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The Goldilocks Generation

John Feffer | Posted 03.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

If you were of a certain age and with certain skills, the changes that took place in 1989 in East-Central Europe created an enormous world of opportunity. Those young enough to change with the times could suddenly rise to the heights of politics and business.

Raining on the Ukrainian Parade

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Lionel Rolfe

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but let's get off this thing about poor, picked on Ukraine stand...

See a Bulgarian Fortress That Hasn't Changed In More Than 2000 Years

Posted 02.21.2014 | Travel

Built by the Romans during the first through third centuries, the Belogradchik Fortress sits a short distance from the northwestern Bulgarian town of ...

Solving the EU Migration Crisis

Patrick Basham | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Patrick Basham

EU citizens have real worries about immigration and their politicians have done little to address them. There is still time for European countries to get serious about taking control of their economic future.

U.S. Military Plans To Train Libyan Security Forces

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. military is working on plans to train 5,000 to 7,000 members of the Libyan security forces and also special ...

"Waiting for the Barbarians" in Bulgaria

Dimiter Kenarov | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dimiter Kenarov

Time, though, does not care for walls and fences. If there is something permanent in human history, it is the movement from one place to another. Foreigners. Refugees. Great Migrations. From Africa to Europe. From Asia to America. From Europe to America. From Asia and Africa to Europe.

Search For Mystery Girl's Parents Leads To Impoverished Roma Camp

AP | VESELIN TOSHKOV | Posted 12.25.2013 | World

NIKOLAEVO, Bulgaria — NIKOLAEVO, Bulgaria (AP) — Attempts to track down the biological parents of a blue-eyed blond girl found living with a R...

Knock, Knock, Knocking on the Union's Door, for Half a Century

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

While Turkey was knocking on the European Union's door for half a century, the world and so the EU has changed dramatically.

The Lost Treasure of Revolutions

John Feffer | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
John Feffer

The desire to be young again is powerful. But more powerful still is to be younger and part of a movement on the verge of remaking the world.

Bulgaria Closes Investigation Of Infamous Umbrella Assassination

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | World

SOFIA, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Bulgaria said on Wednesday it was closing its investigation into one of the most notorious assassinations of the late Col...

Both Sides Now

John Feffer | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
John Feffer

Most people of a certain age in East-Central Europe have seen both sides of the major split of the 20th century. They grew up under Communism, and then after a certain point they suddenly were living under capitalism.

Bulgarian Parliament Siege Ends

AP | VESELIN TOSHKOV | Posted 07.24.2013 | World

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgarian police on Wednesday broke up a blockade of Parliament and escorted out more than 100 lawmakers and ministers who had been...

Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Europe's Oldest Inhabited City

Jennifer Walker | Posted 09.12.2013 | Travel
Jennifer Walker

As the bus drove through Plovdiv's suburbs, after a two-hour journey from the capital Sofia, I felt like I was visiting an old friend. Plovdiv is one of the World's most ancient cities and Europe's oldest inhabited city -- even beating Athens.

State v. Market in Bulgaria

John Feffer | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
John Feffer

The last century has witnessed an enormous tug-of-war between the state and the market. One hundred years ago, coming out of World War I, three succes...

Roma Politics

John Feffer | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
John Feffer

A key question facing Roma politicians is whether to run as candidates with the major political parties or to push forward with a Roma-identified initiative.

The Ghettos of Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
John Feffer

The experience of today's ghettos has many echoes with the past. Consider for example the Stolipinovo neighborhood in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city.

Playing Catch Up in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

We talked about the growing divide between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, the expectations that EU accession have produced, and what it means that Bulgarians like Turkish soap operas so much.

Curating the Curators

John Feffer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
John Feffer

There is an art to curation. Curators must not only choose the works for an exhibition, which involves making aesthetic judgments about "good" and "bad" as well as what fits together according to the exhibition's theme

The Politics of Memory

John Feffer | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
John Feffer

There are plenty of people in East-Central Europe who would prefer the idealized American or the West European approach to the history of the last 100 years. They'd like to face forward and move on.

Voice to the Voiceless

John Feffer | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
John Feffer

The media in East-Central Europe used to be idea-centric. The unofficial samizdat publications focused on the cruelties and inanities of the regimes, unearthed nearly forgotten history, and often featured philosophic meditations on politics and morality.

Representing the Movement

John Feffer | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
John Feffer

The MRF has been criticized for its hierarchical structure. But the party has also been extraordinarily successful in raising the profile of ethnic Turks in Bulgaria.

Challenging the Movement

John Feffer | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
John Feffer

Much of Bulgaria's Ottoman heritage is hidden away, sometimes in plain sight.

Inside the Movement

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
John Feffer

How did a Bulgarian parliamentarian who didn't speak English and who worked on the issue of ethnic Turks end up in Kentucky? You'll just have to read further.

Can Technology Bring Authenticity to Learning?

Harbrinder Kang | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Harbrinder Kang

While at Skoll, I participated in a session that brought both of these elements -- people and technology -- together and underscored the potential we have to make a bigger and more meaningful impact when they are combined.

The Ideas Factory

John Feffer | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
John Feffer

The Ideas Factory has been instrumental in the revival of environmental activism in Bulgaria. It has integrated the arts into social movements, and it has worked hard to link up activists in Bulgaria with activists elsewhere in Europe and around the world.