Arab Spring at Azerbaijan’s Door

MOSCOW – Campaigners are asking the Azerbaijan government to introduce radical reforms early to avoid a popular uprising sweeping the Arab world. Opposition leaders and rights activists have mobilized large protests in March and early April, and plan more—despite the official restrictions on public rallies. Many demonstrators have been detained. “The majority of the enlightened … Continue reading “Arab Spring at Azerbaijan’s Door”

Press Freedom Another Casualty in Chechnya

MOSCOW – A year after elections, little promise is in sight for the development of free and independent media in the autonomous republic of Chechnya. The republic under President Alu Alkhanov continues to suppress the few remaining opposition media, while any new ones are prevented from coming up. "The media are severely hampered, not only … Continue reading “Press Freedom Another Casualty in Chechnya”