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Tracking Islamic State
The thousands of Iraqis fleeing to Baghdad in the wake of the Islamic State (IS) group's capture of Ramadi, west of the capital, are facing an increasingly desperate humanitarian situation. More
How Russia Is Ruled
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More
Regional Smoke Detector
For the past several years, the independent Daghestani weekly Chernovik has conducted an annual poll in which readers are encouraged to vote by SMS for whomever from a short list of 10-15 political figures they would like to see as "People's President." This year's surprise winner was Akhmad-hadji Abdulayev, chairman of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Daghestan (DUMD). More
The Russian Investigative Committee says it has a "sincere" witness who claims a Ukrainian jet took down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. But other emerging evidence further supports the widely accepted theory that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile fired from separatist-held territory. More
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has incensed his critics by condoning marriages between adults and minors and saying some women are "shriveled" by the time they are 27 years of age. More
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has joined media organizations in condemning an attack on a Macedonian journalist who has been critical of the government. More
Blogging Central Asia
The crowning of moment of the Day of the City, May 25, in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat was the official unveiling of a gigantic statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Tehran's temporary Friday Prayers leader, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, has called on Saudi citizens to rise up against their country's rulers and to speak out against their "crimes." More
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