Also by Neil Bowdler
November 10, 2023
'They Killed One Of Us': How One Woman Joined Iran's Mass Protest Movement
The Iranian authorities continue to face protests over the treatment of women in the country. This animated account tells the story of one anonymous woman who joined the protest movement after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September 2022.
September 15, 2023
Pakistani Police Detain Hundreds Of Afghan Citizens In Karachi
Hundreds of Afghan citizens have been detained in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh, most of them in the port city of Karachi, for allegedly not possessing legal residency documentation. But many Afghans complained they were held by police despite having the correct documents.
August 31, 2023
Iranian Protesters Post Dance Videos To Support Detained Singer
Female protesters in Iran are posting dance videos to support prominent Iranian pop singer Mehdi Yarrahi. He was arrested on August 28 following the release of an "illegal" song urging women to remove their mandatory head scarves.
August 30, 2023
Detention, Torture, Murder: Life Under The Taliban For LGBT People
LGBT activists say the return of the Taliban to power in 2021 in Afghanistan has resulted in discrimination, torture, and even murder. One gay man told RFE/RL that he had to quit school to protect his identity while another said he and his boyfriend were tortured by the Taliban.
August 20, 2023
Would Superman Use These Hungarian Phone Booths?
There are still thousands of phone booths in Hungary, even though few people use them and many are in poor repair or have been vandalized. Around half are card-operated, but phone cards were discontinued in 2011. They can still be used to make emergency calls -- if they're not broken.
August 18, 2023
Living In Exile In Argentina: The Russian Ex-Soldier Who Refused To Fight In Ukraine
After Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 27-year-old Russian soldier Fyodor was shocked by the scale of the losses. He quit the military and moved to Argentina with his wife, Olena, and scrapes out a living there as a cleaner.
August 14, 2023
'I Live For My Children': Moldovan Woman Is Foster Mom To 28 Kids
Over 30 years, Ana Furtuna from the Moldovan city of Drochia has been a foster parent to 28 children. When she and her husband first realized they would not be able to have their own children, they took in seven foster kids from an orphanage.
August 08, 2023
Four Hours In The Mud: Georgian Girl Rescued From Deadly Landslide
Davit Jeladze was on a family hike when a landslide swept through the Georgian resort town of Shovi on August 3. Jedladze and his 6-year-old niece Masho spent four hours battling through the mud to safety. At least 18 people were killed in the landslide.
August 04, 2023
Ukraine's Naval Drones Seeking To Sink Russian War Effort
The latest reported naval drone attack in the Black Sea is not the first time that Ukraine has allegedly deployed such weapons. A naval expert told Current Time how Ukraine appeared to be using domestically produced naval drones to strike Russian ships in the Black Sea.
August 03, 2023
Mosquito Swarms Plague Kazakh Village
An RFE/RL correspondent made a valiant attempt to speak to camera as he reported on a plague of mosquitoes in a Kazakh village. Locals in the village of Boran in eastern Kazakhstan's Kurshim district appeared wearing face protection and giving tips for coping with the swarms.
July 26, 2023
Archaeologists Go Swimming To Map Flooded Georgian Heritage In Turkey
A team of Georgian archaeologists is racing to map and record a Georgian medieval castle and church complex near the town of Yusufeli in Turkey's Artvin Province. The complex and the town are disappearing underwater as part of a controversial dam project along the Coruh River.
July 05, 2023
Turned Away From Teaching, Disabled Moldovan 'Astonished' By Discrimination
A 40-year-old librarian in Moldova says she has faced discrimination due to her physical disability. Natalia Boghiu was told she could not become a teacher because she was born without one hand and forearm, but she has never given up on her dream.
June 12, 2023
Transparency Issues: Armenian Drivers Feel The Heat Over Tinted-Glass Law
A law has been implemented in Armenia that bans tinted glass in cars that is less than 70 percent transparent. Drivers will be fined $65 if their windows don't comply. The government says the measure will improve road safety but drivers in the capital, Yerevan, say it leaves them exposed to heat.
May 31, 2023
Taliban Turquoise Taxi Rule Has Kabul Cabbies Seeing Red
The Taliban government in Afghanistan has ordered all taxi drivers in the capital, Kabul, to change the color of their vehicles to turquoise, infuriating many cabbies. Officials say the new color code will reduce kidnappings and other crimes.
May 27, 2023
'The Walls Collapsed': Elderly Couple Finally Evacuates From Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya Region
Civilians caught near the front line in Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya region continue to be evacuated. Serhiy Siryak and his wife, Tamara, from the town of Stepnohirsk, finally decided to leave when their house was destroyed by Russian shelling.
May 16, 2023
Executions In Iran Drive Global Death-Penalty Spike
Recorded executions in 2022 reached the highest figure in five years, according to Amnesty International's annual global review of the death penalty. It says 883 people were executed across 20 countries in 2022, marking a rise of 53 percent on 2021.
May 09, 2023
Mass Protests In Serbia Against Gun Violence After Shootings
Thousands of people marched through the streets of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on May 8 demanding the government combat gun violence after the Balkan nation was shaken by two mass shootings. Seventeen people were killed and 21 wounded on May 3 and 4.
May 01, 2023
'Suffer With Dignity': How A Widowed Ukrainian Soldier Endured Russian Captivity
Recently freed in a prisoner swap, Ukrainian soldier Valeria Subotina told Current Time how she endured 327 days of Russian captivity as a prisoner of war. After her husband was killed in action two days after their wedding, she says she had nothing more to lose.