Monday, May 30, 2016



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Iraqi forces help civilian families in Iraq's Anbar Province after they fled Fallujah during a major operation by pro-government forces to retake the city from Islamic State militants.

The Hidden Dangers Of The Fight Against Islamic State

Even if Islamic State is defeated quickly in Fallujah, there is a risk that sectarian tension could be inflamed further in the process. Defeating IS militarily is just the first step toward healing Iraq's and Syria's sectarian wounds and ensuring that another, similar group does not emerge. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

A new force enters Ukraine's political arena.

Audio Podcast: Now That She's Free

For 708 days, Nadia Savchenko was a symbol of Ukrainian resolve and resistance. How will she fare as a politician? Listen to this week's Power Vertical Podcast. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Riot police officers detain demonstrators during a protest against proposed government land reforms in Almaty on May 21.

Audio Podcast: What Brought So Many Kazakhs Out Onto The Streets? 

In this week's Majilis podcast, Bruce Pannier and other Central Asia specialists take a closer look at what's going on in Kazakhstan, which has been rocked by some of the largest protests the country has seen since the collapse of the U.S.S.R., resulting in hundreds of detentions. More

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Balkans Without Borders

A screen-grab of Joan Baez on her landmark visit to Sarajevo in 1993. Billionaire philanthropist George Soros had helped arrange her trip to the besieged Bosnian city.

Scapegoating Soros In Macedonia

Over the past few weeks, Skopje has been rocked by waves of protests. Now it seems the authorities would like to portray this discontent as part of some nebulous foreign conspiracy. It's an old trick -- blaming foreign "enemies" to avoid responsibility for one's own malfeasance. More

Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

His son said Heshmatollah Tabarzadi had "very likely" been arrested on May 17 and reportedly was transferred to the special wing of a Tehran prison notorious for housing political prisoners for the country's intelligence service.

Iranian Political Activist Tabarzadi Arrested

Iran has reportedly rearrested political activist and journalist Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, who was released last year after spending more than five years in jail for his outspoken criticism of the Iranian establishment. More

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Turkey Notebook

Turkey is now practically being led by one man, the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan’s One-Man Government

The Turkish public has never shown much enthusiasm for making the switch to a presidential system, especially after thinking about the potential candidate: Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But Erdogan, being Erdogan, could not wait. More