New articles on the TOL website

Around the Bloc: Russian Arms Budget Takes U-Turn
Moscow is bucking the world trend toward higher arms spending, but hold that Nobel Peace Prize nomination.3 May 2018

 Around the Bloc: Turkmenistan Opens New, Guinness Record-Worthy Port
Overall financial outlook remains cloudy despite official assurances the resource-dependent economy is on the rebound.3 May 2018

Around the Bloc: Armenian Opposition Leader Calls on Supporters to End Protests
Nikol Pashinyan likely to be only candidate when parliament meets 8 May in second attempt to elect a prime minister.
3 May 2018

Society: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Refugee labor, including children, toil away in Turkish sweatshops with apparently little scrutiny from the authorities.
2 May 2018

Opinion: Digital Propaganda or ‘Normal’ Political Polarization?
A new study of Polish Twitter confirms the existence of distinct political “bubbles” and the power of traditional influencers, but sparks further questions.
2 May 2018

Around the Bloc: Slovakia Might Have Unwittingly Helped Vietnam With Abduction
German media connects 2017 visit of Vietnamese officials to Bratislava with abduction of businessman and politician in Germany.
2 May 2018

Media:  Two Months After Journalist Murder, Slovakia Still Waits For Real Change
According to editor, Jan Kuciak was “a victim of the war on corruption.” From the International Press Institute.
1 May 2018

Around the Bloc: Russia Launches First Floating Nuclear Plant
Intended to power a remote Arctic port, vessel sets off amid concern from Baltic countries, environmentalists.
1 May 2018

 War Hero Accused of Plotting to Destroy Ukrainian Parliament
Nadezhda Savchenko fires back, says government is responsible for the disasters in the east, plans presidential run.
20 March 2018

Anti-Gulen Campaign Spreads to Caucasus
Turkey’s massive crackdown on supporters of U.S.-based cleric is making waves in neighboring countries.
20 July 2016