Archive for March, 2008

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Political Activists Are Scary

March 30, 2008

Friday Mar. 21 the Romanian border police at Calafat denied entry to the country to six German citizens because they were carrying posters, manifestos, t-shirts and badges with “anti-NATO” and “anti-globalization” messages.

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Goodbye, Mr. Post-Socialism?

March 15, 2008

by Vassil Genchev

It is tempting, for neo-liberal enthusiasts and ‘progressive moderates’ (whatever these two terms might mean) alike, to think of Bulgaria as a modernising new EU member state, embracing the advantages of ‘late-comers’ in economic growth and moving firmly into the pattern of a liberal democratic free-market society. Yet, this pattern is nothing but the shared dream of unlikely bed fellows. And much like in the supposedly shared dreams of couples nested under a common blanket, the dream-like vision of modern Bulgaria can mean different things to different parties.   Read the rest of this entry ?

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Transition in Romania: This Is Not Buying In, This Is Selling Out

March 15, 2008

by Claudia Ciobanu

Ceausescu must be turning in his grave now. This is what I thought after a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, located in the “House of the People”, the former dictator’s mammoth project for a presidential residence in Romania’s capital. The backyard of the huge building, which one has to cross in order to reach the museum, looks like a graveyard, populated only by stray dogs and crows. Inside the exhibition, naturally, none of the socialist realist art that used to be promoted by the old regime; rather, numerous examples of conceptual art, cartoons playing with Walt Disney motifs, and uncountable “subversive” messages.

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charlie wilson

March 2, 2008

Minor admissions of guilt in a pile of… the usual US self-aggrandizing…

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