Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera

on June 23, 2017

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 By Juan Cole / Informed Comment In a bid completely to return the Middle East to the old system of strict government media censorship, four countries have demanded that Qatar close down the Aljazeera television channel. Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates made the demands formally via Kuwait, which […]

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The Daily Vertical: The Kremlin Does Kafka (Transcript)

on June 23, 2017

So it’s come to this. Vladimir Putin’s regime is no longer content to simply prosecute opponents for things that are patently absurd. It’s no longer content to just fabricate criminal cases, plant evidence, and manufacture crime scenarios. It’s no longer content to simply make stuff up. Now the Kremlin is in the business of denying […]

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A culinary conflict in the South Caucasus

on June 23, 2017

How national cuisines became yet another battlefield in the enmity between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Русский Dolma or Tolma? This name of this dish has led to more than a few heated disputes. Photo (c): Vitaly Arutyunov / RIA Novosti. All rights reserved. Is the popular dish consisting of vine leaves stuffed with rice and/or meat […]

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