Friday, October 09, 2015

Since Alyaksandr Lukashenka came to power in 1994, he has defanged parliament, muted the media, and pushed political foes to the margins or driven them into exile.

Lukashenka's Longevity Recipe: Belarus Ruler Uses Force, Guile To Maintain Grip

No leader in Europe has ruled longer, and Alyaksandr Lukashenka is poised to extend his presidency for five more years when Belarus holds a presidential election on October 11. The vote is unlikely to be free or fair, but after 21 years in power, Lukashenka's dominance is so pervasive that he would probably win if it were. More

Pro-Kremlin Twitter satirist Lev Sharansky published this cartoon lampooning the idea of a moderate Syrian opposition.

Three Memes: How Pro-Kremlin Tweeps Are Framing The Syrian Debate

The voice of the Kremlin's supporters is loud and clear on social media -- in memes that fall neatly into three categories. More

IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari says the adoption of the nuclear deal by the Iranian parliament would create a “new atmosphere” that would give Iran’s external and internal enemies more fuel to lead the country away from revolutionary ideals.

Iran's Powerful Revolutionary Guards Chief Warns Of ‘Nuclear Sedition,’ U.S. Plot

A powerful hard-line security official in Iran referred to events surrounding the international deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear activities as “sedition” that is part of a larger U.S. plot. More

New recruits for Syria?

Russian Volunteers For Syria Are Recruited – And Trolled – Online

Few Russians are actively looking for ways to go fight in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, but they are trolled online nonetheless. More

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich visits the Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk in November 2014.

Nobel Winner Alexievich: What She's Written And What She's Said

The Swedish Academy announced its decision to award the 2015 Nobel Prize in literature to Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich for her writings as "a monument to suffering and courage in our time." More

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Russia Ups Its Information Warfare In Syria Operation

Russia has buttressed its recently launched military operation in Syria with an information campaign that shows its increasingly firm grasp on the power of messaging.

Afghanistan's Dostum Turns To Old Ally Russia For Help

Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is turning to Russia, an old ally, to get support for Afghanistan's beleaguered security forces.

Risky Business: Russian Syria Bombing Jeopardizes Ties With Sunni World

Russia's bombing campaign in Syria is endangering its relations with majority Sunni Muslim states.

Taliban Flips Switch On Kunduz Women's Radio

When the Taliban recently took control of the Afghan city of Kunduz, a popular women-run radio station was one of the first buildings to be destroyed.

Fashion Victim: Hungarian Photographer Raises Hackles With 'Migrant Chic'

Hungarian photographer Norbert Baksa says many people appreciate his latest project for "what it is meant to mean." But based on the Twitter outrage that has followed the publication of Baksa's Der Migrant -- a great number of people are missing his point.

Dear Mr. Putin, God Won’t Forgive You For This. Signed, Oleg Kashin

Prominent Russian journalist Oleg Kashin has invoked the title and spirit of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's famous A Letter To The Soviet Leaders in a searing critique of Russian President Vladimir Putin that has electrified the country's chattering classes.

Kyrgyz Voters Choose Russia

Kyrgyzstan's election results reveal a paradox: the country is a democracy within the Kremlin's orbit.

'I Want To Be In These Fights': A Russian Volunteer Sets Sights On Syria

As Moscow launches air strikes in Syria, a Russian volunteer says he and a band of like-minded men are setting off to fight alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS) militants. Disillusioned with the rebels in eastern Ukraine, Bondo Dorovskikh says he is driven by an addiction to battle and the desire to combat the "evil" of IS.

The U.S.-Backed Groups In Syria That Say They Are Being Bombed By Russia

At least two Syrian rebel groups backed by the United States say they were bombed in Russian air strikes this week in Moscow's bid to bolster its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, in the country's four-year-old civil war.

Afghan Elite Special Forces Take Lead

The Afghan army's elite special forces have proven they are up to the challenge of taking on the Taliban after playing a key role in retaking the northern city of Kunduz.
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