Fake global history in the age of fake news

Cornell Fleischer Cemal Kafadar Sanjay Subrahmanyam Awareness of Islamic history may need significantly more attention in the US but not by falsely glorifying the achievements of an Ottoman sultan. Reinforcing …

Watching the watchmen

Kaya Genç New powers granted to the ‘bekçi’ – Turkey’s auxiliary police force – have led to a spate of violent confrontations, releasing traumatic memories of the military coup forty …

Deserted amusement parks

How COVID-19 burst Italy’s tourism bubble Alessio Giussani   Italian cities are ordinarily international tourism hotspots. Their economic recovery post-lockdown appears to depend on visitor numbers. And yet massified tourism …

Exile, dignity and love

An Istanbul story Ayşe Kadıoğlu Russian refugees influenced Istanbul’s cultural life from the 1920s despite the Turkification policies of the new republic. The Sevastopol-born sculptor Iraida Barry’s life in exile …

For a Belarusian res publica!

Osteuropa Olga Shparaga The nationalist opposition in Belarus has been marginalized, argues Coordinating Council member Olga Shparaga. National heroes and vertical power structures no longer have popular appeal. The focus …

Paradise lost?

Vlasta Kordová The removal in April of the monument to Red Army general Ivan Konev in Prague and the rehabilitation of the collaborationist Russian Liberation Army is typical of the …

Belarus: Status quo at what price?

Osteuropa Astrid Sahm After 26 years of rule, the autocrat Alyaksandr Lukashenka has lost the support of the Belarusian people. Even if the regime is able to stay in control, …

Enter the people!

Artur Klinaŭ Osteuropa   Events in Belarus have departed radically from the script. Putin may have been gambling on a destabilized Lukashenka, but not on a full-blown national uprising, speculates …

After populism

Jan Sowa Instead of looking at populists’ lies, it’s worth taking a look at the few truths they rely on: voters do recognize that liberal democracies have not worked in …

Incident

Or three short essays on solidarity Mykola Riabchuk In the absence of civic traditions and positive social capital, society often organises itself along mafia-style norms. Post-communist Ukrainian society is a …

Roma communities never got a break

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 Marko Pecak   Violence against Roma is part of the European normality. It took over seven decades for Europe to acknowledge the genocide of Roma …