Archive for the ‘Arts & Culture’ Category

Czech Street Art Comes In From The Cold

By Andrew Fenwick + March 15th, 2011

With street art having long ago made the transition from city streets and subways to white-washed gallery spaces, it could be said that modern, urban design is less about toying with the establishment and more about appealing to rich collectors.

Video: Women’s Global Economic Index

By Andrew Fenwick + March 8th, 2011

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit and multimedia agency JESS3 has put together a nifty interactive graphic comparing economic opportunities for women around the world.

Window Watching

By Ky Krauthamer + March 3rd, 2011

In the future we may all live on the peripheries of giant airports – horrifying thought – but for now countless millions of us live in high-rise apartments whether from choice or necessity. The latter was the case in many socialist countries as workers were shifted from villages to industrial zones, or from decaying city [...]

Arnošt Lustig (1926-2011)

By Andrew Fenwick + March 1st, 2011

Prolific Czech writer Arnošt Lustig died in Prague on Saturday at the age of 85 after a six year battle with cancer.

Exiles of Absheron

By Ky Krauthamer + February 24th, 2011

A new e-book documents the fascinating story of oil in Baku, paying particular attention to the socio-economic effects as wealth poured in during the 19th century, making many local peasants into millionaires …

Uzbekistan Brands Heavy Metal Fans ‘Sadists’

By Andrew Fenwick + February 22nd, 2011

Have you ever listened to heavy metal or rap music? If so, you must be a sadist, drug addict or just a generally immoral person according to Uzekistan’s state television.

Bajramovic’s Memorial Desecrated

By Tihomir Loza + February 19th, 2011

A monument honoring late singer Saban Bajramovic was desecrated for the fourth time.

Miami’s Vice, Budapest’s Virtue

By Ky Krauthamer + February 17th, 2011

… the head of the Hungarian Media Authority edited a short-lived girlie magazine in those carefree days of the early ’90s …

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.

When Naomi Met Vlad

By Andrew Fenwick + February 8th, 2011

From the likes of Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi you might get the impression that admiring beautiful women is something of a prerequisite for a European head of state.

Check Out The Winners!

By Jeremy Druker + February 4th, 2011

We’ve announced the winners of our second annual TOL photo competition from among hundreds of submissions received from photographers living around the world.

Routes of Disappearance and Rediscovery

By Ky Krauthamer + February 3rd, 2011

The photos, especially, are lovely and evocative testimony to what is left of the synagogues and Jewish cemeteries of northern Moldavia, a region embracing parts of modern Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine.

The Czech Republic’s New Drugs War

By Andrew Fenwick + January 25th, 2011

New synthetic drugs from Poland are reaching a growing number of people in the Czech Republic. Is bureaucracy to blame?

That’s a Wrap! Hungarian Film Industry In Danger

By Andrew Fenwick + January 18th, 2011

Much has been made of Hungary’s new journalism laws, but as the debate continues to fill the column inches, coverage of cuts in other areas of the country’s media industry has been sorely lacking.

The Net Delusion – How Not To Liberate The World

By Andrew Fenwick + January 11th, 2011

The likes of Facebook, Twitter and other self-publishing platforms have been hailed as the 21st century’s foremost tools of freedom and self-expression. But what if the technology is actually doing more harm than good?

EU’s Culture Portal Evolving Toward Functionality

By Ky Krauthamer + January 6th, 2011

Europeana has come down firmly on the side of those who insist that artifacts that enter the public domain – out-of-copyright books, reproductions of Old Master paintings, old newspapers – must remain there, free for anyone to use, copy, and cite.

Hungary’s New Media Laws Make An Unlikely Victim

By Andrew Fenwick + January 4th, 2011

EU leaders are due to meet in Budapest tomorrow to mark the start of Hungary’s six-month presidency of the European Union, but the ceremonies are set to be overshadowed by heavy opposition to the country’s new media laws.

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