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…

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…

Europe’s Sado-masochistic Approach Towards Ukraine

The line in the sand was drawn over a month ago when special Berkut forces descended upon peaceful protesters on Kyiv’s Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, it new seems that Europe is taking a sado-masochistic approach towards Ukraine. In the last forty-eight hours the powers that be have upped the ante by employing…

Freedom from what? Or should it be from whom?

Seven years has passed, and I’m still trying to figure out what Ukraine has achieved in that relatively short time, though still more than a third as many years that the nation has been independent. This commentary may very well be disjointed in many ways, just as the people of Ukraine have been for so…

Capable of leadership or just another political project?

As the current regime has clearly decided that they will not only pass judgment but will determine what the former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko’s, sentence will be in the nearest future, there has been a great deal of speculation of who will be the opposition. At this point the spin doctors of the project that…

Time for new blood!

Many people who follow the politics of Eastern Europe, and particularly Ukraine, are aware of the recent arrest of the former Premier of Ukraine Yulia Tymyshenko. The “Gas Princess” as she has been referred to by some may have played a game in the court room in order to upgrade her personal popularity. But really,…

Bigger sticks and carrots, for Some in Ukraine

A number of weeks ago I was asked to write an OP-ED piece for ePOSHTA. Since then there have been echoes of some of the ideas I have expressed here. Including from my friend Myroslava Gongadze in the Kyiv Post. Given that some time has passed, and the publisher of ePOSHTA had told me of…

Hitting the Airwaves Internationally With Kultural Capsule

Many years ago due to the barbaric political murder of a journalist friend of mine Georgiy Gongadze and the events that transpired over the months after his death, I was interviewed by a

An Orange Present During a Blue (R)evolution

A few days ago after a very long wait I receive a book from an Australian photographer friend of mine that is to be delivered to Viktor Yushchenko. The book is entitled A Portrait of a Revolution and its author Bohdan Warchomij has done an excellent job in capture that moments of history that has…

Ukrainian contemporary culture: some more thoughts on the problems

Earlier on I posted two different posts dealing with the problems both abroad and internally within Ukrainian contemporary culture. Most recently with the selection of Verka Serduchka to represent Ukraine in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest is another example of what ails the system. One of the elements which has created problems in the formation…