Saturday, November 01, 2014

Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

A screengrab of a propaganda video detailing the skills and virtues an Islamic State (IS) wife would need.

How To Be A Good Islamic State Wife

A new Islamic State (IS) group media wing is targeting women who want to take part in the "jihad" in Syria and Iraq, with courses in how to be good companions and wives to IS militants. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Will they be marching for Putin -- or against him?

Podcast: Putin And The Nationalists

It's long been a dysfunctional marriage of convenience between Vladimir Putin and Russia's nationalists -- and the strains are growing. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

French President Francois Hollande (center) stands with his counterparts, Azerbaijan's İlham Aliyev (left) and Armenia's Serzh Sarkisian before their talks in Paris on October 27.

Azerbaijan Moderates Stance At Paris Karabakh Talks

Few observers seriously believed that the Paris talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders would yield significant progress, let alone a breakthrough, in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But a softening of Baku's negotiating position is one of several reasons why the meeting may herald a new phase in the talks. More

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Ukraine Unspun

This photo -- showing a Russian soldiers inspecting bodies of civilians in a mass grave in Chechnya in 1995 -- was used by Russia's state-owned Channel One television to highlight recent Ukrainian suffering.

Ukraine Unspun: Chechnya War Pic Passed Off As Ukraine Atrocity By Hackers, Russian TV

At least one of the "horrifying images of events in Donbas" that Russian media aired on the eve of the Ukrainian vote to highlight suffering in that conflict-torn country predates the Ukraine conflict by nearly two decades, and was actually a mass grave of Russian civilians. More

Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

WATCH: Homeless Turkmen woman with a young baby is desperate for help. (Video from RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)

Video A Turkmen Girl Named 'Justice'

Adalat and her mother said they have been to the mayor's office and the district administration "10 or 15 times" seeking state help. On one recent visit to the district administration building, Adalat's mother said she tried to explain "with tears in my eyes" how desperate her daughter' plight was and she pleaded for help. "They kicked us out and said 'you live where you live,'" Adalat's mother said. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Critics of the proposed bill are concerned that it will encourage groups like the Basij paramilitary force to increase harassment of women.

Iranian Lawmakers Look To Protect Vigilantes Of Islamic Justice

As Iran's parliament debates a bill that would give protection to citizens who take it upon themselves to defend Islamic values, critics warn that they risk fueling tension and normalizing violence against women. More

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