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“Faith Schools” for Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 18 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
There are controversial issues that may surround “faith schools”, particularly those that are aggressively selective in their catchment. supported, funded and governed by parents that take being a zealot to the extreme, and thus provide a...
A new “Thin Blue Line” – The new Ukrainian police NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 21 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Yesterday saw the Rada pass a new “Police Law” which amongst other things granted a statutory right to exist for the new (metropolitan) “Police” that will now take to the streets of Kyiv after months of training. They will soo...
NATO Partnership for Peace ratification – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 20 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
It is not often that this blog touches upon defence or security issues – or indeed the war in eastern Ukraine – despite the fact that every time it does readership numbers skyrocket. The simple fact is that so many others write about the...
Right idea, but the asset management? – Yatseniuk on foreign trade NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 1 Hour, 2 Minutes ago
Arseniy Yatseniuk, amongst his rhetorical fluff, has a gift for stating the obvious.  That is not meant in a derogatory way.  There are times when the obvious must be stated, because the obvious is not obvious to all – or the obvious...
The Odessa 1-Stop (Business Administration) Shop NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 21 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Inevitably, unsurprisingly, and predictably – Odessa is to be the first Oblast to produce an effective, efficient,  bribe/corruption free 1 Stop Shop for business administration – or at least that is the plan. The Minister of Justice...
Assessing EU action within Ukraine – through a provincial lens NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 1 Hour, 53 Minutes ago
This is an entry that has been waiting to be written for a long time. Much has been written about the short falls of Ukraine politically and institutionally.  Much has been rightly criticised too.  Much will continue to be written too, whil...
An Odessa – Lviv reformist umbilical chord? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 23 Minutes ago
A very short entry today, but one to ponder as it goes against all the current media noise relating to Andrie Sadovyi/Samopomich and Viltali Klitschko and UDAR is the issue of seemingly blossoming ties between Odessa and Lviv. They are but curre...
Speaking in tongues – Constitutional Amendments NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 17 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Yesterday appears to be a day of progress perhaps, but no shortage of mutual backslapping with regard to constitutional change and “decentralisation”. “I want to congratulate all the members of the Constitutional Commission on the f...
Swivel-eyed cosmopolitanism – Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Odessa it is often said, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Ukraine – and it is.  It has always been a cosmopolitan city throughout Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Tsarist, Soviet and contemporary times.  That is nothing particularly un...
“The country must purify itself” (Unless I decree otherwise) NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
A long time ago, the first of many entries was published following the presidential signing of what was, and remains, a very poorly crafted “Lustration Law” – better known as the “Law on purification of the government”.
To Centrenergo or not to Centrenergo? – That is the question NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
That the Ukrainian government plans to privatise, and thus shift a lot of loss making, or subsidies taking, State controlled assets from the government books is no secret. Amongst the headline ticket items for privatisation are assets (or liabilities...
The Open Government Partnership (and stuff) – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
It has been some time since anything appeared here that is insightful and clear-eyed – or even particularly thoughtful.  Perhaps that is due to turning out daily entries for free when your author has a spare 20 minutes during the day. &nbs...
Nalyvaychenko’s next role – Into the political void? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
About a week ago, an entry was published relating to Dmitry Firtash, in which it stated that the then current SBU (Secret Services) Chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko would be dismissed iminently. “Retaining Mr Nalyvaychenko as head of the SBU, a pos...
Ruling things in, rather than out – Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
When Governor Saakashvili was first appointed, the immediate issues that came to mind were “He (and whatever team he appoints around him) will have several difficult battles ahead – the most obvious being with the notoriously corrupt cust...
Saakashvili casting his net? Foreign educated English speakers required NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 18 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Now here’s an interesting little development – though not entirely unexpected.  It is fair to say the idea has been “mulled over” for a few weeks. “We want to change the Odessa region. But without the help of active...
The Rule of P Revisited – Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Many times has the “Rule of P” been mentioned within this blog over the years. The “Rule of P” being “Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance” – a robust and sensible rule during times of peac...
Blair to join International Advisory Council on Reforms Ukraine? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
It appears that President Poroshenko has asked Tony Blair to join the International Advisory Council on Reforms for Ukraine – a body headed by President Poroshenko. Fair enough – but what does Tony Blair bring to the table other than bein...
French FDI coming to Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
“In the age of acorns, before the times of Ceres, a single barley-corn had been of more value to mankind than all the diamonds of the mines of India.” – Henry Brooke Well, perhaps. However, barley, and in particular malt, seems like...
A Firtash fightback or an own goal? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
A few days ago this entry was published relating to the Agency for Moderisation of Ukraine – a civil society actor and an entirely Dmitry Firtash production from start to finish. This civil society front sitting now in tandem with Ihor Kolomois...
Academic Acrimony – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Aside from fairly frequent high-brow meetings with diplomats from those nations that are active (rather than simply in) Ukraine, this blog gets to meet visiting/researching academia, think tankers, NGOs and  journalists, somewhat ad hoc when the...