Ultima Thule

In ancient times the northernmost region of the habitable world - hence, any distant, unknown or mysterious land.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Yevshan continued

By Aussiegirl

Thanks to Window, who gave UT a plug for mentioning the Yevshan zil'ya (Ukrainian word for herb) on his great website at http://windowglass.blogspot.com

Check out this wonderful site for great up-to-date information on the latest happenings from on the ground in Ukraine. Read particularly a moving speech delivered by leading contemporary Ukrainian writer, Yuri Andrukhovych to the European Parliment in Strasbourg on December 15, 2004 on the subject of "Saving a 'cursed' Ukraine".

Andrukhovych lays out eloquently and poetically his dreams for a Ukraine which is naturally reaching out to Europe in its striving for democracy and freedom and human dignity. It is no wonder that Ukrainians have managed to survive as a recognizable entity through all these centuries of oppression and domination -- it has been the voices of their poets and writers that have kept alive the spirit of a people through unimaginable horrors.

Ultimately, guns and terror cannot triumph over the human will towards freedom and the power of words to inspire and lead.


At 7:14 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

Aussiegirl, great post! I`m glad to see that someone else is doing Ukrainian news, too! I`ll have to check it out. You are still THE source on all thing Ukrainian.

Thanks for the kind words and encouragement on my own blog!


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