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  • Obama Admin. On Pace to Issue One Million Green Cards to Migrants from Majority-Muslim Countries

    06/17/2016 9:40:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 58 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | Jue 17,2016 | CAROLINE MAY
    Green cards, or Lawful Permanent Residency, puts immigrants on the path to citizenship and allows for lifetime residency, federal benefits, and work authorization. Included in the totals are refugees, who are required to apply for a green card after one year of residency in the U.S. Unlike other types of immigrants, refugees are immediately eligible for welfare benefits including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, and Medicaid Green Card Totals, FY09-FY14: Pakistan (102K), Iraq (102K), Bangladesh (90K), Iran (85K), Egypt (56K), Somalia (37K), Uzbekistan (30K), Turkey (26K), Morocco (25K), Jordan (25K), Albania (24K), Afghanistan (21K), Lebanon (20K), Yemen...
  • Russia May Soon Ink Free Trade Pact With Israel

    02/13/2016 5:52:41 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 36 replies
    RT ^ | 12 Feb, 2016 | RT
    Moscow and Tel Aviv are planning to sign a free trade agreement in the near future, Russian Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergey Levin told journalists on Friday. "Such decisions aim at maximizing cooperation between Russia and Israel in terms of agriculture and new technologies; creation of joint ventures, as well as the prospects of a free trade zone agreement which the government expects to sign with Israel as soon as possible," Levin said following Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich's meeting with Israeli businessmen. Israel's Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel also expressed hopes the two countries would sign the agreement soon....
  • Today's Islamist-Puritans Brunei, Somalia and Tajikistan ban Christmas

    12/24/2015 4:34:20 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    News from via The Daily Pioneer ^ | December 24, 2015 | News from
    Brunei, Somalia and Tajikistan ban Christmas In yet another sign of increasing Islamist intolerance around the world, the celebration of Christmas has come under attack in at least three countries this year: Following in the footsteps of the English Puritans who banned Christmas in the Middle Ages, Brunei, Somalia and Tajikistan are now clamping down on the Christian festival. Now, the announcement from Somalia, which is struggling to get back on its feet after decades of civil war, is possibly the least surprising. The country is officially under sharia'h law; it has almost no native Christians; and Islamist militants still...
  • Kerry urges Tajikistan not to go overboard in its crackdown on Islam

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday urged the president of Tajikistan not to go overboard in its crackdown on political Islam and expressions of faith. In remarks after he met with Foreign Minister Sirodjidin Aslov and President Emomali Rahmon, Kerry acknowledged concerns that religious extremists could infiltrate over Tajikistan's long border with Afghanistan. "We talked about the difficulties and challenges of counterterrorism and fighting against violent extremism effectively, but also in a way that balances human rights and religious freedom," he said. Kerry struck a similar note Monday during a speech in Kazakhstan, where he said that repressive...
  • Indian Slab Lurches Downward Beneath Afghanistan

    11/02/2015 9:45:47 AM PST · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    AGU Blogosphere ^ | 10/25/2015 | Austin Elliot
    As I walked into the department this bright brisk morning, coffee cheerily in hand, the live global seismogram display in the atrium caught my eye with an alarming event that had just happened during my bike ride into work. *gasp* that looks bad *gasp* that looks bad BIG earthquake, somewhere in the vicinity of Central/Southern Asia. Indeed, an earthquake deep (>200 km) beneath the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan had shaken a huge swath of Central and South Asia. The great depth of the earthquake meant less extreme shaking at the epicenter (nobody lives closer than 212 km from the...
  • Inside the Tunnel Of Death: The pitch black three-mile underground road linking Tajikistan's [tr]

    10/27/2015 6:25:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 27, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    With the risk of falling rocks, blind potholes and even carbon monoxide poisoning, it's easy to see where this treacherous road earned its nickname. Dubbed the Tunnel Of Death, the three-mile route is not for the faint-hearted – or the intrepid, for that matter. It was built to provide a safer journey for drivers travelling between Tajikistan’s major cities who previously had to contend with avalanches. But the £2.6billion project, constructed by Iran, appears to have offered an even more hellish alternative instead.
  • Vladimir Putin announces Russia-led Central Asian military force

