Monday, February 08, 2016



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Syrian refugees are pictured in a camp as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait in Bab al-Salama in northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing, February 7, 2016

Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Tracking Islamic State

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

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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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.

Is Collecting Garbage A Crime In Iran?

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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