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Entries by John Feffer from 02/2013

Community Organizing in Bulgaria

| Posted 02.04.2013 | World

In the early days, NGOs enjoyed a rather high reputation in part because of the legacy of "anti-politics" from the earlier period. Today, however, NGOs don't meet with such universal acclaim.

The Two Europes

| Posted 02.07.2013 | World

I recently traveled by train from London to Berlin and was struck by a different divide that has opened up in Europe. These "two nations" are the mobile and the stationary. And this divide has had an equally profound impact on the politics of the moment.

Remembering the Calm Life Under Communism

| Posted 02.12.2013 | World

In Bulgaria, some people look back on their time during communism as the "calm life." You generally didn't have to work hard. Life was simpler. Of course, as with all nostalgia, these memories are selective.

The Same Mistake as Solidarity

| Posted 02.19.2013 | World

Poland was unique in East-Central Europe for the size, strength, and pivotal role of its labor movement, Solidarity. But that doesn't mean that worker movements were not important in other countries. In Bulgaria, Podkrepa was a key part of the opposition representing workers' voices.

Bulgaria's Perpetual Crisis

| Posted 02.20.2013 | World

The recent resignation of the Bulgarian government, after several days of protest, reveals the deep discontent among the people over the economic situation.

Eating History in Germany

| Posted 02.22.2013 | World

The GDR Museum in Berlin is actually two museums in one. And these two parts, both devoted to everyday life in the German Democratic Republic, subtly contradict one another.

Punks and Professors in Slovenia

| Posted 02.23.2013 | World

In Yugoslavia, and particularly Slovenia, a particularly close relationship sprang up in the 1970s between punks and professors.

The Squats of Berlin

| Posted 02.27.2013 | World

But there's nothing like the feeling of urban discovery, when you stumble upon an awe-inspiring structure that makes you feel, if only for a few moments, as if you just discovered a lost city, a vanished civilization.