War Crimes In Yemen

Coalition airstrike in Sanaa, 2015 (Wikimedia Commons / Ibrahem Qasim)

by Paul R. Pillar The war in Yemen has been for some time one of the worst current man-made humanitarian disasters. Now comes a report, from the United Nations Human Rights Council and based on extensive investigations of a group… Continue Reading  

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Chinese Fear Attacks By Uyghur Jihadists

Uyghurs in a market in Kashgar, Xinjiang (Kylie Nicholson / Shutterstock.com)

by James M. Dorsey A seemingly obsessive fear of Uyghur nationalist and religious sentiment has prompted Chinese leaders to contemplate military involvement in Syria and Afghanistan and risk international condemnation for its massive repression in its north-western province of Xinjiang,… Continue Reading  

Turkmenistan: A Banana Republic For Our Times

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (Wikimedia Commons)

by Akhal-Teke: A Turkmenistan Bulletin The media environment in Turkmenistan has gotten so bad that even accessing state press is becoming more difficult. Parahat.info, a website that posts copies of the daily Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper in its original form, has now gone… Continue Reading  

Shaping A New Peace In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Flag of Pakistan's former Federally Administered Tribal Areas region (Wikimedia Commons)

by International Crisis Group What’s new??Pakistan has merged the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Afghan border into an adjacent province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a big step toward bringing constitutional governance and restoring peace to these lands. But the interim… Continue Reading  

Playing Politics With Religion

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (Wikimedia Commons / Irfan Ahson)

by James M. Dorsey Less than a month in office, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has made blasphemy one of his first issues, empowering militants and initiating international moves, long heralded by Saudi Arabia, that would restrict press freedom by pushing… Continue Reading