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AROUND THE BLOC

August 1

Medical Marijuana Now on Shelves in Croatia
One man’s struggle to alleviate his symptoms helped change the country’s
drug policy.

Two-Week Yerevan Police Standoff Ends
The armed group that took over a Yerevan police station has surrendered.

First Known Czech ISIS Recruit Arrested
Man was detained in January at a Turkish airport, but news of his arrest only
surfaces now.

The Czech Super Bowl
The popularity of “American” football in the lands of Bohemia and Moravia has
been growing as local talent and foreign imports team up for the love of the game.

August 2

Pope Francis Urges “Courage” and “Compassion” Toward Refugees
The Catholic Church leader’s words elicit a mixed response from Polish authorities, previously not so keen on migrants.

Serbia Denounces Croatian Statue of Nationalist Fighter
The two Balkan countries have diametrically opposed views of the Croatian who assassinated the Yugoslav ambassador to Sweden in 1971.

Former Romanian Communist Officials to Stand Trial Over Death of Dissident
Four people were charged for arresting and abusing Gheorghe Ursu, a writer and
dissident who died in police custody in 1985.

Putin Visits Slovenia, Unveils Monument to Russian Troops
Some diplomats see the trip as part of Moscow’s search for friends within the EU to undermine sanctions over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

FROM THE TOL ARCHIVE – EDITORS’ PICK

A Healthy Future?
A team of photographers will soon set off to find out if Soviet-era sanatoriums can
survive the modern age.
By Allison Tretina

Oscar Contenders from Around the Bloc
Transition’s essential guide to this year’s entries from post-communist countries for
Best Foreign Film (and many other categories) ahead of the 88th Academy Awards.
By Allison Tretina

Servants of the State
Veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War in Tajikistan cast themselves as loyal partners
of the Rahmon regime. More than political opportunism, this approach resonates
with rhetoric inherited from the Soviet era.
By Markus Göransson

Flood Victims in the Shadow of Inter Party Fighting
As Bosnia seeks to recover from last year’s floods, many flood victims are losing out
because money earmarked for them has disappeared during the election campaign.
By Paulina Janusz

Div-A – Diversity Accelerator for journalist startups

The Council of Europe has launched a mentoring program for journalists
committed to diversity and inclusion who have original start-up ideas
Selected projects will be awarded € 3000 and six months of mentoring in
return for fulfilling the requirements. The mentors come from an
international network of alternative multimedia journalists, such as the German Krautreporter, the Hungarian Direkt 36, the Greek Athens Live, the French Sport et Handicaps and the Italian Termini TV
Details: http://www.coe.int/en/web/diversity-accelerator/in-brief
You can apply till 26 August 2016, it takes ten minutes at http://div-a.org/

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