Report from Skopje: Original: Josh Friedman interviews locals in Thessaloniki, the capital of Greece's Macedonia region, about the longstanding name dispute between Greece and Macedonia, aka FYROM, and about the recent agreement that may resolve the matter. The report includes background information on the dispute, which largely revolves around Greek Macedonians alleging their
By JOSH FRIEDMAN SKOPJE, Macedonia - Following a turbulent two-year political crisis, Macedonia has a new government and is seeking to expedite its bids to join NATO and the European Union. While tensions have cooled in Macedonia and Skopje has raised its standing in Brussels, the country’s internal ethnic conflict remains very much unresolved and,
Josh Friedman discusses the legacy of democracy while standing at its birthplace in Athens, Greece. The ruins of the Ancient Greek agora in Athens The Acropolis in Athens
Former interpreter Mohammad Mohammadi pictured with his children. The Taliban reportedly burned down Mohammadi's home and stole all of his family's land and possessions. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Six Afghans who served as interpreters for the Lithuanian military during the NATO war in Afghanistan have requested help from Lithuania’s government. Their call appears to
Amin By SABOOR NADEM and JOSH FRIEDMAN A 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker slit his wrists with a razor at a Greek refugee camp in Athens on Monday. The suicide attempt failed, and following a brief hospital stay, he returned to the Elliniko refugee camp with bandaged wrists. The teen, whose name is Amin, said
Saboor Nadem reports from the refugee camp at the Olympic baseball stadium in Athens, Greece. Watch asylum seekers throw chicken, rice, peas and potatoes in the garbage in protest of the quality of food they receive.
Brent Sanders showing off a jacket and a tent he grabbed in Idomeni. FreeManCast: Idomeni and Refugee Integration The podcast offers a critical look at the refugees arriving in Europe. Josh Friedman is joined by Brent Sanders to discuss a recent trip to Idomeni, Greece and the Greek-Macedonian border.
Basir Yousofy An asylum seeker currently stranded at the Greek-Macedonian border is a former Lithuanian interpreter who reportedly worked with Lithuania's military in Afghanistan. Basir Yousofy says the Taliban was hunting him in Afghanistan because he worked with foreigners, Americans and non-Muslims. Documents obtained by FreeManPost appear to corroborate Yousofy's story, though the authenticity of the
Watch interviews with asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who are trapped outside Idomeni, Greece at the Greek-Macedonian border. Some have been camped at the border for a month. A video report on the situation at the border can be seen here.