The Soviet Union existed for 70 years, but don’t expect to find it as a location in the world of comic books

Tintin, Spirou & Corto Maltese are exceptions, with stories set in the USSR Originally published on Global VoicesVery few mainstream comics have been set in the Soviet Union. Exceptions include ‘Corto Maltese in Siberia,’ ‘The Golden House of Samarkand,’ and ‘Superman: The Red Son.’ Photo by Filip Stojanovski (CC-BY 2.0) depicts recent editions of the three … Continue reading “The Soviet Union existed for 70 years, but don’t expect to find it as a location in the world of comic books”

The long-lasting conundrum in Tajikistan’s Pamir region

Internet shutdown and block posts continue even after protests subduedOriginally published on Global VoicesOutside of the main cities, the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Region is mostly mountainous. Photo credits: AmanovDmitry (Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0) Making up almost half of Tajikistan’s territory, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (widely known by its Soviet-era acronym GBAO) is a mountainous province … Continue reading “The long-lasting conundrum in Tajikistan’s Pamir region”

Russia Breathes Life Into CSTO

NATO is supposedly a defensive alliance. This of course is a lie. In what possible way is Belgium allied to Albania, or Portugal to Norway? In what possible way is Turkey allied to Greece?? In fact, “NATO” does not describe the relationship of the members to each other. It describes their relationship to the United … Continue reading “Russia Breathes Life Into CSTO”

Russia Outflanked, by Paul Craig Roberts

Just as the Kremlin had steeled itself to face down the West over Ukraine, Washington initiated the destabilization of Kazakhstan on Russia’s central Asian border. At this time it is unclear how serious the situation is, but the Collective Security Treaty Organization consisting of Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, and Kazakhstan have sent troops in…

The myth of a stable Kazakhstan is shattered within a day as neighbours watch anxiously

Originally published on Global VoicesScreenshot from France24 YouTube channel showing police fighting back protestors in Almaty. On the map of Central Asia, Kazakhstan occupies a dominant place. Not only is it the 9th largest country in the world, it also has a regional reputation as a stable and comparatively rich society, with large resources in … Continue reading “The myth of a stable Kazakhstan is shattered within a day as neighbours watch anxiously”

Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Gang of Radical Sadists”

Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Gang of Radical Sadists” An Interview with Noam Chomsky by David Barsamian October 14, 2021. Jacobin. Noam Chomsky needs no introduction. One of the most famous public intellectuals in the world, his bibliography is enormous and his contributions to the fight for a better world endless. In a recent … Continue reading “Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Gang of Radical Sadists””

Why the Taliban must be held accountable for past atrocities

In August, after Taliban rapidly swept to power in Afghanistan, its fighters executed 13 people from the Hazara minority in Daikundi province, where I was born. Amnesty International has said these extrajudicial killings “appear to be war crimes”. This is just one example of the Taliban’s cruelty. In recent months, a further 20 civilians are … Continue reading “Why the Taliban must be held accountable for past atrocities”

An Unfulfilled Dream Inspires Man To Coach 250 Girls To Play International Football

Most of the population of Jharkhand’s Karma village, located near Ranchi, belongs to the tribal community. Despite being close to the state capital, where women study and work by exercising their will, the girls from this village are barely “allowed” to lead an independent life. In many instances, they never step out of the house … Continue reading “An Unfulfilled Dream Inspires Man To Coach 250 Girls To Play International Football”

Between two borders: you can’t get through

Dozens of people are stranded between Polish and Belarusian bordersOriginally published on Global VoicesPhoto by Maciej Moskwa for Political Critique. Used with permission. This article by Nina Boichenko of Political Critique was translated by Victoria Roberts and appeared on Transitions Online on October 8, 2021. It is republished as part of a content-sharing partnership and … Continue reading “Between two borders: you can’t get through”

Russia to Form Gun Truck Battalions

Related: Russian Army Forms a Battalion Equipped With Technicals Before the end of 2022, the Russian Army is supposed to field “sub-units” (battalions, companies, etc.) of gun trucks with its forces in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, an MOD source has informed Izvestiya. KamAZ and Ural trucks will get armor and machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, or even … Continue reading “Russia to Form Gun Truck Battalions”

Did the US-funded Afghan Border Outpost Help Tajikistan in Neutralizing ISIS Terrorists?

