Thursday, May 8, 2008

Good Morning, Class

I am a newcomer to all things Ukraine. I am only now learning about the government, political parties, politicians, and people. Some of you reading this blog are "old timers". I don't mean by age, but as longtime followers of Ukrainian life. If asked, you could give a long dissertation about why the SDA operates the way it does. And why the politicians do the things they do.

In recent months, our family has been the unfortunate recipients of chaos in Ukrainian adoption. From our vantage point in America, things just don't make sense, and we are left scratching our heads in wonder at the seeming heartlessness of a ministry that seems to be doing all it can to keep kids in orphanages.

Recently, I've been hitting the internet looking for articles to help me understand how the SDA got to where it is today. But to understand the SDA, we need to first learn something about Ukrainian government, who the players are, and recent history, especially since the Orange Revolution.

I found an article that I am studying and I want to share it with you. I think it gives a pretty good overview of what is going on with President Yuschenko, Prime Minister Tymoshenko, and the Parliament. I'm going to read this over and over until I can keep everything straight. Class is in session.

UKRAINE: Ungovernable As Always
Zoltán Dujisin
Global News Blog / Inter Press Service
Friday, May 2, 2008


adoptedthree said...

I have been involved with UA adoptions for almost nine years. Things change EVERY year. There is not consistency or rhyme or reason. There is bribery, power struggles and selfishness.
Still I refuse to desert the country that gave me three of their beautiful children and will persue one more time God willing.

Alan said...

When I look at old blogs from last year they talk about how the SDA is "not accepting dossiers right now", etc. It is like a broken record.