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Bitcoin: In G-D, and Beanie Babies, we Trust

  Bitcoin has suddenly become all the rage at the time of writing at the beginning of 2018 and 5778. Although it is not something new, having been around since 2009, and far from the only cryptocurrency around Bitcoin has garnered a lot of attention in recent times. At the time of writing, there are

Election Day In Kyrgyzstan

Oct. 15 - Josh Friedman reports from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on a rather unusual competitive election day in Central Asia. Who is in the race and what kind of action can we expect? As Kyrgyz voters head to the polls, there are two candidates out of 11 who are considered frontrunners. One, former prime minister Sooronbay

By |October 15th, 2017|Featured, Josh Friedman, Politics|

Ukraine In Review: From The Site Of The Deadly Odessa Blaze

Josh Friedman recaps a 3.5 week journey around Ukraine while discussing the 2014 clashes and fire in Odessa that left 48 people dead, as well as the familiar themes of hybrid and information warfare. Where does Ukraine stand as a country now? Is Kiev headed for a new Maidan? Is there hope for economic prosperity?

By |October 5th, 2017|Featured, Josh Friedman, Politics, Russia, Ukraine|

Trading Places? Poroshenko To The States, Saakashvili To Kiev In This Week’s News From Ukraine

From Ukraine’s famine/genocide memorial in Kiev, Josh Friedman discusses this week’s news in Ukraine, which also happens to be playing out in the United States. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and newfound challenger Mikheil Saakashvili effectively swapped places with the currently stateless Saakashvili returning to Kiev and Poroshenko heading to New York for a UN General

By |September 21st, 2017|Featured, News, Politics, Russia, Ukraine, United States|

Ukraine September 2017: Saakashvili, War, Peace & War Games

  Josh Friedman reports from Kiev, Ukraine, where the president of the country is bound for a clash with a governor-turned-stateless person who just barged across the border. Also, war rages on in Ukraine's East, and in neighboring Belarus, Russia is conducting a major military drill that has surrounding countries worried.

By |September 15th, 2017|Europe, Featured, News, Politics, Russia, Ukraine|

Hungary Asks EU To Help Pay For Border Fence

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

By |September 1st, 2017|Europe, European Union, News|

Meet Bulgaria’s Famous ‘Refugee Hunter’ – Interview With Dinko Valev

"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.

By |August 30th, 2017|Afghanistan, European Union, Featured, Germany, Iraq, Politics, Syria|

New Government, Buried Tensions In Macedonia

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,

By |June 18th, 2017|European Union, Greece, News, Politics|

Snap Election Coverage From Kosovo

  Update June 12: According to the Central Election Commission, with 99.6 percent of votes counted, here are the tallies: PDK - 34.02 percent Vetevendosje 27.07 percent LDK - 25.71 percent Update 10:30 p.m.: As PDK supporters celebrate in the streets of Pristina, there is a tight race for second place. U.S. NGO Democracy in

By |June 11th, 2017|Kosovo, Politics|

Breaking: Bitcoin Breaks $2,000 To Cap Record-Setting Week For Cryptocurrencies

Via Coin Desk at 17:50 GMT The popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin has surpassed the $2,000 price level for the first time ever, according to CoinDesk. Bitcoin, which began 2017 just below $1,000, has more than doubled in value less than five months into the year. Bitcoin hit the $2,000 mark Saturday evening GMT following a

By |May 20th, 2017|Money|
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