Stories about Ukraine from August, 2009
Online Campaigns To Combat Spread Of HIV/AIDS
To combat the spread of AIDS, many organizations and activists worldwide are engaged with innovative and localized campaigns and initiatives. Today we will discuss some of them who use ICT and citizen media to augment their cause.
Poland: More on “Lemko Land”
Raf Uzar travels “down south to deepest, darkest Lemko Land.”
Ukraine, Russia: Reaction to Medvedev's Statement
Foreign Notes translates one Ukrainian editor's take on president Medvedev's Ukraine address.
Ukraine: Independence Day Parade
Ukrainiana posts photos and video of the Independence Day parade in Kyiv.
Ukraine: In Chinese, Yanukovych is Yushchenko?
Evgeny Morozov of Foreign Policy's Net.Effect writes: “It turns out that when you use Google Translate to translate (from Chinese to Russian) the expression “Vote for Yanukovych” (Yanukovych was Kremlin's favorite candidate), Google gives you “Vote for Yushenko” in the translated version. Global conspiracy orchestrated by Google!”
Ukraine: “Radiant Girl”
Chernobyl and Eastern Europe reviews “Radiant Girl” by Andrea White – a children's book about a young survivor of the Chernobyl catastrophe.
Ukraine: Military Parade
Ukrainiana writes about the upcoming Independence Day military parade in Ukraine.
Ukraine: Street Children
Michelle Knisley of Scenes from the Sidewalk shares stories of some of the Ukrainian street children that her ministry has helped over the years.
Russia, Ukraine: Medvedev's Letter
Leopolis analyzes president Medvedev's letter to president Yushchenko.
Poland, Ukraine: Łemkowszczyzna/Lemkivshchyna
Raf Uzar writes about “Lemko Land, better known as Łemkowszczyzna or Lemkivshchyna” and its people.
Ukraine, Russia: More on Medvedev's Statements
Foreign Notes comments on president Medvedev's Ukraine address: “Maybe fearing that his boss may have overstepped the mark, deputy head of the Kremlin's administration Aleksey Gromov says today that Dmitriy Medvedev's statement on the bad blood between Moscow and Kyiv was not directed against the Ukrainian people, but only against...
Lithuania, Ukraine: Shoot Nations Photo Contest
Eternal Remont highlights two winning entries of the Shoot Nations 2009 photo contest: Monika Urbutyte, 17, Lithuania, and Olena Fedorenko, 22, Ukraine.
Russia, Ukraine: Music vs Politics
LJ user oleg_kozyrev asks (RUS) Ukrainians not to get offended at Russia because of president Medvedev's address and suggests that fellow-bloggers post “something Ukrainian today,” ending his post with a YouTube video of Vopli Vidoplyasova‘s Vesna (“Spring”) song.
Russia, Ukraine: Medvedev's Address
Foreign Policy's Passport links to the vlog post with president Medvedev's Ukraine address and the English-language translation of the transcript. Eternal Remont comments on some of Medvedev's statements: “[…] ‘The leadership in Kiev took an openly anti-Russian stand after the Georgia War.’ This is not allowed under Section 6 of...
Moldova: Post-Election Politics
At OpenDemocracy.net, Louis O'Neill writes about the post-election politics in Moldova: “All Moldovans should be proud of what they have done with these elections. Let us hope they can be equally proud of their leaders in the next months and beyond.”
Hungary, Ukraine: Illegal Stem Cell Therapy
Last week, four people were arrested in Hungary on suspicion of giving illegal stem cell treatments, some of which were carried out in hotel rooms and private homes around the country. Marietta Le reports on bloggers' reactions to the case.
Ukraine: Economy Update
Ukrainiana comments on Ukraine's economy: “Ours is an economy that thrives on cheap labor and cheap natural resources. The outcome? Poor living standards. A net population loss of more than 6 million people during the last 18 years.”
Ukraine: “A Moment of Marshrutka Goodness”
Natalia Antonova posts a beautiful vignette on being young in Kyiv.
Ukraine: Beyonce & Madonna in Donetsk?
Foreign Notes reports on the “rumors” of Beyonce and possibly even Madonna to perform at the opening of a stadium in Donetsk on Aug. 29, and comments: “Would the Patriarch approve?”
Ukraine: Rest in Peace, Serhiy Kuzmynsky
uaMuzik writes about Serhiy Kuzmynsky, the lead man of Braty Hadiukyny band, who passed away earlier this week.