” 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…

In the gardens of the exiled, or, the Ukrainian diaspora

When one lives in a garden of one’s own creation, be it through absolute necessity, as it was for parents of many active members of the Ukrainian Diaspora, or because you live in that garden by default for generations and have tried to maintain that garden of culture, ethnicity and language, one can not deny…

A young Shevchenko for a new generation of Ukrainians

While the weather in Ottawa had been less than ideal for the entire previous week, when Sunday June 26, 2011 finally rolled around, the day set for the unveiling of the newest monument to Ukraine’s bard and poet Taras Shevchenko, the sky was blue and the sun shone all day long. It was a day…