Monday 1 March 2004
March 01, 2004
Western Press Review: Elections In Iraq, Georgian Corruption, And Putin's Russia
Prague, 1 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Among the topics discussed in some of the world's major dailies today are a timetable for elections in Iraq, Georgia's new tough line on corruption, President Vladimir Putin's vision for re-establishing order in Russia, and civilian "disappearances" in Chechnya.
February 26, 2004
World: U.S. State Department Issues Critical Report On Global Human Rights
The U.S. State Department has released its annual report on human rights around the world. Secretary of State Colin Powell called the report a vital instrument not just for informing the public but for guiding U.S. foreign policy. From Washington, RFE/RL correspondents Jeffrey Donovan and Frank T. Csongos report.
February 26, 2004
U.S. Issues Annual Human Rights Report
Washington, 26 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A United States government study sees human rights improvements in Afghanistan and Iraq, but says there are continuing human rights problems in the republics of Central Asia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and the Middle East.
February 23, 2004
Kazakhstan: Chechens Mark 60th Anniversary Of Deportation
Kazakhstan is considered a second homeland by the many Chechens who were deported by Josef Stalin from the Caucasus to Kazakhstan in 1944. While Kazakhstan's established Chechen community today marks the 60th anniversary of this tragic event, RFE/RL reports on efforts by Kazakh authorities to block the flow of new Chechen asylum seekers fleeing their war-torn homeland.
February 16, 2004
Chechnya: UN Official Seeks To Improve Civilian Welfare
The UN's undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Jan Egeland, recently returned from Russia's North Caucasus region with assurances from Russian officials to protect the rights of internally displaced Chechens. Tens of thousands now live in neighboring Ingushetia, but many more have returned to Chechnya, some under pressure from Russian authorities. Egeland tells RFE/RL's Robert McMahon that he will press Russian officials to refrain from forcing the return of displaced Chechens. But he also says the UN and its partners are gradually shifting their focus to the more pressing humanitarian needs inside Chechnya, where hundreds of thousands of civilians need help.
February 13, 2004
Caucasus: Does The Georgian-Russian Rapprochement Threaten Chechens?
Georgia's newly elected president, Mikheil Saakashvili, on an official visit to Russia, earlier this week promised President Vladimir Putin full assistance against armed Chechen separatists and called for enhanced cooperation among security services of both countries in the fight against "terrorism." The Kremlin welcomed Saakashvili's pledges, hailing the Georgian leader as a "responsible politician." Could the rapprochement between Moscow and Tbilisi represent a threat to Chechens?
February 11, 2004
Georgia: President, On Charm Offensive In Russia, Vows To Befriend Putin
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has moved a step further in his attempts at securing a rapprochement with Russia. The young Georgian leader, who has repeatedly said he wants to open a new era in bilateral ties, today met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin and vowed to seal a friendship with his host. The Russian leader has welcomed Saakashvili's offers but says he now expects the Georgian leader to put his pledges into action.
February 11, 2004
Western Press Review: Putin And The War In Chechnya, Bush's Probe Into Iraqi Intelligence
Prague, 11 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A review of media analysis and commentary today finds discussion of a crucial political year for Ukraine, reconstructing Afghanistan, and how Russian President Vladimir Putin's fortunes are inextricably linked with the war in Chechnya. We also take a look at the plight of democratic reformers in Iran and the independent probe that is to review possible U.S. intelligence failures concerning Iraq's weapons programs in the run-up to war.
February 10, 2004
EU: Brussels Prepares To Sharpen Policy On Russia
The European Commission today released a set of proposals to streamline the EU's relations with Russia. The paper, which will now be discussed by the bloc's member states, says the EU must in future define its interests more clearly and coherently, speak "with one voice," and -- if necessary -- start linking different issues to more effectively promote its goals. The commission also says human rights -- and particularly the situation in Chechnya -- must acquire greater prominence on the EU's agenda.
February 09, 2004
Western Press Review: Bush Responds To Critics, Using Trade To Combat Exploitation, And U.S.-Russian Relations
Prague, 9 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A review of commentary and analysis in the press today finds discussion of U.S. President George W. Bush's television interview last night on a weekly American interview program, strengthening trans-Atlantic ties with the Middle East, U.S.-Russian relations, and using global trade to combat exploitation in the developing world, among other issues.