    10/18/2015 10:30:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:42PM BST 16 Oct 2015 | Roland Oliphant
    Vladimir Putin has proposed setting up a NATO-style joint task force of post-Soviet states to secure the borders of Central Asia amid fears of Taliban “spillover” from Afghanistan. A fresh sign of the Russian president’s new military assertiveness, the deployment raises the possibility of Russian and allied troops being deployed along Tajikistan’s 800-mile border with Afghanistan, and Moscow tightening its influence of governments in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It comes a day after Barack Obama said American troops would stay in Afghanistan for at least two more years—itself a tacit admission that the Afghan government is unable to tackle the...
  • Russia may send border guards to Tajikistan to fend off ISIS - Defense Ministry

    10/17/2015 7:38:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    RT ^ | 15 Oct, 2015
    Russia may send border guards to Tajikistan to fend off ISIS - Defense Ministry Published time: 15 Oct, 2015 13:54 Edited time: 15 Oct, 2015 15:34 Russia’s deputy defense minister has told reporters that it’s possible the Russian military would fight terrorism by putting regular units on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. “Our political leaders will discuss this problem and make a decision. Everything is possible,” General Yuri Borisov said at a news conference in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. He was being asked if Russia could give military support to Tajikistan due to the growing terrorist threat in the region....
  • PM Modi to ask Tajikistan for lease of ex-Soviet airbase

    07/14/2015 6:17:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    India Today ^ | July 12, 2015 | Sandeep Unnithan
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to ask Tajikistan for the lease of a former Soviet airbase that was refurbished by India in 2007. Government sources told Mail Today that use of the Ayni airbase for the Indian Air Force, tops the agenda for discussion with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon when the prime minister arrives on a state visit on July 12. Tajikistan marks the last leg of Prime Minister Modi's eight-day tour of the five Central Asian Republics and Russia. The Ayni airbase near Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe has long been key to expanding India's strategic footprint in Central Asia. India...
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, détente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • Commander of elite Tajik police force defects to Islamic State (Tajikistan)

    05/30/2015 3:04:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 28, 2015 | Dmitry Solovyov
    ALMATY (Reuters) - The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan's elite police force has defected to Islamic State, he said in a YouTube video, and his former unit will issue a statement condemning him, media said on Thursday. Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded the Central Asian nation's special-purpose police known as OMON, used against criminals and militants. He disappeared in late April, prompting a search by Tajik police. He reappeared Wednesday, vowing to bring jihad to Russia and the Unites States as he brandished a cartridge belt and sniper rifle, in a professionally made, 10-minute video clip posted in social networks. "Listen, you...
  • US-Trained Special Forces Chief Joins ISIS, Vows To Bring Jihad To Russia & America

    05/29/2015 10:05:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    Russian video; Reuters article copied by Durden on Zerohedge ^ | 5-29-2015 | Russian video; Reuters article copied by Durden
    Meet Gulmurod Khalimov, the US-trained and funded former commander of Tajikistan's special forces, who, as Reuters reports, has now gone to Syria to fight with ISIS. He has a message: "Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims...God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you." As Reuters reports: Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded the Central Asian nation’s special-purpose police known as OMON, used against criminals and militants. He disappeared in late April, prompting a search by Tajik police. He...
  • Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

    05/17/2015 4:09:32 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 18 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Akbar Borisov with Chris Rickleton in Bishkek
    Russia has deployed hundreds of troops for drills in Central Asia with its ex-Soviet allies in a show of force as anxiety grows over a surge in fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan. Around 2,500 personnel from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) are taking part in joint exercises due to run to Wednesday in Tajikistan. The move is seen as re-enforcing Moscow's role as the main guarantor of the fragile region's security after US troops leave Afghanistan. The Russian deployment of about 500 troops for the drills started last week, bolstered by soldiers from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus....
  • Tajikistan debates ban on Arabic names as part of crackdown on Islam

