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Velvet democracy

By • on January 11, 2011

The turnover that started with the Velvet Revolution caught me at the end of my high school studies. Everybody was talking about freedom, about a better life and new opportunities. Students were making tea on the square; people were hugging each other… Despite not knowing what was happening I was jingling my keys, wearing the three colors of the flag

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Live book: university-educated gypsy. Do they really exist?

Live book: university-educated gypsy. Do they really exist?

By • on December 22, 2010

This was the first question received from my Readers – the Readers of a Live Library in which I was a Live Book. One of the fifteen Live Books. There was no debate, no workshop. Only a story from the Live Book, called ‘A gypsy woman living in Slovakia’, which was presented to a small groups of

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Building No 20

Building No 20

By • on November 29, 2010

According to official records, the building No 20 that has recently toppled, located in the town of Yambol, had 1260 registered residents, out of which 667 were children. Unofficial data place the number at around 1500-1800 inhabitants.

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A Testimony of the Roma Holocaust

A Testimony of the Roma Holocaust

By • on October 31, 2010

“Why I don’t cry?… Roma Holocaust, the True Story” (“Sostar na Rovas?… O Samudaripen thaj lesqi ciaci paramisi”) is the name of a new book about Roma Holocaust, launched on 29 October, 2010.

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Who mourns the massacre

Who mourns the massacre

By • on September 29, 2010

BRATISLAVA – In April 1999, when two American teens mowed down 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School, it was a watershed moment for the country. It spawned all sorts of soul-searching and debate,

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‘Sign This Paper or You Will Die’

‘Sign This Paper or You Will Die’

By • on April 20, 2010

Tricked into authorizing their own sterilizations, a group of Romani women in the Czech Republic have united to fight for reproductive rights.

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The Lost Generation

The Lost Generation

By • on February 12, 2010

TARGU JIU, Romania – In late 2006, an American Yiddishist in Vilnius, Lithuania, Dovid Katz, explained to me why language is the connective tissue for any tribe. “A bona fide linguistic

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Rom or Cigán

Rom or Cigán

By • on February 10, 2010

It happens sometimes that even young Roma exclaim they are Gypsies and not Roma. To my question “why?” the answer is very simple and clear: “Because we have always been gypsies.” They do not even think about the meaning of the word. That’s how the majority calls them; that’s what they always

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Roma traditions neglected

Roma traditions neglected

By • on January 15, 2010

The Iron Curtain’s fall has enabled Roma as well as other citizens of the former Communist Czechoslovakia to work and live in countries of the European Union. Slovak Roma who immigrated to Belgium, Ireland and other countries come from communities and families which have always kept the traditions

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Conference on Roma, Ashkali and Balkan-Egyptians in former Yugoslavia

Conference on Roma, Ashkali and Balkan-Egyptians in former Yugoslavia

By • on December 4, 2009

The Southeast Europe Association (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft – SOG) in cooperation with Schroubek Fonds, Giessen Center for East European Studies (Gießener Zentrum Östliches Europa – GIZO) and the chair of Southeast European History at Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen invite to a conference

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