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This UABA Blog page provides information and commentary on issues that are relevant to the organization and its members. Although the blogs are public, comments can only be made by members. If yoiu wish to join the discussion, you are welcome to become a member.

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  • 24 Nov 2019 9:40 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Impeachment, America’s Orwellian Legacy in Ukraine,
    and Why It Matters

    by Victor Rud,

    "It is especially important to introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements–extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics. . . . Russia should also work toward isolating Britain from Europe, introducing discord both within the EU and between the US and the EU, and destabilizing Turkey. Russia must annex Ukraine because its independence is an enormous danger. Aleksandr Dugin, with General Nikolai Klokotov (Russian General Staff Academy), The Foundations of Geopolitics, 1997.

    “Whether Russian led integration on the territory of the former USSR will pose a serious, long-term military challenge to the West, depends in large part on the role that Ukraine plays or is compelled to play. . . . Ukraine will do much to determine whether Europe and the world in the twenty-first century will be as bloody as they were in the twentieth.” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1997.

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  • 20 Nov 2019 8:02 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Rule of Law and Ukraine. What Needs to Be Done?

    Culture eats strategy for breakfast. – Peter Drucker

    Drucker’s famous quote means that when strategy and culture collide, culture will win. Rarely has Drucker’s quote had more direct applicability than with respect to the legal system in Ukraine.

    Culture refers to the dominant set of professional values, attitudes and behavioral expectations in a given organization or identifiable group of people, whether we are speaking of the prosecution service or the judiciary or all of a country’s lawyers. 

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  • 20 Nov 2019 7:56 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Why Is Raising the Level of Rule of Law In
    post-Soviet Ukraine Such a Challenge?

    The past is never dead. It’s not even past. – William Faulkner

    A country with a legal system that possesses the rules, norms, mechanisms and procedures to produce results that most of that country’s inhabitants perceive to be just in the sense of being fair has a high level of rule of law. Countries that are not so blessed have a low level of rule of law. Ukraine has thus far fallen into the second category of countries as is, for example, reflected by its low ranking in the World Justice Project rule of law index. Why?


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  • 14 Oct 2019 11:15 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

      

    UKRAINIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

    42nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    November 1-2, 2019

    Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044

    45 Independence Ave., SW

    Washington, DC 20515

     THE TENACITY OF UKRAINE’S DEMOCRACY:

       OVERCOMING OBSTACLES AND AGGRESSION

    Click here to view full Conference Program



  • 30 Sep 2019 4:01 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Seeking to merely “contain” Putin is not enough.  We have been outplayed, outsmarted and outmaneuvered in Europe, the Middle East, Venezuela, Africa and the Arctic. And at home. Point by point “cost imposing” measures against Russia have not worked. And simply repeating the pattern of reacting, deterring, responding, defending will not work.  Moscow–minimally as a beneficiary and perhaps more–emerges in seemingly Iran’s recent provocations in the Persian Gulf.  And now the possibility of a Presidential impeachment looms. We have anchored ourselves squarely at the confluence of dual domestic and international storms.

    Read More as posted on the Foreign Policy Association Web pages

  • 19 Sep 2019 4:38 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    September 12, 2019, in Toronto at the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact 80th Anniversary (“The Black Ribbon Day Conference”) at The University of Toronto.

    Video of Panel Discussion: Victor Rud, Chairman, UABA Committee on Foreign Affairs; at 35 min 20 seconds  click here to view   

    Gary Kasparov's talk transcript; Click here to read


  • 10 Sep 2019 10:15 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Amid Diplomatic Strain, House Opens Inquiry Into Trump’s Dealings With Ukraine

    WASHINGTON — The White House delayed a package of military assistance to the new government in Ukraine, and has yet to schedule a White House meeting for its new president. After abruptly pulling the previous American ambassador out of Kiev when conservatives questioned her political loyalty, President Trump has yet to nominate a successor.

    Behind the scenes, Mr. Trump has told aides that he sees Ukraine as corrupt and suggested that he harbored a grudge from what he saw as that nation’s support for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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  • 08 Sep 2019 8:56 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Victor Rud: Banquet du Congrès ukrainien canadien pour 28e anniversaire de l'indépendance de l'Ukraine.

    Click here to view video

    Святковий банкет організований Монреальською філією Конгресу Українців Канади на честь 28-ій річниці відновлення Незалежности України. Головний доповідач, пан Віктор Рудь, юрист з міжнародного права. Закінчив Гарвардський Коледж та Факультет Права при Університеті Дюк. Голова комітету закордонних справ Українсько-Американської Асоціації адвокатів. Статті надруковані в часописах Атлантик Кансол, Форбз, Київ Пост та інших.

    Banquet organisé par la section montréalaise du Congrès ukrainien canadien pour commémorer le 28e anniversaire de l'indépendance de l'Ukraine.

  • 08 Sep 2019 8:47 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Nazi – Soviet Pact 80
    Black Ribbon Day Conference

    September 12, 2019, 6pm

    Isabel Bader Theatre: 93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

    A discussion about the legacy of the Nazi-Soviet Pact signed by Hitler and Stalin on August 23, 1939, featuring a keynote address by Russian chess grandmaster and opposition leader, Garry Kasparov.

    Global Event Livestream of Event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB8w-BO5WEI

    Panelist:

    Victor Rud, Chairman, Committee on International Affairs & Foreign  Policy, Ukrainian American Bar Association.

    Program:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NGVQlmxHYoIxOC6UWFEnLNx3z9qSld6xPJA7HygQ3QI/edit


  • 23 Aug 2019 10:29 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Greeting of the
    UKRAINIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
    On the Occasion of the
    28th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence

    With deepest respect and sincere pride, the Ukrainian American Bar Association salutes the Ukrainian people who continue to bravely demonstrate their gargantuan moral strength by shedding their blood and sacrificing their lives to forge a truly free, national, and democratic Ukrainian consciousness which is a God-given right of every nation. Despite the thunders of war, the Ukrainian people's resolve for freedom will be graced with true independence.
     Слава Україні! --- Героям Слава!

    Вітання
    Асоціації Українських Правників Америки
    З Нагоди
    28-ї Річниці Незалежності України
      

    З найглибшою повагою і щирою гордістю, Асоціація Українських Правників Америки вітає український народ, який продовжує мужньо демонструвати свою гігантську моральну силу, проливаючи свою кров і жертвуючи своїм життям, щоб викувати справді вільну, національну і демократичну українську свідомість, яка є дане Богом правом кожного народу. Незважаючи на громів війни, рішучість українського народу за свободу буде прикрашений справжньою незалежністю.
    Слава Україні! --- Героям Слава
    !


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