    05/09/2015 2:46:18 AM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8 May 2015 |
    Tajikistan is debating legislation to ban Arabic names as part of an ongoing campaign against Islam that has seen men being forced to shave their beards and women in hijab being labelled prostitutes. The president, Emomali Rahmon, ordered his rubber-stamp parliament to consider a bill that would forbid the registration of names considered too Arabic, an official in the Justice Ministry’s department of civil registry told Interfax. “After the adoption of these regulations, the registry offices will not register names that are incorrect or alien to the local culture, including names denoting objects, flora and fauna, as well as names...
  • Islam-Fearing Tajikistan Says Hijab Is for Prostitutes

    05/09/2015 2:51:34 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Eurasianet ^ | 27 April 2015 |
    In his Mother’s Day speech last month, Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon criticized women who wear “foreign” clothing, especially the black veils associated with conservative Islam. Within days, officials began threatening shopkeepers who sell hijab, the Islamic head covering for women; a few days later state television reported that sex workers are using hijab to drive up their prices. “Since ancient times our people have had beautiful women’s dresses, our girls have never worn black clothes. Traditionally, black clothes are not welcome,” Rahmon told mothers ahead of Mother’s Day, which has replaced International Women’s Day in Tajikistan and is marked on...
  • Central Asia Stuck Between A Sinking Russia And A Dominant China

    12/29/2014 9:46:22 AM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Paul Coyer
    Central Asia, stuck between Russia, the dominant power of yesterday, whose cultural influence in the region remains strong even as its economy implodes and its political clout increasingly plays second fiddle to China, and China, the dominant power of tomorrow, whose targeted economic power is increasingly shaping the choices of Central Asian leaders and reshaping the region as a whole, is seeking other options. A story that is being lost in the attention paid to the new “Great Game” between Russia and China for dominance in Central Asia is how the Central Asian governments themselves don’t wish to be dominated,...
  • Russia cancels trains to Ukraine

    12/08/2014 10:05:19 AM PST · by free_life · 19 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Dec 8/2014
    Russia's railway authorities have announced the cancellation of all passenger rail services to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan for 2015. All international passenger rail services to these countries will cease to run on 14 December, with the cancellation of services set to last for at least one year - TASS reports. Officials have said the decision to cancel these rail routes was taken due to their low profitability. Passenger services between Russia and Belarus, Moldova and Uzbekistan will reportedly continue.
  • Al-Qaeda’s Network: Iran to the Balkans, via Turkey

    08/05/2004 10:14:15 PM PDT · by Darko · 279+ views
    TERRORISM-Global Network of Islamic Fundamentalist’s – Part II -Modus operandi- | August 06, 2004 | Darko Trifunovic
    Al-Qaeda’s Network: Iran to the Balkans, via Turkey
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan

    10/04/2014 10:05:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | October 05, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: If the full Moon suddenly faded, what would you see? The answer during the total lunar eclipse of 2011 June was recorded in a dramatic time lapse video from Tajikistan. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun, causing the moon to fade dramatically. The Moon never gets completely dark, though, since the Earth's atmosphere refracts some light. As the above video begins, the scene may appear to be daytime and sunlit, but actually it is a nighttime and lit by the glow of the full Moon. As the moon becomes eclipsed and...
  • Exclusive: Russia threatened countries ahead of UN vote on Ukraine - envoys

    03/28/2014 3:59:01 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, March 28, 2014
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said. According to interviews with U.N. diplomats, most of whom preferred to speak on condition of anonymity for fear of angering Moscow, the targets of Russian threats included Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as a number of African countries
  • China Splits With Russia Over Ukraine

