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Losing Trust in Lithuania

By Jeremy Druker + August 11th, 2011

Over the past few years Vilnius has served as something of a sanctuary for Belarusian human rights activists, critically minded students, independent journalists, and other “enemies” of the regime. All of that could be changing.

Two “Lithuanian” Mayors Known for Their Stunts

By Jeremy Druker + August 4th, 2011

It’s not so often a video from Lithuania goes viral or even semi-viral, so I can’t avoid calling more attention to a recent stunt pulled by the mayor of Lithuania to convince people not to park in bike lanes.

That Troublemaker Klaus At It Again

By Jeremy Druker + July 28th, 2011

The Czech president’s behavior led to more smirks this week, as he stalked off after refusing to pass through a metal detector in Australia.

A Switchman in the Direction of the Future

By Jeremy Druker + July 21st, 2011

How could a German group ever think it would be OK to pick Vladimir Putin as a “role model” for Germany or anyone, for that matter?

Czechs Acting Polish

By Jeremy Druker + July 13th, 2011

Both American and Czechs officials have tried to stress that the media got the missile defense story wrong – and with some justification.

A Man on a NATO Mission

By Jeremy Druker + June 29th, 2011

At a Prague conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, participants paid tribute to a key figure of NATO expansion: Ron Asmus.

Underrated Independence

By Jeremy Druker + June 15th, 2011

In comparison with other public broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe, Czech Television is remarkably independent.

Eating Strawberries at The Hague

By Jeremy Druker + June 8th, 2011

Am I the only one outraged that Ratko Mladic and his family will still be collecting his pension from the Serbian government?

The EU has given a 3.7 million Euro grant to one of Uzbekistan’s GONGOs, but has it put necessary precautions into place to ensure the money is spent properly?

A Move for Internet Civility

By Jeremy Druker + May 25th, 2011

For years now, the Internet discussions in the Czech Republic have known few bounds.

A Different Kind of Narrative

By Jeremy Druker + May 18th, 2011

Some must reading (and viewing) for Caucasus watchers arrived in my inbox a few days ago: the latest edition of Conflict Voices.

Piano Playing in Slovakia

By Jeremy Druker + May 4th, 2011

In the for-pay content business this week, many eyes are on Slovakia, of all places.

Renaming a Country

By Jeremy Druker + April 27th, 2011

The bitterness in Balint Szlanko’s piece on TOL today captures the anger that a growing part of society feels over the imperiousness of the Orban regime.

The Curious Case of Gracian Svacina

By Jeremy Druker + April 20th, 2011

I came across an intriguing “freedom of opinion” that ran last week in Respekt, hands down the best Czech newsmagazine, about an outspoken young man at a children’s home.

To Catch a Thief

By Jeremy Druker + April 13th, 2011

I guess the following has, by now, become something of a YouTube sensation, but since I’m no fan of Vaclav Klaus (and this pokes merciless fun at him), I’m going to take the chance.

Inching Toward Clarity

By Jeremy Druker + April 6th, 2011

News last week that former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has been charged with complicity in the horrendous murder of an opposition journalist over a decade ago prompted (at least in me) mixed emotions.

Guest blog: The Reaction to Bloodlands

By Jeremy Druker + March 30th, 2011

Today, I’m proud to introduce our first guest blogger, and there’s no better person to fill that role than Peter Rutland, a long-time contributor and friend of TOL (as well as being a professor of government at Wesleyan University).

And the winner is…

By Jeremy Druker + March 16th, 2011

Last week saw the winners announced in Prague for a “New Media for Social Change” Program, added this year to the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

Youth activists from the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) have “investigated” the campaign launched on Twitter and Facebook and concluded that “most” of those involved are living outside the country.

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