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Former Editor-in-Chief of Lenta.ru Launches New Media Project From Latvia

October 24, 2014

Galina Timchenko’s new Russian-language news media project, the website Medusa (medusa.io), was launched on October 20, in Riga, Latvia. Timchenko’s project became an intriguing topic in the Russian press after she was fired this...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Cyber, Europe, Baltics, Russia

Number of Disillusioned North Caucasian Militants Returning From Syria Increases

October 24, 2014

International observers have paid much attention to the fact that many foreigners are fighting against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Tunisia holds first place among the countries of Asia and Africa, supplying volunteer...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Middle East, Syria

Belarus Is Asserting Its Own Voice

October 24, 2014

On October 17, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka conducted a 5.5-hour-long press conference for Russian provincial journalists. This was the 12th event of its kind. The first one occurred in 2002, when Lukashenka realized that...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Domestic/Social, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Belarus, Russia

The Geography of Discontent: Tunisia’s Syrian Fighter Dilemma

October 24, 2014

In June, Tunisia’s interior minister said that at least 2,400 Tunisian jihadists are fighting in Syria. The majority of them, about 80 percent, are allegedly fighting within the ranks of the Islamic State organization, previously...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Terrorism, Military/Security, North Africa, Syria

Al-Qaeda’s Future in Pakistan Amid the Rise of Islamic State

October 24, 2014

Al-Qaeda appears to be on the back foot globally. The Islamic State organization, previously the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and years before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, is dominating the global jihad scene. More than 19...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Military/Security, Terrorism, Pakistan

BRIEFS

October 24, 2014

HOUTHI REBELS SEIZE YEMENI PORT

Kathryn Basinsky

On October 14, Houthi rebels captured the Yemeni city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast. Hodeidah is the second largest port in Yemen as well as the country’s fourth largest city....

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Brief, Global Terrorism Analysis, Terrorism, Military/Security, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria

Beijing Prepares for APEC Summit Amid Possible Sino-Japanese Thaw

October 23, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s meetings with Chinese Minster of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi in Boston on October 17–18 marked the end of preparations by senior-level officials for the 22nd Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation...

Category: China Brief, In a Fortnight, Home Page, Elite, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Northeast Asia, Japan

China’s ‘Eternal Prosperity’: Is Island Expansion a Precursor to South China Sea ADIZ?

October 23, 2014

The expansion of a military airstrip and high-level visit from China’s naval chief this month have put a small island in the middle of the South China Sea back in the international media limelight (Xinhua, October 7; Global...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, South China Sea, East China Sea

Hong Kong After the Revolution

October 23, 2014

The ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong—known as the “Occupy Central Movement” or the “Umbrella Revolution”—have fundamentally changed the relationship between the central government in Beijing and the Special...

Category: China Brief, Willy’s Corner, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Elite, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

China’s Railway Diplomacy in the Balkans

October 23, 2014

In November 2013, China, Serbia and Hungary signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of the Hungaro-Serbian High-Speed Railway (HSR), connecting Belgrade and Budapest by rail to facilitate transporting...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, Transit, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Hungary, Western Europe

The End of the Road for Xi’s Mass Line Campaign: An Assessment

October 23, 2014

The end of the mass line campaign’s second phase this month provides an opportunity to understand more clearly what has been happening politically at the grassroots level in China over the last year. The Chinese press has...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Domestic/Social, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

Political Factions and Spicy Ginger: Elder Networks in PRC Politics

October 23, 2014

Part 2: The Patronage Network of Hu Jintao

Jiang shì lao de là: “Aged ginger is spicier”

Chinese proverb meaning that older people possess more experience and wisdom.

The triumph of Jiang Zemin in elevating prominent protégés...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Elite, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

Russia Issues Ultimatum to Abkhazia

October 23, 2014

By the end of October, the authorities in Sukhumi must respond to Moscow’s proposal to sign a new agreement “On Alliance and Integration” between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Abkhazia (abkhaziya.org, October 14)....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Russia

Grozny Suicide Bombing: A ‘Lone Wolf’ or Signs of a New Militant Group Operating in Chechnya?

October 23, 2014

The suicide bombing in the capital of Chechnya (RIA Novosti, October 5) carried out by 19-year-old Apti Mudarov (vesti.ru, October 5) during Grozny’s City Day celebrations on October 5 (Kommersant, October 6), which was also...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

Siege Mentality Dominates in Moscow

October 23, 2014

Christophe de Margerie, 63, the CEO of French oil major Total, was killed as his executive jet crashed during takeoff on the runway of Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, at about midnight, on October 20. The jet hit an airport snowplow...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, France, Western Europe, Russia

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