    03/19/2014 1:00:55 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies ^ | March 18, 2014 | Scott Stearns
    STATE DEPARTMENT — With Russia's most vocal critics imposing economic sanctions over Crimea, some of Moscow's allies are also questioning its actions in Ukraine. In Syria's civil war, China and Russia have together blocked tougher action against President Bashar al-Assad, denouncing foreign support for the rebels as a breach of Syrian sovereignty. Now, China has quietly split from Russia over Crimea -- on the same issue of sovereignty. "China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order. We call on all sides to remain...
  • Putin’s long game? Meet the Eurasian Union

    03/08/2014 5:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 9, 2014 | Leon Neyfakh
    What is Vladimir Putin up to? The crisis in Ukraine, brought to a boil when Russia’s president sent troops into the Crimean peninsula, has created almost a cottage industry of guessing at the autocratic leader’s intentions from one day to the next. When it comes to Putin’s long-term strategy, however, there is at least one concrete plan that offers some insight, and one specific date that Russia observers are looking ahead to. That date, Jan. 1, 2015, is expected to mark the birth of an important new organization linking Russia with an as-yet-undetermined constellation of its neighboring countries—an alliance Putin...
  • Tajik official confirms information about banning Father Frost from New Year’s broadcasts

    12/14/2013 7:25:45 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 20 replies
    Asia+ ^ | December 11, 2013
    DUSHANBE, December 11, 2013, Asia-Plus – The first deputy head of the Committee for TV and Radio-broadcasting under the Government of Tajikistan, Saidali Siddiqov, has confirmed information about banning Farther Frost from New Year’s broadcasts in Tajikistan. “Father Frost, his maiden sidekick Snegurochka (Maiden Snow), and New Year’s tree will not appear on the state television this year, because these personages and attributes bear no direct relation to our national traditions, though there is no harm in them” Siddiqov told Asia-Plus in an interview on December 11. According to him, there was no any order on that point from above....
  • Tajikistan piles on China debt

    06/13/2013 12:31:45 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 06/12/2013 | Anvor Sattori
    Tajikistan's President Emomalii Rahmon paid a state visit to China on May 19-20, where he had talks with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and with several heads of Chinese state corporations. Rahmon's official visit resulted in several multi-million-dollar investment projects in the infrastructure, banking, energy and mining sectors, as well as a technical cooperation agreement that altogether added up to around US$200 million, thereby further strengthening China's presence in Tajikistan's economy. During the first day of his visit, President Rahmon met the heads of various Chinese state corporations, which shows the Central Asian leader's particular interest in the further encouragement...
  • Turkey becomes partner of China, Russia-led security bloc

    04/26/2013 7:10:39 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-26-2013 | Dmitry Solovyov
    ALMATY (Reuters) - NATO member Turkey signed up on Friday to became a "dialogue partner" of a security bloc dominated by China and Russia, and declared that its destiny is in Asia. "This is really a historic day for us," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty after signing a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev. "Now, with this choice, Turkey is declaring that our destiny is the same as the destiny of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries." China, Russia and four Central Asian nations - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and...
  • British have invaded nine out of ten countries -- so look out Luxembourg

    11/10/2012 10:41:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2012 | Jasper Copping
    Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found. Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule. But that oft recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country. A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe. The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only...
  • Sunni leader calls Russia ‘Enemy Number One’

    10/20/2012 8:41:18 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 34 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Oct 18, 2012 | Avigdor Eskin
    “Brothers, Moscow has become the enemy of Islam and of Muslims these days. It has become the number one enemy of Islam and Muslims”. Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi is the Sunni’s most respected theological authority. He is also the sole spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the rest of the world. Also a spiritual leader of the Hamas movement, he encouraged suicide bombings. Amit Assa, a former Colonel in the Israeli Security Service (Shabak) told the Voice of Russia: “Such declarations of animosity will be understood by Al-Qaeda, Muslim brothers and other radical organizations as a theological permit...
  • Pakistan leader visits Russia after bin Laden death

