Josh Friedman and Brent Sanders share their thoughts and impressions on meeting and interviewing Dinko Valev, Bulgaria's renowned "refugee hunter" (aka Dinko from Yambol). Does Dinko come across as credible? What is he like to be around in person? Josh and Brent also discuss the wider refugee situation in Bulgaria and how that plays into Dinko's
Hungary's border fence and migrant housing/detention center at the Serbian-Hungarian border UPDATE: The European Union turned down Hungary's request. ORIGINAL: The Hungarian government is asking the European Union to cover 400 million euros of the approximately 800 million euros it spent on erecting fences along Hungary's borders with Serbia and Croatia, according to
Josh Friedman embarks upon a day of border hopping in Central Europe complete with a look inside and out of the microstate Liechtenstein and an examination of the complex web of borders or lack thereof in the region. Find out which Central European borders goods and/or people can traverse freely. When it comes to
Josh Friedman kicks off his journey in beautiful Switzerland with a striking view of the city of Lucerne. Saboor Nadem, a refugee from Afghanistan who is living in the Lucerne area, discusses how he is finding life in Switzerland. RELATED PODCAST WITH SABOOR NADEM: AFGHANISTAN FROM THE EYES OF A JOURNALIST-TURNED-REFUGEE
"I don't want these people in Bulgaria," Dinko Valev, Bulgaria's renowned "refugee hunter," says of the asylum seekers entering Europe during recent migrant waves. Valev (aka Dinko from Yambol) obtained fame and possibly fortune after he tied up a group of asylum seekers, filmed them lying on the ground and called the police to pick them up.
As U.S. President Trump ramps up the fight in Afghanistan, Afghan journalist-turned-refugee Saboor Nadem disputes U.S. Military reports indicating the Afghan government has control or influence over around 60% of the districts in Afghanistan. Nadem argues that the Taliban has control or influence over the majority of the country. Is Trump's strategy in Afghanistan
Josh Friedman takes you to Bratislava, Slovakia, which is in the middle of Europe geographically and politically. Bratislava is quaint and located between popular European tourists destinations, yet Slovakia is often overlooked as a country, as well as a place to visit. Geographically, Bratislava straddles the Danube River, and it nearly straddles Austria and Hungary.
By ROBERTA DOMBROVSKYTE The Vilnius street artists that brought us murals like “the Putin and Trump kiss” and “The party is over” have decided to tell us all the truth about cannabis. On the 15th of August, the assumptions day, the anarchist district Užupis announced it is liberalizing cannabis. The mural was unveiled in a
On this edition of the FreeManCast, Josh Friedman and Brent Sanders mourn the destruction of Bulgaria's communist 1300 Years monument. After hitting the big Five O, Brent discusses memories and lessons from having spent more than half his life in Bulgaria. In particular, Brent recollects the turbulent 1990s and how the city of Sofia
Take a trip to the D-Day beaches of Normandy, France where Allied soldiers sacrificed their lives by charging into German gunfire. Josh Friedman takes you to Pointe Du Hoc, where American rangers first climbed the cliffs on D-Day, and to Omaha Beach, where the deadliest of the fighting took place.