"-White Places-Black Holes" was proclaimed both publicly and privately as the best congress in recent memory, reflecting both in structure and content, the death and rebirth of art criticism in the 21st century.
The debate continues over whether the people of East-Central Europe have benefitted economically from the post-1989 transition. But this discussion of economic winners and losers largely ignores a key demand of the people in the region.
On March 17, 1990, I set off from Brussels for East Berlin to begin what would be seven months of wandering around the region. Now, I am returning to track down the people I interviewed back then to see how their lives, their families, and their countries have changed.
The United States, and in fact, the rest of the world, especially the fear-driven crisis-mongering media and markets, could learn a few things by slowing down, realizing it takes time to build healthy economies, especially such a new one as the European Union.
Central Europe has long been a place where empires from the East and West have come to settle their differences. It will be very important for Obama to use this trip to help unify Eastern and Western Europe against Moscow's efforts to sow divisions.
Poised to win as much as 20% of Parliament's seats, Jobbik -- the increasingly popular far right party known for its militaristic rhetoric and hate speech -- is sending a shock through minority communities in Hungary.