    05/11/2011 6:21:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | May 11, 2011
    AFP - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was expected in Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian leaders on his first major foreign visit since the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will host Zardari for talks on Thursday at the Kremlin where officials from the two countries were also expected to sign agreements on cooperation in agriculture, aviation and energy, a spokesman for the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow told AFP. "Economics will be the focus of the visit," said the spokesman, Raja Abdul Qayyum. The three-day visit to Russia will be Zardari's first...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Tajikistan Launches Military Operation in Remote Pamirs Region

    07/27/2012 8:57:42 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    On July 24, Tajikistan’s government launched a military operation against an illegal armed group led by border-police commander Tolib Ayombekov, a former Islamist rebel whom authorities have accused of drug smuggling and brutal crimes. Tajikistani helicopter gunships involved in the operation strafed Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (located in the mountainous remote region of Pamirs in southeastern Tajikistan). Twelve government personnel were killed and 23 injured in the day’s fighting, said Nozir Buriyev, the spokesman for Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security. Government forces detained 40 rebels, including eight Afghan citizens, and killed 30 others, he said,...
  • Russian Is Massing Troops On Iran's North Border And Waiting for Western Attack

    04/21/2012 7:14:06 PM PDT · by Thorliveshere · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 09, 2012 | F. Michael Maloof
    <p>WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.</p>
  • "Father Christmas" stabbed to death in Tajikistan [Islam]

    01/07/2012 7:55:15 AM PST · by americanophile · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 2, 2012 | Roman Kozhevnikov
    DUSHANBE (Reuters) - A young man dressed as "Father Frost" - the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas - was stabbed to death in Tajikistan on Monday in an attack police believe was motivated by religious hatred, two police sources said. A crowd attacked 24-year-old Parviz Davlatbekov and stabbed him with a knife as he visited relatives in the early hours of Monday dressed as Father Frost, who by tradition brings Russian children presents at New Year. Russian cultural influence remains strong in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic. "We have witness statements that say the crowd beat Parviz and stabbed him...
  • ‘Father Christmas’ Stabbed To Death By Muslim Extremists ( Tajikistan )

    01/03/2012 6:45:39 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 3rd 2012
    A young man dressed as “Father Frost” – the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas – was stabbed to death in Tajikistan on Monday in an attack police believe was motivated by religious hatred, two police sources said. A crowd attacked 24-year-old Parviz Davlatbekov and stabbed him with a knife as he visited relatives in the early hours of Monday dressed as Father Frost, who by tradition brings Russian children presents at New Year. Russian cultural influence remains strong in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic. “We have witness statements that say the crowd beat Parviz and stabbed him with a knife,...
  • Tajikistan: religious fanatics slay Santa Claus

    01/03/2012 12:30:44 PM PST · by bkopto · 11 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | Staff
    In Dushanbe, a young man, dressed as Santa Claus, was killed by a mob of young people, shouting accusations of "infidel," as a senior source in the Tajik Interior Ministry disclosed. "The young man had decided to congratulate his relatives dressed up in a Santa Claus outfit. When he approached the door of his house, he was attacked by a mob of about 30 young people, shouting, "Tu kofiri" ("Infidel"), who inflicted on Parviz numerous stab wounds from which he died in the hospital," - said the source. The authorities have admitted the fact that 24-year old Parviz Davlatbekov had...
  • Yak's mMilk Hospitality in the Remote Pamir Mountains

    11/07/2011 11:31:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 October 2011 | John Pilkington
    The conflict in Afghanistan has reduced the flow of tourists to the country almost to zero. But one remote, northern corner of the country has remained at peace, and is keen to welcome more visitors. High in the Pamir mountains, Afghanistan meets its northern neighbour Tajikistan on the banks of the thundering Panj River. For most of the last century, this marked the southern limit of Soviet Central Asia, and there is still an outpost in the form of a Russian-speaking village with a single narrow bridge across the river. I crossed the bridge and stepped back 100 years. On...
  • Military to expand strategic footprint-Rejig to guard India interests

