Monday, September 01, 2014



Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

What does he really want?

Audio Podcast: What Does Putin Want?

Does Vladimir Putin have a master plan in Ukraine? Or is he winging it? And is the elite behind him? Listen to the latest Power Vertical Podcast. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Pictures of the Kumtor mine taken in April 22013 seem to show it in a very dilapidated condition.

Photogallery Kumtor Gold Mine Appears To Be In Bad Shape

Kyrgyzstan's Kumtor gold mine seems to be falling apart, literally. Surrounded by scandal since the early days of the project's history, it appears that, as the Kyrgyz government attempts to acquire more shares of this cash cow on its territory, there is need for some serious upgrading at the site. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

A leading conservative cleric in Iran is worried about the "negative features" of high-speed mobile Internet and 3G services.

Senior Iranian Ayatollah Says High-Speed Mobile Internet Is Un-Islamic

A senior Iranian cleric has warned against high-speed mobile Internet while calling on authorities to impose restrictions before making it available to the public on a large scale. More

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