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 | 06/10/2015

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 | 25/09/2015
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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 | 25/07/2015

Czech Band Mydy Rabycad at the Henley Festival, reviewed by Ian Mole


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 | 15/07/2015
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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 | 11/07/2015

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 | 09/07/2015
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Documenting Ukraine: Theatre – George Genoux and Natalia Vorozhbit at GRAD, reviewed by Jo Varney


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 | 23/05/2015
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‘Documenting Ukraine: Day 4’ at the Frontline Club, by Judith Fagelson


It’s about time British people saw a rounded portrayal of Ukraine. Since conflict first broke out in November 2013, Ukraine has dominated our screens on and off, yet most of us are no closer to understanding what’s going on than we were a year and a half ago. We are fed a sensationalist, two-dimensional caricature…

Judith Fagelson | 22/05/2015
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Victory Day weekend in London, by Eugenia Ellanskaya

It’s been a busy weekend for the Russian community in London. 9th of May 2015 – V-Day in Russia – marked the day when 70 years ago the Nazi forces capitulated to the Soviet army. The end of the war that for USSR took away up to 27 million lives and left many more millions…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 12/05/2015