- In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
posted by carter
on Jan 29, 2012 -
The Movie Set That Ate Itself. Five years ago, a relatively unknown (and unhinged) director began one of the wildest experiments in film history. Armed with total creative control, he invaded a Ukrainian city, marshaled a cast of thousands and thousands, and constructed a totalitarian society in which the cameras are always rolling and the actors never go home.
posted by mykescipark
on Oct 30, 2011 -
Kiev's topless prostestors
(NSFW) Facebook used to block their pages
and Ukraine's secret service has threatened them with violence:
"With a mix of political protest and eye-catching eroticism, the women's rights group Femen (wiki
) has inspired fear in Ukrainian authorities with its fight against prostitution and sex tourism."
Non-Violent Civic Resistance in Ukraine has a history with Maidan
The nude radicals: feminism Ukrainian style
posted by adamvasco
on May 6, 2011 -
Nadezhda Korotkaya, 77, a widow who lives alone in her small wooden house on the edge of Stary Vyshkov, still remembers the World War II. "The Germans came and went," she said. "But Chernobyl came here to stay."
It was 25 years ago today that reactor number four at the Chernobyl power plant exploded, following an emergency shutdown (detailed recounting of the disaster on Wikipedia
). A memorial was held in Kiev, Ukraine
, this morning for the liquidators
who were the first human responders, with a bell struck at the exact moment of the Chernobyl explosion on April 26, 1986
. See also: a look back, with The Big Picture
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 26, 2011 -
Germany is, for the first time, trying a non-citizen
for crimes committed as part of the Holocaust. John Demjanjuk, originally from Ukraine, is an 89-year-old man, retired US auto factory worker, and former US citizen who has been deported and charged with 27,900 murders
for the part he may have played in World War II. This is the second time
Demjanjuk has been tried. [more inside]
posted by brina
on Nov 30, 2009 -
Fiddle, accordion, and a singing drummer. Seven minutes and fifty seven seconds of Gypsy music from Ukraine, live in Budapest. The real thing. Totally wailing. Kickass. Técső Banda at Kertem
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 10, 2009 -
"Habsburg! A vile being, heir to an illustrious name, born to a fortune, to honours, to soldiers, to prestige, and who finished as the lowest of Montmartre pimps, living from the money of a poor and unstable girl whom he sent to commit his foul deeds in his place!"
That was after
this Polish scion of the most famous family in Europe and commander of a soi disant
"Ukrainian Legion" failed to finagle the crown as a Socialist king of The Ukraine, and became instead a patron of the rent boys of Paris who "handled women by necessity and men for pleasure"
. And all that before
he turned successively a Nazi sympathizer, a British spy, and finally came, for the first and last time, to Ukraine's capital Kiev as a victim of Stalin and the Twentieth Century.
posted by orthogonality
on Feb 7, 2009 -
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor
. The Holodomor
was the starvation of millions of Ukranians at the hands of the Soviets. The Ukranian government is using this year to push for greater recognition for the genocide. Ukranian communities in Australia
and all over the globe are holding events all year in the lead up to this years Holodomor day on November 25.
posted by sien
on Mar 9, 2008 -
The Cossacks, a proud people with a long history
, are famous nowadays for their dancing, whether of the mass spectacle variety
, or the slightly lower-key celebration of actual Cossacks
. They have some pretty famous music
, too, often featuring balalaikas
. (Behold, the real lyrics
to "Tetris") But dancing and singing is not enough for some
, apparently, who seek to refine Cossack martial arts
posted by StrikeTheViol
on May 23, 2007 -
You've all no doubt been wondering who will represent Ukraine in this year's Eurovision
Song Contest. Well, she's a drag queen
, and if that
wasn't enough to piss off
the Ukrainian nationalists, she's also an environmentalist
("All of us have heard that nuclear waste from the whole world is planned to be brought into Ukraine. It is horribly!
"). Oh, and the Russians
are ticked off, too. Introducing... Verka Serdyuchka
! [last 2 links to YouTube]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 2, 2007 -
The largely forgotten holocaust
of the Ukrainian people began when Stalin imposed collectivism upon the farms, sealing state borders & refusing any seed grain until ficticious and unattainable production goals were met. The Ukrainian upper class were executed, the peasantry left to starve to death. In all, seven million people died, one out of every four citizens. At this Ukranian art site, a collection of stamps
commemorating the event & a gallery of "genocide art"
continue to speak for the dead.
posted by jonson
on Oct 22, 2006 -
built as a defence against marauders provide a rich source of pickings for relic hunters (a photo essay).
posted by tellurian
on Aug 29, 2006 -
On the great Ukrainian bride hunt.
"These are not American women, our guide was telling us. They do not care about your age, looks, or money. And you are not going to have to talk to them for half an hour and then have your testicles handed back to you! Let me tell you: over here, you're the commodity; you're the piece of meat. Ive lived in St. Petersburg for two years, and I wouldnt date an American woman right now if you paid me!"
posted by soiled cowboy
on Jul 11, 2006 -
Ukraine is divided on the issue of Russian:
The Russian speaking population from the eastern part of the country has increasingly attempted to make Russian into an official language only, provoking bitter opposition from the Ukranian speaking majority in the western part. [More inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Mar 28, 2006 -
Government (by market control of Gazprom
company) reduces flow of natural gas to Ukraine.
According to a NYT
article "Russia is now asking for $220 to $230 per 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas, up from $50 now" ending soviet-era years of subsidized price. Yet Russia is still subsidizing
other countries (selectively applying free market ?) while Pravda
blames Ukraine politicians rhetoric. Pay or not paying, Gazprom accuses
Ukraine of tapping into some of the gaslines (apparently 80% of Russian
pass trough pipes in Ukraine). Europe doesn't like not having is gas shipped as Ukraine agreed to the Energy Charter Treaty.
Why should we care ? Shock waves in free market have global effects, meaning you'remore likely to pay energy more...and it's winter.
posted by elpapacito
on Jan 1, 2006 -