Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Punching out Saakashvili’s Lights

By Barbara Frye + November 7th, 2012

Georgia’s new prime minister is gunning to evict the president from the country’s immense presidential palace. Literally.

A Win for All Whistleblowers

By Jeremy Druker + October 24th, 2012

Libor Michalek,, who publicized corruption at the Czech Environmental Ministry, won election as a senator in a landslide victory and is wondering if he should now try for president. .

In Belarus, Dissent Your Father’s Activism

By Barbara Frye + October 19th, 2012

What it is about Belarus that brings out the funny?

In Bosnia, What’s Next?

By S. Adam Cardais + October 4th, 2012

Post-Dayton Bosnia is broken. Can it be fixed?

Pussy Riot Behind Bars

By S. Adam Cardais + September 27th, 2012

The Russian dissident punk rockers open up to GQ about their lives in prison

Would Serbs Trade Kosovo for the EU?

By S. Adam Cardais + September 21st, 2012

The question is in the air this week with Belgrade saying it might hold a referendum on Kosovo

Kosovo: The Challenges Ahead

By S. Adam Cardais + September 13th, 2012

By gaining full independence this week, Kosovo reached a political milestone. But major hurdles remain.

Europe: Too Afraid to Fail?

By S. Adam Cardais + September 6th, 2012

Fear inspired the EU’s creation – will fear save it?

Putin and the “Other Russia”

By S. Adam Cardais + August 23rd, 2012

How do rural working class Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin?

Czechs, Render Unto the Churches …

By Ky Krauthamer + August 19th, 2012

A group of 30 intellectuals, Protestant ministers, and theologians even released a petition calling for the bill to be withdrawn, saying it would turn Christ’s teachings on their head.

Pussy Riot’s Defiance, Part II

By S. Adam Cardais + August 17th, 2012

The feminist rockers have put Putin’s Kremlin firmly under the international microscope

“Socially Significant,” as Defined by Astana

By Ky Krauthamer + August 12th, 2012

A newspaper owned by the ruling Nur Otan party won $23 million in state tenders from 2009 to 2011.

Pussy Riot’s Defiance

By S. Adam Cardais + August 9th, 2012

As their ‘hooliganism’ trial ends, Russia’s newly famous feminist rockers stand firm

Ending Immunity is No Cure-all for Shaky Democracies

By Ky Krauthamer + August 4th, 2012

The converse of immunity, of course, is that the more of it you have, the more impunity you enjoy.

Has It Come to This in Georgia?

By Barbara Frye + July 27th, 2012

A billionaire and satellite dishes are getting a lot of attention, but increasing repression is hitting less-visible targets, too.

Putin’s Pitiful Progress Report

By S. Adam Cardais + July 19th, 2012

Judging by his first 60 days in office, the Russian president could be turning into his own worst enemy

Hungary’s Ironic Backslide

By S. Adam Cardais + July 12th, 2012

Who would have thought Hungary, of all the former Warsaw Pact countries, would be inching toward authoritarianism today?

Much Ado About Nothing

By S. Adam Cardais + July 5th, 2012

With Kosovo gaining full sovereignty in September, what are the security implications?

To Victor Go the Spoils

By Barbara Frye + July 3rd, 2012

Romania’s new prime minister decides to set his own precedents.

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