Saturday 26 January 2008
November 03, 2007
Central Asia Looks To Build New 'Silk Roads'
The $18.7 billion program will result in new roads and rail links. (RFE/RL) November 3, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Eight member countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program have agreed to a strategy to improve Central Asia's transport infrastructure.
October 29, 2007
Baku 'Prevents Major Attack' On Western Embassies
BAKU, October 29, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A spokesman for Azerbaijan's Ministry of National Security says Azerbaijani security forces have prevented what he described as a major terrorist attack against important facilities and Western embassies in Baku.
October 26, 2007
Armenia: Azerbaijani Politicians Mull Implications Of Ter-Petrossian Comeback
Levon Ter-Petrossian -- preparing for a comeback? (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) October 26, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The possibility that Levon Ter-Petrossian, who served as Armenian president from the fall of 1991 until his forced resignation in February 1998, may announce his candidacy for the Armenian presidential ballot due in early 2008 has not only sent waves of shock and alarm through the incumbent Armenian leadership. It has also triggered speculation in Azerbaijan that the United States may back a presidential bid by Ter-Petrossian in the hope that he would adopt an unequivocally pro-Western position and help to undercut Russia's influence in the South Caucasus.
October 24, 2007
'My Only Thought Was To Escape Torture'
For nine days, police used electric shocks and bare fists to torture Aleksei Mikheyev for a nonexistent crime. While perhaps common in Russia, what happened next was not: Mikheyev took his case to the European Court of Human Rights -- and won.
October 22, 2007
Energy Relations To Dominate Ahmadinejad's Armenia Visit
October 22, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad arrives in Armenia today for a two-day visit. On the agenda is a natural-gas pipeline between the two countries and other energy issues. Federico Bordonaro, a senior analyst with the Rome-based Power and Interest News Report, spoke to RFE/RL about the geopolitical implications of the growing ties between Armenia and Iran.
October 17, 2007
Despite Restrictions, Foreign Investment Grows in CIS
October 17, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A new report from the United Nations shows that the transition economies of the Commonwealth of Independent States and South East Europe are seeing the highest-ever levels of foreign direct investment (FDI). Foreign investors injected some $69 billion into the region last year, with Russia receiving the lion's share.
October 16, 2007
Media Watchdog Paints Grim Picture Of CIS Press Freedoms
The report found that journalists in Russia -- like Anna Politkovskaya, murdered in October 2006 -- continue to be targets of violence (Courtesy Photo) October 16, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- In its annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index, the media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has again given the countries of the former Soviet Union a poor report card.
October 16, 2007
Caspian Summit Fails To Resolve Key Question
October 16, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The heads of state of all five Caspian littoral states -- Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia, and Turkmenistan -- arrived with pressure mounting to finally solve the problem of whether the biggest inland body of water is a sea or a lake.
October 11, 2007
Azerbaijan Launches Manhunt For Terror Suspect
Police outside a chemical plant in Sumgayit (RFE/RL) SUMGAYIT, Azerbaijan, October 11, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The National Security Ministry of Azerbaijan has reportedly launched a manhunt in the city of Sumgayit for a man it says was planning a terrorist attack using one of the city's many chemical production facilities.