July 20, 2009 |
More than 5,000 ethnic Uighurs rallied in Kazakhstan's largest city to protest China's use of deadly force to quash Uighur protests this month. The show of solidarity was the largest in any of the former Soviet republics -- home to a half-million Uighurs -- since the July 5 violence in China's Xinjiang region that authorities say claimed almost 200 lives. "We have come out to protest today because of the events of July 5 and because the Chinese authorities are continuing to deprive people of their human rights," said Khakhriman Khozhamberdi, a Uighur activist in Kazakhstan.
September 7, 2008 |
Vice President Dick Cheney said Russia's actions in Georgia were an "affront to civilized standards" and called on Western nations to resist any effort by Moscow to use its energy supplies to intimidate its neighbors. Visiting Italy, Cheney also said the expansion of NATO would continue despite Moscow's opposition. Russia has objected to NATO's promise of future membership to Georgia and Ukraine, former Soviet republics.
July 20, 2008 |
Last year, my French friend Claude told me there were wine caves you could drive through in Moldova that had extraordinary wine collections. I like wine. I like travel. I decided to see for myself. Why not? Change is good. Few people, myself included, know much about Moldova, and fewer still have visited here. This former Soviet republic is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine.
May 5, 2008
It's tough to pay attention to wars that haven't yet broken out in places we can't even spell. But Russia and Georgia are moving precariously close to war over the separatist Georgian republic of Abkhazia, a gorgeous strip along the Black Sea where Georgian leaders would like to see rows of swanky tourist hotels. But that won't happen if Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has a say in it -- and unfortunately, he does.
April 2, 2008
It isn't often that we take Vladimir V. Putin's side on issues of international governance, but the bellicose Russian president is right about the matter expected to dominate this week's NATO summit: Ukraine and Georgia don't belong in the alliance. At least not yet. President Bush spent Tuesday in Ukraine talking up that country's membership bid, part of an ongoing administration strategy backing NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe. For Bush, a larger NATO means more potential allies willing to contribute troops to the struggle in Afghanistan, still largely an American project despite the alliance's approval of the invasion.
February 12, 2006 |
Four-year-old Abubakir says that when he grows up he will become a caliph -- the ruler of an Islamic theocratic empire. For now, he is content to run around pretending to be an airplane while his father, Ayub Mashrapov, a member of a radical Islamic group, sees off friends at a dusty railway station.