Sunday, February 14, 2016



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures during an exclusive interview with AFP in the capital, Damascus, on February 11.

Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Tracking Islamic State

Follow all of the latest developments as they happen. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

From Soviet censors to Internet filters: The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Audio Podcast: Russia's Tangled Red Web

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss the book The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators And The New Online Revolutionaries with one of its co-authors, Andrei Soldatov. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Asker Sokht, who heads the Circassian community in neighboring Krasnodar Krai, estimates that over the past two decades, some 1,500 Circassians from Turkey have settled in the North Caucasus and acquired Russian citizenship. (file photo)

Russia Expels Circassian Resettlers As Turkey Relations Sour

The crisis in Russian-Turkish relations that followed the downing by the Turkish Air Force of a Russian warplane two months ago has created an unforeseen and potentially disastrous situation for hundreds of Circassians from Turkey who over the past decade have settled in the North Caucasus and opened small businesses there. More

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Transmission

Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks to Handelsblatt during an interview at the Gorki state residence outside Moscow on February 11.

War On Earth Or World War III? Medvedev Interview Stirs Translation Tempest

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev grabbed global headlines this week with his interview in the German newspaper Handelsblatt in which he was quoted as warning that the Syria conflict could lead to a “new world war.” More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Members of the Afghan security forces stand guard near a tank that was burned by Taliban militants in the Chardara district of Kunduz Province.

The Winter Storms Of Northern Afghanistan

Winter had led to a lull in fighting in northern Afghanistan. But in recent weeks a renewal of hostilities has seen power lines coming from Central Asia cut and some amazing allegations from Afghan officials about militants in the north and their ability to sustain their efforts. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Iranian students reenact the arrest of U.S. sailors by Iran's Revolutionary Gaurds Corps during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran on February 11.

Capture Of U.S. Sailors Reenacted At Celebrations Of Iran’s 1979 Revolution

The capture of 10 U.S. sailors by Iranian forces last month was reenacted at rallies in Iran celebrating the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. More

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