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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Article of interest: Metaphors of betrayal

I would like to share with you a fascinating article by Mykola Ryabchuk, a political commentator who has been on several lecture tours in Canada and the US recently.

It's titled "Metaphors of betrayal." Mykola pretty much explains why east is east and west is west and why never the twain shall meet ... until the West starts to take an interest in the Rest of the world.

The lack of interest in Eastern Europe by North America and western Europe is rooted in the west's self-serving economic system ... and its utter obliviousness to the self-sabotage inherent in its cold and callous narcissism.

Even if the West undertakes no obligations vis-à-vis the Rest, the principles upon which it is built suggest some responsibility, writes Mykola Riabchuk. Ukrainians are particularly wary of the Realpolitik that dominates western dealings with Russia. Whatever one thinks about the "centuries old affinity" between Ukraine and Russia, any policy that downplays the issue of values is fundamentally flawed.

Full article here.
Mirko Petriw did a series of interviews with him on Nash Holos last year when Mykola was in Vancouver. They’re still up on the interviews page if anyone is interested.


Poeschl said...

Many thanks for the link to Mykola Ryabchuk's article in "Eurozine." Mr. Ryabchuk's article is thought-provoking. "Eurozine" itself is also a worthwhile link and I have added it to my blog reader. Thanks again for the links, and congratulations on the continuing outstanding posts on "Nash Holos."

Pawlina said...

You're very welcome! I'm always happy to share Mykola's work. I find him absolutely brilliant. And yes, Eurozine is a great publication.

So glad you enjoy the blog, and thank you so much for your very kind words! I appreciate the support and warm sentiments more than words can say.

Thanks for stopping by!

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