Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

Bride Kidnapping Part II

By Jeremy Druker + December 5th, 2011

A crusader against bride kidnapping has developing an effective educational program to rid Kyrgyzstan of the practice.

Moscow’s Syria Dilemma

By Barbara Frye + November 29th, 2011

Honest broker, fellow autocracy, or mercenary arms dealer? Whatever its role, if Assad falls, Russia is twice burned.

The Good Life, Through the Eyes of Statisticians

By Barbara Frye + November 15th, 2011

A quick peek into an annual measure of how well or poorly people around the globe are living.

Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Back in the Spotlight

By Jeremy Druker + November 9th, 2011

Bride kidnapping is such a provocative topic that I guess I figured that the practice had declined in Central Asia since I had heard less of it lately. How wrong I apparently was.

Reform With a Touch of Nationalism-Lite

By Barbara Frye + November 8th, 2011

Reformist zeal doesn’t need to link hands with xenophobic anger.

Open Society Remembers 20 Years in the Western Balkans

By S. Adam Cardais + October 13th, 2011

In a new report, the Soros-backed Open Society foundation offers an engaging, informative “story” of the two decades since the fall of Yugoslavia.

Vaclav Havel’s Error in Judgment

By Jeremy Druker + October 12th, 2011

I’m one of those people that has difficulty writing anything negative about Vaclav Havel, so this was a tough post to write.

Macedonian Media Crisis Moves to Brussels

By Barbara Frye + September 27th, 2011

A dust-up in a hearing on the state of the press makes for good TV but for terrible civic life.

Ex-U.S. Diplomat Explains How Not to Intervene in Bosnia

By Ky Krauthamer + September 23rd, 2011

Hunt is the innocent abroad, an idealist forever running up against the misguided policies of world-weary, ignorant, or plain stupid people

Czech Roma Ghettos: Finally At the Top of the Agenda?

By Jeremy Druker + September 21st, 2011

Recent incidents—violent attacks by young Roma, extremist marches on largely Roma-inhabited housing estates, locals complaining of Roma criminality—have finally brought the ghetto situation more out in the open.

Shaming Dictators and Their Families, Part Two

By Barbara Frye + September 20th, 2011

A continuing debate on the wisdom of ostracizing a dictator’s family.

Bosnia: A Model Intervention?

By S. Adam Cardais + September 15th, 2011

To many interventionists, Bosnia offers hope for other humanitarian efforts

On Publicly Shaming the Karimovs

By Barbara Frye + September 13th, 2011

How, and when, to push the most egregious human rights abusers?

Ten Years After Ohrid, A Stalled Macedonia

By Barbara Frye + September 7th, 2011

If Skopje doesn’t want to join the EU, that’s its call. But it’s fair to wonder how sincere its declarations otherwise are.

Party On, Mr. Lenin

By Barbara Frye + September 1st, 2011

A journalistic account of the disintegrating Soviet Union reminds us how little independence has really meant in some places.

Burma: The Importance of Central Europe

By Jeremy Druker + August 31st, 2011

An interesting strategy is afoot to get Central European governments more involved in taking a tougher line on Burma within the EU.

Try New Kyiv! It’s Not as Autocratic as You Think!

By Barbara Frye + August 26th, 2011

A concern with public relations in Kyiv might seem transparent, but at least it’s a start.

And Now Poland is Complicit As Well

By Jeremy Druker + August 19th, 2011

The Polish prosecutor general’s office also passed along bank information to Minsk that led to the arrest of a human rights activist.

More Drama for Macedonia’s Media

By Barbara Frye + August 15th, 2011

The leader of a journalists’ union calls her sacking retribution for her activism.


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