Category Archives: Outrage

Ukraine At 25

When Ukraine celebrates a quarter of a century of independence today, it’ll be under the barrel of a gun.

When Ukraine marks a quarter-century of independence today, it will be in the face of a massive disinformation campaign aimed at smearing and discrediting it in the eyes of the world.

When Ukraine celebrates a quarter-century of independence today, it’ll be in the shadow of threats from its larger northern neighbor.

And all this is because the very idea of an independent Ukraine is offensive to Vladimir Putin, who has famously said that Ukraine “isn’t a real country.”

But Putin is wrong.

Despite its very real problems, Ukraine is indeed a very real country — and it is a country that has, over the past quarter-century, represented the path not taken by Russia.

Since winning its independence following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has become increasingly more democratic.

Russia has become markedly less so.

Since winning its independence, Ukraine has had five free, fair, and competitive presidential elections.

Russia has had none.

Since gaining independence, Ukrainian civil society has become stronger, more vibrant, and more influential.

In Russia, civil society has been steadily marginalized.

The Putin regime clearly sees the alternative model of governance that an independent Ukraine represents as a mortal threat.

And it is determined to crush it one way or another.

But thanks to Ukraine’s resilience, it’s failed so far.

So happy Independence Day, Ukraine._900dn_o3_n18_k

Good Questions

A joke that’s going around Ukraine:

Vladimir Putin, wanting to get on the good side of voters, goes to visit a school in Moscow to have a chat with the kids. He talks to them about how Russia is a powerful nation and how he wants the best for the people.

At the end of the talk, there is a section for questions. Little Sasha puts her hand up and says “I have two questions. Why did the Russians take Crimea? And why are we sending troops to Ukraine?” Putin says “Good questions” But just as he is about to answer, the bell goes, and the kids go to lunch.

When they come back, they sit back down and there is room for some more questions, another girl, Misha, puts her hand up and says “I have four questions. My Questions are – Why did the Russians invade Crimea? Why are we sending troops to Ukraine? Why did the bell go 20 minutes early? And Where is Sasha?”

It was a massive bobble

How’s it Going?

What’s up?

You know it was a massive bobble!

Tell me about it!

A really bad bounce.

An air shot.

And utter humiliation.

The ball is in the net.

Cast in the wilderness.

A laughing stock.

One night in Zagreb

Sounds like a song to forget.

Nothing of the sort!

Much more recent.

A Bobbie bottle?

You really are up to date!

Nope.

Not that.

Ya big bobblehead.

Hey!

Keep your cool.

Must be the time you got Elena’s bobble stuck in the photo copier then!

The lady was very nice on the other end of the phone.

How did you get the printer jam?

No.

See my jumper.

The new one for Birthday or Christmas?

Yes.

I had it washed.

The bobble on it was the size of our dog!

You are prone to exaggeration

And you are going to be prone to vegetation!

Why?

Cos I’m going to bash your teeth in!

Or as our Cassie would say,

I’m going to block your knock off.

Well it was a Massive bobble!