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Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.

Western Media's Miscount of Saudi Arabia's Syrian Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."

Here Are The European Countries That Want To Refuse Refugees

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke harshly on Wednesday about countries that seek to keep out refugees. But his words m...

Acts of Loving Kindness & Profound Cruelty

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe two of the litmus tests by which we can judge any society are to investigate both the ways in which societies treat their children, and the ways in which they treat animals. In some countries around the world, we have clear evidence of the poaching of animals for their body parts, such as tusks and as trophies.

Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

Parachutists Jump From Colliding Planes In Slovakia, 7 Killed

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

PRAGUE (AP) -- Two planes carrying dozens of parachutists collided in midair Thursday over western Slovakia, killing seven people, officials said. Th...

The Urban Arts Scene in Kosice

Michael Schuermann | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel
Michael Schuermann

Kosice, the second largest city of Slovakia, has come up with a bright and brilliant solution to spruce up a nondescript residential district.

Stopover in Bratislava, Slovakia

College Tourist | Posted 07.29.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

The Slovakian capital boasts wonderfully preserved medieval architecture and contemporary buildings alongside remnants of its communist past.

Overlooked Cities in Europe to Add to Your Travel List

College Tourist | Posted 06.19.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

We've all dreamed of going to the most photographed cities in Europe like Paris, London, Prague, Venice, and Rome (guilty as charged), but the truth is that the European continent has so many hidden gems that are equally worth a visit.

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

Israel is Perceived by Expats as the Most Dynamic Country Worldwide

Malte Zeeck | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Malte Zeeck

Yes, you read it right; Israel was rated by expats as the most dynamic country in the world. It even left the USA and Brazil, countries widely known for their fast and energetic culture, far behind. I bet you were not expecting this, right?

Leo Express: A Gleaming New Train Service Coming to a Station Near You

Bill_Robinson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business

Amazing new business models are rare ... even in this time of great 'disruption.' Many start-ups position themselves as disrupting because they feel they have to or die. So they reach.

Dozens Of Eastern European Women Lured To West For Sham Marriages Each Year

AP | SYLVIA HUI and KAREL JANICEK | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

LONDON (AP) — Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had...

Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel

You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?

Anti-Gay Rights Referendum Tanks In Slovakia Due To Low Turnout

AP | Posted 02.08.2015 | Gay Voices

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A nationwide referendum on restricting gay rights in Slovakia has failed to produce a legally binding result after the r...

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Pope Francis Backs Slovakia's Referendum Against Same-Sex Marriage | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion

As Slovakia gears up for a referendum on same-sex unions this coming weekend, Pope Francis gave his blessing to the country's efforts to block marriag...

Slovakia's Anti-Gay Movement Sets Nation Apart From Progressive Neighbors

AP | KAREL JANICEK | Posted 02.06.2015 | Gay Voices

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A big billboard of Pope Francis hangs over the center of Slovakia's capital, urging citizens to vote "Yes" in a referend...

Watch These Hikers Walk Across A Crystal-Clear, Frozen Lake

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.15.2014 | Travel

What do you do when you stumble across a crystal-clear lake that's completely frozen? Walk across it, of course. A YouTube video uploaded Dec. 8 s...

November 17th - Romanians and Czechs Choose Democracy

Olena Kagui | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

"A minor miracle occurred yesterday," wrote Frank Fischer in an email on November 17th, "(it) marked a significant victory for democracy and justice in Romania's long march from the end of the Communist regime."

How To See More On Your Next Vacation

Viator | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel

With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days.

11 Spectacular Spots for Fall Foliage

Joy Pecknold | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

Summer is a swell season, but throwing on a cozy sweater, pouring some hot cocoa in a travel mug and meandering along a woodland trail lined with trees changing hues isn't so bad either. Hello, Fall. To make the transition easier, park yourself at a property where plenty of nature is on the doorstep -- here 11 spectacular spots for autumn, from New York to Norway.

What Does It Mean For Multiethnic Democracies If Scotland Leaves The UK?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Ian Reifowitz

Scotland will vote Thursday on whether to become an independent country. Whatever the outcome, approximately half of the population believes it shou...

Sixty Seconds of Art

John Feffer | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

I was sitting in a café in Bratislava, having a final cup of coffee and picking up my email before boarding a train for Budapest. I was in a hurry, so I wasn't paying much attention. But then one of the guys came over to my table.

Best Old World Day Trip From Vienna: Bratislava

Gail Nakada | Posted 10.27.2014 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Bratislava is fast (just one hour) and cheap ($20 dollars) to get to from Vienna. It's easy to navigate, full of old world charm, colorful buildings, and great inexpensive restaurants and cafes serving regional specialities at half the cost of Vienna.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.