Sunday, February 07, 2016

Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Residents inspect damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, February 4, 2016

Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Tracking Islamic State

LIVE Follow all of the latest developments as they happen. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Welcome to the strange and scary world of Planet Ramzan.

Audio Podcast: The Importance Of Being Ramzan

It's pretty much impossible to ignore Ramzan Kadyrov -- and he knows it. And whether he is Vladimir Putin's loose cannon or his loaded pistol, the rambunctious Chechen leader has become an integral part of Russia's political system. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

A combo photo shows Ingushetia's leader, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov (left), and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov

Chechen Republic Head Sides With Embattled Ingush Mufti

Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov has elevated his long-standing feud with his Ingush counterpart, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, to a new level by overtly siding with Ingushetia's mufti, Issa-hadji Khamkhoyev, whose resignation Yevkurov called for in late December. More

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Abuses Uncovered

WATCH: Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski has called on the European Union to maintain political pressure on Belarus's authoritarian regime. On a visit to Brussels on February 3, the former political prisoner told E.U. officials that the situation inside the country has not improved since economic sanctions were suspended following the release of political prisoners last August. Speaking to Gregory Zhygalov of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, Byalyatski said Belrusian leader, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, has given no indication he's open to serious democratic reforms.

Video EU Urged To Pressure Belarus

A leading Belarusian opposition activist says the European Union must continue to pressure the ex-Soviet country's authoritarian president over his record on human rights and civil liberties despite a thaw between Minsk and Brussels. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Hazrat Juraev says he was a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan for only a short time, and that he did not take part in any fighting.

Uzbek Wanderer Fears Going Home

Hazrat Juraev was 36 years old the last time he saw Uzbekistan. He really didn't want to leave the country then, and now he's afraid to return. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Mohammad Maleki, wearing a shawl that says "Let's Sweep Garbage," flashes the victory sign along a roadway outside the capital, where he and a colleague were dumped by security agents.

Trash-Talking: Collecting Garbage Isn't A Crime In Tehran. Or Is It?

Left with few options to legally highlight state repression in Iran, Mohammad Maleki and Mohammad Nurizad settled on a seemingly innocuous form of public protest -- collecting garbage from the streets of Tehran. That's not a crime. Or is it? More

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