Thursday, October 23, 2014


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at his 2013 swearing-in in Baku

Azerbaijan Hires Veteran U.S. Political Consultant

The Azerbaijani government is continuing its drive to influence U.S. lawmakers, hiring a former strategist to top Republican Party officials to boost its image in the United States. More

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Abuses Uncovered

Dilorom Abdukadirova

Uzbekistan Urged To Free 'Prisoner Of Conscience'

Amnesty International says nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on Uzbek President Islam Karimov to immediately release a woman it calls a “prisoner of conscience.” More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

A video grab allegedly shows Islamic State (IS) militants waving a jihadist flag at Mosul Dam on the Tigris River.

Islamic State: 'Coming For Every Central Asian State'?

As if there were not enough militant problems for Central Asia already, some sources suggest the Islamic militant group currently dominating world headlines is also Central Asia’s greatest extremist challenge. More

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