    10/04/2011 4:37:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | 10/03/2011 | SUJAN DUTTA
    Military to expand strategic footprint Rejig to guard India interests SUJAN DUTTA New Delhi, Oct. 3: India’s armed forces are re-orienting their strategic reach from the ability to land in, take off from and deploy in countries around the Indian Ocean rim to “wherever India’s interests lie”. “I expect that at least by 2022, we are capable of taking care of India’s interests not only at home, but also abroad,” Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne said today, setting a 10-year time frame. “So far, our interest was defined from the Gulf of Aden (in the west) to the...
  • Tajik President Signs Law Banning Children From Mosques

    08/07/2011 11:12:14 PM PDT · by americanophile · 20 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | August 8, 2011 | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
    DUSHANBE -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has signed a law that bans most children under the age of 18 from attending regular Friday Prayers in mosques, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports. The controversial law, which was proposed by Rahmon in December and adopted recently by parliament, holds the parents of underage children attending Friday Prayers legally responsible for allowing them to do so. The law does allow children and teenagers who study at state-run religious schools to attend mosques and join religious associations. But other teenagers may pray at mosques only on religious festivals and at funerals. Officials have said the...
  • Tajikistan, a Frail Nation-State Amidst the New “Great Game”

    08/02/2011 2:44:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Jutia Group ^ | 19 July 2011 | John C.K. Daly
    The past two decades since the 1991 collapse of Communism have seen the Russian Federation and the U.S. involved in an updated version of the 19th century’s "Great Game’ for mastery in Eurasia over the debris field of the former USSR. Not surprisingly, Moscow regards its former colonial fiefdoms as part of its "near abroad," a "Monroeskii Doktrin" variant of U.S. interest in Central and Latin American, where a priori interests rule.U.S. interests in the post-Soviet Eurasian space since 1991 have fixated first on the region’s immense but underdeveloped energy resources, while the post-9/11 environment added a second dimension –...
  • Tajikistan Mosques: No Kids Allowed

    08/02/2011 2:40:49 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Care2 ^ | 19 July 2011 | Safa S
    Last month, the government of Tajikistan passed a new law “on parental responsibility for educating and raising children,” which bans children under the age of 18 from attending religious services at mosques except for holidays and funerals. Praying is okay, but skipping school to attend a prayer service is not. And if a child is caught, parents can either face a steep fine or even jail time. The law may also give authorities the power to stop parents from giving their children Arabic names. “We have observed in recent years attempts by extremist movements to influence the world views of...
  • On the Rise in Tajikistan, Islam Worries an Authoritarian Government

    07/16/2011 4:35:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2011 | MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ
    Islam is blossoming in Tajikistan. Beards are in style. Headscarves, too. Bazaars are doing a booming trade in prayer rugs, religious audio recordings and gaudy clocks featuring Muslim holy sites. After decades of enforced secularism, the people of this impoverished former Soviet republic have been flocking to their traditional religion with all the zeal of born-again movements anywhere in the world. The authoritarian government here could not be more worried. Spooked by the specter of Islamic radicalism and the challenges posed by increasingly influential religious leaders, the Tajik authorities have been working fervently to curb religious expression. Bearded men have...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • Muslim cleric from Russia held at Guantanamo reports Qur'an desecration

    06/28/2005 10:22:34 PM PDT · by familyop · 27 replies · 386+ views
    MOSCOW (AP) - A Muslim cleric formerly held at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba said Tuesday U.S. guards there regularly desecrated the Qur'an by putting it into a toilet, although he added he never witnessed it himself. Airat Vakhitov, who described himself as a former imam of a mosque in Tatarstan, a majority Muslim republic in southern Russia, is one of seven men released from Guantanamo in 2004 and returned to Russia. He and the six others were held in Russia for three months, then released a year ago. Vakhitov said at a news conference organized by the state RIA-Novosti...
  • Tajikistan Takes On Beards, Foreign Madrasahs

