Archive for the ‘Law & Order’ Category

Kyrgyzstan, Stuck in Reverse

By Barbara Frye + June 6th, 2011

A year after the ethnic violence in the south, justice seems remote and talk of reconciliation is ridiculously premature.

An Own Goal for the Karimov Family

By Barbara Frye + May 30th, 2011

A French magazine has been sued by the daughter of Islam Karimov for calling her the daughter of a dictator. But it’s not the journal that is on trial.

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.

Eastern Europe’s Evil Twins

By Barbara Frye + May 23rd, 2011

Are Hungary’s Orban and Macedonia’s Gruevski a mirror image?

Bribery in the Western Balkans

By Tihomir Loza + May 21st, 2011

The UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime released earlier this week a report on public sector bribery in the Western Balkans. Funded by the European Commission and based on a survey of 28,000 respondents, the report paints a familiar picture of the region. Based on actual instances of bribery and other forms of corruption as [...]

Of Pop Stars and Gangsters

By Barbara Frye + May 16th, 2011

At least one Azeri wasn’t overjoyed by Eurovision, and cops and prosecutors in the Balkans are looking, well, serious about smashing a major drug ring.

Castration Complex

By Ky Krauthamer + May 12th, 2011

The gruesome-sounding treatment for sex offenders, “chemical castration,” is being linked with Russia this week after news emerged that President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday urged that hormonal treatments for pedophiles be adopted in the country. Yet, this practice is also topical elsewhere: In South Korea, parliament adopted a castration law last year, and a judge [...]

Some Much-Needed Public Embarrassment

By Barbara Frye + May 9th, 2011

For more than a decade, despite scandals and calls for reform, Czech political finance has been ludicrously opaque. Now a European watchdog group has taken on the issue.

Flirting with the Truth About Terrorism

By Barbara Frye + May 2nd, 2011

Bin Laden’s death won’t stop terrorism, a Tajik figure says, respect for human rights (elsewhere) will.

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.

Tim Hetherington: Talented photographer, true gentleman

By Andrew Fenwick + April 26th, 2011

There have been numerous tributes paid to inimitable British photo-journalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington since his untimely death in Libya last week, but few have captured both the talent and personality of the man quite as well as this piece

Outrage and Blame in Zagreb

By Barbara Frye + April 18th, 2011

A quick look at Croatian public opinion in the wake of the generals’ conviction.

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.

Encrypted Messages

By Barbara Frye + April 11th, 2011

Would or could Russia really ban foreign Internet services, and is that even the real question?

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.

In Ukraine, Big Fish and Little Fish

By Barbara Frye + April 4th, 2011

In January, I blogged about the Kyiv Post’s decision to block access to its website for users in the United Kingdom. An energy magnate had sued the paper in a British court over articles that quoted criticisms of his company by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The UK’s notorious libel law, now under review, allows [...]

Years Eaten by Lions

By Tihomir Loza + April 1st, 2011

I finally got to watching Years Eaten by Lions, a 2010 documentary by Boro Kontic, a prominent Bosnian journalist. If you ever wondered what happened with journalists who paddled hatred and warmongering in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, this film can enlighten you. Kontic’s subject matter weren’t those hundreds of journalists whose reporting was [...]

Video: Euronest Forges A New Eastern Alliance

By Andrew Fenwick + March 30th, 2011

While the leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are used to convening under the banner of the Visegrad group, further east a new alliance is forming that aims to draw the same influence as its Central European forebear.

Glutton for Punishment?

By Barbara Frye + March 28th, 2011

BP has been kicked around in Russia, and the recent court ruling is another blow. But maybe it has some muscle in its corner this time.

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