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Tracking Islamic State
Brussels, Paris (twice), and now Nice: Four crippling jihadist attacks in just over 18 months. The extremist group Islamic State’s fastidious sadism has arrived in Europe, and it looks like our problems are only just beginning.
How Russia Is Ruled
Despite following off the world's radar, July is already the deadliest month in the last year for the fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Regional Smoke Detector
The Daghestan chapter of the opposition People Against Corruption Party (NPK) announced on July 21 that due to intense official pressure from the republican authorities, its prospective candidates have “regretfully” decided not to participate in the September elections.
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Russian state TV seeks children's bedtime-show host. Menacing size required. Knockout experience a plus.
Political tradition and human instinct virtually necessitate that political figures reach out to console victims of high-profile tragedies.
“See, there is no censorship in Serbia!” That was supposed to be the message of an exhibition that opened last week in Belgrade.
Blogging Central Asia
Turkmenistan is apparently having enormous economic problems. The country's system is so opaque that it is always difficult to know much about what is going on there. But the recent decision to scrap the two entities that were overseeing the oil and gas sector and to restructure the management of that industry give the impression that the authorities in Ashgabat are getting desperate.
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
An Iranian official says a kindergarten has been shut down in the capital, Tehran, over a mixed-gender swimming pool.
Since Turkey’s failed July 15 coup, the Turkish authorities have accused U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of being responsible for being behind the attempted takeover of power. It is an explanation that is widely accepted across Turkey. A brief look at the history of Gulen's movement helps explain why.
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