1989 Redux

Twenty-five years ago, a wave of freedom swept across the Soviet empire, bringing down the Iron Curtain and uniting Europe. Today, the struggle for Ukraine is the last, belated battle of the Velvet Revolution.
Click to read my dispatches for Slate, Newsweek, BuzzFeed and Zeit Online (in German).

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Ukraine on the Brink

It sounds like a vacuous Hollywood thriller: after police massacre protesters, a despised leader flees to a passive-aggressive ally who sends his army into the leaderless country. That’s reality in Ukraine today.
Click to read my dispatches for Slate,
BuzzFeed and Zeit Online (in German).

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Potemkin Olympic Village

The world is looking to Sochi, a Soviet resort that Vladimir Putin dreams of turning into a cross between St. Moritz and Saint-Tropez.
I got an inside look during numerous reporting trips. My blog-memoir is now being published here, on Medium.com.

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Battleground Ukraine

In Moscow, all eyes are on Kiev. For the Kremlin, the protests are a nightmare vision of the future. For the liberal middle class, a glimmer of hope for self-emancipation.
Everyone understands: change in Russia begins in Ukraine.

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Medium, Well Done

Medium.com is the latest thing in blogging: democratic, chaotic and very uneven.
What I like best about it is its responsive, clean design. I like it so much that I’m reposting my entire Grozny blog on it.
Click/tap here to view.

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Tragedy in Volgograd

Two suicide bombings in two days. Naked terror. Once again, all hands point to the North Caucasus, home to Russia’s overlooked Islamic insurgency.
Two years ago I traveled to the region to find the roots of the conflict. You can read about my trip in the Gonzo Goes to Grozny blog.

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Khodorkovsky in Berlin

When I moved to Berlin from Russia two years ago, the last person I expected to follow me here was imprisoned oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Deutsche Welle invited me to give my first reaction to his historic press conference at Checkpoint Charlie. Click/tap here to view.

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A Life of Redemption

To me, the greatest lesson of Nelson Mandela’s life is that it’s not enough to free the oppressed and restore their dignity.
The oppressors have just as great a need to be liberated and given back their dignity.

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America’s Deep State

Drone strikes, Guantanamo and the military-industrial complex. NSA, CIA and WMD. Interests and values. Fact and fantasy.
The moment Obama picked up the nuclear briefcase, he was initiated into America’s deep state. It’s not secret. It’s in plain view for all to see.

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Transparency International

Obama promised the most transparent government in history; the likes of Edward Snowden are delivering the goods.
Secrecy in the digital age is an illusion – not only for private citizens, but for governments and their most unaccountable agencies.

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