HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Ukraine

By Katia Tassone On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Sir Elton John announced a new charity project in Kyiv to help homeless women receive access to HIV and AIDS treatment. The project is being launched in partnership with the Ukrainian businesswoman Elena Pinchuk (the wife of the Ukrainian steel magnate and philanthropist Viktor Pinchuk), and it … Continue reading

Gender Quotas in Ukraine: To Be or Not To Be?

By Tamara Martsenyuk, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy On October 25-26 2011, Ukraine hosted the international conference “Current Trends of Development of National Gender Mechanisms in European Countries,” which took place within the framework of the Ukrainian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers [1]. The … Continue reading

The Little Catholic University that Could: How Ukrainians are Reshaping the Face of Higher Learning

Interview by Ashton Osmak Fr. Borys Gudziak, Rector of Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University, has more than just hope for the future of higher education in Ukraine. He has a mission: “It may sound bold, but we are trying to rethink what it means to be a university in the 21st century.” The claim is bold, … Continue reading

Kyiv. The Day of Tymoshenko’s Arrest. 5 August 2011

Prof. Marta Dyczok, Associate Professor, Departments of History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario Today Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested. Around 4:00 PM on a Friday afternoon in the middle of summer, in a political trial that has been going on for weeks. The charismatic, photogenic leader of the 2004 Orange … Continue reading

Chesspad Puzzle

Ostap Kryvdyk, Journalist, Political scientist and Activist Elections-2012 have already started in Ukraine. They’re not like EURO-2012, where everybody can see the stadiums and the roads constructed – it’s more like building an iceberg, a common Ukrainian would never see. Now it’s time for the future MP candidates to hire their team members, to make … Continue reading

And The Show Goes On… But Who’s Still Watching?

Daniel Fedorowycz, CERES Graduate Student, University of Toronto   Another year, another drama in the never-ending saga of Ukrainian Politics.  But as is the case with any drawn-out television show, at some point or another, people lose interest and stop watching. True, there are always those diehard fans who refuse to miss the latest episode … Continue reading

National Peculiarities of Homophobia in Ukraine

Tamara Martsenyuk, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy In Ukraine lately sexual identity issue is widely used to raise questions about morality, demography, and even national threat. One of the largest fighters “for moral cleanliness of the Ukrainian society and against propaganda of perversion” is so … Continue reading

Ukraine’s “Days of Rage”

By Andriy Kohut, Kyiv-based Activist May 14 in Kyiv did not see its regular undersized “Day of Rage” protests – the number of policemen exceeded the number of protesters by nearly fourfold. Since the recent chain of revolutions across Arab countries, social and political activists, political scientists, and politicians have all entertained the chief question as … Continue reading

Victory Day, Red Flags, and the Beginning of the End for Yanukovych

By Orest Zakydalsky, Toronto-based Researcher and Analyst In late April, the Verkhovna Rada passed a law entitled “Memorializing the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945.” This law decrees that for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, the Soviet flag is to be flown together with the Ukrainian flag on government buildings throughout the country. … Continue reading

Ukraine Embarks on Nation Branding Campaign

By Vasyl Myroshnychenko, Partner, CFC Consulting Engulfed in corruption and languishing at the bottom of the leading indexes measuring the ease of doing business and the economy’s competitiveness, Ukraine has launched a high-profile advertising campaign on CNN International and BBC World. A series of spots entitled Ukraine: All About U aims to raise awareness about the country, … Continue reading

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