Thursday 26 November 2015
November 26, 2015
Tourism Revives Remote Tajik Mountain Village
The extreme conditions of high-altitude desert and strong winds, combined with lack of opportunities beyond yak and sheep breeding, make life in the High Pamir Mountains of eastern Tajikistan a fight for survival. Yet in recent years, the village of Alichor has seen a turnaround in its fortunes, with a nascent tourism industry slowing the outflow of people to neighboring Kyrgyzstan. Photojournalist Janyl Jusupjan paid the village a visit.
November 25, 2015
Yeltsin Center Presents Former Russian President's Legacy
To mark what would have been Boris Yeltsin's 85th birthday on February 1, we are re-upping these pictures from the opening of the Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg late last year. A first of its kind in Russia, it showcases the legacy of the former president with a library, museum, and exhibition space. There are more than 30,000 exhibits and 13,000 photos. The center has been financed with $76 million of public money plus around 50 private sponsors, including President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
November 23, 2015
Portraits Of Ellis Island Immigrants 1902-1913
For millions of immigrants, Ellis Island was the gateway to the United States -- the country's busiest reception and processing center from 1892 to 1954. These historical photographs capture the variety of cultures among those immigrants -- they were taken by Augustus Frederick Sherman, who worked there as a clerk. They were not taken for official purposes. Sherman was simply fascinated by the people he was meeting on a daily basis.
November 16, 2015
The Bosnian War: From Death And Destruction To Dayton
It was the bloodiest conflict Europe had witnessed since World War II. Between 1992 and 1995, almost 100,000 people were killed in the Bosnian War, which erupted after the collapse of Yugoslavia. The bloodshed finally ended when the warring parties agreed to the landmark Dayton peace agreement, on November 21, 1995. Twenty years later, these are some of the haunting images of the conflict and the struggle for peace.
November 13, 2015
Georgia's First Motorcycle 'Gang'
They are united by their love of motorcycles, the open road and a lifestyle that embraces freedom above all else. Meet the Cross Riders, Georgia's first classic motorcycle club. Established two years ago in the capital, Tbilisi, the club reflects the growing popularity of motorcycles in the country. Despite their tough appearance, the Cross Riders Motorcycle Club (MC) stress their members are not engage in criminal activity. They have opened a bar and welcome anyone with an affection for bikes. British journalist and photographer Onnik James Krikorian spent four months with the Cross Riders MC as part of a new series on Georgian subcultures. For more photos by Krikorian, visit his website http://www.onnik-krikorian.com.
November 12, 2015
Syrian Town Pummeled By Air Strikes
Douma is a town about 10 kilometers from the center of Damascus. Currently under the control of Syrian rebels, it has seen heavy fighting. Reuters photographers captured everyday life among the ruins, and were also there during air strikes. Local activists have blamed the attacks on Syrian and Russian planes.
November 11, 2015
Eastern Ukraine On Brink Of Humanitarian Crisis As Winter Looms
With winter looming, the European Commission estimates 5 million people require urgent humanitarian aid in eastern Ukraine. The situation is most dire for those who have been displaced or live near the front lines in areas beyond government control. The World Food Program is racing to distribute food vouchers and parcels to the one million people who are the most vulnerable and require immediate food assistance. (Photos by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
November 06, 2015
Soviet-Themed Shopping Center Opens In Minsk
Capitalism met communism head on in Belarus this week with the opening of a new Soviet-themed shopping mall in Minsk. The "Leningrad" center uses communist posters, clothing, and other iconic relics of socialism to help ply its wares. We're not sure if Comrade Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin would approve...