Monday 10 January 2011
January 10, 2011
Belarus Free Theater Marks New York Appearance With Sold-Out Performances
After successful New York runs in 2006 and 2008, Minsk's Belarus Free Theater, an underground company whose politically charged plays have angered the authoritarian regime, is set to headline the independent theater festival Under The Radar 2011.
January 10, 2011
Tajik Government To Issue List Of Approved Sermon Topics
Imams in Tajikistan preparing their Friday sermons will soon have a list of officially approved topics to choose from. The topics are said to focus on the promotion of virtue and moral values, but critics say the government is going to far.
January 09, 2011
Sentinel Project Uses Satellite Images To Monitor, Perhaps Deter, Humanitarian Abuses
The eyes of the world are on the African country of Sudan, as fears of potential violence surround a major referendum on the country’s future on January 9. But eyes in the sky will also be monitoring the situation, looking to track people’s movements and potentially deter attacks.
January 08, 2011
Jeszenszky: Hungary's Controversial Media Law 'Has Nothing To Do With Political Censorship'
Hungary has had a jittery start as the new president of the European Union, with domestic and international criticism of a controversial media law. RFE/RL's Executive Editor John O'Sullivan spoke to Jeszenszky by e-mail about Hungary's plans for its EU presidency and the new media law.
January 07, 2011
Gilani Drops Fuel Hikes To Woo Coalition Partners Back -- But At What Price?
To cobble his coalition government back together, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had to drop a controversial austerity measure, leading to questions of whether he sold out the country's economic future to retain power.
January 07, 2011
Activists In Belarus Fear School Expulsions, Firings
A Belarusian lawyer has lost her license to practice law as a result of her participation in protests against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's reelection. Opposition and rights activists worry that 2011 will bring a new wave of expulsions and firings from schools and jobs.
January 05, 2011
'G-Zero' Seen As Greatest Global Risk
G-Zero -- a world without a clearly defined superpower -- tops the geopolitical risk scale for 2011. According to a report by Eurasia Group, this new political reality will intensify all other top risks for 2011, including the potential for an uncontained economic crisis in Europe, an unwillingness by China to respond to growing international pressure, and provocations from North Korea.
January 04, 2011
Though Largely Powerless, Afghan Peace Council Visits Islamabad With High Hopes
The Afghan Peace Council has sent a delegation to Islamabad for meetings with Pakistani officials. The visit is meant to build support in Pakistan for Kabul's efforts to hold reconciliation talks with the Taliban.
January 01, 2011
Will The Eurozone Survive? Will The Dollar Strengthen? Economists Gaze Into Their Crystal Balls
As the global economy continues its tumultuous ride, RFE/RL correspondents Heather Maher and Jeremy Bransten asked three prominent economists to gaze into their crystal balls and forecast what 2011 may bring.
December 31, 2010
Boney M's Bobby Farrell: Gone But Never Forgotten In Former Soviet Bloc
As perestroika brought new artistic freedoms to the Soviet Union, Boney M's popularity faded but never completely vanished. Farrell, however, remained a constant, continuing to tour throughout the former Soviet bloc.