Perceptions and misperceptions in the South Western Balkans
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Perceptions and misperceptions in the South Western Balkans

From the official rhetoric of the Albanian-Greek relations, it would be easy to miss some important dimensions of both sides’ real perceptions about each other. Sashenka Lleshaj, who co-authored a recent report (PDF) on the subject, looks between the lines. Although it is not news that mutual stereotypes are a modus operandi in Balkan citizens’ … Continue reading

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(2/3) Words made flesh – Russia, the West… and Ukraine

In the second of a three-part series, Paul Hansbury says that the ongoing propaganda battle about Ukraine is being won by a Russian narrative that has effectively shifted attention from the domestic to the international stage. A regional rivalry has been globalised.  Throughout the cold days and nights of December and January the protestors in … Continue reading

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Analysis: Putin’s Direct Line

In his annual question and answer session, Russian President Vladimir Putin tackled 81 questions from citizens of Russia, residents from Crimea, as well as representatives of the US, Germany and Hungary. Television and radio stations throughout the Russian Federation broadcasted the nearly four-hour live session, and to Kimberly St Julian, who filed this report. According … Continue reading

Send them away – the Olympic banishment of prostitutes
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Send them away – the Olympic banishment of prostitutes

Last month, Putin erected a “security ring of steel” around Sochi, host city of a heavily-policed Olympics. Leandra Bias believes the scenario reminds us of the Games in 1980, when prostitutes and other suspect-characters were sent away from Moscow. English is not the only language that uses understatement. “Girls of a joyful behaviour” is what prostitutes … Continue reading