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The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

Pushed to the Margins

John Feffer | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
John Feffer

After the Berlin Wall fell, sociologist Irene Runge talked openly about her collaboration with the Stasi even as she participated in the new political structures, like the Round Table.

The Stasi's Long Shadow

John Feffer | Posted 09.14.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's been 24 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the effective end of the East German state security service known as the Stasi. But the Stasi issue continues to haunt Germany.

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Egypt Police Shoot Protester

Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Graphic footage has surfaced of what appears to be a protester shot in the streets of Alexandria, Egypt by secret police. The birds-eye view video sho...

The Arab Pinochet Has Left the Scene

Richard Eisendorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Eisendorf

Like Pinochet, Ben Ali traded civil and human rights for economic development -- and lost.

The Country of Long Shadows

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There are two men on the corner. One of them wears a headset attached to one ear while the other looks toward the door of the building. In Cuba, every non-conformist has a group of political police pursuing him.

Laughing in the Teeth of My New "Minders": Two Security Agents who Follow me Everywhere

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There is nothing more paralyzing than a woman's calf flashing in the sun in the middle of the street.