Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of “strengthening the position of extremists” in Syria, including Islamic State.

Lavrov Slams U.S. For 'Double Standards' Over IS

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has slammed what he calls Washington’s “double standards in order to implement geopolitical designs,” including over the fight against terrorism and the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

 October 26: Ukraine holds parliamentary elections.

The Week Ahead: October 20-26

​The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region. More

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Abuses Uncovered

Dilorom Abdukadirova

Uzbekistan Urged To Free 'Prisoner Of Conscience'

Amnesty International says nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on Uzbek President Islam Karimov to immediately release a woman it calls a “prisoner of conscience.” More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer (file photo)

OSCE And U.S. Policy Toward Turkmenistan On The Eve Of Afghan Drawdown

International human rights groups and media freedom organizations perennially list Turkmenistan as having one of most abusive regimes in the world. That should make Turkmenistan an unlikely party to be a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), but it is a member, though the country's participation is difficult to see sometimes. More

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