Outside of Khorog, the sole city in the region, government control evaporates. Life is exclusively local in the villages and foreigners are a rare and welcome treat.
Galifianakis: I didn't wear a shirt because I thought, you know, that would make you feel more comfortable.
The proliferation of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) amongst rebels and militia has exponentially increased the threat to aircraft and helicopters that operate above lands where governance is scarce and tensions are rife.
While the standard of living has increased based on its strengths as an energy exporter, Russia's climate for creating a transparent investment environment still seems to be at least a generation away.
The horrific destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is one of those rare events that shocks the conscience of the entire world. While an object...
The American media -- still reflexively anti-Russian even though the Cold War has been over for almost a quarter-century and heaping blame on Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, since even before his annexation of Crimea -- have gone hog wild with recrimination after the downing of the aircraft.
The tragedy of Malaysia Airlines MH17 is the price we pay for the naiveté of the West concerning Russia's Vladimir Putin, the soft response to his aggression against Ukraine and for the division, mostly of our own making, among allies.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in Ukraine last week because three crucial actors all played a role, and they all had something in common -- a desire for money.
I loathe Putin the way I loathed George W. Bush. I didn't vote for either of them, and they each seemed hell-bent on rendering a country I love unrecognizable.
Mr. Putin has had many opportunities to condemn the violence, but he has failed every time. I want his words to be addressed to Girkin and other Russian citizens disturbing Ukraine, not to my president. Putin's silence, which effectively condones the terrorists' activities in eastern Ukraine, bares a grave cost. Ending the violence has been the essence of an agreement reached in Geneva many months ago to which Russia was a signatory.
The downing of a MH17 apparently by Russian backed separatists in the Ukraine did something that few thought could happen. It has gotten GOP leaders momentarily to agree with President Obama when he pointed the finger squarely at Russia for the horrific attack. But don't expect the GOP's hand hold with Obama to last.
Until someone on one side or the other finds the humility and wisdom to not shoot back, the human right to pursue happiness and raise our children in health and safety will never be a reality for some in some parts of the world. And that is unacceptable.
Latvia, a country Paul Krugman loves to hate, takes the prize for the least miserable of the former Soviet Union countries in this sub-ranking.
President Obama's announcements of stronger financial sanctions against Russia a day before the Malaysian plane crash was extremely fortuitous. It put him in front of the issue, prevented Republican criticism over leadership and gained the White House the moral high ground.
Russia is a well-ingrained enemy of the U.S., and vice versa. For that reason, not too much effort is required to dust off and re-oil the propaganda machines on both sides of the Atlantic.