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.
As the rallies in Belarus grow each week, the government has begun to crack down. But protesters are not deterred and have started making homemade DVDs of police brutalities.
The United Nations has attempted to implement peacebuilding programs in post-conflict areas, but problems linger in places such as Rwanda and Bosnia.
Despite President Lukashenka’s threats to put an end to the demonstrations occurring in Belarus, young activists are expanding the pro democracy movement on social networking sites.
Protesters are using technology to fight against the Belarusian government crackdown.
Pulitzer Center grantees Dimiter Kenarov and Jason Motlagh were arrested by Belarussian police while reporting from the country.