Jiri Pehe with Vaclav Havel

The man who left the castle to get out of the kitchen: an interview with Jiri Pehe

On literature and political reality with Václav Havel's chief political advisor.

/ September 19, 2016

This Weekend: Polish films and German literature

For film and literature buffs, this weekend is chock full. The Brooklyn Academy of Music is screening film after Polish film for Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema. Meanwhile, Festival Neue Literatur has events scattered across Manhattan and Brooklyn. I’m looking...

/ February 26, 2016

The Polish public media gets a “national mission”

Just what we need—a state media arm dedicated to promoting nationalism. The Columbia Journalism review has an article about recent moves by Poland’s governing Law and Justice party to consolidate its control of Poland’s public institutions. Charges of rising nativism...

/ February 25, 2016

US needs to provide “essentially equivalent” data protection for transfers from EU

On Monday I summarized the reasons that the European Court of Justice struck down the European Commission decision that permitted the transfer of personal data from the European Union to the United States. And yesterday I heard the plaintiff in...

/ February 24, 2016

Why the European Court of Justice killed safe harbor

Max Schrems, the 20-something law student whose lawsuit triggered the end of the “safe harbor” data transfer agreement between the European Union and the United States, is scheduled to speak tomorrow at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Yesterday I...

/ February 22, 2016

Europa in Review

Here’s Kyle’s weekly roundup of news and readings from around Europe. This week: Political typography, or “Brexit and boldface”; One reason that Bosnia will have a hard time getting into the EU; and The past catches up with you (again)....

/ February 21, 2016
Aile and grandmother

A cinematic introduction to Sápmi

The arctic landscapes of Sápmi bear a surprising resemblance to my native New Mexico. The sky opens up; the vegetation retreats, as though satisfied to play a supporting role in the visual drama; in both places, the uninterrupted vista is...

/ February 20, 2016

Blogspotting: Tour the ‘deteriorating Russian zeitgeist,’ resist the pollocracy

Shortly before Russia’s 2011–2012 “Snow Revolution,” in which journalists and dissidents rallied against a flawed election process (“flawed” sounds like an understatement to be honest), Thomas Campbell began to follow the rise of a vigorous social movement germinating in Russia’s...

/ February 18, 2016

Confronting Italy’s colonial ‘adventure’ in Ethiopia

The most startling moment in “If Only I Were That Warrior”—and there are many startling moments—might be when Giuseppe, an Italian agronomist and military history enthusiast, offers a short catalogue of “Italian” habits adopted by Ethiopians in the years since...

/ February 13, 2016

Euro-optimism despite Euro-crises

Anthony Teasdale, the director general of the European Parliamentary Research Service, gave a talk February 8 at Deutsches Haus NYU, replacing Klaus Welle, who had been scheduled to speak. Welle, secretary-general of the European Parliament, was called back to Brussels...

/ February 10, 2016