All posts in Perspectives

  • States of denial
    September 10, 2012, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

    Backgrounder: Repatriation and release of jailed Azeri murderer threatens to reignite frozen conflict, raises questions of Hungarian realpolitik Hungary’s government was again in diplomatic hot water this week following the […]

  • Seagulls at Riviera resort Golden Sands Bulgarian Black Sea coast photo Clive Leviev-Sawyer
    The shape of summer 2012: Some notes on tourism in Bulgaria
    August 27, 2012, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    Strolling the tourist area alleyways of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coastal resort of Golden Sands in August 2012, any passerby with an attuned ear would hear holidaymakers speaking Russian, German, Romanian […]

  • Russia Watch: Kremlin x Pussy Riot: Girls win!
    August 20, 2012, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

    “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?” – Alexander Pope, 1735 This summer, Vladimir Putin tried to break three of Moscow’s butterflies on the creaking, iron wheel of Russia’s court […]

  • Romney rallies Republicans with Ryan pick
    August 14, 2012, by Jim Malone of VOANews

    In his own way, Mitt Romney went bold with his choice of Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to join him as the vice presidential candidate on the Republican Party ticket. […]

  • Hungary commentary: Orbán’s ill wind could blow his house down
    August 10, 2012, by Benjamin Tallis of The Prague Post

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s recent remarks, welcoming an “Eastern Wind” that can blow in a mix of economic dynamism and authoritarian politics from places like China and Kazakhstan are […]

  • Defection highlights sectarian divide in Syrian government
    August 7, 2012, by Michael Lipin of VOANews

    The defection of Syria’s Sunni Muslim Prime Minister Riad Hijab is the latest sign of a sectarian split in the Alawite-dominated government of President Bashar al-Assad. Hijab fled to Jordan […]