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· September, 2008

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from September, 2008

Russia: BP gets off scots free?

Steve LeVine of The Oil and The Glory comments on the apparent reasons why BP seems to have reached an agreement on its Russian assets in TNK-BP.

Azerbaijan: Gay Artist Detained in UK

Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports that gay Azerbaijani artist Babi Badalov has been detained by British police. Badalov is currently seeking asylum in the United Kingdom and the blog posts details...

Kosovo, South Ossetia: Recognition Score

A Fistful of Euros writes about international recognition of Kosovo vs that of South Ossetia, and explains why it is likely that Kosovo will soon be recognized by Montenegro.

Turkey: Genocide Stories

Project Common Humanity, a new blog established by researcher and writer Ziya Meral, asks its readers to submit stories of Turks who saved their Armenian neighbors during the 1915 Genocide.

Armenia: Opposition Momentum Declining

The Armenian Observer comments on yesterday's opposition rally in Yerevan and says that it was the smallest gathering yet.

Turkey: “Armenian Istanbul”

Sundry Translations and Other Tangentialia translates Mark Grigorian's LJ entries (RUS – here, here, here) on Istanbul's Armenian dimension.

Russia: Lavrov Needs a Vacation

Eternal Remont thinks that Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, deserves certain pity and needs a vacation.

Georgia: Tbilisi Photos

Photos from a weekend walk around Tbilisi's old neighborhoods – by LJ user shupaka (RUS).

Georgia: Travelogue

Michael J. Totten's Middle East Journal recounts a recent trip from Azerbaijan to post-conflict Georgia. Traveling with veteran Caucasus journalist Thomas Goltz, Totten details an attempt to visit Russian-occupied Gori...

South Ossetia: A Photojournalist's Musings On the War

Firsthand reports from the conflict zone in the Caucasus continue to appear here and there in the Russophone blogosphere. On Sept. 8, one month since the beginning of the war...

Estonia-Finland: Divided views on dealing with Russia

Itching for Eestima discusses how Finland deals with its Russian neighbour in the Georgia war context and reflects on Estonia's role.

Russia: Getting the Message Through

Kosmopolit comments on the difficulties for Russian leaders to get their message through internationally, when their political language does not come across to their audience.

Georgia: War With Russia Poll

Social Science in the Caucasus comments on a telephone opinion poll conducted in the aftermath of the recent Russia-Georgia conflict over South Ossetia. Although the specialist blog says that this...

Russia: Washington Post's Coverage

The Ivanov Report dissects the Washington Post's recent coverage of Russia: “What was somewhat surprising, though, was the level of the Post's attention to the topic: between August 9 and...

Russia: Pipeline “Victory”

Window on Eurasia writes about Russia's “major victory on pipelines”: “[…] the Russian government will now have full and uncontested control over pipelines between the Caspian basin and the West...

Kazakhstan: Almaty Today weblog

Adam links to the newborn weblog, dedicated specifically to Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, its news, problems and architecture projects.

Kazakhstan: A set of good news

Michael Hancock reviews the newswires’ reportings on Kazakhstan, picking the agribusiness development, the banking sector news and energy issues.

Russia-Georgia: Unimportance of Political Events

Foreign Policy Association's Russia blog questions the importance of events and how they are spun by the media, and posts a few examples to prove the point in relation to...

Russia: American and European expectations of Russia

The 8th Circle draws attention to the Transatlantic Trends 2008 report, dealing with e.g. views toward a Reassertive Russia, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, and Turkey’s relations with the West.

Armenia: Relations with Turkey — What Next?

After the historic visit by Turkish president Abdullah Gul to Yerevan at the weekend to watch an Armenia-Turkey World Cup qualifying match with his local counterpart, Serge Sargsyan, Security in...

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