New articles on the TOL website


August 30

Roma Families Flee Ukrainian Village Ahead of Angry Mob
Villagers demand eviction of all Roma after a man was detained for the murder of a young girl.

Kosovo Activist Group Claims Credit for Grenade Attack
The attack on the head of the state broadcaster is another incident in a string of protests against a border deal with Montenegro.

What’s So Ethical About Mining for Mammoth Tusks?
The rush for the ‘white gold’ of Siberia is devastating fragile landscapes and furthering the illegal trade in elephant ivory.

Viral Ukraine War Photo at Center of Controversy
A group of photographers says one of the most dramatic images of the war in eastern Ukraine is a fake.

Investigating the RuNet: A How-to Guide
Bellingcat’s Aric Toler explains how investigating sources, images and stories from Russia and Eastern Europe can be challenging without the required tools.

August 29

25 Years Later, Kazakhstan Grapples With Effects of Nuclear Tests
Local residents near the notorious Semipalatinsk testing ground say radiation has left a deadly toll of disease.

Serbia’s Jeremic Pushing Hard for Top UN Job
The world body’s unwritten rotation rule favors the sizeable crew of Central and East Europeans, but women candidates say the odds are stacked against them.

Uzbek President Karimov Suffers Stroke
Police, troops guarding Tashkent hospital where the country’s only post-independence leader is being treated.


Russia Stuck with Most Gender-Based Work Restrictions
It’s forbidden to hire women for hundreds of jobs, as legislation has seen few changes since the Soviet era.

Pankisi Gorge No Terrorist Training Center, Georgian PM Says
Giorgi Kvirikashvili rejects Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s claim of a significant Islamic State presence in the mountain gorge bordering Chechnya.

Women and the (Male) Body Politic
Women are climbing the ladder to influence in post-communist parliaments. But far too slowly.

Georgian Billionaire Claims Credit Suisse Banker Took Him to Cleaners
Jailed wealth manager may also be accused of illegally tapping investments of Russians linked to Gazprom.


TOL is pleased to announce our new “Foreign Reporting” course held in Prague. Journalists are invited from January 8, 2017 to January 16, 2017,  to receive the necessary skills that formulate a strong piece of “foreign reporting”. As an outgrowth  of TOL’s years of experience in the publishing  world, this course mixes both traditional foreign correspondence tactics,  with cutting edge technological advancements to enhance journalists’ ability to tell their stories wherever they go. Whether your goal is to become an activist fighting for peaceful resolutions to horrific injustices,  or to be on the frontlines of a region torn apart by war, this course will give journalists the ability to succeed in the exciting field of foreign correspondence.

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