Freedom Of The Press In Ukraine, Or Why Maidan's Democratic Legacy Needs Protection

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

What worries me most is that the ongoing erosion of democratic freedoms in Ukraine seriously undermined the credibility of the Ukrainian democratic project by reversing the democratic progress made during the Maidan protests, which could force Ukraine's international allies to reconsider their support in its struggle against Russia.

Why Jeremy Corbyn Would Be A Foreign Policy Disaster As PM

Usman Butt | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Usman Butt

While Corbyn seems pretty clear on foreign policy issues, he has not only been dangerously inconsistent, but also grossly out-of-touch with the ground realities in many places. Fundamentally, in Corbyn, you have the two worst traits converge in one leader- ignorance and weakness.

Douze Points! How Eurovision Is Changing A Country's Attitude To Diversity

Steve Wardlaw | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Steve Wardlaw

Sometimes we in the UK forget how important it is, in countries that are in transition, to see positive examples of LGBT acceptance. And a large televised multinational event that proclaims diversity in the way that Eurovision does can really help to educate its viewers.

Eurovision: It's Not 'Gay Christmas' For LGBT+ Ukrainians

Steve Taylor | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Steve Taylor

We'll see a sanitised Kiev on our screens this weekend, with Eurovision taking place in a huge arena with a massive security operation that will show you nothing of the reality of the situation outside. There will certainly be 'high camp', and it might well be 'gay Christmas', but only inside the arena.

Eurovision In Ukraine - A Stunning Country With Warm And Resilient People

Diane Chandler | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Diane Chandler

While I moved on twenty years ago, a little piece of Ukraine climbed into my heart and has stayed there. So much so that my first novel, The Road to Donetsk, was set in Ukraine.

Eurovision 2017 - Ones To Watch

Kaushik Ray | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kaushik Ray

Let's face it, nobody - neither record producers nor the record-buying public - is watching Eurovision looking for a global star.

Life On The Edge In Eastern Ukraine

Toby Fricker | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK
Toby Fricker

Among the havoc and uncertainty that the conflict breeds, there is hope. Diana and her peers are determined to continue their education and play a role in building a more stable future. Andrii is focussed on doing whatever he can so his children, "... live happy and prosper in life." Dasha is studying hard to realise her dream of going to University. But what happens next is never certain. As Andrii says, "The future? Well, that's an enigma. You can't predict it."

International Women's Day: Gender, Identity And Ideology In The Soviet Union

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

Thinking about the legacy of the USSR, I never cease to be amazed at the professionalism with which Communist propaganda permeated every walk of life. Ideology worked on all levels, touching everything, manipulating people's deepest emotions, consciousness and sense of identity.

Are Left And Right Wing Political Labels Rapidly Becoming Redundant?

Phil Jones | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Politics
Phil Jones

We really are in a 'through the looking glass' phase of national and international politics with a dangerous growth of 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' dogma. Self styled moderates behaving like the right. Vexed liberals coming over all authoritarian. Reactionary western nationalists having a love-in with long time foe Russia.

The Battle For Avdiika: Trump And May Stumble Over Their First National Security Litmus Tests

The London Magazine | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
The London Magazine

Russian officials accuse Ukraine of having activated the military conflict to keep Ukrainian affairs in the international agenda. Ironically, it probably will be these kinds of escalations that will make President Trump & Prime Minister May understand that they will have to take a more firm stand against Russia, independently of commercial or domestic considerations.

Polish Post-Punk, Estonian Electro And Czechpop: One Night In Budapest

Tim Thornton | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

In 1994, the rock band dEUS released Suds & Soda, a debut single suggesting a drunken fantasy jam between the Beastie Boys and The Pogues after a Fait...

Is Putin Preparing an August Surprise?

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

This year, while we're marvelling at the record-breaking feats of gymnasts, divers, cyclists and others in Rio, it's troops in Ukraine who have been put on high alert in response to a military build-up on the Russian side of the border...

Russia May Be Threatening Ukraine Again, But Any Further Escalation for Them Would Be Counterproductive

Michael Day | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Day

Whether this is another case of sabre-rattling by the Russians or something more sinister, it remains the truth that an invasion of Ukraine would be so complex and costly it would tie up Russia for years, making any interference in the Baltic States by Putin to be quixotic to the extent that along with his involvement in Ukraine and Syria, it may prove instantly fatal to his regime.

Eastern Ukraine: Conflicting Interpretations of the Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 24.06.2017 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

During a visit to a summer camp for children affected by the conflict in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, I met a boy close to the frontline who had made a drawing of a tree, on top of which he drew a house with a family. When asked why the house was in the tree top and wouldn't it fall down in the wind, the boy confidently assured me 'no', the house is strong and secure. I later found out that this boy's dog had been killed by a landmine.

Ukraine's Eurovision Win and the Energies of Conflict

The London Magazine | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
The London Magazine

The Eurovision Song Contest, a flashy, riotous and at times absurd jamboree, has ceased to be about talent and the enjoyment of friendly competition. ...

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...

360 Degree Chernobyl Photos Show A Ghost Town Untouched For 30 Years

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK

Haunting 360 degree photos show the abandoned homes, schools and hospitals inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, thirty years after the catastrophic nu...

Peacebuilding in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each oth...

The EU's Status as Europe's Peacekeeper Is an Insulting Myth

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Achieving ever-closer-union, as it foreshadowed, has been the driving force behind the gradual (and often forceful) assimilation of law, currency and culture across the European continent. To many, it seemed a wonderful way of enhancing international cooperation, and promoting both peace and unity.

Russian PM Blames West For Causing 'New Cold War'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK

The West is pushing Russia towards "a new Cold War" because of "unfriendly" policies, the country's prime minister has said. Tensions rose between ...

The EU Is Fostering Progress in Tackling Corruption

Juan Garcia | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Juan Garcia

Romania's fight against corruption is showing encouraging signs of progress, but the bitter medicine of reform marks a traumatic period for the countr...

The Syria Vote Aftermath Has Shown the Worst of the 'New Politics'

David Browne | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

In the aftermath of the vote on whether to bomb ISIS in Syria, the new Labour Party will have to face some uncomfortable questions about the new direction in which Corbyn wants to take, spurred on both by Corbyn's supporters, and by the group that now seems to take pride of place in Corbyn's foreign policy: Stop the War Coalition.

As Conflict Takes Its Toll in Ukraine, Young Minds Must Thrive Again

Toby Fricker | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK
Toby Fricker

As long as the conflict remains unsolved, many young Ukrainian lives are on hold. I recall what Dasha told me in the village. "I will remember this year for the rest of my life. I feel like I've lived 10-years in one because it was so tense." Her experiences will clearly never be forgotten. But with the right support, Dasha and young Ukrainians affected by the conflict can thrive once again.

Emperor Palpatine Elected To The City Council In Odessa

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Politics

A man calling himself Emperor Palpatine has been elected to the city council in the Ukrainian seaport of Odessa. The 25 year-old tabled more than half...

'Chewbacca' Makes Wookiee Error After Arrest In Ukraine

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK

A man dressed as Chewbacca was arrested in Ukraine on Sunday after he broke legislation that forbids campaigning on Election Day. The Wookiee was alle...