Sunday 1 November 2009
September 15, 2009
Life Under The Tsar
At the start of the 20th century, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky won the support of Tsar Nicholas II to conduct an ambitious photographic survey of the Russian Empire. Between 1907 and 1915, Prokudin-Gorsky traveled widely in a railroad car equipped with a darkroom, recording aspects of Russia’s diverse culture.
September 01, 2009
The Families Whose Wounds Will Never Heal
Five years ago, more than 330 people -- including 186 children -- were killed in a botched rescue attempt to free hostages held at a North Ossetian school by Chechen militants. Photographer Maxim Marmur recently returned to Beslan to document the residents whose wounds will never heal.
August 23, 2009
The Baltic Way: 20 Years On
On August 23, 1989, thousands of people formed a human chain linking the three Baltic capitals in a peaceful demonstration for personal freedom and national independence. The event marked 50 years since the signing in Moscow of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
August 06, 2009
June 30, 2009
Kashgar: Life In An Ancient Silk Road City
Kashgar is an ancient Silk Road trading hub located more than 4,000 kilometers west of Beijing, in China's autonomous Xinjiang region. Its old city has survived, and remains an important Islamic cultural center for the Uyghurs, the Turkic ethnic group living in Xinjiang. But Kashgar's rich Central Asian heritage is being threatened by an ambitious government redevelopment plan that some say has a hidden agenda. Here's a look at life today amid Kashgar's old streets.
June 25, 2009
Iranian Women On The Front Lines
Iranian women have taken a highly visible role in the public protests since the contested June 12 vote. Hundreds of thousands have turned out to support reformist candidate Mir Hossein Musavi, while others voted mainly to say “no” to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who they see as setting back the cause of women’s rights in Iran.
June 23, 2009
Georgian Artists At The Prague Biennale
The Prague Biennale, an international exhibition featuring some 200 artists, pays special attention this year to young painters from Georgia. The 11 featured Georgian artists are united not by style or specific themes, but by a high degree of engagement with political and social issues in their rapidly changing country.
June 22, 2009
Nazarbaev's 20 Years In Power
Nursultan Nazarbaev has led Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest and richest country, for 20 years without interruption. For some, Nazarbaev is an autocrat who has suppressed freedom and democracy, but for many he remains a guarantor of prosperity and stability.
June 16, 2009
In Pictures: June 15 Protests Turn Deadly
Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Tehran on June 15 against what many are calling a stolen election. The protests turned violent as demonstrators clashed with members of the Basij militia. At least seven people were reported killed and many others wounded.
June 13, 2009
The Vote And Its Aftermath
Iran's government has declared President Mahmud Ahmadinejad the decisive winner in the June 12 vote, described as one of the most important elections in the Islamic Republic's history. The election reportedly drew a turnout of more than 85 percent. After the announcement of Ahmadinejad's victory, thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Musavi took to the streets, angrily protesting what they said was massive election fraud.
May 31, 2009
Moldova's Cupcui Orphanage
Thirty-seven children live in the run-down state orphanage in the Moldovan village of Cupcui. But only one of them is actually an orphan. Many children in Moldovan state institutions have been placed there by their parents, motivated by grinding poverty, alcoholism, or other family problems and encouraged by a paternalistic state. A project spearheaded by UNICEF and the European Union to reunite children with their families, when possible, or place them in foster homes, hopes to change that.