Women Bring 'Soft Power' to Macho Balkans

Women leaders are leading the Balkans through tough times that call for even-minded diplomacy and compromise, crucial leadership qualities that many of the "warrior leaders"/male nationalists who ruled during the war-torn '90s weren't able to provide. » 3/04/13 10:00am 3/04/13 10:00am

"Sworn Virgins" Miss The Sweet Embrace Of Former Stalinist Dictator

In the rural mountains of Albania, "sworn virgins" — women who take a vow of celibacy in order to be afforded the same privileges as men — are dying out thanks to the introduction of capitalism and democracy. The tradition of "sworn virgins" is an ancient one in the Balkans, and derives from something called the law… » 1/07/08 5:00pm 1/07/08 5:00pm