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Antoine Blua

Kasparov Says Confrontation With West Putin's 'No. 1 Goal'

Kremlin foe Garry Kasparov says President Vladimir Putin is resorting to "external...

Freedom House: Economic Troubles Threaten Stability in Ex-Soviet 'Dictatorships'

In a new report, Freedom House warns that economic woes are threatening...

Mapmakers Of The World Not United On Crimea

There's a deepening East-West divide over Crimea -- among mapmakers. As Moscow...

Prospects For Environmental Protection In Afghanistan Improve, Despite Big Challenges

Afghanistan's environment and biodiversity had been dramatically affected by three decades of...

Central Asians Unite To Protect Globally Important Natural Sites

In autumn on one lake in central Kazakhstan, one-third of the global...

Former Soviet States Weigh Israel Ties Vs. Popular Anger

In one of the latest unsanctioned demonstrations, several hundred people gathered for...

Iran: Judiciary Chief Seeks Curb On Public Executions

The head of Iran's judiciary is seeking to impose limits on public...

Western Envoys In Tbilisi To Urge End Of Emergency Measures

Several Western envoys have been sent to Georgia to urge President Mikheil...

Caspian Sea: Seal Deaths Highlight Species' Predicament

Hundreds of dead seals have washed up on Kazakhstan's Caspian Sea coast...

A Silent Killer Threatens Central Asia

Experts estimate there may be more than 500,000 intravenous drug users in...

Kazakhstan: Wind-Energy Project To Harness Steppes' Potential

About 90 percent of Kazakhstan's electricity is generated from coal and gas....

Kazakhstan: Wind-Energy Project To Harness Steppes' Potential

About 90 percent of Kazakhstan's electricity is generated from coal and gas....

Trend Is Away from Capital Punishment in Central Asia

Tajikistan began observing a moratorium on the death penalty in April, part...

Central Asia: China's Mounting Influence -- Xinjiang's Thirst Threatens Kazakh Water Resources

Xinjiang's growing thirst for water is raising fears of a major catastrophe...

Kyrgyzstan: Muslim Clerics Help Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kyrgyzstan, the State Commission on...

Central Asia: NGOs Helping To Develop Civil Society

The Soviet Union collapsed more than 10 years ago, but the peoples...

Uzbekistan: U.S.-Russian-Uzbek 'Secret Mission' To Recover Deadly Uranium

A secret mission by the United States, Russia, and Uzbekistan to secure...

UN: Report Reignites Concern Over Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a report recently saying Iran...

Caucasus: Rights Groups Increasingly Critical of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

International human rights and environmental groups have criticized the proposed oil pipeline...

Central Asia: Challenges To Civic Education Remain

More than a decade after independence, Central Asian governments still face the...

Japan's Partnership With Uzbekistan Stays Strong, If Quiet, Through Crisis

Uzbekistan's fledgling economy relies heavily on Japanese trade and investment for growth....

Lack of Security in Afghanistan Sparks Recrimination Over Humanitarian Aid Distribution

A lack of security in Afghanistan is frustrating international relief efforts, prompting...

Report Suggests Long-Term Economic Prospects for Central Asia Remain Upbeat

A report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says the economic consequences...

Pakistani Leader Courts Western Economic Support

On his first foreign trip since the September 11 terrorist attacks, Pakistani...

Turkey Commits Troops, Seeks Larger Afghanistan Role

Turkey's move to commit troops to ground operations in Afghanistan is designed...

Anti-Terrorism Campaign Creates Opportunity For Improved US-Chinese Relations

The US anti-terrorism campaign has provided an opening for improved US-China relations....

Uzbek Grain Quotas Threaten Stability

Agriculture, once the mainstay of Uzbekistan's economy, now threatens to cause a...

Israel Emerges as a Player in Central Asia

Though geographically distant from Central Asia, Israel is playing an increasingly significant...