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Crimea: The Alsace-Lorraine of the Black Sea

Crimea: The Alsace-Lorraine of the Black Sea

 
This past weekend, Russian marines in unmarked uniforms (or possibly, but less likely, private contractors paid by Russia) seized the airports of Crimea, allowing Russian planes to fly troops into that autonomous region of Ukraine while large-scale Russian military maneuvers to the north distracted …

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Breaking Down Ukraine’s Breakdown

Breaking Down Ukraine’s Breakdown

In the past several months, the world has been gripped by the graphic political drama unfolding in Ukraine, but events have often unfolded so fast that it has been difficult to put them in context. And although the violence has stopped, the future of Ukraine is more uncertain than ever …

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Leaders Wanted

Leaders Wanted

A Lack of Credible Opposition Candidates Has Stalled Democratic Progress Along the Black Sea
Since late November, ever since Ukraine’s President, Victor Yanukovych, refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union, protestors have congregated in downtown Kiev, defying what they see as a blatant attempt to maintain a post-Soviet …

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Whither Bulgaria?

Whither Bulgaria?

For nearly four months now Bulgaria’s major cities have witnessed the country’s largest protests in over 16 years. Calling for greater transparency, less corruption, a robust campaign against organized crime, and the resignation of the entire government, protestors have gathered by the thousands, taking to the streets daily to voice …

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Austria: Compulsory Military Service Haunted by the Ghosts of Stalingrad?

Austria: Compulsory Military Service Haunted by the Ghosts of Stalingrad?

For the first time in my living memory, the Austrian Federal Army is front-page news of Austrian papers and is debated heatedly on public television. Riding a populist crest but lacking the foresight of any clear direction, Vienna Mayor Michael Hauepl, Federal …

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In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

This film is not only powerful but also excellent in every way.
It centers on a Muslim woman, Ajla, and a Serb soldier, Danijel, during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s.
Ethnic tensions, long suppressed by Tito, come to a head as Yugoslavia disintegrates.
The brutal ethnic cleansing of Muslims by Serbs …

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The Singing Revolution (2006)

The Singing Revolution (2006)

You don’t hear much about Estonia, which is in part why this documentary is so extraordinary.
It illustrates how thousands of Estonians gathered to sing patriotic songs in defiance of Soviet rule.
It provides a brief history of the country, which was a small playing piece during the second world war.
Singing has …

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Kyrgyzstan: Uncertain Future of Manas Transit Center

Kyrgyzstan: Uncertain Future of Manas Transit Center

As NATO is looking for logistic ways to implement the concluded strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan, which extends its participation in the region beyond pullout timeline of 2014, Kyrgyzstan regains leverage over Russia and the United States, considering it hosts military bases for both countries. However, this time Kyrgyz new …

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A Film Unfinished (2010)

A Film Unfinished (2010)

Four reels of film were discovered in Germany decades after World War II was ended.
The film had no credits and no soundtrack.
This rough cut showed scenes from the Warsaw ghetto in May 1942.
The makers of this movie interviewed the cameraman who took the footage. They also showed survivors of the …

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