Ukraine in Pictures

Well Yanukovich has finally been declared the winner. Since someone else is undoubtedly about to post about this I’ll leave it at that. But while we all wait to see what happens next, can I recommend a viewing of the reuters photoslides. I think in many ways these photographs tell a story of their own.

Clearly the scenography of snow and orange lend the images a very special quality, that and the sombre uniforms of the special police, with all those young eyes peering out through the gap beneath the visor. The images of young girls offering them flowers are also reminiscent of earlier epochs – like Prague 68.

These images as also historic. In some ways we are probably approaching the end of something (whatever happens next). I doubt we will see too many more scenes like this on European soil at least. It seems as if a process set off by another group of silent protesters in another city in another country some 15 years ago may now be about to enter its final stages.

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About Edward Hugh

Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".

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