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  

Turkish Lira Casts Pall Over Caucasus And Central Asia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by Maximilian Hess The Turkish Lira two weeks ago ended one of the most turbulent weeks in its history, settling uneasily at six to the dollar. Turkey’s borrowing spree and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on low interest rates hastened the lira’s… Continue Reading  

Report: Pentagon Contracts Aided Airline With Ties To Azerbaijani Ruling Family

A Silk Way Airlines flight landing at Malpensa Airport in 2011 (Wikimedia Commons / Harald Kinader)

by Joshua Kucera An Azerbaijani airline with close ties to the ruling family was the beneficiary of a large Pentagon contract and an attractive loan by a U.S. government bank, a new investigation has found. The revelations are yet another chapter… Continue Reading  

Georgia, Iran Spar Over Tourists In Hijab

The Iranian and Georgian flags

by Giorgi Lomsadze The government of Iran has reprimanded Georgia for allegedly forcing Iranian women to remove their headscarves at airport security in Tbilisi, an increasingly popular vacation destination for Iranians. Several female passengers on a flight between Tbilisi and the… Continue Reading  

Armenia’s Sargsyan Appointed PM As Protestors Declare “Velvet Revolution”

A crowd of protesters in Yerevan (Wikimedia Commons)

by Grigor Atanesian Armenia’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to install Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister on April 17, ignoring protestors calling for the former president to step aside. On the fifth day of demonstrations, thousands rallied in Yerevan, shutting down the… Continue Reading