Underreported: Swine Flu and Ukraine's Presidential Election

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Ukraine will hold its presidential election in January, but in recent weeks swine flu has threatened to delay the vote. On this week’s first Underreported: Julia Ioffe of Foreign Policy explains how fears about swine flu have been politicized and why next year’s election is so important to the future of Ukraine. You can read Julia Ioffe’s article here.


Julia Ioffe

Comments [6]


"many people find that usage incorrect and offensive."

Blah blah. My Ukrainian grandmother called it 'The Ukraine'. My Ukrainian mother calls it 'The Ukraine'. I usually call it 'The Ukraine'. But maybe we're just self-loathing hunkies.

Dec. 07 2009 12:54 PM
CS from Philadelphia

It is unnecessarily harsh to suggest that Ms. Ioffe's misuse of the definite article ruins her credibility as a journalist. She is a print journalist--not a talking head--and did not make this grammatical error in her original, written article. Chalk it up to inexperience or nervousness on air, but don't pretend that a tick in Ms. Ioffe's speech is an "inexcusable" fault. That's just ridiculous.

Dec. 03 2009 09:43 PM
Rot from NYC

Thanks Leonard for pointedly saying "Ukraine" every time your guest said "the Ukraine." She obviously didn't get it, though, and it's just as obvious that many people find that usage incorrect and offensive. Really inexcusable blunder for a journalist.

Dec. 03 2009 02:51 PM
THE the from The Moscow

The Juila Ioffe is the regular Russki contributionist. The Julia has writed for New Yorker, New Republics, Columbian Journalist Reviews, and BORAT book the. After the stint as a the checking facter at New Yorker and the editor of the starting-up web calling the name of The Big Think, The Ioffe moved on to Columbia the Graduate School of the Journalists where the Julia writes the casement studies.

Dec. 03 2009 02:38 PM
oy from Westchester County

Ms. Ioffe, you instantly lose credibility each time you say 'the' Ukraine. By using 'the', you demote a country to a region, denying its distinctive culture and history.

Should we call you 'That Julia'? Or worse, 'The Julia'?

Please read up:

Dec. 03 2009 01:31 PM
MB from NYC

It's not ‘The Ukraine’ -- just ‘UKRAINE’. Jeez.

Dec. 03 2009 01:26 PM

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