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The View From Here - Walter Kish

Weeds

It had been quite a while since I last chatted with my sometimes crotchety though always thought-provoking cousin Hryts from that venerable village of...

Hawkestone Reverie

It is a warm August Saturday evening, and I am in Hawkestone, a sleepy little hamlet nestled along the shores of Lake Simcoe about...

Refugees and Immigrants

The past few weeks have seen a constant stream of images in all the media showing a veritable torrent of refugees attempting to cross...

Obzhynky

My cousin Hryts from Pidkamin in Brodivshchyna was in a fine mood when I talked to him a few days ago. As he pointed...

Mythology

Volodymyr Kish. Some decades ago, I remember reading a very powerful book titled “The Power of Myth”, by an American writer and self-professed mythologist by...

Remembrances of War

Every year on November 11, Canadians commemorate Remembrance Day in memory of those who perished during World War I. Some 9 million soldiers and...

Shadows of Invasions Past

Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine is sadly just the latest in a painfully long list of aggressions that it has suffered over the past...

The Movie Everyone Sould See

Last week saw the world premiere of a wonderful new documentary film titled "The Music of Survival" at the TIFF Lightbox Theatre in Toronto....

The Perils of Poroshenko

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko returned home last week after what can be deemed a fairly successful trip to Canada and the U.S. There is...
Georgia

The View From Here: Georgia on my Mind

Volodymyr Kish. Mikheil Saakashvili paid a visit to Canada last week. I had the pleasure of speaking with him as well as hearing him dissect...

A Turning Point

As I write this, the Ukrainian flag is once again flying over the city of Slovyansk in the Donetsk Oblast. For the past three...

A Modern Morality Play

The crisis in Ukraine, which started some eight months ago with a small protest on Maidan Nezalezhnosty, continues to drag on with little sign...

Another Ukraine

For most of the past year, my thoughts and those of most other Ukrainian Canadians have been centered on our ancestral land and its...

A Short Poetic History of Ukraine

In far off lands in days gone by Our Slavic kin did live and die. They broke the ground and planted crops From endless steppes to hilly...

Hryts on 2015

Volodymyr Kish I called my cousin Hryts last week in Ukraine’s self-proclaimed garlic capital of Pidkamin, a modest little village in Western Ukraine, whose inhabitants...

A Church at the Crossroads

I returned some weeks ago from the quinquennial convention, called a Sobor, of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC). It was my first...

The Other War

The fighting in the Donbas has abated significantly over the past several weeks since the debacle at Debaltseve. To Putin, a cease fire means...

Do Not Forget Crimea

Volodymyr Kish Almost two years ago, an almost surreal invasion of Crimea took place, with mysterious, well-armed and well-coordinated masses of “green men” suddenly appearing...

Political Realities

One of the biggest frustrations for Diaspora Ukrainians has been the reluctance of the major western powers to provide any meaningful aid to Ukraine...

An Orthodox Vision

I will be heading off to Winnipeg in mid-July as a delegate to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Sobor, a grand conference held...

The Propaganda War

We are all familiar with the on-going strife in the Donbas as Putin strives to realize his perverted vision of a new Russian Empire....

A Hryts Historical Lesson

This past Sunday, it being Ukrainian Independence Day, I called my cousin Hryts in Pidkamin, Lviv region, to convey my best wishes on this...

Real War

The war in Eastern Ukraine has not gone well over the past week. It was not that long ago that the hopes of Ukrainians...

Let’s Tango

I have always been fascinated with the tango. The rhythms of this energetic and artistic, yet at the same time sensuous dance that originated...

Spiritual Reflections

Like many if not most Canadians, regardless of ethnicity or religion, I have not been a regular church goer for most of my life....

A Weary War

It has been well over a year since the Russians initiated their “hybrid” war in Eastern Ukraine, a conflict that has degenerated into an...

The Wounded Bear

One of the puzzling questions about the war in Ukraine over the past year has been why the U.S. and more specifically President Obama,...

Writing of War

The revolution in Ukraine, which began on the Maidan in Kyiv over nine months ago, continues, and to be frank, it has become increasingly...

Forgotten Shadows on Evans Ave.

Several blocks west of the UNF’s Trident Hall on Evans Ave. in Toronto, at the corner of Evans and Horner Avenues, lies a large...

Ukrainian Mothers

I had the distinct pleasure of being the keynote speaker at a Mother’s Day Banquet last week, honouring all those ladies without whom even...

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