FEATURES AND COLUMNS
AROUND THE BLOC
Hungary May Open Doors to Guest Workers
Kazakh Businessman Accused of Plotting Coup
Poland Plans Partial Takeover of Private Pension Funds
Lithuanian Basketballer Shrugs Off ‘Soviet’ Tag
Bulgaria May Join Iran-Led Transport Corridor
Dissenting Montenegrin Admiral Posthumously Honored
Is Serbia Ready for Ex-Guantanamo Detainees?
Status Quo Prevails in Abkhazia After Failed Referendum
Belarusian Customs Officials Corner Red Hot Chili Peppers
Lifestyles of the Rich and Armenian
Russian Land Rush Off to Slow Start
German Leader Meets Kyrgyzstan’s Singing President
UN Kosovo Mission Slammed by Its Own Monitors
FROM THE TOL ARCHIVE – EDITORS’ PICK
The Winner Takes the Burden
Conflicts of Interest: Press vs. Public
Who’s Afraid of Big, Bad Jaroslaw?
A Family Reflects on the Chernobyl Disaster
After months of preparation (and seed money from Google’s Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund), we’re finally ready for the launch of Press Start, a crowdfunding platform designed to support independent journalism in emerging democracies and developing countries. For our inaugural campaigns, we’ve chosen five outstanding reporters who have won awards crusading for human rights, a cleaner environment, historic preservation, and honest governance in some pretty inhospitable places. They are Armen Melikbekyan, co-founder of the Independent Journalists’ Network in Armenia; Douce Namwezi N’ibamba, editor in chief of Mama Voice magazine in Congo; Wendy Funes, a seasoned investigator in Honduras; Habib Battah, a two-time recipient of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in Lebanon; and Zaklina Hadzi-Zafirova, founder of SCOOP Macedonia, an independent investigative reporting network. Please follow the link here to find out more about them and what they aim to do with the money they raise via Press Start. As our fundraising goals are truly modest, even a small donation makes a big difference. If each of you donated just $10 to Press Start, we’d make our goals for all of our journalists. We think we’ve made it easy and inexpensive to support independent journalism this way, so please give, and spread the word.