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Top 10 Reasons to Travel the Ex-USSR
Exploring Odd Corners
This is the land of communal bathrooms, sweaty trains, body odor and too much mayonnaise. But, if you can set aside a few creature comforts, then the former Soviet Union is the most exciting travel destination there is.
Must See Yerevan
Jared S. Baumeister
Avid traveler and former lawyer IG: JSBaumeister
While you are unlikely to confuse Yerevan with Paris, Tamanyan's plans were successful in making Yerevan a city that is quite distinct from many of the grey, monolithic ex-Soviet cities that litter the territory of the former USSR.
Poll: A Majority Of Russians Miss The Soviet Empire
Putin, Ukraine and Anti-Semitism: It's Real
Senior Fellow, Demos
Anyone who dismisses the resurgence of Nazism in the former Soviet Union is, well, doing a disservice to the truth, historical memory and the Jewish community. The history and severity of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is of such enormity as to touch millions across the world.
My Own Piece of the Berlin Wall
James M. Clash
On a chilly fall night, my friend and I headed over to the smaller Potsdamer Platz section. It wasn't for drama that we traveled under cover of the dark. There's an unwritten rule that tourists are not to take pieces off the remaining Wall, for obvious reasons.
A New Jackson-Vanik
Abraham H. Foxman
National Director, Anti-Defamation League
This disturbing similar oppression of the LGBT community in Russia and that of Soviet Jewry should instruct us in how to respond.
Ukraine's Freezing Winter Baptismal Holiday
Exploring Odd Corners
January 19 is a holiday in the Orthodox tradition commemorating the baptism of Jesus. On this day all the waters become holy. Believers, revelers, and exhibitionists alike wade out naked into the rivers and lakes in a ritualistic freezing bath.
Kourtney and Kim, Will You Take Orran? An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian
Former Director, Orran USA
Like you, I am one of a million Armenians living in the United States with endless, everyday opportunity. Our "cousins" in Armenia are creative and entrepreneurial -- just like us -- but in the shadow of the former Soviet Union, they constantly fight poverty and repression.
Europe's Last Dictator
Georgia Sheds Its Soviet Past for a New Generation
President and CEO, Global Communities
Georgia's efforts to better the lives of its children are to be applauded. For in a region of the world scarred by its past, Georgia's actions on behalf of its most vulnerable citizens have ensured a better, more stable and brighter future.
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Azerbaijan's Autocratic President Keeps Pro-Democracy Activists at Bay
News Reporter, Former Fulbright Scholar in Azerbaijan
Protesters have built momentum toward what they hope leads to a society free of President Aliyev's authoritarian rule that clamps down on the news media and critics of his government.
Supporting Democracy and Supporting Dictatorship in Egypt
Writer, pundit, analyst and kibitzer. For more about me, visit...
Deemphasizing democracy rhetoric was a reasonable strategy for the Obama administration as it allowed them to differentiate their administration from Bush's. The problem is, it also gave the appearance that the U.S. was casting its lot with the authoritarians.
Notorious Spy Cases Around The World (PHOTOS)
Curtis M. Wong
Russia Rebuilds Memorial That Was Destroyed By Georgians
Curtis M. Wong
Blogging from Film Festivals
tells the story of five rather ordinary Russians who have lived during extraordinary times, in mind-boggling times, dangerous and, for some, incredibly rewarding times.
Russian Mafia Crackdown Across Europe Arrests 69 Alleged Gangsters
Mikhail Gorbachev Supports US Withdrawal From Afghanistan (Video)
Moment of Truth In Afghanistan, Iran, Israel-Palestine, Southeast Asia, Africa, FSU
Stephen C. Rose
Founder of prize-winning magazine 'Renewal'
In all these situations, violence is active or incipient. In all of them, there is no solution being proposed that promises an end to the prospect of more of the same.
Europe's Last Ruling Communists
Amb. Swanee Hunt
Swanee Hunt is a philanthropist, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in...
Today is election day in Moldova, Europe's poor step-sister in the southeast corner, near the Black Sea.
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