Owen Ullmann USA TODAY Published 1:40 AM EST Feb 1, 2019 OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana — This country in the middle of the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa is a lure for safari tourists eager to spot the wild animals that roam freely. Yet visitors can’t help but notice something else about this country that is as rare elsewhere in the world as the endangered animals who live in this vast savanna: racial harmony. “Absolutely, it’s palpable. There’s no hostility between the blacks and whites, in contrast to neighboring South Africa and other nations in the region,” observes Barry Wood, a veteran journalist who has covered southern Africa. “It’s an extraordinary accomplishment.” Botswana stands out as a lone counterpoint to the racial strife, poverty, dictatorships and corruption that have long been the standard in so many African nations. It has its unique geography, history and culture to thank for that. As the United States … [Read more...] about Botswana offers U.S. a valuable lesson about achieving racial harmony
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Major anniversaries were marked this year by Ukrainians in the United States. The year began with celebrations of the centennial of the historic date, January 22, 1918, when Ukraine’s Central Rada, headed by historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky, declared independence and broke ties with Russia. The Central Rada evolved into the fundamental governing institution of the Ukrainian National Republic and established the precedent for Ukraine’s parliamentary democracy and national independence that formed the basis for national identity throughout the 20th century, as well as the declaration of independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Marta Farion Alina Shpak of Ukraine’s Institute of National Remembrance and Bishop Benedict Aleksiychuk of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Chicago, the main speakers at Chicago’s celebration of Ukraine’s independence proclamation of January 22, 1918, are seen with Congressmen Danny Davis (left) and Mike Quigley (right). … [Read more...] about 2018: For Ukrainians in the U.S.: A year of major anniversaries
SOUTH BOUND BROOK/SOMERSET, N.J. – More than 500 people, including more than 100 clergy members, celebrated the centennial of the founding of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. on July 28 with a hierarchical divine liturgy led by Metropolitan Yurij of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. The feast day on July 28, according to the Julian calendar, is dedicated to Grand Prince Volodymyr the Great, who is credited with baptizing Ukraine into Christianity in 988. A procession, led by a cross-bearer who was joined by participants carrying church banners and flags of various church organizations, began the centennial celebrations as participants gathered to celebrate the centennial divine liturgy. From the steps of the Ukrainian Cultural Center, after snaking their way around the St. Sophia Seminary building, participants walked along Easton Avenue with the aid of local police who closed off a section of the road for the procession. A large tent set up in front of St. … [Read more...] about UOC-U.S.A. celebrates its centennial with liturgy and banquet
There are many complex events and stories in Russian history. Instead of (sometimes) boring analysis, we decided to retell a few of these stories as short plays with countries, historical figures, and people as characters. Cast: Russia – an Eastern European empire, powerful, always short of money, and full of corrupt officials.U.S. – a young mighty state, but dealing with inner political problems. An enemy of Great Britain.Great Britain – “ruler of the seas.” Enemy (sometimes ally) of Russia and the U.S. Wants to cut profits for both of them.Russian-American company – a Russian state-funded company established for trade with America.Russian explorers – different Russian explorers, sailors, and merchants.Count Muravyov-Amursky– Governor-general of Eastern Siberia.Officers of the Russian-American company – naval officers, young Russian noblemen, as arrogant as they are … [Read more...] about Playing out Russian history: Russia selling Alaska to the U.S.
A U.S. grand jury has stepped up criminal charges against a woman accused of acting as a covert agent for Russia by cultivating ties with U.S. politicians, while Russian officials denounced the case. The U.S. grand jury late on July 17 charged Maria Butina, 29, a student at American University in Washington and founder of a Russian guns rights group, with conspiracy and acting as an agent of the Russian government. The charges against Butina are criminal offenses which carry maximum penalties of up to 10 years in prison, but she has not been charged with espionage or with being a member of a Russian intelligence service. Butina was arrested on July 15 and is scheduled to appear on July 18 in a U.S. court in Washington, the Justice Department said. U.S. prosecutors have accused Butina of cultivating ties with U.S. politicians and political organizations at the direction of a high-level official at the Russian Central Bank who was recently sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury because of his … [Read more...] about U.S. Steps Up Charges Against Alleged Russian ‘Agent’ In Washington