June 1, 1966

Fifty-five years ago, on June 1, 1966, J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), issued a statement that was published in the June 1 issue of the FBI Law Enforce­ment Bulletin.

Inaction is a sin

When I was young my mother dragged me to church for recollections. The guest speaker was Father Mudryj who later became bishop. He said much of note but the only phrase that left an impression on this teenager at the time was, if you see something wrong and you do nothing, this is a sin. Frankly, I have tried to comfort myself according to these words ever since.

The Helsinki Commission: 45 years of promoting human rights, democracy, peace and security. Part 1

Forty-five years ago on June 3, 1976, over the strong, and thankfully unsuccessful, objection of Henry Kissinger’s State Department, a bill creating the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, commonly known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, was signed into law. For more than 35 of those 45 years, I had the privilege to work for this small U.S. government agency located on Capitol Hill, which promotes peace, security, human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The work was meaningful and fulfilling, and reflected many of the values I was raised with, including in my grade-school through grad-school Catholic education.

Is Nord Stream 2 in America’s national interest?

President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken invoked U.S. “national interest” in allowing Russia and Germany to proceed with completing the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline, without explaining exactly what that interest was. How is it in the U.S. national interest to place the security of Europe’s sovereign nations at risk by supporting the NS2 pipeline, in partnership with a notoriously untrustworthy Russia, in exchange for short-term energy security for Germany?

Plast to hold limited summer camps in summer 2021

Last summer, the pandemic resulted in the first missed in-person summer camps for Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization in the U.S.A. For many young scouts it meant a quick pivot to virtual camps, thanks to extraordinary efforts by Regional Camping Committees (OTK), creative counselors and parents, and enthusiastic plastuny (scouts). Since then, scouts have been attending virtual weekly meetings, socially distanced meetups with friends, and Zooming with friends and family – anything to connect with those they have dearly missed.

2021 UOL Convention moves online

PHILADELPHIA – The 74th annual Convention of the Ukrainian Orthodox League (UOL) will be held online in a virtual format this year on July 24. Scheduled to be hosted in Philadelphia by the St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral UOL chapter (originally planned for July 22-25), the UOL National Executive Board – after consultations with the Philadelphia Convention Committee and the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. (UOC-U.S.A.) – announced in May that the 2021 convention will be held online.

Kobzarska Sich announces vision for 2021 bandura camps

DETROIT – The past year and a half has brought great challenges to all of humanity in practically all aspects of life, and the North American bandura scene was no exception. Sadly, last summer all four bandura camps had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. While the virtual Bandura Hangouts course offered some summer bandura activity, it was no replacement for a live, in-person bandura camp. This summer will still include some restrictions and challenges due to the pandemic – but thankfully Kobzarska Sich will take place! And, despite still many uncertainties, there is much that can be accomplished.