Андрій Дрозда – commentary on Lviv Politics

Lviv Railway station dismantles recently constructed chapel, and returns sculpture gift from Donetsk.

Drug lab busted in Lviv.

Lviv Mayor required to pay 1 M uah (about $40k) for some election-related thing. The corrupt prosecutor was asking 50 M ($200k). It was a black Friday discount.

Lviv Mayor says mafia is trying to take over the city. A journalist channeled the mayor do name them, which Andri regards as silly because it’s obvious.

Andri jokingly says that mafiosos who deal black market cigarettes and alcohol do not exist..

Ukraine as a non-historical nation

Finally, something from Uke Tube which isn’t Marxist nonsense.

A bit of idealism and faith in government. “Ukraine is trying to establish the most fair and representative system of government.” Can you point to someone in Ukraininan politics and clearly say “This person is pursuing fairness.” And of course: “Ukraine is diverse, Ukraine is diverse, Ukraine is diverse.”

Though he studied only briefly in Canada, his discussion seems permeated by a naive, uniquely Canadian perspective that government is good and getting better and SHOULD be heavily involved in all societal affairs. In other words, high-trust, western society is the norm, and all deviations elsewhere in the world are temporary anomalies.

Nevertheless, it seems like this young scholar is doing useful work attempting to map the origins of political legitimacy in modern Ukraine. Seems to make accurate an interesting observations about several things:

* Ukraine’s tendency towards factionalism.

* Ukraine’s distant and inexperienced elites.

* Russia’s culture of hyper centralization and it’s tension with Ukrainians greater tendency toward regionalism and individualism.

He concludes, unambitiously, that these factors cause inevitable turbulence in Ukraine’s political scene.

Lysiak Rudnytsky’s prescience: Ukraine’s political turbulence and trauma of a “non-historical” nation is available from Forum for Ukrainian Studies.

https://ukrainian-studies.ca/2019/11/21/lysiak-rudnytskys-prescience-ukraines-political-turbulence-and-trauma-of-a-non-historical-nation/

During Holodomor

One of my wife’s grandmothers was left with her brother an orphan edge, because their my mother, my wife’s great-grandmother, thought they had better chances of getting food there and surviving. She was right. Both she and her children survived. After the hunger passed, she was able to collect them and bring them home.

This was in Poltava Oblast.

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There was an expression during Holodomor which happens to rhyme in both Ukrainian and English.

Something like this: “вовна бавовна, Хот шлунок повні”

cotton. wool. At least stomach is full.

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On the other side of my wife’s family, they survived Holodomor in part because of a golden cross which someone had won as a Tsarist military decoration. They family would break off pieces of the cross and take it into town to sell to merchants in exchange for bread.

“On Our Way Home From the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine, Sonya Bilocerkowycz” – all signs point to a horrible book

* So, first she sees people risking their lives on Maidan, and then she suggests that poor Ukrainians are too low on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to care about big issues. Is that not a contradiction?

* I suspect she is like most academics – a coward with above-average intelligence. Her reaction to Maidan, after finally deciding to go look at it was this: “Suddenly, I understood that I didn’t have anything to lose in that situation. My life was not at stake.”

Of course. Because it’s all about her. Most people on Maidan did not have to risk their lives. They chose to.

* Ukrainians should abandon Bandera and adopt some non-controversial hero, like an artist or a musician. . . . because, I suppose, that the important thing during a war is to be non-controversial. To me, this seems like the typical disdain that cowards exhibit toward courage.

* She includes the lie about Trump-Russia in her book, even though it was never true, and Clinton’s ties to Russia were much deeper and meaning – $500k speaking fee, the Uranium One deal, Clinton’s campaign manager owning shares of a Russian energy company.

Initial impression aside, I would like to give the book a fair shake and perhaps review it on my channel.

The 10 Best Contemporary Ukrainian Authors

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/ukraine/articles/the-10-best-contemporary-ukrainian-authors/

Liubko Deresh

The young author wrote his first novel when he was 15 years old. At that time, his book engaged young adults and he was called the hope of Ukrainian writing. He has a unique manner of writing, and all his stories are mystical and fascinating. Kult, A Little Darkness, and Intention! are the must-reads, as well as his latest book, Devastation, published in 2017.

Serhiy Zhadan

He is the voice of Ukraine with his sincere and truthful works full of irony and self-expression. (I find him a bit vulgar.)

Oksana Zabuzhko

Oksana Zabuzhko grew up in an intelligent family who were repressed during the ruling of Stalin. She is a philosopher, publicist, writer, and poetess whose work is soaked with feminist motives and human relations issues.

