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In Russia, It’s the Geeks Versus the Tank Brigade

By Barbara Frye + January 10th, 2012

Some funny, weird, and ominous stories are coming out of Russia since the massive protests that may give a hint about the level of anxiety that they have provoked.

Born for Drudgery?

By Barbara Frye + January 3rd, 2012

Imagine knowing by the age of 15 that your life will always be one of privation and labor.

In Moscow, the Rules Have Changed

By Barbara Frye + December 13th, 2011

We’ve read about why Russians have finally had enough. But why have the authorities reacted as they have?

A Painful Separation in Kazakhstan

By Barbara Frye + December 6th, 2011

As these students lose their Peace Corps teacher, what will happen to the dreams that he urged them to chase?

Moscow’s Syria Dilemma

By Barbara Frye + November 29th, 2011

Honest broker, fellow autocracy, or mercenary arms dealer? Whatever its role, if Assad falls, Russia is twice burned.

The Good Life, Through the Eyes of Statisticians

By Barbara Frye + November 15th, 2011

A quick peek into an annual measure of how well or poorly people around the globe are living.

Reform With a Touch of Nationalism-Lite

By Barbara Frye + November 8th, 2011

Reformist zeal doesn’t need to link hands with xenophobic anger.

What Does Democratic Transition Look Like?

By Barbara Frye + November 1st, 2011

How much can we tell about Eastern Europe’s democracies from its public spaces?

A Look at the Systems That Allow Corruption to Flourish

By Barbara Frye + October 25th, 2011

If you were a dictator looking to siphon off some oil money, you would do well to look west for some help.

On Kyiv, Brussels, Oligarchs, and a Comatose Patient

By Barbara Frye + October 4th, 2011

One Ukrainian writer says his country is committing suicide, with surgery or euthanasia the only options.

Macedonian Media Crisis Moves to Brussels

By Barbara Frye + September 27th, 2011

A dust-up in a hearing on the state of the press makes for good TV but for terrible civic life.

Shaming Dictators and Their Families, Part Two

By Barbara Frye + September 20th, 2011

A continuing debate on the wisdom of ostracizing a dictator’s family.

On Publicly Shaming the Karimovs

By Barbara Frye + September 13th, 2011

How, and when, to push the most egregious human rights abusers?

Ten Years After Ohrid, A Stalled Macedonia

By Barbara Frye + September 7th, 2011

If Skopje doesn’t want to join the EU, that’s its call. But it’s fair to wonder how sincere its declarations otherwise are.

Party On, Mr. Lenin

By Barbara Frye + September 1st, 2011

A journalistic account of the disintegrating Soviet Union reminds us how little independence has really meant in some places.

Try New Kyiv! It’s Not as Autocratic as You Think!

By Barbara Frye + August 26th, 2011

A concern with public relations in Kyiv might seem transparent, but at least it’s a start.

Rooting for the Overdog

By Barbara Frye + August 22nd, 2011

Her negatives were up, her positives were down, but that didn’t stop plucky little Valentina Matviyenko on her path to the Federation Council.

More Drama for Macedonia’s Media

By Barbara Frye + August 15th, 2011

The leader of a journalists’ union calls her sacking retribution for her activism.

A Death With Several Causes, and Uses

By Barbara Frye + August 8th, 2011

Andrzej Lepper was out of power and under pressure. But the Polish right sees another conspiracy.

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