On the eve of an unimaginably long walk one question nagged journalist Paul Salopek: Should he take his house keys?
The tide of brain drain – from developing countries to industrialized nations – has turned. Human capital is now returning home to Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa.
The Rosia Montana mine is one of the oldest mines in the world, but now it threatens to destroy the ancient village it long ago built.
Belarusians living in the "last dictatorship in Europe" are looking outward for information and help.
Twenty years after independence, Belarus struggles for freedom under the dictatorship of Alexander Lukashenko.
In the cafes of Krumovgrad, Bulgaria, young and old debate the proposed opening of a large open-pit gold mine by a Canadian company, a project that could increase jobs—but also contaminate the water.
Remus Cenusa is one of the last 40 residents in a Romanian village who is refusing a resettlement offer from Rosia Montana Gold Corporation. The beekeeper wants to remain under the buzz of his bees.
An ancient Romanian mining town is wary of losing its historical roots to a large-scale open pit mine.
In Belarus, city streets are filled with fear and resignation despite the recent wave of pro-democracy protests. Across the countryside, Soviet-style agricultural and industrial systems are not the source stability they once were. Poverty and joblessness are on the rise. A gloom hangs over Europe’s last dictatorship.
Armenia and Azerbaijan may be on the brink of another bloody battle over the disputed land of Nagorno-Karabakh, a de-facto state in the mountainous region of the South Caucasus.
Nagorno-Karabakh faces an unpredictable future as it fights for international recognition.
Belarussian artists and intellectuals have found a place in Minsk where they can express themselves, but still feel they are being monitored closely by the KGB.