What Happened to Europe?

What Happened to Europe?

Back in 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the countries of East-Central Europe all had a common vision. They wanted to join the Europe Community. Some wanted to join immediately; others wanted to join eventually. After half a century yoked to the Soviet Union,...
The 250

The 250

In March 1990, I entered East Germany for the start of nearly seven months of travel throughout Eastern Europe. In my backpack, I carried an early version of a laptop and a cutting-edge portable printer. I had a simple agenda: talk to people, write reports, and send...
Lost Causes Can Win

Lost Causes Can Win

It’s a David and Goliath struggle. The Occupiers’ tents are dwarfed by the skyscrapers of the financiers. The Masters of the Universe control huge political budgets — the Chamber of Commerce alone spent $276 million to give Republicans a majority in...
The European Loser

The European Loser

Damir Niksic, a conceptual artist from Bosnia Herzegovina, is best known for his notorious 2005 video installation If I Wasn’t Muslim. Performing a sarcastic song about being a Bosnian Muslim surrounded by Christian neighbors, Niksic provides a painful, yet...

Serbia: 10 Years Later

Since the end of the U.S.-led war against Serbia, the country is slowly emerging from the wars of the 1990s. Despite lingering problems, Serbs appear to be more optimistic about their country’s future than they have for decades. The United States deserves little...
Violeta Draganova

Violeta Draganova

Violeta Draganova. Photo by John Feffer. Bulgarian National Television presenter Violeta Draganova On becoming a journalist I learned to read before the first grade. So on the very first day of school, I was the only one who could already read. From those very early...