Usually in a hostage crisis, the public sympathizes with the hostages upon their release. But in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where a group of anti-government gunmen took over a police station last Sunday, more sympathy seems to be with the hostage-takers themselves.
Azerbaijan, a strategic ally of Turkey, has suspended a national TV station that reportedly planned to broadcast an interview with Fethullah Gülen, the Pennsylvania-based imam who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames for instigating a failed coup.
Matthew Heimbach is a burly, bearded 25-year-old propagator of hate. In late June, members of a fringe group he leads, the self-proclaimed Traditionalist Worker Party, played a pivotal role in starting a brawl in Sacramento, California.
The last time Berdybai Nauryzbayev harvested rice was five years ago.
In the 1990s, farmers with his Sary Altyn agricultural association — the name is Uzbek for “white gold” — would regularly yield around four tons of rice from every 10,000 square meter plot of cultivated land. Rice harvests in Karakalpakstan were some of the most bountiful in Uzbekistan.
A fatal child-custody fight has revived calls in Armenia for an effective law against domestic violence. Women’s rights advocates argue that both the justice and law enforcement system in this predominantly patriarchal, South Caucasus country still fail to address domestic violence as an actual crime.
The highest court in Kyrgyzstan has set an unusual precedent by ruling to allow a new legal appeal for a rights activist whose imprisonment has sown dangerous ethnic, diplomatic and political tensions.
Some Azerbaijani activists claim that international rights watchdogs, such as Amnesty International, have created a two-tier system for political prisoners that effectively hinders less prominent government critics’ chances for release from prison.