West Will Not Arm Ukraine With Lethal Weapons

So the West will not arm Ukraine with lethal weapons, and I personally think this is a bad investment for security in the region.  Don’t worry, contemporary Ukraine and its friends will find a way to arm itself. The West has been anally hesitant on helping Ukraine to defend itself against a clearly aggressive neighbour…

Day of International Criminal Justice and Putin Continues Committing Crimes

July 17 marks the day that the Rome Statute was signed and thus chosen as the Day of International Criminal Justice. The Rome Statute established the International Criminal Court on this day in 1998, and by July 1, 2002 it had entered into force. Somehow after the terrible atrocities of the early and mid-twentieth century…

Dear fellow citizens, policy makers and citizens of the world!

We, the citizens of Ukraine, are asking for your help and appealing for your support and solidarity. In Ukraine the power has been seized by a group of oligarchs leading by the President Yanukovych who violently dispersed peaceful demonstrations against the anti-Ukrainian policy of the President Yanukovych. In the early morning they attacked unarmed people…

An orange carrot called Euro-2012

Before the early winter of 2004 Ukraine was nothing but a grey smudge somewhere on the periphery of a contemporary Europe. It was a country with a developing democracy and with its fair share of problems as it tried to shake off the legacy of the Former Soviet Union, but when the Orange (R)evolution took…

Euro-2012 and image in wonderland UA

  Yes, Wonderland UA. Sounds enchanting, doesn’t it? For many years individuals traveled to Ukraine as a form of extreme tourism, and some still travel to Ukraine for sex tourism. Why do you think the girls from FEMEN have their knickers in a knot? Even the folks in Lviv have been spending a lot of…

It’s that time again, the Eurovision Song Contest

Well, it’s once again time to play: Name That Tune! No in all seriousness, or silliness, when it comes to true hardcore music fans and musicians, the time has come around for the 2009 version of the Eurovision Song Contest, now in its 54th year. Now let’s go down to ringside here at the WMSC…

Ignorance is Bliss: Take Two – Kobzar hits 7th in the World Music Charts Europe

Over a year ago I wrote about how the Ukrainian music industry and some of the labels of some fairly popular bands don’t do enough to promote their bands in Ignorance is bliss. Well once again history repeats itself! As everyone in Ukraine is happily harping about Ani Lorak representing Ukraine at the Eurovision Song…

Opening Horizons on Euro 2012

While music is the main topic of this blog there are time when we have to take a step back and look at things in a slightly different light. In Cardiff, Wales on April 18, 2004, Michel Platini announced that Poland and Ukraine would be hosting the Euro-2012 Championships. Today, on Skhidna Liha Rostyslav Shtyn…

Zdob şi Zdub

Well I can’t catch every concert in town, Zdob şi Zdub were playing at Baboon Kvartira on Podil last night promoting their new CD Ethnomechanica. Clearly the Moldovan band found enough of a following when they were here in Kyiv for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. While it is clearly not Ukrainian music, it…

Eastern Europe and its influence on Eurovision Song Contest

Over the last couple of years we have witnessed a change in the type of music which is being presented at the Eurovision Song Competition, and it would be fair to say that much of the change began to happen with Ruslana’s win back in 2004 in Istanbul. Ruslana’s winning performance introduced ethnic elements into…