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Afghanistan 2015: The Future of the Taliban

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

If the United States and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, it is very likely that Russia will return to its traditional role as the Afghan government's principal sponsor. Already, the Kabul government has asked Moscow for additional military aid and Moscow has agreed to sell Afghanistan an unknown number of Mi-35 attack helicopters.

Bulunkul -- a Village at the End of the Road

Eva Pivac | Posted 10.20.2015 | World
Eva Pivac

Bulunkul is a village of extremes. The raw and wild ragged beauty will take your breath away. If not, the high altitude will surely leave you gaspin...

The Taliban Capture Their First City. Why Should You Care?

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

The Afghans of Kunduz, one of whom killed his only lamb and fed it to my wife Feyza and me as a sign of honor and gratitude during our visit to his house, have once again been propelled back into a medieval prison camp.

U.S. Trained Commander Of Elite Police Force Defects To ISIS

Posted 05.28.2015 | World

By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY, May 28 (Reuters) - The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan's elite police force has defected to Islamic State, he said ...

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

Reflections from Halfway Across Asia

David Kroodsma | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

I'm writing this from a hotel by the Bibi Fatima hot springs about 1,500 feet up the side of the Wakhan valley. Across the valley, on the other side of the Panj River, I can see Afghanistan and the Hindu Kush mountains.

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Don't Judge a Millennial By Her Cover

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

I can't account for national trends, but on an anecdotal level, it has been fascinating to watch millennials become some of America's best 'unofficial ambassadors.'

Top 10 Reasons to Travel the Ex-USSR

Miles Atkinson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

This is the land of communal bathrooms, sweaty trains, body odor and too much mayonnaise. But, if you can set aside a few creature comforts, then the former Soviet Union is the most exciting travel destination there is.

The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan

Miles Atkinson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

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.

Matt Sledge

U.S.-Backed Secret Police Arrest Doctoral Student In Tajikistan | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

A U.S.-trained secret police force in Tajikistan has arrested a graduate student conducting research and may charge him with treason. The State Com...

Afghanistan and Cold Winters in Tajikistan

Joe Schottenfeld | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Joe Schottenfeld

One of the most viable routes to solving Tajikistan's ongoing power problem may now run through--or falter in--Afghanistan.

Ride for Climate: A Bicycle Journey Across Asia

David Kroodsma | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

The real reason we're doing this ride is the same reason we chose careers focused on global environmental issues: We're fascinated by our planet, and we want to explore it in order to better understand it and meet the people with whom we share it.

The Other Hundred: The Non-Rich, Non-Celebrity List

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 02.28.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peop...

200 Cars Stolen In Germany Driven By Tajik Elite

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.18.2014 | World

About 200 cars stolen in Germany have been tracked down in Tajikistan, where most are now driven by family and friends of President Emomali Rakhmon, m...

Cartwheeling Around the World

Emily O'Dell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

For the past decade, I've been wandering like a dervish around the globe -- trying to see things from a different perspective -- specifically, upside down. While some people fly or sail around the world, I'm trying to cartwheel across this great Earth.

In Need of Change, Tajikistan Gets a Crackdown

Freedom House | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Nate Schenkkan ( Follow on Twitter at @nateschenkkan) Senior Program Associate, Eurasia When Zayd Saidov announced in April that he and some othe...

Tajikistan's Rogun Dam to Be the Big Game-Changer

Hilary Kramer | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Hilary Kramer

The as-of-yet unfinished Rogun Dam in Tajikistan is a textbook example of a large dam project that will have large lasting impact for itself and its riparian neighbors downstream.

Guess What Country Forces Female Students To Wear High Heels?

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 04.15.2013 | Women

What is it about authoritarian countries and high heels? Last week, photos emerged of female North Korean soldiers on patrol in high heels. And yester...

Afghanistan: Avoiding Default

John Feffer | Posted 02.20.2013 | World
John Feffer

Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 in part because of his pledge to end the war in Iraq and shift the Pentagon's attention to Afghanistan. He has won a second term in part by promising to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan - as quickly and as securely as possible.

Celebrating Horses In Tajikistan's Mountainous Murghab

Grif Peterson | Posted 09.22.2012 | Travel
Grif Peterson

Girl gets on horse. Guy gets on different horse. Girl starts galloping. Guy follows five seconds after. Guy catches up to girl. Guy kisses girl. Guy wins.

In the United States-Pakistan Impasse the Winner Is: Russia

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The Central Asian exit plan will cost the American taxpayer more than twice as much as the Pakistani alternative.. Worse, the plan's success depends completely on the goodwill of Russia and its mercurial Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Country Blocks Facebook

Reuters | Roman Kozhevnikov | Posted 05.03.2012 | Technology

By Roman Kozhevnikov DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Tajikistan blocked local access to Facebook and two Russian-language sites that published an ...

PHOTOS: Rare Snow Leopard Caught On Camera In Tajikistan

Posted 01.25.2012 | Green

A recent biodiversity survey in a remote corner of Tajikistan has yielded surprising results. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) recently teamed up ...

PHOTOS: Top 10 Best Value Destinations For 2012

Lonely Planet | Posted 01.21.2012 | Travel
Lonely Planet

If past years (or recessions) have sucked up your travel budget, plan smart and get more in bang for your buck in these value destinations, from Lonely Planet.