Sunday, November 29, 2015

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Azerbaijani authorities say Taleh Bagirzade and his Movement for Muslim Unity intended to overthrow the constitutional order and establish "a religious state under Shari'a law."

Azerbaijani Theologian Said To Have Been Plotting Coup

At least four local Shi'ite Muslims and two police officers have died in violent clashes in the settlement of Nardaran, while 14 people, including charismatic young theologian Taleh Bagirzade and three other members of the Movement for Muslim Unity he founded in January, were taken into custody. More

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Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

According to Reuters, Katerina Tikhonova (left) is Putin's youngest daughter and she is married to Kirill Shamalov (right), the son of a shareholder in Bank Rossia.

Fathers And Children: The Internet Reacts To Putin's Alleged Billionaire Daughter

Pro-Kremlin bloggers are in a state of denial after the Reuters news agency published an investigation into Putin's two daughters, while the anti-Kremlin crowd has reacted on social media with bitterness. More

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Abuses Uncovered

OSCE Issues Discussion Paper On 'Propaganda'

The media-freedom representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a discussion paper on propaganda and media freedom, repeating her assertion that propaganda is "an ugly scar on the face of modern journalism." More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

The arrival of larger groups of IMU fighters and their families roughly coincides with the spike in violence in northern Afghanistan.

Audio The Islamic Movement Of Uzbekistan Comes Unraveled

In the last few years the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has fractured and members of what at least once was the IMU are now dispersed in Afghanistan, and in Syria and Iraq. In some cases it's fairly clear who they are fighting for, but in other instances it is very difficult to see their allegiance or motives. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi's office issued the statement a few days after the Culture Ministry claimed that Jannati had not been able to meet the ayatollah during last week's trip to Qom due to the cleric's "illness."

Senior Iranian Cleric Refuses To Meet With Culture Minister

Senior Qom-based hard-line Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has refused to meet with Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati to demonstrate his disapproval of the ministry's policies, deemed too liberal by hard-liners. More

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