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Back to Square One

By Jeremy Druker + November 14th, 2012

The stream of racist comments that spewed forth from a group of students in Jihlava shocked me, but I guess I should have known better.

A Win for All Whistleblowers

By Jeremy Druker + October 24th, 2012

Libor Michalek,, who publicized corruption at the Czech Environmental Ministry, won election as a senator in a landslide victory and is wondering if he should now try for president. .

We Aren’t The Only Ones

By Jeremy Druker + October 19th, 2012

It was heartening to hear that AP agrees with us: It’s still worth covering this part of the region.

Piano Player

By Jeremy Druker + October 10th, 2012

One of the leaders of the fast-growing online subscription system, Bratislava-based Piano, talks about the future of paid content, boiling frogs, surprising reader habits, and getting rid of trolls in Slovakia.

The Root Cause of Domestic Violence in Hungary: Emancipation!

By Jeremy Druker + September 19th, 2012

A Fidesz member of parliament has his own particular explanation for the existence of domestic violence.

The Czech Republic: Still Coming Up Short on Civility

By Jeremy Druker + September 5th, 2012

Preferring to analyze more meaty indicators that purport to represent the depth and breath of democracy, some academics sometimes ignore all those little things that also represent, in their way, the success of the transition.

Israel and the Great Game

By Jeremy Druker + July 25th, 2012

It makes strategic sense for Israel to cozy up to the nasty regimes of Central Asia, but will the public care?

An Unlikely Assassination That Almost Happened

By Jeremy Druker + July 17th, 2012

Two World War II heroes, in their 80s, almost ended up murdering a communist-era prosecutor a few years ago.

Visualizing the Mosaic of Languages in the Caucasus

By Jeremy Druker + June 7th, 2012

The mapmakers’ challenging goal: show where languages are spoken, not depict dominant languages or ethnicities.

Rewrite the Azerbaijan Narrative

By Jeremy Druker + May 23rd, 2012

We need to do a better job of considering Azerbaijan’s role much more broadly than just an energy powerhouse that often gets a free ride from the West.

Grateful to Meciar?

By Jeremy Druker + May 16th, 2012

It’s hard to argue with a recent IHT article that concluded that the Velvet Divorce “proved a boon to both countries that emerged from it.”

Failed Attack

By Jeremy Druker + May 9th, 2012

Only a few years ago, the Bulgarian anti-Roma, anti-Turk Ataka party seemed to portend much worse to come. Today the party is basically a joke.

In Ukraine, Mixed Emotions About Tymoshenko

By Jeremy Druker + May 2nd, 2012

The darling of the Orange Revolution has not been able to capitalize on general sympathy to generate broader protest over her imprisonment.

Newsflash! Stealing Doesn’t Pay

By Jeremy Druker + April 12th, 2012

The Uzbek government has apparently finally decided that it doesn’t make economic sense to rip off foreign investors and abscond with their property.

Plato Had It Right

By Jeremy Druker + April 4th, 2012

The Czech Republic demonstrates that Plato was on to something: “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”.

Fico May Be No Orban But …

By Jeremy Druker + April 2nd, 2012

As the Slovak prime minister plays nice on the international level, one has to wonder whether there are enough safeguards in place at home to prevent party cronies from capturing the state.

Online Dissent Around Belarusian Executions

By Jeremy Druker + March 23rd, 2012

Many bloggers believe the executed to be victims of the regime, and some have even posted the men’s pictures on their social media pages.

Bosnia’s Largely Unknown Role in Gaddafi’s Fall

By Jeremy Druker + March 7th, 2012

According to one insider, Bosnia supplied the swing vote during the UN Security Council resolution that authorized military intervention against Libya.

Media Duped by Fake Roma “News”

By Jeremy Druker + February 24th, 2012

Extremists across the region have much more subtle ways of attacking the Roma, using sophisticated disinformation campaigns.

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