Friday, November 28, 2014


Afghan first lady Rula Ghani tells Radio Free Afghanistan's Malali Bashir that Afghan women used to be treated with much greater respect than they are now. Ghani, who was born and raised in Lebanon, says that when she first came to Afghanistan in the 1970s the indigenous culture acknowledged the important role that women played, and that Afghans need to return to this.

Video Afghanistan's First Lady Seeks To Blaze New Trail

Afghanistan's new first lady has taken a bold public stance on women's rights, signaling her intention to play an active role as presidential spouse. Born and raised in a Christian family in Lebanon, Rula Ghani made her remarks in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan correspondent Malali Bashir. More

Ghalaty Barotova, a member of the Tajik Islamic Renaissance Party (undated; from video)

Tajik Islamic Party Labels Sex Video An 'Attack' Ahead Of Elections

A sexually explicit video purporting to show a prominent female party official has been denounced as an attempt to discredit Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party ahead of February's parliamentary elections. More

Crimean Tatars greet and escort Mustafa Dzhemilev (center) before attempting to pass a checkpoint connecting Ukraine's Kherson region and Crimea near the city of Armyansk on May 3.

Crimean Tatars Cry Foul Following Latest Arrest

Crimean Tatars are denouncing a sweeping crackdown on their community following the detention of a fourth man over clashes with police earlier this year. Crimean Tatar leaders have opposed the annexation of their peninsula by Russia. More

Patria party leader Renato Usatii has called the Appeals Court ruling a "circus" and vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court.

East Or West? Divided Moldova's Tense Election Season Comes Down To The Wire

On November 30, voters will weigh in on the European-integration path Moldova has followed actively since 2009. But the country is deeply divided, and forces supporting closer relations with Moscow and the Russia-led customs union are making themselves heard. More

A specially designed ship with a helicopter pad prepares to take supplies from Stavanger harbor to an offshore oil platform.

What Can Norway Teach Other Oil-Rich Countries?

In many countries, oil generates windfall profits that enrich only the governing elite. Maybe they should look to Norway for a better way to manage their oil wealth. More


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