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Actually, I don’t even believe that, but it’s an opinion and, unlike people in Macedonia, I have a right to express it.

Berisha’s Grotesque Defiance

By Barbara Frye + February 28th, 2011

The prime minister’s refusal to cooperate with a probe into protesters’ death requires more than diplomatic words from Brussels.

Tahrir Square, the dictators’ white whale

By Barbara Frye + February 21st, 2011

One of my favorite readings of Moby Dick has always been the view of Ahab as a crazed Transcendentalist, projecting all manner of agency and malevolence onto the blankest of creatures. I can’t help but think of that now as I see dictators struggle to make the story of Tahrir Square their own.

Welcome to the Satellite of Love

By Barbara Frye + February 14th, 2011

Someone in Russia also loves the American TV classic that made dumb movies funny in a smart way.

A Strictly Regional Revolution?

By Barbara Frye + February 7th, 2011

What do the experts say about the possibility of the North African and Central Asian revolts spilling over into Central Asia?

Talking to Viktor

By Barbara Frye + January 31st, 2011

On 28 January, The Washington Post published an interview with Viktor Yanukovych by Lally Weymouth, one of its editors, from Davos. She asked about EU integration, warmer relations with Russia, a missing journalist, and the prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko on corruption charges, among other things. I won’t pretend to be an expert on Ukraine, but [...]

Of Poland, Belarus, and Solidarity

By Barbara Frye + January 24th, 2011

On 27 January, TOL will host a panel discussion on the state of Central and Eastern Europe’s democratic revolution. Underlying the event is a worry that the zeal for exporting liberal values and practices farther east has flagged. So I was heartened to see that Poland has taken a visible role in supporting the battered [...]

The Two Faces of Ilham

By Barbara Frye + January 17th, 2011

A sharp-eyed diplomat helps us understand Ilham Aliev through the prism of The Godfather.

Bare Knuckles Politics in Yerevan

By Barbara Frye + January 13th, 2011

One Armenian lawmaker says “many people are assaulted nowadays by government members” in his country.

On the Vanishing Freedoms Beat

By Barbara Frye + January 10th, 2011

Belarus officials take a chilling interest in the welfare of the toddler son of political prisoners, and a newspaper in Kyiv shuts down access to its website in the UK after falling victim to libel tourism.

Welcome to East of Center

By Barbara Frye + January 3rd, 2011

We kick off our new blog with a look at the notion that the second guilty verdict for Mikhail Khodorkovsky is only the latest and most visible in a series of moves destined to scare away investors.


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