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Date: Tue Jul 18 2000 - 00:54:11 EDT

Transitions Online (TOL) (http://www.tol.cz) is the leading Internet
magazine covering Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the former
Soviet Union. If you aren't already a member, fill out our registration
form at <http://www.tol.cz/trialsubscr.html> to receive your free two-month
trial membership. If you'd like to become a TOL member right away, go to
<http://www.tol.cz/member.html>. And if you're a citizen of a
post-communist country, FREE annual memberships are still available at



In an ongoing effort to bring our readers the best and most significant
news from the region, we have revamped our Week in Review section to
include the TOP 10 stories from the 28 countries TOL covers. Fewer in
number but more in-depth, these stories will offer readers a sharper,
filtered look at post-communist countries in transition.

1. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Srebrenica remembered
2. Tajikistan: UN observers agree to stay
3. Russia: No holidays for oligarchs
4. Yugoslavia: Federal crisis still rumbling
5. Czech Republic: New election law threatens small parties
6. Latvia: Soviet-era war criminal convicted
7. Bulgaria: Libya criticizes Bulgarian press coverage
8. Kazakhstan: Former PM arrested in Rome
9. Estonia: Local businessmen plan to buy railway
10. Hungary: US wants Budapest to buy American

Two more articles from our July series on Internet development across the

IN FOCUS: Very Remote Connection
by Shukhrat Khurramov

Some Uzbeks claim to have heard about it. Others have had the rare chance
to browse its borderless wonders. Many still don't know what it is. As a
word, "Internet" has only very recently entered the lexicon of a small
group of Uzbeks. As a concept to put to practical use, it remains
relatively obscure and distant--but shouldn't remain so remote for much

IN FOCUS: Estonia's E-King
by Kristjan Kaljund

Rain Lohmus smiles a lot. Casually dressed in jeans and a sports vest, he
looks much younger than his 33 years. Nothing reveals that he is one of
Estonia's richest and most talked-about businessmen. After Lohmus rose to
success in 1991 by starting up a private bank, he shifted his energies
toward the Internet, starting Estonia's first online auction site. And now
Estonia's e-pioneer is branching out--again.

OPINION: No Special Treatment
by Peter Schutz

Immediately after the perforation of Slovak President Rudolf Schuster's
large intestine and his subsequent operation, doctors gave him a 1 percent
chance of survival. Further developments disproved that gloomy prognosis,
not however, to the credit of Slovak doctors and Slovak health care. After
10 years without reform, the failure of the health system finally came into
focus, but so did the reality that political squabbles could derail any
hope of improvement.

OPINION: Death of a Rebel
by Cory Welt

On 9 July, Georgian special forces shot and killed former
Lieutenant-Colonel Akaki Eliava, the amnestied ringleader of a 1998 failed
coup attempt. Government officials claim that Eliava was shot after his men
initiated a gunfight with special forces officers, while attempting to
leave the police station. But many suspect the entire scene was staged to
eliminate Eliava, a likely participant in any future efforts to destabilize
the present government.

OPINION: Musing over Disappointments
by Oleg Varfolomeyev

Ukraine's bonhomie with the West is long gone. Rather than seeing the West
as a democratic protector and patron, Ukrainians are more likely to bemoan
the West's "biased attitude" toward their country. And, on the flip side,
official corruption and unstable legislation have scared away foreign
governments and investors. Such attitudes do not bode well for Ukraine's
democratic progress and the security concerns of the West.

The following article is one of TOL's Annual Surveys for 1999: exclusive
overviews of individual countries in the region written for TOL by top
local and Western analysts and edited by regional specialist Professor
Peter Rutland of Wesleyan University. These valuable resources follow the
fine tradition established by the OMRI/East-West Institute Annual Surveys.
Both sets of reports, old and new, can be found in our expanded Country
Files <http://www.tol.cz/links1.html> along with links and maps for the 27
countries in the post-communist world.

Poland 1999: A Curious Year
by Krzysztof Jasiewicz and Agnieszka Jasiewicz-Betkiewicz

1999 was a curious year in Polish politics. The political system showed
signs of stability and democratic sustainability: It was the second year in
a row without a change of government or prime minister and Jerzy Buzek,
after 620 days in office, became the record-holder for longevity in office
of all the post-1989 prime ministers. On the other hand, incidents of
popular unrest and protests against government policies intensified to
levels unprecedented since the early 1990s.


TOL desperately needs a computer upgrade. Used or new models welcome. If
you can help, please contact Luke Allnutt at allnuttl@ijt.cz



The Central European University Center for Policy Studies (CPS) is calling
for proposals for its year 2001 International Policy Fellowships (IPF)
program, which is affiliated with the CPS and the Open Society
Institute-Budapest. The fellowships are intended to support analytical
policy research and to provide Fellows with professional policy training.
Interested applicants should submit a query in English online at
http://www.osi.hu/ipf/apply.html by 1 August 2000.


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As part of its efforts to become self-sustainable and serve as a model for
other nonprofit organizations, Transitions Online has begun offering
interested advertisers the possibility to reach thousands of readers
through our weekly electronic mailings and on our site. Check out our newly
redesigned media kit (http://www.tol.cz/mediakit/) and find out how to
instantly reach a diverse, international audience with a demonstrated
interest in the post-communist world--people guaranteed to want to hear
what's new in products and services dealing with the region--and increase
your company or institution's exposure by targeting the English-speaking
elite in all of the 27 countries we cover.


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