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Tracking Islamic State
Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin took the opportunity to criticize the United States on October 22, following reports that a U.S. air drop of ammunition and weapons intended for Kurdish militias in Kobani had fallen into the hands of Islamic State (IS) group militants. More
How Russia Is Ruled
The vast majority of Ukraine's ethnic Russians are, in fact, loyal Ukrainian citizens. More
Regional Smoke Detector
Azerbaijan's opposition National Council of Democratic Forces (NSDS) convened a mass meeting in Baku on October 12 to protest the unprecedentedly harsh crackdown launched by the authorities. More
A man identified as German Professor Lorenz Haag has been widely quoted in Russian media as praising the Kremlin and defending Russia's actions in Ukraine. The "professor's" credentials, however, are a matter of serious doubt. More
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Xenophobia is widespread in Russia according to public opinion polls. A new video by a rights group says it leads to fascism. More
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
Blogging Central Asia
International human rights groups and media freedom organizations perennially list Turkmenistan as having one of most abusive regimes in the world. That should make Turkmenistan an unlikely party to be a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), but it is a member, though the country's participation is difficult to see sometimes. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Are you virtuous, pious, and committed to learning the language of the enemy? You just might have what it takes to be an Iranian intelligence officer. More
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