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Being Governed by Man-made Risk

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.17.2016 | Business
Daniel Wagner

The world is being consumed by unforeseen man-made events that have taken the pundits and prognosticators by complete surprise. Whether it is the outc...

Former Soviet Countries' Use of Symbols to Thumb Their Noses at Russia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.09.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: A Ukrainian postal stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Stepan Bandera's birth. Public Domain Symbols were important during the Soviet...

Christians Worry About Trend Of Raids On Services At Homes In Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.04.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Russia's law will be far worse, Christians say, because it will impose the post-Soviet Union's first blanket ban on all religious services in homes.

The Former Soviet Union's Embrace of Encryption-Busting Laws

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Computer code. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com U.S. privacy-policy whistleblower Edward Snowden made headlines recently for blasting an encryption-sk...

Some Insight Into the Sports-Doping Epidemic in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Russia's use of state-sponsored doping to try to resurrect the glory of Soviet athletics has backfired, with its track and field athletes becoming the first entire team ever banned from the Olympics. But Russia isn't the only country in the region to go into overdrive on performance-enhancing drugs. This kind of cheating is rampant across the former Soviet Union.

Using Bread-and-Butter Issues to Try to Foment Political Change in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Map of the Former Soviet Union It hasn't been a good year for Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The country's petroleum-based econom...

Human Chain Pulls Dog Out Of Deep Channel In Heartwarming Rescue

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 06.14.2016 | World

Суууупер!!!!!!!! 👏👏👏👏👏 Спасение собаки на Сайране!!!! Вот такие добряки!!!❤️❤️❤...

Former Soviet Union Stepping Up Social-Media-Post Arrests

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

A surge in the use of social media to energize activists unhappy with government policy has alarmed authorities in the former Soviet Union the past few years.

Kazakhstan's EXPO 2017 - A Country Shows Leadership

Shai Baitel | Posted 04.03.2016 | World
Shai Baitel

We are living in times when it is becomes obvious who is a leader and who is not. Who is acting in the area of world challenges related to global warming, energy safety, and nuclear non-proliferation?

Unaoil's Huge New Corporate Bribery Scandal, Explained

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics

On Wednesday, The Huffington Post and our Australian partner Fairfax Media published the results of a months-long investigation into Unaoil, a mysteri...

U.S. Oil Industry Giant Paid Millions To Company At Center Of Huge Corruption Scandal

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

The American engineering and construction firm KBR hired Unaoil -- an obscure Monaco-based company now involved in a massive international bribery sca...

'Unicorns' And Humans Once Walked The Earth Together... Sort Of

The Huffington Post | Lee Speigel | Posted 03.29.2016 | Science

First the good news: There really once were living, breathing "unicorns" walking around on Earth -- specifically, in what is now Kazakhstan. The bad n...

What's Behind the Brain Drain in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

One of the tragedies of living in a country that is both a dictatorship and a hotbed of corruption is that many people never get a chance to realize their potential, even with top educations and skills.

Jury Rigging of Competitions Is So Rife That It's Funny in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Corruption in the region doesn't always involve a money payoff. The reward can also be a prize in an academic, music, sport or other kind of competition -- or even a beauty-pageant crown.

Hopes of Religious Freedom in Former Soviet Union Fall Short

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.20.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Vladimir Putin's lock on Russia's leadership since 2000 has given the Russian Orthodox Church an even more commanding position in the country's religious picture. Putin has publicly called the church, which he attends, a vital part of Russian life and tradition.

Why Kazakhstan's Alliance with Russia is Stronger than it Looks

Samuel Ramani | Posted 03.11.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On February 3, 2016, Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev made a symbolically powerful decree on how Kazakh soldiers should march during milita...

A Surge in Psychiatric Punishment in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

A particularly despicable way of punishing dissidents during Soviet times was committing them to insane asylums.

Workers Struggle for Their Rights in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Because Russia has workers rights on paper only, workers are scared to complain, fearing they will be fired. Better dwindling pay than none at all.

The Grim Pollution Picture in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Stock Photo. FreeImages.com/Sean Carpenter Guests staying at a modern hotel in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics recall signs in Eng...

Watch Space Junk Soar Across The Sky In This Selfie Stick Video

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.03.2016 | Science

Is it a plane? Is it a meteor? No, it's more likely to be debris from a Russian rocket. The space junk soars across the sky in a spectacular video fil...

These Ancient Geoglyphs Can Be Seen From Space

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 11.03.2015 | Science

Ancient geoglyphs -- such as the Nazca Lines in Peru or the megalith structures in the Ural Mountains -- captivate the world every time someone finds ...

Trade And Rights Aren't Mutually Exclusive

Mihra Rittmann | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Mihra Rittmann

When it comes to human rights and rule of law, there's no mistaking that President Nazarbaev is prioritizing economic development over political reform. But economy first is no justification for putting human rights last.

Interview With Estonian Foreign Minister, Marina Kaljurand

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Marina Kaljurand is Estonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prior to becoming Foreign Minister in July 2015, she was a long-time Estonian diplomat, and an ambassador to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan and Israel.

2022 Becomes a Crucial Test of Human Rights and Sport

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

With Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, and now Beijing the Winter Olympics, 2022 is shaping up to be a defining test of international sport's commitment to human rights.

A Global Partnership Against Violent Extremism

Antony Blinken | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Antony Blinken

Today in Rome and every day into the future, we can show violent extremists that their efforts to divide us have not only failed, but have inspired new unity, agility, and resolve to defeat them.