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The Tajikistan conundrum Part I: The Pamirs on the boil

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe demanded that the Tajikistan government should rescind its decision to block the video-sharing YouTube. Twenty people held protest demonstration in front of the Tajikistan embassy in Washington. The United Nations demanded immediate access for its representative to visit the Gorno-Badakhshan region in eastern Tajikistan to take stock of the emergent “humanitarian situation” there. Anyone who thought the Pamirs were at the end of the world was making a mistake.

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 31.07.2012


 

Fight in Mountainous Badakhshan

By the end of July the situation in the Mountaneous Badakhshan (Gorno-Badakhshan) autonomous region abruptly exacerbated. Gordo-Badakhshan is a highland area in the south-eastern part of Tajikistan, making up almost a half (45%) of the territory... In response to the killing of Abdullo Nazarbaev, special services General, the authorities launched a military operation to eliminate the criminal organization responsible for the crime... The fact that there were armed people from Afghanistan taking part in hostilities evokes special concern... The events make remember that the dividing of Tajikistan along ethnic and religious lines after the 1997 peace accords still tells, the existing divisions may be rather easily be used to destabilize the country... The further conflict escalation is not excluded.

Aleksandr SHUSTOV | 27.07.2012




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Ending the Cold War on Cuba? From the Freezer to the Chiller

As US President Barack Obama announced his surprise «historic» bid to normalise relations with Cuba this week, the New York Times swooned with glowing news. ‘US to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility’ was how its top headline put it. Welcoming the development, the American «newspaper of record» said Obama vowed to «cut loose the shackles of the past» and to «sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War». But, purple prose aside, the hard detail is that the ongoing illegal American embargo on Cuba will stay in place. Moreover, the move comes as Washington slaps on more sanctions against Russia and unleashes new sanctions on Venezuela...

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