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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: An Interview with Foreign Correspondent Maggie O’Kane, by Robin Ashenden

Anyone of news-viewing age in the early 90s will find it difficult to recall the Bosnian War without remembering Maggie O’Kane. This Northern Irish war-correspondent was part of the landscape of the time, whether writing a regular column on the war in the Guardian or making television documentaries about the same. Young, elfin, urgent and…

Robin Ashenden | January 4, 2016

Eastern Europe: Migration and Disintegration, by Tim Less

What’s the difference between solidarity and intimidation? Not much if you’re the leader of a Western European state with an uncontrollable migrant crisis on your hands. But if you’re an Eastern European state on the receiving end of system that threatens your vital national interests, it could be the difference between staying and leaving inside…

Tim Less | October 6, 2015
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Hungary, Frontier Village, by George Szirtes

When God created the world he invented history a few seconds before he did economics. Being a poet – and, it is said, the Muses are the Daughters of Memory- he liked to let them float beside each other and observe the shapes they made. One of the more memorable but highly shifting shapes was…

George Szirtes | September 25, 2015
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The Jews of the Ukraine and the Current Crisis (JW3 Jewish Community Centre), by Nick Barlay

‘There is no buffet-style international law.’ So says Dr. Thomas D. Grant, international lawyer and author of ‘Aggression against Ukraine’, a new book on the conflict from the perspective of a fundamental principle that has existed since World War Two. As Grant, ‘a lawyer by training and an academic by vocation’, puts it: ‘Post-1945, there…

Nick Barlay | July 25, 2015
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Czech Band Mydy Rabycad at the Henley Festival, reviewed by Ian Mole

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It seemed a difficult task at first. A young band from the Czech Republic playing their first U.K. gig and trying to win over an audience – with an average age of about sixty – who’d almost certainly never heard their music before. Also, Mydy Rabycad are a dance band and this was an all-seater…

Ian Mole | July 15, 2015
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Remembering Srebrenica: Ratko Mladić: The Butcher of Bosnia, by Judith Fagelson

General Ratko Mladić  – the infamous ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ – seems almost out of place at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Now elderly, balding and wizened, he bears little resemblance to the battle-hardened general who, precisely 20 years ago,  oversaw the massacre of 7,414 Bosnian Muslims in the UN ‘safe area’ of…

Judith Fagelson | July 11, 2015
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Remembering Srebrenica: David Rohde’s ‘Endgame’ reviewed by Nick Barlay

Twenty years ago, American journalist David Rohde came across a decomposed human leg. It was sticking out of the ground in a village in eastern Bosnia. The leg was one of the first indications to the outside world that rumours of a massacre were true. It was mid-1995 and the location of the leg, as…

Nick Barlay | July 9, 2015
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Documenting Ukraine: Theatre – George Genoux and Natalia Vorozhbit at GRAD, reviewed by Jo Varney

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A four-day festival Documenting Ukraine was held last weekend in London bringing together Ukraine’s leading names in documentary cinema and theatre. The theatre section, hosted at GRAD in Central London, comprised two live performances in their main gallery space: acclaimed German theatre director Georg Genoux performed his solo multimedia piece, Anyone Can Be Saint Nikolai,…

Jo Varney | May 23, 2015