Tuesday 30 August 2011
August 30, 2011
Author Talks About Kazakhstan's Clan Politics
With the birth of the Kazakh people came strong familial ties that helped forge the nation's politics. This is still the case today, with three clan divisions -- The Great Horde (Uly Zhuz), Middle Horde (Orta Zhuz), and Small Horde (Kishi Zhuz) -- jockeying for influence. RFE/RL Edward Schatz, associate professor with the University of Toronto's Department of Political Science and author of "Modern Clan Politics: The Power of 'Blood' in Kazakhstan and Beyond" talks to RFE/RL Kazakh Service correspondent Galym Bokash about why clan politics matter in modern Kazakhstan.
August 30, 2011
Afghan Aid Worker Not Blind To Taliban Threats
Afghan civilians associated with Western-funded aid projects are under increasing threat from Taliban insurgents as Western forces transfer security responsibilities to Afghans. The life of one blind aid worker in eastern Afghanistan has been disrupted by a letter threatening death "anytime, any place."
August 29, 2011
Slow Death In Kazakhstan's Land Of Nuclear Tests
Twenty years ago, Kazakhstan closed a dark chapter in its nuclear history by officially shutting down the infamous Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in the northeast Kazakh steppe. Over a 40-year period, the Soviet Union conducted more than one-quarter of the world's nuclear tests at the site. Today, locals live with the lasting legacy of the horrendous tests -- birth defects, cancer, and deeply irradiated soil and water.
August 27, 2011
Once Celebrated, World's 6 Billionth Baby Now Lives In Poverty In Bosnia
On October 12, 1999, Adnan Nevic was born the world's 6 billionth citizen -- cradled by the head of the UN and recognized worldwide as a population milestone. But now he lives in poverty, with little support from the state or the outside world.
August 26, 2011
Reporter's Notebook: As Libyan Rebels Assert Control, Calm Descends Over War-Torn Capital
As fighting continues in the Libyan capital between rebels and fighters loyal to deposed leader Muammar Qaddafi, a sense of calm has finally settled over most of the city, putting something of an end to what has been the most intense conflict to emerge in the "Arab Spring."
August 25, 2011
Islamic History Series Makes Waves In Iraq During Ramadan
A TV series released in Iraq at the start of Ramadan has caused widespread debate in the country due to its portrayal of an extremely sensitive historical period of Islam and its personification of the Prophet Muhammad's family and companions.
August 25, 2011
Belarus And The Independence Day That Wasn't
Twenty years ago, just days after the failed Soviet coup collapsed, Belarus declared its independence. But rather than marking this milestone with celebrations, the authorities in Minsk are ignoring it. Meanwhile, many Belarusians still yearn for the hope they felt two decades ago when the U.S.S.R. collapsed.
August 24, 2011
Turkey's Military Strikes Could Herald Closure For Kurdish Opening
Turkey claims it has killed up to 100 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party in recent raids into northern Iraq, part of what promises to be a wider offensive. But two years after the government launched its "Kurdish opening" in a blaze of fanfare, why are such actions necessary now?
August 23, 2011
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Leader Wants Reforms Across The Arab World
The Muslim Brotherhood, long suppressed by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, has formed the Freedom and Justice Party to contest the country's upcoming elections. RFE/RL writer at large James Kirchick sat down with Brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian in Cairo to discuss many topics, including post-Mubarak Egypt, Shari'a law, and why he wants to see revolutions spread across the Arab world.