    12/26/2010 5:11:24 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Radio Free Europe via Spero News ^ | Friday, December 24, 2010 | Farangis Najibullah
    Tajikistan seems to be determined to meet a government deadline to return home all its students studying in unofficial foreign religious schools. Authorities say 1,432 Tajik students have already retuned home from madrasahs in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, and have vowed that another 300 will soon be on their way. It was President Emomali Rahmon who initially raised the issue in August, telling parents that students attending foreign madrasahs risked becoming terrorists and extremists. Rahmon brought the topic up anew during a cabinet meeting this week, again issuing the order for the return of Tajik youth from abroad. Tajik...
  • Tajikistan forces kill 20 Taliban fighters at border

    09/11/2010 6:44:20 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:07am EDT | Roman Kozhevnikov
    DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Tajikistan's security authorities said on Saturday they had killed at least 20 Taliban fighters and lost one officer in a clash along the border with Afghanistan. ... Afghanistan's northern provinces, some of them once considered relatively peaceful, have been drawn into increasing insurgency in recent months. The clash took place at a river with the fighters hiding on islands some 210 km (130 miles) south of Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe. Rakhmatullayev said the militants quickly disposed of the dead bodies into the river. Security sources also told Reuters that the number of the dead insurgents could reach 20...
  • The Kyrgyzstan Crisis and the Russian Dilemma

    06/15/2010 7:52:59 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 6 replies · 332+ views
    By Peter Zeihan STRATFOR often discusses how Russia is on a bit of a roll. The U.S. distraction in the Middle East has offered Russia a golden opportunity to re-establish its spheres of influence in the region, steadily expanding the Russian zone of control into a shape that is eerily reminiscent of the old Soviet Union. Since 2005, when this process began, Russia has clearly reasserted itself as the dominant power in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine, and has intimidated places like Georgia and Turkmenistan into a sort of silent acquiescence. But we have not spent a...
  • Ahmadinejad Cozies Up to Turkey

    06/06/2010 12:48:57 PM PDT · by Never A Dull Moment · 8 replies · 282+ views
    Arutz Sheva/ Israel National News ^ | 06-06-10 | Hana Levi Julian
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to attend a three-day regional summit starting Monday in Istanbul, to be chaired by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, according to the Fars news agency. Among those attending the third summit on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) will be heads of state from Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Macedonia, Kazakhistan and Azerbaijan. In addition, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, high-level United States officials, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Kyrgyz interim leader Roza Otunbayeva are expected to show up, along with the prime ministers of Jordan, Oman, China and Cambodia..
  • U.S. Air Force delivers humanitarian cargo to flood-stricken Tajikistan

    05/17/2010 6:26:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Capt. Justin Brockhoff, USAF
    /17/2010 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) -- An Air Mobility Command C-17 Globemaster III aircrew delivered approximately 100,000 pounds of humanitarian supplies valued at $250,000 to Tajikistan May 16, following two weeks of flooding and mudslides in the nation. The flooding, caused by heavy annual rains, killed at least 24 people, destroyed homes, schools and flooded hundreds of roadways. The cargo delivered by U.S. forces includes tents and other supplies to provide temporary shelter for families displaced by the disaster. The C-17 and its crew are assigned to the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Southwest Asia. They flew...
  • Waning Support for Defamation of Religion Resolution Undermines Defense of Islam, OIC Chief Says

    04/19/2010 2:38:34 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 599+ views
    CNS ^ | Friday, April 16, 2010 | By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor
    "Waning Support for Defamation of Religion Resolution Undermines Defense of Islam, OIC Chief Says" PHOTO CAPTION: "In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, welcomes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. The new U.S. envoy to the OIC, Rashad Hussain, stands behind Clinton’s left shoulder. (AP Photo/HO)" SNIPPET: "( – As its annual “defamation of religion” resolution loses ground at the United Nations after a decade of successes, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is urging its members...