iOS app Android app


Kazakhstan Loses Censorship Battle in U.S. Courts -- But Silences Opposition Website Anyway

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 01.29.2017 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Flag of Kazakhstan. Stock Photo. Kazakhstan has given up trying to use the U.S. court system to identify those who obtained and published a nu...

Expectations Low As Syria's Warring Sides Meet In Kazakhstan

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 01.23.2017 | World

Syria’s warring sides met for talks for the first time in nine months on Monday, with frosty initial exchanges suggesting chances of a significant b...

17 Epic Places You Never Thought To Travel, But Should

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 02.16.2017 | Travel

The HuffPost Lifestyle newsletter will make you happier and healthier, one email at a time. Sign up here. Paris? Been there. London? Done that. No of...

Kazakhstan jails activists, plans a Great Firewall to stifle online dissent

The Conversation Global | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
The Conversation Global

Protests in April and May galvanised the government to crack down on dissent. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters Nurseit Niyazbekov, KIMEP University In Kazakh...

Is social activism acceptable in Art?

Pioneers for Change | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Annya Sand I won't lie. Sometimes I try to pretend that the refugee crisis hell doesn't exist, and I don't want to face difficult questions. B...

Dear Donald Trump: This Is What A Rigged Election Looks Like

The Conversation Global | Posted 11.06.2016 | World
The Conversation Global

In many parts of the world, ballot boxes are routinely stuffed, opposition parties silenced and voters intimidated.

The World Should Follow Kazakhstan's Nonproliferation Model

Luke Coffey | Posted 11.28.2016 | World
Read More: Kazakhstan, World News
Luke Coffey

Kazakhstan made it in the news this week. After spending 115 days at the International Space Station, three astronauts—including the American Kathle...

Toxic Chemicals From A Nuke Site Ate Through These Haunting Photos

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.24.2016 | Arts

An abandoned, four-story building towers above a windswept field, blending in with the landscape like an old tree. But not everything about the image ...

Why a Trump Presidency Scares Those Longing for Democracy in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 09.28.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

If Trump is elected, Vladimir Putin will be able to run roughshod across the former Soviet Union, including Armenia, and try to take back the Baltics, Poland and other ex-Soviet fiefdoms in Europe, such as Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Security Firm Guarding Dakota Access Pipeline Also Used PSYOPs Tactics for BP

Steve Horn | Posted 09.13.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog G4S, a company hiring security staff to guard the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), also works to guard oil...

Yep, That Video Of A Guy Riding An Ostrich In Traffic Is Totally Fake

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 09.04.2016 | Weird News

It was a brilliant idea to beat the traffic. But sadly the viral video (above) of a man riding an ostrich to beat rush hour in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is ...

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. 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.