That Azerbaijan held a clean, orderly election among so many difficulties is a tribute to a nation once firmly under the Soviet thumb.
This is a proud moment for Azerbaijan, who hopes to show that its enormous economic development has matched its political growth: European norms for a European economy.
Lola’s backhanded dismissal of her older sister’s prospects is therefore both a profound familial sin and a sign that Karimov, while very likely suffering from some sort of psychosis, is not completely insane.
One would think that a vocal supporter of President Obama and his signature law would tread lightly when mocking tech rollouts. Whatever else you may say, the CEC’s app isn’t mandatory, and its failure is unlikely to result in fines for its users.
An independent poll of over 1,000 Azerbaijanis by American polling firm Arthur Finkelstein and Associates shows Aliyev with an 86 percent approval rating among likely voters, a rating that increases to over 90 percent among those certain to vote.
This decision smacks of the sort of constant engagement that treats aspiring democracies as pariahs for the occasional failure and provides cover to totalitarians, on the theory that they’ll be a little less totalitarian.
There is a large segment of Russian society that is moving in a liberalizing direction, many Orthodox. These people exist. They are a real force. And they are electorally outmatched, now and into the future.
This is a dangerous gamble. Poor but thriving Estonia may not be thriving much longer, and may not have enough to help rich but struggling Greece.
The Central Asian republics’ future depends in large part on their ability to reconstruct their civil society as much as to distribute broad-spectrum antibiotics.
This misses the forest for the trees. Turkmenistan is basically the seventh layer of Hell. The best thing you can say about it is that there is currently no genocide in progress there.