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Peek into the HIV-Scarred Lives of Young Africans

Friday, March 30, 2012

MASERU, Lesotho – The email arrived on the eve of a journalism workshop I’d lead at Kick4Life, an NGO that promotes sport and HIV awareness in a country with the world’s third-highest rate of HIV infection.

Connecting the Dots – and Woes – of Slovakia, Hungary ... and China?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

MASERU, Lesotho – Last week was one filled with nostalgia and melancholy.

"The Help" ... Lesotho-Style

Friday, February 24, 2012

MASERU, Lesotho – Living overseas, I sometimes fall out of touch with the latest “buzz” within American culture. Like which Hollywood sleepers are garnering acclaim from the critics.

The Media Missionary of Maseru

Thursday, February 16, 2012

MASERU, Lesotho – My Hungarian in-laws didn’t take the news well.

After Graduation, Central Europe's Journalism Students Stumble

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"…There’s little interest in what Slovak journalism refers to as 'publicistika': serious news features, profiles and analysis. It turns out such stories can be bad for business."

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Katarina Jenkutova was the sort of student who makes teaching worthwhile. Two years ago, she was one of my 30 Slovak journalism students at the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius, in the provincial but historic city of Trnava.

In Hungary, Democracy Slides

Friday, January 20, 2012

Budapest Winter: Can anyone stop the Putinization of Hungary?

Sesotho: Both Bridge and Defense

Monday, December 5, 2011

MASERU, Lesotho – I’ve written before about my struggles to learn the language of countries where I’ve lived, be it my horrid Hungarian, survival Slovak or café Cantonese.

It's a National Geographic Life

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MASERU, Lesotho – There’s so much to say, I don’t know where to start. So how about with a Sesotho-language greeting: Dumela!

Confessions of a China Addict

Friday, November 18, 2011

[Author note: To glimpse some of the future faces of Chinese media – my students – please click here.]

Roma Question, EU Answer

Thursday, September 22, 2011

After years of debate, the EU unveils its first high-level policy document on the Roma. Now it’s up to national governments to fill in the outline.

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Angela Kocze has been a firsthand witness to all the calamities that have befallen her fellow Roma over the two decades since Central and Eastern Europe rid itself of communist rule.

Nevertheless, Kocze is the rare voice to somehow muster “cautious optimism” about the first unified European Union policy to target the plight of the Roma, Europe’s largest, most-despised and most-marginalized minority.