Yurii Andrukhovych

Yurii Andrukhovich is the author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, and essays. He is a public activist who participated in the event of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and the vice president of the Association of Ukrainian Writers.

Les Podervianskyi

A Ukrainian artist and playwright who is known for his scandalous image, Podervyanskyi is much more famous for his works that contain a lot of profanity and outrageous sayings then for his paintings.

Maria Matios

The works of Maria Matios won numerous awards, including the BBC Book of the Year in 2008. She is one of the best-selling writers and influential women in Ukraine, a former deputy at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament), and an extremely fruitful writer.

Iren Rozdobudko

A contemporary writer, journalist, and screenwriter, Iren Rozdobudko is the author of almost 30 works of art. She is included in the top 10 most published writers in Ukraine. What is the most interesting is that Rozdobudko was a scriptwriter for the movie by Ukrainian director, Oles Sanin, The Guide (Povodyr), who was nominated for an Oscar in 2015.

Oleksandr Mykhed

Alexander Mikhed is a writer, literary critic, and curator of artistic projects at PinchukArtCentre (a contemporary art museum in Kiev). He created “Amnesia project: an open platform”—a literary and artistic multimedia project—the basis of which was his book Amnesia, published in 2013.

Lyuko Dashvar

Irina Chernova, a former journalist, writes under the pseudonym Lyuko Dashvar. Her novels are extremely popular in Ukraine. The story Milk With Blood, for example, sold 100,000 copies. Surprisingly, the prototypes of literary characters and stories are mostly heard or seen by the writer in real life.

Lina Kostenko

This poetess and writer is a legendary author in Ukraine and abroad. A distinctive feature of her works is intellectualism. In her poetry, the author constantly seeks the key to the mystery of being, and relates that to the history of the nation and the feeling of love. When the collection of her poetry Trysta poezij. Vybrane (300 poetries. Selected) was published, the book went out of stock within the first month.

Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office Reveals MILLIONS Funneled to Hunter Biden and the John Kerry Family

According to counter intelligence in Latvia around $4 million was obtained by Burisma Holdings Limited which was then transferred to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer –

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/11/huge-exclusive-bombshell-documents-released-by-ukrainian-general-prosecutors-office-reveal-millions-funneled-to-hunter-biden-and-the-john-kerry-family/

Theory: Obama negotiated Crimea with Putin by having the children of Americans get the benefits.

ROMNEY, PELOSI, KERRY, and BIDEN, all have children working for Ukrainian Oil and Gas exploration companies . . . .

Obama’s famous “flexibility after the election” line to Putin on the hot mic, never really got into the details of what that agreement was for. As we all know, the Crimean annexation was in 2014, two years after the mic incident. I also find it VERY interesting, that all of these politicians involved with their children on the boards of these companies, are all ‘anti-Russia’ in words, but never in action.

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Here’s a thought: The flexibility Obama was talking about was in regards to Putin wanting Crimea. The deal is, Obama makes it happen but will enrich the children of major players by inserting them into positions of companies that will benefit massively from the price of oil driving higher in the near term, and in the long term, have a steady supply of income for generations, as Ukrainian oil and gas is geographically one of the most profitable and lucrative areas outside of the Middle East. Where does Romney come into play? Romney knows his chances are slim, so he deliberately lets himself lose- his 47% comment that was recorded at an event is what everyone says undid his campaign. Surely he knows one of the 500 people in the audience could have been recording- but a secret camera in a plant was the one that did him in? No, that was orchestrated, and his benefit is his linneage getting financial security for generations.

Here’s my overall take: The hatred towards Russia is just a farce, a cover if you will, because they actually like Russia stirring up conflict when need be, made deals with Putin so that he gets Crimea and their families get rich. The corrupt Ukrainians themselves sold their own land and people to enrich themselves, allow the children of powerful Americans to become rich, by conceding to the Russians.

https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/ukraine-crimea-and-politicians-children-getting-on-the-board-of-oil-and-gas-companies/

Here’s Obama’s hot mic moment which is referenced in the article: “After my election I have more flexibility”.

Ukraine’s Growing Economy

For more awesome headlines, go to https://www.ubn.news/

Ukraine’s economy grew by 4.2% this summer y-o-y, indicating that the spring growth rate of 4.6% was not a fluke. First-quarter GDP growth was 2.5%, according to the State Statistics Service. The National Bank of Ukraine and the Economic Development Ministry recently upgraded their 2019 GDP forecasts to 3.5%. This would be triple the 1.1% forecast EU growth rate for 2019.

Through October, Ukrainian ports handled 20% more cargo than during the same 10 months last year, report the Sea Ports Authority. This is the biggest jump in six years and dwarfs last year’s increase of 2%. With bigger ships docking at Ukraine’s ports, the number of vessels was up only 2%, to 9,813.

