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The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.20.2014 | 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.

The Dam

John Feffer | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

It says a lot about Hungary in the 1980s that the movement that represented the biggest challenge to the Communist authorities was an environmental one.

A Case for Bratislava

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 06.06.2014 | College
Abby Klinkenberg

I found it entirely different from Vienna's clinical and hyper-organized structure -- instead, it's haphazard meshing of language, architecture, and culture was entirely beautiful. The occasional peeling paint and abandoned building only added to it's distinct character.

Roma Youth Get Organized

John Feffer | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Slovak government has had a plan on the books for a couple decades to build a nuclear power plant near Kecerovce. Otherwise, the prospects for economic development in the area are bleak. The village is more than 90 percent Roma.

Becoming a Bestseller in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

When the book market opened up in East-Central Europe after the changes of 1989, readers naturally gravitated toward the books they'd been previously denied. Banned books became bestsellers.

The Heaviest-Drinking Countries in the World

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich and Vince Calio | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business

Worldwide, people 15 and older consumed 6.2 liters of alcohol per person in 2010, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report. Alcoho...

10 Cities That Make For Unpopular Destinations

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Travel

We've shown you the 10 most disappointing destinations in the world, given you a head's up on the world's most violent cities (aka don't even THINK of...

The Sound of Music in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

The break-up of Czechoslovakia was generally amicable. Two-third of everything went to the Czech Republic and one-third to Slovakia, the formula based on the relative populations.

Biden Discusses Ukraine With European Leaders

AP | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has discussed the crisis in Ukraine with the leaders of Montenegro and Slovakia. Biden met at the White ...

Running Political Campaigns in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

The campaign against Vladimir Meciar in 1998 launched many young Slovaks into politics. Young people were instrumental in the 1998 elections -- as election observers, media monitors, and civil society activists -- that broke Meciar's authoritarian hold over the Slovak political system.

Ensuring Free and Fair Elections

John Feffer | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The National Democratic Institute offered funding for organizations working on free and fair elections in Slovakia. Young activist Maros Gabriel took them up on the offer.

Bridging Social Distance in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

The social distance between Roma and non-Roma communities in Europe is quite large. In other words, there is not a great deal of mixing between the two communities.

The World's Ultimate 'Ski-cations': Exploring the Coolest Winter Retreats

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 04.06.2014 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

From world-famous celeb magnets to quirky and humble haunts, here is our list of the world's top spots for skiing and snowboarding escapes.

Creating a Spectacle in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.04.2014 | World
John Feffer

Snopko is now the Slovak culture ambassador in the Czech Republic. We talked about Slovak-Czech relations, the different culture of dissent in Slovakia during the Communist period, and his own love of Prague.

The End of Claustrophobia

John Feffer | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the novel The Year of the Frog, the narrator sinks into a funk over the claustrophobia that has closed over his life. It's the 1980s in Czechoslovakia, and Communism stretches as far into the future as the eye can see.

Rethinking Democracy in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Feffer

A generation of East-Central Europeans has grown up without any firsthand experience of Communism. Not surprisingly, this generation looks at their world differently from their parents.

Slovakia's Pendulum Swing

John Feffer | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

We talked about the role Slovaks played in the Velvet Revolution, the effort to join NATO, and how rock bands can help out at critical moment in a political uprising.

The Twilight of Leadership

John Feffer | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

Modern society has become simply too complex for any one person to master. It's one thing to stand firm against an evil system or a dictatorial regime. This may not be an easy task, but it is an easy-to-understand task.

The Slovak Example

John Feffer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Of the three multiethnic countries that dissolved in the aftermath of the Cold War, Czechoslovakia fared the best. The two successor states suffered none of the violence, economic catastrophe, or political discord that Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union experienced.

Honoring Our Heritage

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.26.2014 | Taste
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger "Coach" Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director There is much to be learned from our ancestors. Our parents, grandpare...

Creating an NGO Culture in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

When I started working on U.S.-Soviet relations in the 1980s, I encountered my first GONGO. This was a "government-organized non-governmental organization." It was like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

Doing Business in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

A typical story of the economic transition in East-Central Europe is of the frustrated manager in a state-owned company under Communism who becomes a rich and successful entrepreneur after 1989.

(R)evolution in Central Europe: AICA's Resurrection of Art Criticism

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

"-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.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Kosice, Slovakia

Adam Pervez | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Kosice is a fascinating crossroads of modern and historical Europe. It was recognized in 2013 as the European Capital of Culture. Here are 10 things you probably didn't now about this beautiful city.

The New Stars of European Travel

minube | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
minube

Could it be that American travelers are passing over Western Europe's traditional tourist trail in favor of newer, less-traveled destinations in southern and eastern Europe?