Sunday, October 04, 2015

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Armenia's OSCE envoy, Arman Kirakossian, has accused Baku of using 120-millimeter artillery for the first time since the 1994 cease-fire.

OSCE Minsk Group Condemns 'Unacceptable Escalation' Of Hostilities Between Armenian, Azerbaijani Forces

Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the vicinity of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has reached its highest level of intensity since the signing of the 1994 cease-fire. They are also targeting civilian settlements, according to the OSCE's Minsk Group, a tactic that the Minsk Group co-chairs have branded "an unacceptable escalation." More

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Ukraine Unspun

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Abuses Uncovered

UNHCR Concerns About Tajik Party Ban

The UN human rights office has expressed concern over the risk of increasing human rights violations in Tajikistan following Dushanbe’s recent decision to ban the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT). More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

It seems like locals around Lake Issyk-Kul will vote for the ruling parties. There are new buildings everywhere, restaurants, stores, boutiques, and a line of recently built hotels right down by the water that block the view of the beach.

Along Kyrgyzstan's Campaign Trail: Issyk-Kul

In Karakol, on the eastern corner of Lake Issyk-Kul, party activists are moving quickly to get in some last-minute campaigning before the October 4 parliamentary elections. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Iranian protestors demonstrate on September 25 in Tehran against Saudi Arabia after Iranians pilgrims were killed in a stampede at the annual hajj.

Conspiracy Theories Fly In Iran Over Deadly Hajj Incident

Following the recent deadly hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia, Iranian hard-liners have pushed conspiracy theories blaming the United States and Israel for the tragedy, and even suggesting that Saudi security forces may have kidnapped missing Iranian VIP pilgrims. More

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