting pen to paper. This is the case with veteran British journalist Henry Scott-Stokes. “Now 75, Scott-Stokes suffers from worsening Parkinson’s disease that makes it difficult for him to type or…