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We Pay Attention to the Soul

Atmospheric churches, crazy bridges, grand castles, and cliché cobblestone streets: What do locals in Slovakia’s capital of Bratislava recommend visitors see first?

“Vienna,” jokes Barbara, my Slovak Airbnb host, who has lived in Bratislava her entire life, since the 1960s. 1,268 more words


Selling Stalin

Tadeusz poked at Stalin’s ear. The head was hollow. A squeak came from inside, echoing around the metal. At least something had found Stalin easy to live with. 754 more words

Urban Fiction

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Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link):

August 17, 2017 Kristen Ghodsee, author of this article, on sex and gender in the former socialist world (the documentary about East Germany is… 77 more words


Eastern/Central-ish Europe in review: Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic

A few short weeks ago we began our eight month long adventure in Bulgaria (well, actually Turkey, but that’s a whole different story). We travelled East to West, all by rail, covering the four titular countries in a shade under a month, one night in Vienna… 938 more words


Why the East Germans were so good at rowing

The use of illegal drugs in Eastern bloc countries is well-documented, but this was far from the ONLY reason for their sporting successes, and the irony is that the many other factors that led to their dominance might well have been enough on their own. 785 more words

4 Things Western Democracies Need to Understand to Stop Hostile Kremlin Meddling

In 2015, I started the Kremlin Watch Program at a think-tank in Prague. My team analyzes Russian influence and disinformation operations, and we have helped the Czech government… 881 more words


A Low-Budget Intelligence Service

When dealing with Antifa, it is important not to underestimate them. They may look like dumb street goons, but many are very educated and intelligent – usually way more so than any militia, neo-Nazi or KKK group. 987 more words