It would be prudent in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks for the United States and Russia to find ways to overcome strategic differences and wage a joint fight against Islamic State militants. But the level of distrust is such that bilateral relations seem more likely to get frostier before any thaw can occur.
A bitter tug-of-war for control of Georgia’s top TV channel, Rustavi2, has impacted not only the country’s media-freedom credentials, but also raised nagging questions about the integrity of its legal system.
Numerous recent news accounts in Uzbekistan would seem to indicate mounting agitation over alleged activity by Islamic State — an extremist organization not previously known to have made inroads into the country.
On a recent sunny Sunday morning, crowds gathered, as they do every weekend, at the Ashgabat hippodrome to enjoy the nation’s favorite sport and celebrate its main protagonists — majestic Akhal-Teke horses.
The Moscow Patriarchate’s meddling in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is backfiring, as its staunch support for Kremlin policies appears to be fueling patriotic sentiment among Ukrainians, according to a report issued by a London-based think tank.