Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Local residents in Donetsk return to homes damaged by shelling in August.

Letters From Donbas, Part 6: 'Life Resembles Survival On A Desert Island'

More than 1 million people have fled eastern Ukraine since war erupted in April 2014. Some have since returned. Others never left. From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of rebel-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives amid the chaos and uncertainty. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service continues to publish their testimonies. More

Russian pilots get climb aboard an Su-24 fighter jet before taking off at a military air base near Latakia, Syria earlier this month.

Is Moscow Getting Its Money's Worth From Its Syria Campaign?

Rough estimates suggest that Russia has so far spent less than $100 million for two weeks of air strikes, including cruise missiles, against targets in Syria. What has it got in return? More

The flash mob gathered only enough supporters to form a single character. (Photo by Ilya Varlamov)

Is Russia Running Out Of Patriots?

Bloggers debunk a Russian state TV claim that "thousands" of people turned out for a patriotic flash mob in the capital. More

American hostages in Tehran after the seizure of the U.S. Embassy by a student group in 1979.

Iranian Hostage Takers' Son Enjoys U.S. Life

A son of the Islamic Revolution is studying in the United States -- aka the "Great Satan" in Iran -- to the chagrin of hard-liners and a man held captive by his revolutionary parents in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. More

A Russian jet during a bombing operation over Syria

Putin’s Syria Strikes Irk Russian Muslims

Russia’s Muslim community is divided over the Kremlin’s bombing campaign in Syria. Though disapproval finds little public expression, the air strikes are widening fissures in Russia’s fragile Islamic community. More

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Iranian Reports Suggest Rockets Crashed

Local reports suggest Iranians saw mysterious objects in the skies over Iran that in some cases were accompanied by the sound of explosions -- despite radio silence from Tehran over whether Russian missile failures landed in Iran.

America's Made-In-Russia Crush On Putin

Russian media recently trumpeted the results of an online vote that allegedly revealed an overwhelming fondness for President Vladimir Putin among Americans. But careful scrutiny shows the poll is not what it seems.

Lukashenka Uses Force, Guile To Stay In Power

No leader in Europe has ruled longer, and Alyaksandr Lukashenka is poised to extend his presidency for five more years when Belarus holds an 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.

How Pro-Kremlin Tweeps Are Framing Syria Debate

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

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.

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.

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."

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.
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