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Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov Takes Losing His Phone Very Seriously

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.25.2014 | World

The autocratic Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov really loves his phone. While ruling over the region with an iron fist, he lives out his colorful lifesty...

Obama Banned From Visiting Chechnya

AP | Posted 07.26.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country...

A Sunday Morning in Paris With Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

He does not look like a man who has been through hell. His color is good, his appearance youthful. With his thick hair in a buzz cut, his jeans, and his big walking shoes, he looks like a hiker just off the trail.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

Putin and the West

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Crimea is gone. Increased sanctions and criticism from the West will not stop Russia's annexation of this largely ethnic-Russian peninsula. As Ukraine now withdraws its troops from Crimea, America and its allies should instead focus their diplomacy on the preservation of a democratic Ukraine.

'Mothering Can be More Demanding than War Reporting -- Where you Actually get a Break Sometimes'

Juliet Linley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Juliet Linley

"What nobody made clear to me was how difficult it might be to actually have children if I waited too long. At age 39, no husband in sight, I decided to conceive on my own. Somehow that decision sent a message to the universe because my husband showed up a few weeks later."

Dear Mr. Putin: Crimea Can Have a Referendum on Independence Right After Chechnya Gets One

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

If Vladimir Putin thinks regions should have the right to secede from their countries, that's certainly a shift. I guess it means we'll be hearing the announcement of a referendum in Chechnya on their independence from Russia. Any second now.

The Brides of Allah: The Terror Threat of Black-Widow Suicide Bombers to the Winter Olympics

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brian Glyn Williams

Russian security forces fear that as many as three female suicide bombers may have infiltrated their security parameters and may be hiding in the Olympic zone at Sochi. These bombers could wreak havoc by setting off their bombs amongst the crowds of athletes and spectators.

Putin's Sochi Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Mr. Putin may rightly bask in the light of his many accomplishments in foreign policy, and having presided over the energy boom that thrived during much of his first term in office, he is now faced with some serious issues that cast a pall over Sochi.

Alissa Scheller

This Map Shows Why Olympians Should Stay In The Village

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 02.05.2014 | World

The U.S. moved two warships to the Black Sea. A C-17 transport aircraft will be on standby in Germany. FBI agents are in Sochi. All for what Russia ha...

In Chechnya, Babies Named Muhammad Win $1,000

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

In Chechnya, baby names can win cash prizes. On Monday, every newly-born child who was named after the Prophet Muhammad, his family, or ten compan...

Khodorkovski's Politics and the Challenge of Terrorism in Russia

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Aaron Rhodes

In some respects, Mikhail Khodorkovski seems to share the approach of President Vladimir Putin and an apparent majority of Russia's dominant political class concerning unrest in the Northern Caucasus and terrorism--attitudes that do not bode well for a peaceful resolution of these problems.

Why Assad Will Win

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Now, after more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more uprooted from their homes or taking refuge in Turkey and Jordan, the muddled situation is becoming clearer.

Rebel Leader Calls For Attacks On Sochi Olympics

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 07.03.2013 | Sports

MOSCOW -- A leading Chechen rebel on Wednesday called on Islamist militants in Russia's North Caucasus to disrupt the upcoming Olympics in the Black S...

WATCH: Steven Seagal Dancing Is Too Much

Posted 06.06.2013 | Comedy

Try to keep it together while watching Steven Seagal a traditional Chechen dance on this newscast. (via Guyism)...

Congressmen Search For Boston Attack Clues In Russia...

AP | MAX SEDDON and LYNN BERRY | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics

MOSCOW -- The head of a U.S. congressional delegation said Sunday that its meetings in Russia showed there was "nothing specific" that could have help...

LOOK: Chechen President's Instagram Is Simply Amazing

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

Watch out, Vladimir Putin: You face some stiff competition for the title of Best Presidential Photo Subject. Ramzan Kadyrov, President of Chechnya,...

Bombing, Sovereignty, Globalization and Now the NSA

Edward Goldberg | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Edward Goldberg

Congress has just spent an agonizing several weeks debating background checks for gun purchasers and whether such checks would violate the second amendment. Yet at the moment there is no law to stop foreigners from electronically sending bomb-making instructions into the United States.

Are Chechen Immigrants a 'Threat'?

Simon Saradzhyan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Simon Saradzhyan

In the wake of the Boston bombin, there is one question that should not be asked at all, and that is whether the horrendous attacks in Boston should prompt the United States and other countries to consider immigrants a security threat just because they belong to a certain ethnic group.

Home

Andrew Sussman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Media
Andrew Sussman

In the newsroom, we always emphasize the importance of making human connections in every piece -- that's how we bring faraway stories home. But with the Marathon bombings we all became a part of the story.

My Chechen Wolves

Rachel Mason | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts
Rachel Mason

In 2007, I wrote a song called "My Chechen Wolves." Since the Boston Marathon bombings, I have been asked repeatedly whether or not I think the Tsarnaev brothers, the alleged perpetrators of this horrible act, knew my song.

Dzhokhar Is Not a Kid

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 06.29.2013 | Crime
Adam Kirk Edgerton

At the age of 19, you are an adult. When we call Dzhokhar a kid, we are expressing a value we have already internalized as a society: that youth is an excuse.

The Boston Tragedy: American Muslims Could Play A Positive Role

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

The Boston bombing was a huge tragedy, but there could be a silver lining if we understand that Islam is a simple faith, open to new norms which enable it to make a positive contribution to the country in which it resides. It is up to us Muslims to make that happen.

Compromised Democracy in an Age of Terror

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Jared Feldschreiber

The deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon underscore that terrorism transcends boundaries. While sovereign countries have the right to employ counterterrorism methods, they must not trample the inherent basic rights of an open and fair press.

What the Tsarnaev Brothers Can Teach Millennials: We Must Step Up for Peace and Unity

Tara Dominic | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Tara Dominic

We must fight to preserve our proud history as a country that welcomes immigration and condemns religious persecution. We must work together to fight terrorism and prevent violence, as well as to protect innocent targets from hate crimes. Above all, we must learn how to invest in one another.