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Multiple choice quiz. The violence in northern Kosovo last week was about: a) a prime minister looking for a little respect; b) stamping out corruption; c) retaliation for a longstanding, one-sided trade embargo; d) forcing Serbia to recognize the symbols of an illegitimate state.

The Price of Lawlessness, Again

By Barbara Frye + July 25th, 2011

However much ink is spilled about the country’s rampant corruption or official disregard for the lives of citizens, the most forceful argument, all too often, comes when we try to sketch the last moments of someone who pays the ultimate price for that corruption.

A Response from Kosovo’s Overseer

By Barbara Frye + July 20th, 2011

The International Civilian Office reacts to our criticism of its confidentiality requirements for employees.

On Roma, Sofia Gets a Diplomatic Spanking

By Barbara Frye + July 11th, 2011

Nice words, not much money, not much action, and no vision to speak of.

Surely Changing the World Was a Team Effort?

By Barbara Frye + July 4th, 2011

A Gorbachev statue somewhere in Eastern Europe might not be so misplaced.

Aliev: the Same but Different from Other Potentates

By Barbara Frye + June 13th, 2011

The release of a critical journalist could be part of Baku’s long game. Or it could just show the soft power of saccharine pop, lamé, and sequins.

Kyrgyzstan, Stuck in Reverse

By Barbara Frye + June 6th, 2011

A year after the ethnic violence in the south, justice seems remote and talk of reconciliation is ridiculously premature.

An Own Goal for the Karimov Family

By Barbara Frye + May 30th, 2011

A French magazine has been sued by the daughter of Islam Karimov for calling her the daughter of a dictator. But it’s not the journal that is on trial.

Eastern Europe’s Evil Twins

By Barbara Frye + May 23rd, 2011

Are Hungary’s Orban and Macedonia’s Gruevski a mirror image?

Of Pop Stars and Gangsters

By Barbara Frye + May 16th, 2011

At least one Azeri wasn’t overjoyed by Eurovision, and cops and prosecutors in the Balkans are looking, well, serious about smashing a major drug ring.

Some Much-Needed Public Embarrassment

By Barbara Frye + May 9th, 2011

For more than a decade, despite scandals and calls for reform, Czech political finance has been ludicrously opaque. Now a European watchdog group has taken on the issue.

Flirting with the Truth About Terrorism

By Barbara Frye + May 2nd, 2011

Bin Laden’s death won’t stop terrorism, a Tajik figure says, respect for human rights (elsewhere) will.

Outrage and Blame in Zagreb

By Barbara Frye + April 18th, 2011

A quick look at Croatian public opinion in the wake of the generals’ conviction.

Encrypted Messages

By Barbara Frye + April 11th, 2011

Would or could Russia really ban foreign Internet services, and is that even the real question?

In Ukraine, Big Fish and Little Fish

By Barbara Frye + April 4th, 2011

In January, I blogged about the Kyiv Post’s decision to block access to its website for users in the United Kingdom. An energy magnate had sued the paper in a British court over articles that quoted criticisms of his company by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The UK’s notorious libel law, now under review, allows [...]

Glutton for Punishment?

By Barbara Frye + March 28th, 2011

BP has been kicked around in Russia, and the recent court ruling is another blow. But maybe it has some muscle in its corner this time.

Best Homemade Vaccine Ever

By Barbara Frye + March 21st, 2011

I know I’m late to this medical news, but as I was browsing a website for the Moldovan wine industry last week, I came across an item urging that country’s vintners to send some of their stock to Japan to help fight the effects of radiation exposure. So I poked around a bit more and [...]

The Biggest Loser

By Barbara Frye + March 14th, 2011

A new report offers surprising findings about where the financial crisis took the biggest bite.

Signs of Sanity in Tirana

By Barbara Frye + March 7th, 2011

Could it be? There are some optimistic noises coming out of Albania these past few days, after a late-February visit to Tirana by James Steinberg, a U.S. deputy secretary of state.

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