Friday, November 21, 2014

Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Iraqi security forces take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah in Anbar Province on November 9.

Local Iraqi Council, Powerful Tribes Express Solidarity In Fight Against IS

Shakir Mahmud, the head of the Amiriyat al-Fallujah local council in Iraq's beleaguered Anbar Province, has announced that members of several powerful local tribes have gathered in the township to express solidarity in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Is it real? Is it an illusion? Does it matter?

Podcast: The Kremlin's Mind Bombs

If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and denies it's a duck -- it's probably Vladimir Putin's duck. And it may be Russia's most lethal weapon. More

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Ukraine Unspun

This photo -- showing a Russian soldiers inspecting bodies of civilians in a mass grave in Chechnya in 1995 -- was used by Russia's state-owned Channel One television to highlight recent Ukrainian suffering.

Ukraine Unspun: Chechnya War Pic Passed Off As Ukraine Atrocity By Hackers, Russian TV

At least one of the "horrifying images of events in Donbas" that Russian media aired on the eve of the Ukrainian vote to highlight suffering in that conflict-torn country predates the Ukraine conflict by nearly two decades, and was actually a mass grave of Russian civilians. More


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

RFE/RL Discussion: Who Is Islamic State?

Even if you missed the live broadcast, you can still watch our video discussion of the methods and activities of the brutal militant group Islamic State (IS), featuring Joanna Paraszczuk, journalist and author of RFE/RL's Under The Black Flag blog, and RFE/RL Regional Broadcasting Director for Iran and Iraq Mardo Soghom. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

A grab from Pink Floyd's music video for the song "Louder Than Words," filmed near Aralsk and the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan.

Video Pink Floyd And The Aral Sea

Pink Floyd creative director Aubrey Powell talked to RFE/RL's Uzbek Service about the choice of Kazakhstan and the Aral Sea for the "Louder Than Words" music video, the difficulties in obtaining permission to film there, and the message behind the legendary English rockers' video. More

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