Thursday, January 31, 2008

Globalization, Human Inequality, and Human Poverty Matters (World Monopoly Edition): Ukraine Strained Between Social Democracy And 20th C. Capitalism


"Join Ukrainians and Concerned Democrats all over the world in voting for Kyiv to become one of the 22 cities of the world to be included in the new Monopoly World Edition game board. After much lobbying of Hasbro in Europe (ironically led by a Swiss gentleman living in Ukraine), Kyiv was included in the 68 city shortlist for voting - a major feat in and of itself.

You just have to log onto to cast your vote online. In fact, you may continue to do so each day until the cut-off of the contest on February 28, 2008.

At the close of the online voting, the twenty cities that receive the most votes will become part of Monopoly history as the first cities selected to be on the World Edition game board. These cities will appear on the Monopoly board from highest rent property to lowest based upon the total number of votes received.

This is a significant development as this World Edition board game will be sold in over a hundred countries around the world and manufactured in 37 languages (including Ukrainian). This is a great (albeit symbolic) way to get Ukraine on the international map!"


"Western Ukraine is the homeland of one of the most profound and intriguing altar sculptors of the 18th century - the famous artist known as Master Johann Pinzel (1751 - 1770s). Master Pinzel, whose real name remains a mystery, is most known as the founder of “Lviv Rococo” style in art and the author of beautiful altars and sculptures he made in Buchach and Horodenka.

Not much is known about the life of the Master, besides his genius artistic legacy and the fact that he was living and working in Buchach for the most of his life and spent his last years in the city of Lviv."

Kyiv, Ukraine, Future European Union. Angel from the Ioann George Pinzel altar in the Uspensky Cathedral, Buchach, Ukraine, Future European Union.

According to the World Bank's 2007 World Development Indicators, Ukraine has significantly less income inequality than does its neighbours Poland and the Russian Federation; as well as the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Denmark, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Japan have the lowest degrees of income inequality in the world today. [Income inequality is now about the same in the United States of America and the Russian Federation.]

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