Friday, October 24, 2014


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at his 2013 swearing-in in Baku

Azerbaijan Hires Veteran U.S. Political Consultant

The Azerbaijani government is continuing its drive to influence U.S. lawmakers, hiring a former strategist to top Republican Party officials to boost its image in the United States. More

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Abuses Uncovered

OHCHR Lambastes Kyrgyz Antigay Law

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the Kyrgyz government "to refrain from passing draft legislation" against sexual minorities. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

A video grab allegedly shows Islamic State (IS) militants waving a jihadist flag at Mosul Dam on the Tigris River.

Islamic State: 'Coming For Every Central Asian State'?

As if there were not enough militant problems for Central Asia already, some sources suggest the Islamic militant group currently dominating world headlines is also Central Asia’s greatest extremist challenge. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

U.S. nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman

In Washington, Poetry Diplomacy With Iran

In an October 23 keynote speech on the status of nuclear negotiations with Iran, U.S. chief nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman cited a verse by the great Persian poet Saadi. More

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