EURO-2012: Ukraine, why bother?

Feb 13th, 2012 | By

Back in September of 2011 I wrote up my “Travel Advisory Euro-2012”. It seems to me, all joking aside, that someone has heeded this message. However, I highly doubt it! Clearly the powers that be in Ukraine have not been able to convince the world that they actually deserve hosting the European football championships this…

A pleasant surpise: Ukraine’s President Accused of Plagiarism

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

Some time ago I wrote a commentary on the incumbent President’s new book called “Opportunity Ukraine”. Today I was informed by a friend, halfway around the globe that a blogger at the New York Times had picked up on my commentary. This is both pleasant and refreshing, and it can be read here in Ukraine’s…

We won’t get fooled again!

Oct 19th, 2011 | By

The wheels of democracy at times seem to turn extremely quickly, however, when it comes to diplomacy they clearly move at a cadence that few can understand. There have been many statements of warning from Western leaders condemning the seven-year sentence handed down to former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, however, will such statements…

My letter to Bryan Adams

Oct 17th, 2011 | By

On September 23, 2011 I wrote the following letter to Bryan Adams with copies to Ukrainian community leaders, politicians and the Canadian media. I copy went to the Kyiv Post which was  finally published yesterday. Reader urges Bryan Adams to boycott Yanukovych Yesterday at 21:51 | William Pawlowsky Dear Bryan Adams, I am writing to…

Yanukovych: Give the Devil His Due

Sep 19th, 2011 | By

By Bishop Paul Peter Jesep Diaspora Ukrainians throughout the world are vocal and relentless in their justified criticism and at times condemnation of President Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych.  I’ve been one of them when he first sought the presidency and have never stopped.  In the interests of fairness and intellectual honesty, however, even the devil must…

Russian Orthodoxy Incompatible with Ukraine

Jul 26th, 2011 | By

Ukrainians need to stop asking permission from the Ecumenical Patriarch and get on with building a national Church without him. Just as important they need to take every opportunity to contrast European Ukraine with Eurasian Russia.

At first, only the bravest settled in Canada

Jul 3rd, 2011 | By

Leaving Ukraine for Canada 120 years ago was akin to settling on the moon; only the bravest dared. Reaching the prairies, they were unceremoniously dumped where the train track stopped. There was nothing to mark human progress; distances were overwhelming and other people far away. When meeting them in towns, “established” Canadians mocked the new arrivals’ dress and sneered at their language and religion, heart-wrenchingly described in Pierre Burton’s The Promised Land. There was the ultimate slap-down: go back where you came from if you don’t like it here.