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Albania 1990 -- Embassy Storm

Fred Abrahams | Posted 07.12.2016 | Home
Fred Abrahams

Ervis Gega was 16 years old in summer 1990 when hundreds of frustrated Albanians, craving to rejoin the world, began storming foreign embassies in their capital. Gega and her relatives watched the news on Italian television from their hometown and quickly made up their minds.

Before There Was Pussy Riot...

Anne Applebaum | Posted 01.21.2013 | Home
Anne Applebaum

2012-11-21-IronCurtain.jpgEven in a society like Stalinist Eastern Europe, gripped by terror, young people found ways to express their discontent, just as they have so recently in the Arab world and North Africa.

Albanian Students Challenged Communism, 20 Years Ago

Fred Abrahams | Posted 12.08.2014 | Home
Fred Abrahams

Twenty years ago this week, student protests in Albania helped topple Eastern Europe's most closed and rigid communist regime. Four days of demonstra...

When The Berlin Wall Fell: Commentary

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

I first saw the Berlin Wall in 1971. It was then about 10 years old and was the ugliest human structure I'd ever seen: gray, brutal, pitiless, unyield...

Moldova Blames Romania For Violent Riots

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Moldova's president has accused neighbouring Romania of stoking the protests that erupted into violence in the capital Chisinau on Tuesday....

Moldova Students Raid Parliament In Protest Of Newly Elected Communists

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Demonstrators in Moldova have attacked the country's parliament in protest at the victory of the governing Communist Party in Sunday's general electio...