Amid the third massive leak of offshore account records in the past six years, known as the Pandora Papers, this newspaper urges U.S. President Joe Biden to reinvigorate the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in line with his campaign promises.
Unlike the previous leaks, in 2016 and the following year, the Pandora Papers – a trove of records received by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) – is twice as big in volume (nearly 3 terabytes of data from 14 offshore service providers) as the Panama Papers, which came from one law firm in the murky industry that shelters wealth.
The following is a guest editorial by Alexandra Holyk, editor of Student, a publication of the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK), third-year journalism student at Ryerson University in Toronto, and online editor at The Eyeopener, Ryerson University’s independent student newspaper.
As Ukrainians around the world mark the 80th anniversary of the tragedy of Babyn Yar, the Ukrainian diaspora community in Canada also honors the victims of yet another tragedy.
This has been an unusually busy and eventful week for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Having visited the United States a few weeks earlier, he began his week by flying back to the United States to address the 76th United Nations General Assembly on September 22, where he pleaded with world leaders to do more to help end Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The staff of The Ukrainian Weekly expresses sincere thanks to all of our readers and social media supporters for their positive reactions to our 30th anniversary issue published on August 22. Space limitations did not allow us to publish all of the information we would have liked, and more coverage of the events leading up to the declaration of Ukraine’s independence on August 24, 1991, can be found in our newspaper’s digital archive.
We knew that it would take some time to see whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did enough to persuade U.S. President Joe Biden during their White House meeting on September 1 that the U.S. president needed to do more to help Ukraine fend off a barrage of ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine. That belligerence has taken on various forms, be it via Russia’s design to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as an economic weapon against Ukraine, or through an all-out war in eastern Ukraine, where the country’s military has come under increasing assault in recent weeks.
Dear readers, we are thrilled to announce that The Ukrainian Weekly will launch a redesigned website on October 6, which marks the 88th anniversary of the newspaper’s founding.
The previous major update to the site was made roughly six years ago. An editorial in the June 14, 2015, issue of The Ukrainian Weekly informed readers that, while the web address remained the same, “the look and functionality [of the new site] are entirely different.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with U.S. President Joe Biden in the Oval Office on September 1. As soon as that meeting ended, Ukrainians around the world wanted to know whether Mr. Zelenskyy had done enough to convince Mr. Biden that the United States should do more to help Ukraine gain entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, fend off the looming threat of further Russian aggression by providing more concrete military aid and stop construction of the Nord Stream 2 by punishing the pipeline’s builders with strong sanctions. Speaking the day before his meeting with Mr. Biden, Mr. Zelenskyy was clear in what he hoped to achieve during his visit.
For many Ukrainians around the world, August 24 is a day to celebrate the moment when, 30 years ago on August 24, 1991, a long-held dream finally became a reality. It marks the day when the Ukrainian parliament adopted an act to reestablish Ukraine as an independent nation. While parliament proclaimed Ukraine’s independence, it also noted that the issue was subject to a nationwide referendum.