On November 6th, early in the morning at 7:50 AM local time, the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Tajikistan published a statement about an attack on a Tajik border outpost in “Ishqobod” along the border with Uzbekistan. … The post Did the US-funded Afghan Border Outpost Help Tajikistan in Neutralizing ISIS Terrorists? appeared first on … Continue reading “Did the US-funded Afghan Border Outpost Help Tajikistan in Neutralizing ISIS Terrorists?”

Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria

Despite all the disastrous consequences of Donald Trump’s Syria policy, the U.S. president has in fact been right in one respect: The world has done far too little to find a solution for the individuals who once made up the Islamic State. In pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump has said that Turkey is … Continue reading “Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria”

From Kabul: Youth on the Road to Peace

Photo: Dr. Hakim Young. In September 2019, facing everyday dangers of the war and under constant pressure to view those from other tribes as enemies, young people from each of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces gathered for a three day “On the Road to Peace” conference in Kabul. 30th September 2019 / 8th Mezan 1398. Despite the … Continue reading “From Kabul: Youth on the Road to Peace”

Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?

by Sam Bhutia Cynics often ask if China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has increased trade between China and its neighbors, or if it threatens to trap participants in debt. There are myriad reasons why countries sign on to the BRI. Some seek to plug gaps in domestic infrastructure, some to improve global trade … Continue reading “Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?”

Mental Patient Stabs 2 Russian Servicemen in Tajikistan – Tajik Interior Ministry

“Two service members from the Bokhtar-quartered unit of the 201st Russian military base… were attacked by a mentally unstable resident of Bokhtar, who inflicted several stab wounds on them,” a source in the ministry said. The assailant, they said, is an outpatient of a psychiatric clinic. The wounded personnel were taken to a hospital in … Continue reading “Mental Patient Stabs 2 Russian Servicemen in Tajikistan – Tajik Interior Ministry”

China, India and Pakistan Join Russia’s Massive Annual Military Drill

Chinese participation in similar Vostok drills last year has not alienated India but has to the contrary spurred New Delhi to take part itself The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has dispatched more than 1,600 troops, aircraft, tanks, and military support equipment to a large-scale Russian military exercise, dubbed Center-2019 (Tsentr-2019), held from September 16 … Continue reading “China, India and Pakistan Join Russia’s Massive Annual Military Drill”

Central Asian steppes mutely watch Taliban’s surge

Pamir Highway between Osh and Khorog near Tajik-Afghan border Compared to the events two decades ago when the Afghan Taliban appeared in the Amu Darya region in northern Afghanistan and Central Asian states and Russia went into feverish tantrums, there is an eerie calm palpable in the steppes today.  The contrast couldn’t be sharper. In … Continue reading “Central Asian steppes mutely watch Taliban’s surge”

How America’s Wars End (Messily)

by Danny Sjursen Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday? I don’t know if such a possibility has been on your mind, but it’s certainly been on the mind of this retired U.S. Army major who fought in that land so long ago. And here’s the context in which I’ve been thinking about that … Continue reading “How America’s Wars End (Messily)”

Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf

by James M. Dorsey China and Russia are as much allies as they are rivals. A joint Tajik-Chinese military exercise in a Tajik region bordering on China’s troubled north-western region of Xinjiang suggests that increased Chinese-Russian military cooperation has not eroded gradually mounting rivalry in Central Asia, long viewed by Moscow as its backyard. The … Continue reading “Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf”

What Iran Could Do to Support the Europeans

by Heinz Gärtner The EU-3 (France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) and three other UN-Security Council members (U.S., China, and Russia) negotiated an agreement with Iran in July 2015 in Vienna that limited Iran’s nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This agreement, widely hailed by arms control experts, is based … Continue reading “What Iran Could Do to Support the Europeans”