Friday 6 December 2013
December 05, 2013
Nelson Mandela -- A Life In Pictures
For almost three decades, Nelson Mandela was one of the world's most famous prisoners of conscience. His long incarceration on South Africa's Robben Island on charges of sabotage ensured that he became one of the most potent symbols of the antiapartheid movement. After he was released in 1990, he went on to become South Africa's first president elected in a fully representative multiracial election. He served as president from 1994 to 1999, focusing mainly on dismantling apartheid's legacy. Such was his standing at home and abroad that he received over 250 awards and accolades in his lifetime, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95.
December 02, 2013
Skopje's Neoclassical Makeover
The Macedonian capital is in the midst of an urban renewal project: Skopje 2014, which is designed to give the city a face-lift and help promote a distinctive national brand. The project involves the construction of new government buildings, museums, and monuments depicting historical figures, including Alexander the Great. Slated for completion next year, Skopje 2014 has drawn criticism at home, both for a soaring budget and for designs that some call historical kitsch.
December 01, 2013
Anti-Government Rallies Continue In Ukraine
Supporters of EU integration have continued their protests in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, with thousands of demonstrators rallying against President Viktor Yanukovych's government. The rally has grown after police brutally broke up a demonstration on November 30.
November 27, 2013
Asylum Seekers Live Rough In Serbia
Serbia has become a magnet for asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East, but the country's two refugee camps are now fully occupied and closed off to new arrivals. With nowhere to go, many of the asylum seekers have been pushed out into the forest to live in tents and makeshift shelters -- but without basic amenities like heat and power. As winter arrives in Europe, RFE/RL correspondent Vesna Andjic visited one of the forest camps near the village of Bogovadja, 70 kilometers from Belgrade. (Text by Reuters)
November 26, 2013
Maria Callas, The Birth Of A Legend
December 2, 2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the American-born Greek opera singer, Maria Callas. Born Anna Maria Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulos, she is considered the one of the most influential opera singers of the 20th century, as well as a renowned fashion icon. (14 PHOTOS)
November 25, 2013
Russian Antifur Protesters March In St. Petersburg
On October 20, animal-rights activists rallied in cities across Russia, with the largest being a march and performance in St. Petersburg. Participants gathered to protest against the slaughter of animals for the production of fur used in the clothing industry, according to organizers. The protests are one sign of Russia's growing animal-rights movement. (11 PHOTOS)
November 21, 2013
PHOTO GALLERY: Ukraine's Holodomor Through An Austrian's Eyes
Alexander Wienerberger was recruited into the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I. In 1915, he was taken prisoner in Russia and ended up staying in the U.S.S.R. until 1934. Later, he worked as a chemical engineer specializing in explosives, and he established chemical factories in the Soviet Union. In 1933, he was assigned as technical director of a synthetic factory in Kharkiv and became witness to the man-made famine orchestrated by the Soviet government, the Holodomor. His photographs -- made with a Leica camera -- are some of about 100 images verified to be authentic portrayals of those harrowing events. The captions are based on the photographer's own notes.