Friday, October 31, 2014



Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

French President Francois Hollande (center) stands with his counterparts, Azerbaijan's İlham Aliyev (left) and Armenia's Serzh Sarkisian before their talks in Paris on October 27.

Azerbaijan Moderates Stance At Paris Karabakh Talks

Few observers seriously believed that the Paris talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders would yield significant progress, let alone a breakthrough, in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But a softening of Baku's negotiating position is one of several reasons why the meeting may herald a new phase in the talks. 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

Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

WATCH: Homeless Turkmen woman with a young baby is desperate for help. (Video from RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)

Video A Turkmen Girl Named 'Justice'

Adalat and her mother said they have been to the mayor's office and the district administration "10 or 15 times" seeking state help. On one recent visit to the district administration building, Adalat's mother said she tried to explain "with tears in my eyes" how desperate her daughter' plight was and she pleaded for help. "They kicked us out and said 'you live where you live,'" Adalat's mother said. More

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