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.
By Cristina Maza
By Agniezska Piotrowska
By Colleen Wood
By Bradley Jardine and Ryan McCarrel