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Tracking Islamic State
LIVE Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed sadness at the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces, as tensions between Moscow and Ankara continue to escalate. More
How Russia Is Ruled
To what extent did the attacks in Paris last week change the dynamic between Russia and the West? More
Regional Smoke Detector
At least four local Shi'ite Muslims and two police officers have died in violent clashes in the settlement of Nardaran, while 14 people, including charismatic young theologian Taleh Bagirzade and three other members of the Movement for Muslim Unity he founded in January, were taken into custody. More
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Pro-Kremlin bloggers are in a state of denial after the Reuters news agency published an investigation into Putin's two daughters, while the anti-Kremlin crowd has reacted on social media with bitterness. More
The media-freedom representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a discussion paper on propaganda and media freedom, repeating her assertion that propaganda is "an ugly scar on the face of modern journalism." More
Blogging Central Asia
In the last few years the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has fractured and members of what at least once was the IMU are now dispersed in Afghanistan, and in Syria and Iraq. In some cases it's fairly clear who they are fighting for, but in other instances it is very difficult to see their allegiance or motives. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Senior Qom-based hard-line Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has refused to meet with Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati to demonstrate his disapproval of the ministry's policies, deemed too liberal by hard-liners. More
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