Currently browsing category


Quote of the Day

“Fiction gave me a very wide space to say what I wanted to say about totalitarian authority.” ~BASMA ABDEL AZIZ, whose acclaimed debut novel, “The Queue,” takes place after a failed revolution in an unnamed Middle Eastern city. Source: Quotation of the Day – The New York Times

The Hunted | Foreign Policy

Uzbekistan’s president has jailed, tortured, and murdered his opponents at home. Now, he’s hiring hit men to track down and kill dissidents abroad. ISTANBUL — A cold drizzle fell on Istanbul on the morning of Dec. 10, 2014, as Abdullah Bukhari made his way to teach his students at a madrasa …

Thai junta enjoys absolute power as opposition quietly bides its time – The Washington Post

BANGKOK — Eleven months after overthrowing a democratically elected government, the military junta that seized control of Thailand is growing comfortable in power — and many Thais, battered by 15 stormy years of democracy, are not complaining. The junta has given Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief-turned-prime minister, almost unbridled power and has …