Historical memory in a time of war

By profession I am a historian who was raised and educated in the United States, and who has taught the history of Ukraine for over four decades at the University of Toronto in Canada. I come to you, then, as someone who has developed a professional and personal love and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage that your ancestors created on this beautiful land called Ukraine.

War criminal numbers have been ‘grossly exaggerated’

We always suspected it. We tried to tell reporters, politicians, RCMP investigators, even a few of those who were against us in the public arena, about what we were certain was true – but they wouldn’t believe us. I can’t blame them. There was no hard proof, not in the 1980s, to confirm Soviet agents of influence had initiated “active measures” to undermine the anti-Communist Ukrainian community in the West.

Home for a visit

We are beginning a new stage in relations with the Ukrainian diaspora. At the very least, our program shall simplify the circumstances of living in Ukraine for “foreign” Ukrainians (those from outside of Ukraine’s borders). At best, our program will include them as investors or members of supervisory boards.

Trudeau must do more to hallow the remains of Ukrainians found in Spirit Lake

Last month Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminded Canadians that, “As a Catholic, I am deeply disappointed by the position…the Catholic Church has taken now and over the past many years [of not] showing the leadership that quite frankly is supposed to be at the core of our faith, of forgiveness, of responsibility, of acknowledging truth.” Evocative words, especially delivered in the well-practiced, rather unctuous tone he deploys whenever apologizing for some historical injustice.

Ukraine and NATO: what’s next?

Thirty years ago, on August 1, 1991, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush spoke in Kyiv. It was later dubbed the Chicken Kiev speech. In his speech, Mr. Bush said that, “Some people have urged the United States to choose between supporting President Gorbachev and supporting independence-minded leaders throughout the USSR I consider this a false choice.

The Summit that never happened … or did it?

The takeaway for Ukraine is that the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva apparently did take place. There were two press conferences, one by each of the principals to prove that. Apparently, the only tangible result was the renewed exchange of ambassadors. For the American cynic this was a far cry from Helsinki and thus a major victory for the American side. But success cannot be measured by Trump years.

Being president should not protect Russian President Vladimir Putin from prosecution

A set of guidelines, known as the Nuremberg Principles, were created by the United Nations’ International Law Commission at the end of the World War II. They were first utilized during the Major War Criminals Trials that began November 20, 1945, and ended on October 1, 1946. Of the 24 Nazis indicted, 12 were sentenced to death by hanging, one in absentia, and the rest given prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life behind bars. Ten went to the noose on October 16, 1946. Remarkably, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring managed to cheat the hangman by taking a cyanide pill the night before.

Only visionary and consistent actions will stop Russian aggression

Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion stipulates that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Unfortunately, this irrefutable law of physics is often disregarded by the West’s inconsistent reactions to the aggressive and destructive actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies, namely the Belarusian pariah Alyaksandr Lukashenka.