Posts tagged "Law"
Islamists and Secular Oppositionists in Azerbaijan: Toward Rapprochement?

Islamists and Secular Oppositionists in Azerbaijan: Toward Rapprochement?

Islamists have occupied a marginal role in post-Soviet Azerbaijani politics, not least because of their strained relations both with the Azerbaijani government and the country’s secular opposition parties. But there is an intriguing political process underway in Azerbaijan today. Against the backdrop of widening social and political unrest, Azerbaijan’s Islamists appear to be taking a...
Interview with a Stone-Thrower

Interview with a Stone-Thrower

I first met him when he was a lanky 17-year-old with a shaven head, wide-set features, and a quiet voice that carried a hint of menace. He went by the name “Amed”, a pseudonym he chose as it was the Kurdish name for the city of Diyarbakır. It was 2010 and for the first time...
Hunger Strike in Uzbekistan: No Justice, No Food

Hunger Strike in Uzbekistan: No Justice, No Food

The  (unregistered) Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan (HRAU) has reported, “On February 26, 2013, an activist of HRAU, Larisa Gregoryev and her 16 year-old son, Gregory Gregoryev, embarked on a hunger strike in protest against an outrage by the law-enforcement authorities of Uzbekistan. Policemen have tortured them, brought them to unfair criminal and administrative liability;...
The Rise and Fall of Lazika

The Rise and Fall of Lazika

In December 2011, the Georgian president announced—to widespread surprise—the construction of a new city on the coast of the Black Sea, to be called Lazika. As bulldozers rumbled to life in the middle of an immense swamp, the Georgian Constitution was amended to suit the occasion. NGOs pointed out the irrationality and lack of transparency...
Hijacked Drones

Hijacked Drones

My plane from Dubai was tilting towards Peshawar when I started guessing places below; which city in the FATA or perhaps Balochistan would have such a wide radius of luminescence? Looking westward, I could see lights of airplanes flying in bulk over Afghanistan…the troop drawdown? The in-flight screen made me aware of the fact that...
What to Expect When You're Electing

What to Expect When You’re Electing

Most elections are boring. It’s true, not some sort of Imposition of Western Norms or anything; people vote for the fella they like the most, and the obvious candidate usually wins. The binary nature of democracy — the “him, not her” aspect of it — really puts a damper on the theater of the political...
A Sloppy Vendetta

A Sloppy Vendetta

The Russian judiciary capped its summer – made sunnier by the harsh stare of the international media spotlight – by issuing a verdict that harkened back to the Middle Ages. Three members of now-infamous Pussy Riot have been handed two-year sentences for performing an Anti-Putin “punk-prayer” at the Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and...