Thursday, September 18, 2014


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Photogallery Karimova Pictured Under 'House Arrest'

Gulnara Karimova, an erstwhile globe-trotting fashionista now facing what she calls politically motivated corruption charges, is shown in the photos apparently being hassled by camouflaged security officers outside her home, where she has reportedly been under house arrest. More

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Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a news conference at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on August 29.

Audio Podcast: The New NATO

What can we expect in the upcoming NATO Summit? Listen to a special edition of the Power Vertical Podcast. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Daghestan anesthesiologist Marat Gunashev (with daughter) in an undated photo obtained in January 2013

Daghestan's Supreme Court Overturns Medic's Acquittal

Those who greeted the acquittal by a Makhachkala court of a respected anesthesiologist of membership of the Islamic insurgency as evidence that Russia's judges do occasionally return a fair verdict have been disillusioned. More

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Ukraine Unspun

An unmanned Russian Proton-M booster rocket crashes after veering off course after lift-off, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on July 2, 2013.

A 'Ukrainian Missile' Or A Failed Russian Space Launch?

A Russian military channel has shown footage of a missile attack by Ukrainian forces on civilians in the east of the country. Just one problem, Kyiv says -- the video clip actually shows a failed Russian rocket launch from last year. More


Abuses Uncovered

OSCE Condemns Death Threats Against Kosovar Journalist

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has condemned a series of death threats against Artan Haraqija, an RFE/RL journalist who has been reporting on radical Islamic groups in Kosovo. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Pictures of the Kumtor mine taken in April 22013 seem to show it in a very dilapidated condition.

Photogallery Kumtor Gold Mine Appears To Be In Bad Shape

Kyrgyzstan's Kumtor gold mine seems to be falling apart, literally. Surrounded by scandal since the early days of the project's history, it appears that, as the Kyrgyz government attempts to acquire more shares of this cash cow on its territory, there is need for some serious upgrading at the site. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

The leader and founder of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, waves from a Tehran balcony during the country's revolution, in February 1979.

Tehran In No Mood To Laugh At Khomeini Jokes

Jokes mocking Islamic republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spread widely on social media, have attracted the attention of the authorities. More

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