Archive for the ‘Law & Order’ Category

A Look at the Systems That Allow Corruption to Flourish

By Barbara Frye + October 25th, 2011

If you were a dictator looking to siphon off some oil money, you would do well to look west for some help.

On Kyiv, Brussels, Oligarchs, and a Comatose Patient

By Barbara Frye + October 4th, 2011

One Ukrainian writer says his country is committing suicide, with surgery or euthanasia the only options.

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.

A Little Bit of Justice — So Far

By Jeremy Druker + August 17th, 2011

What happens when a media outlet not only refuses to defend colleagues that have run into trouble with the authorities, but actually verbally attacks them and incites threats of violence?

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.

A Death With Several Causes, and Uses

By Barbara Frye + August 8th, 2011

Andrzej Lepper was out of power and under pressure. But the Polish right sees another conspiracy.

Hard Travelin’ Romanian Workers

By Ky Krauthamer + August 4th, 2011

Cuttin’ that wheat and stackin’ that hay,
Tryin’ to make about a dollar a day,
I been doin’ some hard harvestin’, Lord.

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.

Multiple choice quiz. The violence in northern Kosovo last week was about: a) a prime minister looking for a little respect; b) stamping out corruption; c) retaliation for a longstanding, one-sided trade embargo; d) forcing Serbia to recognize the symbols of an illegitimate state.

The Price of Lawlessness, Again

By Barbara Frye + July 25th, 2011

However much ink is spilled about the country’s rampant corruption or official disregard for the lives of citizens, the most forceful argument, all too often, comes when we try to sketch the last moments of someone who pays the ultimate price for that corruption.

Two recent news items reflect on the Czech Republic’s position as a kind of migrant Mecca in the EU’s eastern half. One reported a release of OECD migration statistics which records big falls in permanent migration into a number of countries in Europe from 2008 to 2009, arguably as a consequence of the financial collapse. [...]

A Response from Kosovo’s Overseer

By Barbara Frye + July 20th, 2011

The International Civilian Office reacts to our criticism of its confidentiality requirements for employees.

In Briefs: Ukrainian Press Freedom

By Andrew Fenwick + July 19th, 2011

Here at TOL we’ve covered the plight of journalists working in the Ukraine in detail, but judging by the actions of feminist group FEMEN, it seems that sometimes raising awareness of press freedom can also be achieved by simply stripping off

Croatia’s Army Head Arrested

By Tihomir Loza + July 8th, 2011

The branch of Croatian police whose job is to fight organized crime, USKOK, arrested the head of the country’s army, General Mladen Kruljac, and four other people on Friday on suspicion of being involved in a corrupt business deal with construction land. I am sure you will get more detail in the coming days. For [...]

A New Study on Journalism in Serbia

By Tihomir Loza + June 26th, 2011

A study by the School of Political Science (FPN) of the Belgrade University has found that almost 60 percent of journalists in Serbia live in fear of losing their job. 20 percent would leave journalism if a suitable opportunity arises. Miroljub Radojkovic, a professor at FPN, said the study  portrays an average journalist as a [...]

Sofia War Memorial Gets A Pop Culture Makeover

By Andrew Fenwick + June 21st, 2011

A public monument to the Soviet Armed Forces in Sofia, Bulgaria was vandalized in striking fashion over the weekend

Zagreb Pride

By Tihomir Loza + June 19th, 2011

After the fiasco of Split’s gay pride of 11 June, the one in Zagreb a week later took place in a generally good atmosphere with only minor incidents. A number of prominent politicians and other public figures showed up, though not President Josipovic and Prime Minister Kosor, who were both busy elsewhere. As it is [...]

Aliev: the Same but Different from Other Potentates

By Barbara Frye + June 13th, 2011

The release of a critical journalist could be part of Baku’s long game. Or it could just show the soft power of saccharine pop, lamé, and sequins.

Mercep Indicted

By Tihomir Loza + June 10th, 2011

Tomislav Mercep will remain in custody after Croatian prosecutors charged him with war crimes against Serb civilians in 1991. Mercep—a former top interior ministry official who both domestic and international human right watchers have held directly responsible for a series of crimes in Zagreb, Gospic and Pakracka Poaljana—was arrested six months ago, with the deadline [...]

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