Olena Lyubchenko, a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, came On the Barricades to discuss how she experienced some of the reactions that followed the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Olena is the author of the brilliant article “On the Frontier of Whiteness? Expropriation, War, and Social Reproduction in Ukraine” in which she first tackled the issue of the hypocritical reactions to the severe crisis in her country. She was brave enough to denounce the theatrics of the Housing Corporations in Canada. Just months ago, they were evicting migrants who were unable to pay rent due to the Covid pandemic. However, they suddenly discovered their humane side in offering shelter to Ukrainian refugees.
Olena Lyubchenko and Maria Cernat debate the booming Ukrainian surrogacy business and its political economy. Why did Ukraine become such a hub for wealthy Westerners in search of surrogate mothers? How do race, gender, and class contribute to this situation?