Friday, August 29, 2014


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Pictures such as this one of a lone man protesting against Russia's invasion of southeast Ukraine in Moscow on August 28 have been doing the rounds on social media

A Few Brave Russians Protest Invasion Of Southeast Ukraine

While state media downplayed Russia's invasion of Southeast Ukraine, a few protesters took to a Moscow square, and leading activists also tweeted their disagreement. More

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Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks to the media after talks with Ukrainian President in Minsk on August 27.

Putin's Plan? Or Kremlin Chaos?

Do Russia's latest maneuvers on Ukraine represent a master plan for the Ukraine conflict? Or an increasingly erratic Kremlin? More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Abkhazia's new president, Raul Khajimba, has a daunting challenge in front of him in reviving the breakaway Georgian region's moribund economy.

Elected By A Hair, New Abkhaz Leader Faces Herculean Tasks

The election outcome can hardly be regarded as an overwhelming endorsement of Raul Khajimba, who had run unsuccessfully for the presidency on three previous occasions. Rather, the result reflects the lack of a convincing alternative candidate not hamstrung by his identification with the outgoing leadership. More

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Ukraine Unspun

An unmanned Russian Proton-M booster rocket crashes after veering off course after lift-off, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on July 2, 2013.

A 'Ukrainian Missile' Or A Failed Russian Space Launch?

A Russian military channel has shown footage of a missile attack by Ukrainian forces on civilians in the east of the country. Just one problem, Kyiv says -- the video clip actually shows a failed Russian rocket launch from last year. More

Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Pictures of the Kumtor mine taken in April 22013 seem to show it in a very dilapidated condition.

Photogallery Kumtor Gold Mine Appears To Be In Bad Shape

Kyrgyzstan's Kumtor gold mine seems to be falling apart, literally. Surrounded by scandal since the early days of the project's history, it appears that, as the Kyrgyz government attempts to acquire more shares of this cash cow on its territory, there is need for some serious upgrading at the site. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

A leading conservative cleric in Iran is worried about the "negative features" of high-speed mobile Internet and 3G services.

Senior Iranian Ayatollah Says High-Speed Mobile Internet Is Un-Islamic

A senior Iranian cleric has warned against high-speed mobile Internet while calling on authorities to impose restrictions before making it available to the public on a large scale. More

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