Saturday, February 28, 2015

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukian (file photo)

Armenian Opposition In Disarray After Prominent Leader Sidelined

The political standoff between Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and his most serious political rival, the leader of the opposition party Bargavach Hayastan, Gagik Tsarukian, has ended with the latter backing away from his calls early this month to mobilize the population in a push for pre-term parliamentary and presidential elections if the authorities insist on proceeding with controversial proposals to transform Armenia into a parliamentary republic. More

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Ukraine Unspun

New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17

The Russian Investigative Committee says it has a "sincere" witness who claims a Ukrainian jet took down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. But other emerging evidence further supports the widely accepted theory that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile fired from separatist-held territory. More

Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

A gas refinery worker in Khorasan Razavi province, Semnan, Iran

Iran Seeking Role In Selling Gas To Europe

Iranian officials have been signaling to potential customers in Europe, potential suppliers in the Caspian Basin, and transit country Turkey that Iran is not merely ready to get into the game, but perhaps even essential to it. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Iranian presidential adviser for ethnic and religious minorities' affairs Ali Yunesi

Rohani Adviser Says Rights Violations Hurting Iran

Ali Yunesi, a senior adviser to Iran's President Hassan Rohani and a former intelligence minister, has admitted that "many cases" of human rights violations are taking place in Iran's courts and prisons, blaming them on extremists. More

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