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December 21, 2012
Director Of Controversial Holocaust Film Rejects 'Revisionist' Criticism
RFE/RL's Deana Kjuka speaks to Macedonian director Darko Mitrevski about his latest film, "The Third Half," which tells the story of a beautiful and affluent Jewish girl who falls in love with a poor Christian soccer player.Set in World War II-era Yugoslavia as Macedonian Jews were being deported to Nazi Germany, it is based on the real-life story of Holocaust survivor Neta Cohen. But it is highly controversial in Bulgaria, an ally of Nazi Germany during the war. Bulgarian officials call the film an "attempt to manipulate Balkan history" and "spread hate."
December 05, 2012
Transparency: Two-Thirds Of Countries Perceived To Be 'Highly Corrupt'
According to the anticorruption group Transparency International (TI), high levels of bribery, abuse of power, and secret dealings continue to “ravage” societies around the world, despite a growing public outcry over corrupt governments.
November 20, 2012
Macedonia's 'Indiana Jones' Won't Rest Until He Finds Alexander's Tomb
With his flowing white locks and extravagant manner, Macedonian archaeologist Pasko Kuzman has become something of a celebrity. Now facing retirement, he says he won't rest till he finds the tomb of Alexander the Great in Macedonia.
November 19, 2012
Skopje's Controversial Facelift
Since 2010, Macedonian authorities have been revamping the capital, Skopje, after decades of neglect. The Skopje 2014 project should give the city plenty of new municipal buildings, including museums, theaters, and concert halls. Dozens of new statues are also being erected to commemorate the nation's heroes. Although supporters of the initiative claim it will inject some new life into Skopje's rather drab socialist atmosphere, critics say a country as poor as Macedonia could find better uses for the tens of millions of dollars being spent on the overhaul. (13 PHOTOS)
September 21, 2012
Macedonia Soccer Movie Kicks Off Controversy
Soccer has always been a sport that lends itself to drama and it has been the source of many great stories that resonate beyond the field of play. Now, a Macedonian filmmaker has brought one of his country's great football tales to the big screen, sparking lots of controversy along the way.
September 11, 2012
Interview: Robert D. Kaplan On How Geography Affects The Fate Of Nations
From Iran's glorious past as the ancient world's first superpower to Russia’s present and continuing obsession with protecting its territory, acclaimed American journalist and author Robert Kaplan’s latest book, "The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle against Fate" traces the history of the world's hot spots through their geographic advantages and disadvantages.
September 03, 2012
Bows, Bells, Balloons, And Butterflies -- It's Back To School
The first day of school -- a time of butterflies in the stomach and big bows in the hair. RFE/RL photographers went back to school themselves to capture children in some of our broadcast countries on their first day back after the summer holidays. Even though September 1 fell on a Saturday this year, schools in countries throughout the former Soviet Union still welcomed students, while in other regions children started the school year on September 3.