Friday 16 January 2004
January 14, 2004
Russia: Chechen Refugees Face Ejection From Camps In Ingushetia
The Chechen administration has ordered Chechen refugees living in neighboring Ingushetia to return to Chechnya or find shelter in other places. The Chechen pro-Russian government wants the camps to be closed by the beginning of March. RFE/RL reports, however, that violence in Chechnya continues and most refugees are too frightened to return.
January 08, 2004
Western Press Review: Not-So-Liberal Democracies, And South Asian Economic Secularism
Prague, 8 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Commentary and analysis in the press today takes a look at some of the world's newest democracies, liberal and otherwise; South Asia's growing wealth and secularist trends; a new report warning of the severe effects of global warming; and building a more democratic civil society in Iran, among other issues.
January 07, 2004
Western Press Review: Democracy's Dilemmas, Serbian Reform, And The New U.S. Fingerprinting Policy
Prague, 7 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Among the topics up for debate in the press today are the intricacies and contradictions of fostering democracy around the world, encouraging reform in Serbia, Georgia's presidential elections, and the controversial new U.S. policy on fingerprinting and photographing visiting foreigners.
January 05, 2004
Georgia: Moscow Watches Warily As Saakashvili Comes To Power
Moscow is reputed to be wary of Georgia's new president, Mikheil Saakashvili, a U.S.-educated lawyer who is openly pro-Western in his views. Since Eduard Shevardnadze's forced resignation in November, Tbilisi's relations with its powerful neighbor have gone on a roller-coaster ride of mutual accusations and promises to cooperate. How will Saakashvili's presidency affect Moscow's long-term ambitions in the region?