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Displaced lives

Last week marked the 74th anniversary of “Akcja Wisla” (Operation Vistula) which in 1947 saw the forcible deportation of over 140,000 Ukrainians from their...

Shadows of forgotten ancestors

This is a big week in the Ukrainian calendar, as we celebrate Easter with a panoply of rituals and traditions that go back centuries,...

Stuff

As the COVID pandemic has forced me to spend almost all of my time at home for more than a year now, I have...

The Psycho-ology of Putin

The Russians have in recent weeks begun rattling their sabres once again on Ukraine’s borders. Large movements of troops and military hardware have been...

COVID lessons

We have now survived the scourge of COVID for more than year, and it would be an understatement to say that the experience has...

The Ukrainian garden

Spring has once again rolled around, and for many of us Ukrainians in the diaspora, that means it is time to get the garden...

The Shevchenko phenomenon

If you are Ukrainian, March is Shevchenko month. Ever since I was a little tyke, I can remember that most of the month was...

Lesya Ukrainka

Over the last several weeks I have seen much material in both digital and hardcopy media about Lesia Ukrainka, it having been the 150th...

Digging Ukraine!

Because of the constraints imposed by the COVID epidemic, I have been watching far more television than usual, and have used the opportunity to...

A bit of history

I took an unexpected little stroll into history this past week while browsing the digital archives of the Oshawa library on the Internet. I...

An American tragedy

This past week, America underwent a trial by fire and came out wanting. I am speaking of course of Trump’s impeachment trial in the...

Generational change

A number of events in recent months have caused me to indulge in a little more introspection about the future and the past than...

Re-engineering democracy

For the past several centuries, people throughout this shrinking planet of ours have been indulging in democracy as the means by which human affairs...

The View From Here By Volodymyr Kish: Truth or consequences

Last week, Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States, putting an end to four years of Trump-led turmoil, chaos and mind-boggling...

Hryts’ and the Zaraza

I took the opportunity over the holidays to call my cousin Hryts in the eponymous little village of Pidkamin in Western Ukraine, a burg...

Coups and consequences

For the past couple of centuries, the United States has played an important role on the world stage as an example of freedom and...

The View From Here: Let’s not go back to normal

Volodymyr Kish. I am sure that most people, like myself, will not be sad to see the end of 2020. It was a year that...

The View From Here: A year of crises

Volodymyr Kish. I think that most of you will agree that 2020 was a particularly difficult year. Our complacent 21st century smugness was shattered when...

The View From Here: COVID blues

Volodymyr Kish. As this dumpster fire of a year staggers to a close, I am hard pressed to find anything positive to say as I...

The View From Here: Cost of living in Ukraine

Volodymyr Kish. Living in Ukraine these days poses no shortage of challenges to beleaguered Ukrainians, not least of which is dealing with a sputtering economy...

The View From Here: The wrong trajectory

Volodymyr Kish. As this trying year of 2020 edges to a close, I have started to increasingly believe that our civilization has taken more than...

The View From Here: Crimean Tatars under siege

Volodymyr Kish. Back in early spring of 2014, a large number of “green men”, heavily armed soldiers with no insignia, started appearing in Crimea and...

The View From Here: COVID has Ukraine under siege

Volodymyr Kish. Over the past month, it has become obvious that Canada had entered the “second wave” of the COVID pandemic, with a dramatic increase...

The View From Here: A matter of time

Volodymyr Kish. The COVID pandemic has drastically changed the way we have led our lives over the past six months and there is little sign...

The View From Here: COVID solitude

Volodymyr Kish. The infinitesimally small microbe we know as the COVID-19 virus is so basic in its structure and activities, that scientists debate whether it...

The View From Here: News

Volodymyr Kish. This past September 28th was celebrated by those in the journalism world as World News Day. An initiative of the Canadian Journalism Foundation...

The View From Here: Keeping in touch

Volodymyr Kish. Back some decades ago before there was Facebook, e-mail or even the Internet, communicating with relatives in Ukraine was more than just a...

The View From Here: Memories and memoirs

Volodymyr Kish. Quite a few years ago, my wife and kids came up with the bright idea that I should write my memoirs. They even...

The View From Here: COVID and culture

Volodymyr Kish. It has now been almost six months since the COVID epidemic began and we are still nowhere near to bringing it under control,...

The View From Here: In other words

Volodymyr Kish. It seems like almost a lifetime ago when I was young student at the University of Waterloo that I found that there was...

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