Georgian wines survived by luring the Soviets into loving them, and that in turn allowed ancient traditions to survive an empire determined to eradicate everything precious and old.
It is also important to remember that in almost every state of the former Soviet Union, there are large portions of the population who would gladly return to the USSR — this video is aimed at them.
In Riga, former Waffen SS members drawn from Latvia — and, in a worrying development, younger generations — march in the streets in remembrance of the people who killed Jews and Slavs as equally bereft of humanity.
Military occupation of one’s territory is an enormous impediment to liberalization, breeding its own special obstacles and changes in government and civil society that make free markets and free people less likely.
In light of our recent coverage of Moldova’s political chaos, we believe it would be helpful to show how far Moldova has come in a mere nine years … and how far it could fall again.
Led by an award-winning, formerly imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist, human rights activists, NGOs, and academics have come together to examine: What went wrong in Germany?
“Seven decades of religious repression under Soviet rule actually achieved the opposite of what was intended, galvanizing interfaith cooperation. The country is now poised to use its historical position as a tolerant and multi-faith nation to promote religious tolerance throughout Asia and beyond.”
“The only chance for Ukraine is to be on our side … Ukraine needs Europe, and Europe needs Ukraine.” This was the general consensus of a conference in Berlin on October 23, 2012, featuring statesmen wrestling with Europe’s relationship with Ukraine in advance of upcoming parliamentary elections.
Should Ukraine’s deeper integration with the European Union be held hostage to Tymoshenko’s case while the European Court of Human Rights hears her appeal? Prominent statesmen argue that engagement should be the way forward for Ukraine’s and Europe’s longer-term strategic interests.
As Europe struggles to determine whether its common currency will survive, some are arguing that it should isolate Ukraine, and its own future energy security. The proponents of engagement are asking the very real questions Why? and At what cost? It is a different view, and one that recognizes the real value of engagement.