Occupy Moscow: Attention, but Little Traction

Thursday, June 7, 2012


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by Maria Brock and Natasha Yarotskaya

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.

A Copper Bullet For American Democracy?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Earlier this week, the team from Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament.  The Zambian side, known as the Chipolopolo, or Copper Bullets, were an underdog in the 16 team field.  Their victory over the heavily-favored Cote d'Ivoire side was a thrilling enough outcome, but that it happened in Libreville, Gabon, where a generation earlier Zambia's entire national team had been wiped out in an airplane crash proved to be nothing short of a national catharsis.

Who is Watching Whom?

The End of the Benevolent Dictator

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In 458 B.C.E., Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus—at the request of high ranking officials—came out of retirement to rule as Roman dictator. The Aequians, who lived in the central Appennines of Italy, were fighting for their independence from Rome. The capital was in danger of losing control.

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?

Outside Looking In

The Land of Echoes (Part 3)

Friday, December 23, 2011

[continued from Part 2] Despite the many good things in politics and society accomplished by the Sandinistas, one cannot claim that Nicaragua is a paragon of democracy and modernity—far from it.

Gambling on Elections: Congo’s Presidential Problem

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Originally scheduled to take place on 28 November, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s legislative and executive elections bled into the 30th following logistical issues in delivering ballots, widespread irregularities, and long lines on the first day of polling. With over 30 million voters, thousands of polling stations, and lack of basic infrastructure, DRC’s elections were a logistical nightmare.

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