Wednesday, October 07, 2015

A radio station run by women was one of the first places targeted by the Taliban when it briefly seized the northern Afghan city of Kunduz late last month. (This is an illustrative photo showing a woman's radio station in Herat)

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. More

A photo from Norbert Baksa's Der Migrant shoot

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. More

"I decided to take the conversation to a slightly different level," journalist Oleg Kashin says about his decision to publish A Letter To The Leaders Of The Russian Federation.

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. More

A Kyrgyz election worker carries a ballot box during voting in the town Belovodsk on September 30.

Kyrgyz Voters Choose Russia

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

Bondo Dorovskikh has been gathering groups of like-minded Russians seeking to fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.

'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. More

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