Monthly Archives: February 2016

Kyiv in On the Grid guide: 12 must visit hipster places

If you plan to visit Kyiv in the near future, here are 12 must visit locales to make your visit more memorable as recommended  by Euromaiden Press.

Na Stanislavskoho Cafe, KyivNa Stanislavskoho Cafe, Kyiv 


Ukraine’s Kyiv made it to and international guide On the Grid  created by representatives of Brooklin design agency Hyperakt.

Also known as “guide for hipsters”, On the Grid helps exploring cities of the world and their most unusual and hidden corners.

Ukraine’s capital is represented here by seven districts: Andriivskiy Descent & Vozdvizhenka, Podil, Universytet, Lypky, Olimpiyskiy, Stare Misto and Zoloti Vorota (with the latter still in progress). The guide’s authors picked around dozen places from each district. Continue reading

The Tale of the Boiling Frog

This article from Euromaiden Press links the fable of the boiling frog to Russian society accepting its worsening fate under Putin. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will leap out to escape the danger, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be slowly cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that occur gradually.


Article by: Kseniya Kirillova

Russia: A “superpower” with no safety net   

Playing global games as a “superpower” has led Russia to the brink of disaster: the Russian population is slowly dying out. We’re not talking about volunteers or soldiers who have gone to fight in the Donbas or Syria, but about ordinary citizens who haven’t left the country. Many people are dying for the most trivial reasons, such as a flu vaccine. The high mortality during the current flu epidemic can be explained very simply – lack of imported drugs. Continue reading

#LetMyPeopleGo: free Ukrainian political hostages illegally jailed in Russia

T-shirts in support of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held in Russia. Designed by Braty DesignT-shirts in support of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held in Russia. Designed by Braty Design 


Over 10 Ukrainian citizens are political prisoners in Russia, facing up to 20 years of jail over trumped-up charges, sometimes for the sole reason of being Ukrainian. Some of them, according to human rights activists, were simply kidnapped. In order to raise awareness about their imprisonment, the Ukrainian organizations EuromaidanSOS and the Center for Civil Liberties, are launching the campaign #LetMyPeopleGo. Its purpose is to spread information about citizens of Ukraine who are illegally kept captive in Russia, as well as citizens of other countries imprisoned in Russia for political reasons, for supporting Ukraine, and public demonstrations against Russian aggression in Ukraine. Continue reading


By Bill Gladstone

Stack of books
Stack of books

The future of an important Toronto-based Jewish library collection is up in the air as the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGST) seeks a new home for its specialized collection of roughly 500 books and 45 periodicals.

The non-circulating collection has been housed since 1989 in the sixth-floor Canadiana room of the North York Central Library on Yonge Street, a branch of the Toronto Public Library system, where it has been accessible to patrons on an Continue reading

DNA, Genealogy And The Search For Who We Are


DNA is separate from family history, says Alva Noe.


Consider these facts, culled from writings here:

  • You share no DNA with the vast majority of your ancestors.
  • You have more ancestors — hundreds a few generations back, thousands in just a millennium — than you have sections of DNA.
  • You have 64 great-great-great-great-grandparents — but if you are a man, you share your Y-chromosome with only one of them.
  • The amount of DNA you pass on to your descendants roughly halves with each generation. It is a matter of chance which of your descendants actually carry any of your DNA.

And then, there’s this tidbit, courtesy of Mark G. Thomas and his friends at University College London: It can be demonstrated that 5,000 years ago Continue reading

Russia and the Separatists in Eastern Ukraine

Europe and Central Asia Briefing N°795 Feb 2016

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (C) looks at a Ukrainian flag brought from an eastern region of the country where a military conflict took place, during his visit to an exhibition of new Ukrainian military equipment in Kiev, Ukraine, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

REUTERS/Gleb Garanich


Despite repeated expressions of support for the Minsk process and recognition of Ukraine’s sovereignty over the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR, LNR), Moscow’s policy in Ukraine’s east looks more likely to strengthen those entities than prepare for the dismantlement the Minsk agreement envisages. The Kremlin views Ukraine’s European choice as a major security threat and the 2014 overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych as Western-backed and aimed at isolating Russia. It wants to keep Ukraine under its pro-Western leadership unstable, embroiled in open-ended military confrontation it cannot afford, so as to return it eventually to its sphere of influence. Moscow often seems to play with several options, but its tactical fluidity is dangerous. Almost 10,000 have died in the conflict, and tens of thousands of troops face each other along a 500-km line of separation. While Continue reading