February 2008: Centre and Periphery

 

Editorial – Centre and Periphery

Take a look around and see where you might find your centre and periphery…

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Christmas Jackpot

Facing the unexpected from center to periphery on a Christmas day…

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The Centre and Periphery in Ukrainian Transition

You would not know what contrast means until you visited Lutsk… Privatisation in Ukraine was locked by the past, resulting in inequalities, poverty and uncertainty. The “spontaneous privatisation” enabled the nomenklatura to become owners of private enterprises and deepened the gap between the people and elites that already existed during the Soviet times…

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Ukraine´s Multi-vectorism as a Result of EU´s Pragmatism and Russia´s Colonialism

Ukraine tried to move closer to Europe by performing as a committed and loyal member of the international community. In the absence of any viable alternative the Ukrainians took the European rhetoric for its face value and began complying with the rules of European game in the hope of subsequent integration.

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A Better Life or an Attempt at Psychological Therapy

I am aware that wherever I am, I do not exist as part of that space, or if I existed, then I should be an inanimate object whose purpose is to decorate, create a feeling of comfort and peace – someone having a third-tier role, invisible and untiring, if possible, independent of time and its impartiality.

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The ground above the underground

A different nightshift in the underworld of a common big city…

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Wanderings Between Centre and Periphery

Wandering through fields, wandering through fieldlessness, wondering where I am.

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Winter Conspiracy

Big wet lips, and phat dirty beats. And tourists.

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Breaking the Chain

Two stories without any connection, that bring about two different distant realities of the Albanian life.

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Petty Capitalism in the Centre of a Post-socialist Capital

An intense dive into the chaotic blend of formal and informal economy that characterizes the seasonal market held in the central square of Bucharest…

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The Quest for the First European Pyramids

“That would be the tip of the iceberg… The pyramids would attract a lot of people and trigger all the projects: better roads, better hotels, better food. A huge boom could take place.”

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