September 11 2001 – Memories of Countless Losses

For many people the events of September 11 2001 seem to have occurred just yesterday. I like many others who are old enough to remember can in their mind’s eye picture exactly where they were during that brutal attacks on the World Trade Center on that beautiful Tuesday morning. At that time I was living…

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…

Andrei Sakharov’s Theory of Symmetry

It has been a quarter of a century since the passing of Andrei Sakharov a Nobel Prize winning physicist, dissident and civil rights activist, and I sometimes wonder how little has changed in Russia since then? Particularly since Russia’s invasion of Crimea and its incursion into the Donbass region with some of the finest of…

Moscovy’s labels of obfuscation

One of Putin’s heroes is the king of the labels of obfuscation Joseph Goebbels. Putin began taking plays from the Goebbels’ playbook of propaganda very early in the information war with Ukraine. In order to not only gain favour in Moscovy and all the other territories which he reins over in typical dictatorial form, but…

She watched Chornobyl Burn – Olena Mokhnyk’s Story

Note: This was a piece which I wrote for the Kyiv Weekly on the twentieth anniversary of the Chornobyl Nuclear Catastrophe in 2006. The Kyiv Weekly stopped publishing its English language edition some time earlier in 2014. So here is just the copy as I have it from my personal archives which I came across…

Liars of Moscovy – Myths debunked

History as it should be written and not as it has been by the liars of Moscovy for close to the last three centuries. I don’t want to take credit for this document, but it was posted in its original language of Russian, by a good friend of mine on Facebook. When I tried to…

Yanukovych: A 21st century theater of the absurd

Update background I wrote the piece below on September 8, 2011 and while the main body below will remain intact as a parody, there are a few things that I would like to preface them with due to some recent comments of our hero below. The man who took a complete about face after publicly…

Sixty-four years ago today

At the end of 1951 at the age of twenty-six my father came to this country, the reasons he chose to settle in Montreal are not completely clear to me, but I know that a large part of it had to do with that he spoke French and knew no English when he landed in…

Little change in Ukraine after 13 years

On this day thirteen years ago I can not be certain of what I was exactly doing, even though my memory surprises many sometime. For many of you who have read my musings you are probably wondering, “What is so special about September 16, 2000?” For the most part there was nothing special that happened…

Shedding some light on Canadian History

Yesterday, I paid a visit to film maker Yuriy Luhovy’s with a friend of mine who wanted to return a copy of the Ukrainian version of his multi-award winning documentary Genocide Revealed. During the course of his questioning Yuriy about other films I was surprised to learn that it was at that moment that that…