Monday, May 04, 2015


Afghan security forces fire from an armored vehicle during a battle with Taliban insurgents in Kunduz Province on May 3.

Foreign Voices Ring Out In Afghan Spring Offensive

With the Taliban spring offensive under way, locals in Afghanistan's northeast are noticing a mysterious influx of foreign fighters. More

The case of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova is seen as part of a broad crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan.

PEN Honors Ismayilova As Azerbaijani Journalist Begins Six Month In Custody

Azerbaijan investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova is beginning her sixth month in a Baku jail on charges she says are retribution for her corruption reporting. On May 5, she will be given a prestigious freedom-of-speech award by the PEN American Center amid international calls for her release and the release of others believed jailed for their civic activism. More

"No matter what's going on with politics, people do not change," says 22-year-old Vera Golikova, holding some of her postcards. "People really want to be good to each other."

Looking To Do A Good Deed? Tweet A Babushka!

A Russian-born student living in New York has come up with a novel way to bring a little brightness to lonely pensioners back home. Tweet A Babushka lets people write cheerful 140-character messages that Vera Golikova then translates and transcribes onto postcards to send to pensioners in retirement homes across Russia. More

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has continued his decades-old policy of remaining within Russia's orbit, but avoiding getting completely caught in Moscow's gravity by occasionally adopting an independent position and maintaining relations with the West that do not threaten his grip on power.

Ukraine Crisis Opens Up Wiggle Room For Lukashenka

The Belarusian president first criticized those in Moscow who view his country as "a northwestern province" of Russia, then did an about-face by flatly declaring that "we have been and always will be with Russia." The war in Ukraine has put a sharp new spin on the dizzying relations between Minsk and Moscow. More

Christian Jereghi demonstrates with a picture of Oleh Sentsov, a filmmaker from Crimea detained in Moscow.

Russian Fighting For Ukraine Refuses To 'Die With A Russian Passport'

A young Russian filmmaker who fought alongside government forces in eastern Ukraine is being granted Ukrainian citizenship after an emotional appeal to the country's president. He says Russians fighting for Ukraine are in an impossible legal quandary. More


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