In September 2014, Muftah expanded its coverage to Eastern Europe. Like the Middle East, Eastern Europe has traditionally been misrepresented by mainstream media, with stereotypes about communism, authoritarianism, and corruption overwhelming stories about the region’s rich history and cultural diversity.

Similarities between the Middle East and Eastern Europe run much deeper than these dominant narratives, however. In honor of six months of the Eastern Europe section, we have collected four articles that explore the many cross-regional connections between the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The collection includes pieces about the importance of translation in promoting culture, shady business deals, and how geopolitics can impinge on ethnic minorities’ sense of identity.

We encourage you to share your thoughts and reactions to these pieces on the site, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Engage with the authors, ask questions, and share your own perspectives. We look forward to continuing the conversation and exploring the relationship between the regions Muftah covers. 

The Strange Story of How Exiled Palestinian Politician Mohammed Dahlan Came to Hold Serbian Citizenship

By Cristina Maza

Promoting Polish Culture in the Middle East

By Agniezska Piotrowska

From Chernobyl to Gezi Park, Nationalism and Environmental Movements Just Don’t Mix

By Colleen Wood

How an Ethnic Group in Azerbaijan Became the Center of Geopolitical Intrigue

By Bradley Jardine and Ryan McCarrel

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