Monday 23 August 2010
August 23, 2010
Pakistani Rock Star Declares 'Rock & Roll Jihad' Against Extremists
Salman Ahmad has declared what he calls "rock and roll jihad" against religious extremists in Pakistan who claim that music is un-Islamic. As one of Pakistan's most successful rock musicians, Ahmad sees the dispute as a struggle for the future of culture in his country.
August 22, 2010
Turkmenistan Tips Its Hand On Future Energy Exports
Turkmenistan has been vowing to diversify its energy export routes for some time, but until recently, little was known about where its energy future would lead. The president provided some clarity during a recent speech, mentioning routes in all directions except its traditionally most important one -- the northern route through Russia.
August 20, 2010
U.S. Withdrawal 'In Name Only' As Iraq Faces Uncertain Future
The last U.S. combat troops in Iraq have left two weeks ahead of schedule. But more than seven years after the United States and "a coalition of the willing" invaded the country to topple Saddam Hussein's regime, who are the winners and losers?
August 19, 2010
Interview: U.S. Senator Says Visit Gives Him Better Understanding Of Afghan War
John Kerry, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, says he has a better understanding of Afghanistan's war and the problems facing ordinary Afghans after visiting the country this week.
August 18, 2010
Iranian President's New 'Religious-Nationalism' Alienates Hard-Line Constituency
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is risking a breach with his fundamentalist supporters by abandoning apocalyptic religious rhetoric for a new nationalistic tone in an effort to appeal to the country's "apolitical" masses. But it has brought him into conflict with his previous religious constituency.
August 18, 2010
The Net Neutrality Debate: Is All Content Created Equal?
The principle that the Internet should be a free-flowing information highway where all content is treated equally is being challenged in the United States. Advocates of "net neutrality" call it no less than an assault on Americans' constitutional rights. Internet service providers, who say they want to offer better service for higher prices, argue that market forces must be allowed to prevail.
August 17, 2010
Stoning Of Afghan Couple For Adultery Sparks Debate On Shari’a Law
Islamic clerics and scholars have condemned the public execution by stoning of a young couple in northern Afghanistan. The two had been charged with adultery by the local Taliban. The execution brings into focus a heated debate about the interpretation of Shari’a-based law in Afghanistan, where some clerics recently called for the revival of a strict Islamic criminal code.
August 16, 2010
Interview: The 'Shadow Elite,' WikiLeaks, And Living In A 'Dangerous Era'
Janine Wedel is a professor of public policy at George Mason University and author of the book "Shadow Elite: How The World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, And The Free Market." RFE/RL's Christopher Schwartz speaks with her about how the whistleblowing web entity WikiLeaks opposes today’s “new powerbrokers” by dangerously mirroring them.
August 14, 2010
Interview: Igor Sutyagin Discusses 'Spy Swap,' Life In England
Former Russian nuclear researcher Igor Sutyagin was among the four Russian prisoners accused of spying for the West who were exchanged for 10 suspected Russian spies in U.S. custody. Sutyagin spoke with RFE/RL's Russian Service correspondent Natalya Golitsyna about his trial, imprisonment, and the exchange.