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Ukraine: Nationalist Flags, Insignia and Curious Symbolism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

On weekends, impromptu rallies may elicit the occasional interest of passers-by. At one point, I came upon a group of nationalists in Maidan square flanked by Ukrainian blue and yellow banners and a rather sinister-looking bunch of men in sunglasses.

Ukraine: Still Failing on World War II

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.26.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Enmeshed in a deadly struggle with Russian separatists, many Ukrainians are seeking to fashion their own nationalist ethos. While that is somewhat understandable, Bandera is a poor model. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Ukrainians must eschew such symbols and look elsewhere in the search for a national identity.

Buffeted By Political Firestorm, Crimean Minorities Forced to Choose

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.25.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Now that Crimea is firmly in the Russian column, it is to be hoped that the Kremlin will provide both peoples with as much local autonomy as possible in line with earlier pledges.

One Year Later, Where Does Ukraine's Revolution Stand?

AP | By DMYTRO VLASOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook. Angered by another high-handed move by an increasin...

35 Powerful Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

Ukrainian Election Exit Polls Predict Wins For Pro-Western Parties

AP | PETER LEONARD and YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 12.26.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the ...

Ukrainian Band Lyudska Podoba Talks Patriarchy, Sexualities and Trojan Horses

Daniel Lyons | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

While civil unrest continues to pervade the east of Ukraine, a new generation of artists and musicians in Kiev are creating wide spectrum of sounds and spectacles. At the forefront of this burgeoning scene is Lyudska Podoba (Human Shape).

Violent Clashes Between Protesters And Police In Kiev

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2014 | World

KIEV, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A few thousand protesters clashed with police on Tuesday outside the Ukrainian parliament, throwing stones and smoke bombs ...

How's Your Grammarly? Mine's Great!

Bill_Robinson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Technology

Grammarly does everything I used to need to bug my editor/friends to do. It checks over 250 intricacies of grammar such as subject-verb agreement; article use; and modifier use, all the really gnarly details and sometimes arcane small-stuff of the written word.


AP | JIM HEINTZ and LAURA MILLS | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Witnesses in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol reported sustained explosions outside the city and a volunteer battalion of Uk...

Nature's Beauty and History's Horrors Intersect on Anniversary of Ukrainian Holocaust Massacre: Mourning on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 10.12.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

As you stroll along the clifftops of this stunningly beautiful town in western Ukraine, gaze at the river in the ravine below languidly looping back o...

How Ukraine Can Avoid Russia's Cold War Trap

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

The U.S. should encourage the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, to play ball with the Russians (at least for now) and take away the most potent weapon that Putin has in his arsenal -- moral justification.

A Polish Song For Ukraine's Revolution

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is a story of a song. Revolutions are often fertile breeding grounds for good music, and the song this story is about was at the heart of the Uk...

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Interview: What Will It Take to Rein in Rightwing Nationalism in Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.

It's Time Kyiv Got It Right

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Working with local LGBT activists from Mozaika in Latvia, I was lucky enough to be part of the early Riga Pride marches there from 2006, and in the first pride march in Lithuanian capital Vilnius in 2010. Those Baltic Pride events have proved a huge success.

Women in Entrepreneurship Emerging Globally from Gaza to Kiev

Claire Topalian | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
Claire Topalian

On June 19th, 150 Gazan women and men gathered for the fourth Startup Weekend Gaza - but this particular event promised the presence of at least 50% w...

Russia Cuts Gas Supply To Ukraine

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA and DAVID McHUGH | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia halted natural gas deliveries to Ukraine on Monday, spurning Ukraine's offer to pay some of its multibillion-dollar gas debt an...


Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Life is tense, these days in Kiev. The faces of the locals are stiff and their reactions are fast, as in an emergency ward. One cannot lose one's nerve in a life threatening situation. 

Ukraine's Neo-con Champions Champion Mainly Themselves

Jim Sleeper | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Wieseltier's most heretical statements in the weeks preceding the Kiev congress declared that the United States is as weak as Putin's Russia is evil, owing mainly to the misleadership of Obama.

Inside Ukraine's Make-Or-Break Elections

Kommersant | Valeri Kalnish | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

A common theme among all of the candidates is the idea that Ukraine’s regions need to have more autonomy. That is an obvious response to the...

Power-Sharing in Ukraine

David L. Phillips | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Like other countries, Ukraine will have to consider transitional justice strategies that balance truth-telling and accountability. It will also need a plan for disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating both pro-independence fighters in Eastern Ukraine, as well as nationalist groups including Right Sector.

Michael Calderone

Vice Correspondent Returns To Ukraine Weeks After Capture | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.12.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- Vice News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky has returned to Ukraine, less than three weeks after being released by pro-Russia militants in the...

The Russia/Ukraine Mess Is More Than Just Putin

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Rather than simply managing crises over the short-term, the United States needs to be more organized and realistic when its deals with the Kremlin.

Photos of Bearded Armed Men in Ukraine Are No Smoking Gun

Simon Saradzhyan | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Simon Saradzhyan

Ukrainian and Russian governments are fighting what Russian experts like to describe as an "information war" and, as someone who covered post-Soviet militaries as a journalist for 15 years, I tend to treat claims and counter-claims made by propagandists with a pound of salt.