Tag: love

Photos of Odessa, Plus Our Valentine’s Day 2017 Playlist

It’s Valentine’s Day and in case that matters to anyone anymore, your editor has put together a playlist of music made by some of our friends in Ukraine and Russia. We’re also throwing in some of our photos of the beautiful Black Sea port city of Odessa, where we occasionally hide out when we’re not…

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Love, Tradition and Resistance: The Secret History of Same-Sex Marriage in Serbia

The Serbian Orthodox Church is known for its virulently anti-LGBTQ+ views, but it wasn’t always this way. Orthodox Christian and LGBTQ+ rights activist Nik Jovčić-Sas explains the forgotten phenomenon of “brotherhood and sisterhood unions”, a form of same-sex marriage performed by the Serbian Orthodox Church defined by sacred bonds of love and…

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The Way Things Were

A collection of early memories from a childhood spent in Mostar.  I was born in Mostar. My early childhood memories are hazy now. Every year the scenes fade. That time and place seem surreal, so far removed from my present reality. The fog thickens every year but some things I…

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Post-Soviet Playlist #1

It’s freezing, it’s only Tuesday and the streets are paved with black ice. There has never been a better time to mix up some mulled wine and listen to the first five songs on our post-Soviet playlist. Sanctions levied against Russia for its role in the ongoing conflict in eastern…

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