"A suspicion lingers that the rest of the world may not consider Georgia to be as European as Georgians do."
Paul Salopek brings PBS Newshour along on his "Out of Eden" journey along the ethnic fault lines of the southern Caucasus.
Paul Salopek makes a stop at one of the most important human migration sites outside of Africa. He is joined by PBS Newshour's Hari Sreenivasan.
Even in the most remote provinces across Russia and its satellites, in post-industrial towns drowning in discontent, children study in arts schools, learn painting, music or ballet.
A month of milestones, victories, and violence in the global struggle for gay rights.
Anti-gay riots in Georgia: The context and the lessons.
There’s much to be learned about what drove the alleged bombers at the Boston Marathon. One place to start: the contested histories and unresolved tensions in their native North Caucasus.
A one-way ticket from Russia to Georgia bought Oleg Panfilov journalistic freedom. After the success he has now gained in Georgia, he reflects upon the hopelessness of journalism in Russia.
Last year openDemocracy Russia editor Zygmunt Dzieciolowski travelled in Georgia and Abkhazia. In Zugdidi he met Georgian refugees from Abkhazia with one question uppermost in their minds - would they ever be able to go back?
I crossed from Abkhazia into Georgia to reach the town of Zugdidi, and my thoughts inevitably turned to my mother. She had never visited Georgia, but I saw that the people there had faced exactly the same dilemmas that she faced back in 1939: should they flee and abandon everything, or should they risk staying?
I'm not sure I can recommend the Abkhazian house wine that gets served in the bars and restaurants of Sukhumi. The Abkhazians make some drinkable wine, like the 'Psou' brand that is served in Moscow's upscale Aromatniy Mir supermarket chain, but their rough and ready house wine is something to be avoided.
In August 2008 Zygmunt Dzieciolowski was in Georgia. He interviewed Mikheil Saakashvili, as it happens just twenty hours before the war with Russia broke out. Zygmunt was assured by the President that there were no plans for military action, but later that night he felt very sure that the war could begin at any moment.
Brutal wars in Chechnya and now trouble in places such as Ossetia and Ingushetia have shown the world that ethnic conflict and Islamic separatism are seen as serious threats to Russia, even as it tries to regain some of the power it wielded during the Cold War.
But not all of Russia's Muslim republics are so restive. Welcome to sunny Tatarstan.
Produced by Jason Maloney & Zygmunt Dzieciolowski
Field Producer: Oleg Pavlov
Associate Producer: Aidar Galyautdinov
Examining the cultural, historical, and political meanings of Europe by traveling along its geographical border with Asia.
The war between Russia and Georgia caught most of the world by surprise but it is a conflict that has long been brewing – and one that is part of a larger drama. The bigger context is Russia's attempt to regain the influence it enjoyed during the years of...
Joshua Kucera traveled along the conventional border between Europe and Asia, from Istanbul's Bosphorus to the Russian Arctic—reporting on the people who live between East and West.
Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center