Driving cargo to 130 million tons, grain exports were up 37%, to 44 million tons, and iron ore exports were up 33%, to 30.5 million tons. With dredging work complete at the nation’s five largest ports, the growth champions were: Pivdenyi (Yuzhne) +28% to 44 million tons; Mykolaiv + 20% to 27 million tons; Chernomorsk +23% to 21.1 million tons; and Odessa +19% to 20.7 million tons. On the Azov, Mariupol reversed a five-year decline and registered a 5.5% increase in cargo, to 5.3 million tons.

Ukraine as victim of nuclear non-proliferation

Author Victor Rud is past Chairman of the Ukrainian American Bar Association, and currently chairs its Committee on Foreign Affairs

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, George Schultz, William Perry and Sam Nunn argued for “a world without nuclear weapons, [as] dangers continue to mount.” Lamenting “a dangerous policy paralysis” among the US, its allies and Russia, they write that the road to denuclearization is through “re-engagement” with Russia, a “joint declaration,” and “dialogue,” all with a goal of reaching “stability”.

The authors’ respective positions as former Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and Senator and Chair of the Armed Services Committee lend an implicit gravitas to their writing. But their writing does them no credit. They remain damningly silent about what happened to the largest country in Europe that also took their advice.

Following the fall of the USSR in 1991, Ukraine became the world’s third largest nuclear power (only after Russia and the US). Three years later Ukraine acceded to the very Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (“NPT”) that the authors celebrate. Kyiv surrendered its nuclear arsenal (under American hectoring) to, yes, Russia: 176 ICBM’s armed with 1,240 nuclear warheads, 44 strategic bombers armed with 1081 nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, and an unspecified number of tactical nuclear warheads. Predictably enough, this also meant the implosion of Ukraine’s scientific-military-industrial complex that produced or maintained that arsenal, including the worlds’ largest ICBM plant. Never did anything even remotely resembling Ukraine’s surrender occur. Nor will it ever again.

Why?

In exchange for Ukraine’s denuclearization, the infamous 1994 “Memorandum on Security Assurances” (signed by Russia, the US, and the United Kingdom in Budapest) was intended to ensure Ukrainian sovereignty and national security. In early 2014, Russia (itself an NPT signatory and, bizarrely, the very recipient of Ukraine’s arsenal) nonetheless invaded, occupied and annexed Ukrainian territory, shattering its obligations under the Memorandum. Both from the standpoint of preventing any such violation by Russia in the first place (which was the entire purpose of the Memorandum) and from the standpoint of causing Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine, America “policy” has failed. Ukraine’s human costs, alone, in the ensuing more than half a decade has been heinous–the disemboweling of children is a war crime. The costs to our own, and regional and global security, has been accelerating, and may easily expand beyond the monetary.

It can be argued that the Memorandum literally obligates the US only to enter into “consultations” with the other parties. Yet that hardly rises to an “assurance of security.” It manifestly was never the intention of the parties to hinge Ukraine’s denuclearization on Washington’s commitment to place a phone call to the UN in the event of a Russian invasion. Further, the Memorandum essentially restates the obligations already extant in the UN Charter and other international agreements of the parties. Regardless, given Russia’s breach there is nothing to keep Ukraine from withdrawing from the NPT and renewing its nuclear arsenal. Little wonder that the authors don’t mention this reality.

A year before invading Ukraine, Putin wrote in a New York Times Op-Ed: “[I]f you cannot count on international law, then you must find other ways to ensure your security. Thus, a growing number of countries seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This is logical: if you have the bomb, no one will touch you. We are left with talk of the need to strengthen non-proliferation, when in reality this is being eroded.”

https://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2019/04/23/op-ed-unreality-in-thinking-about-the-unthinkable/

East European Genealogical Society

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Using Cadastral Maps of Galicia

If you’re researching Christian ancestors from the Galicia region of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, chances are good that you’ve come across church records which mention a house number where your ancestor lived at the time he married, died, or had a new baby baptized. Moreover, if you’re interested in genealogy, chances are good that you’ve used Google Maps to obtain a street view of a home located at a particular address where your ancestors lived. So it’s inevitable that those researching Galician ancestors would want to use the house number from an old church record to find that ancestor’s home on a modern map, or at least see what exists in that place now. Unfortunately, this process is not quite as straightforward as it seems. In this post, I’ll provide a little background information about Galician cadastral maps, which can be used to assist in this process, and then walk through the steps needed to locate a Galician ancestor’s house on a cadastral map so you can then determine the corresponding location on a modern map.

https://fromshepherdsandshoemakers.com/2018/09/26/using-cadastral-maps-of-galicia/