Author: Sharubyah

Dushanbe 25/2 (35.71) The social networking activity of “influencer” Ismoil Mahmadzoir is causing a stir within the country’s political and security corridors. His grandfather President Emomali Rahmon is planning his succession, which has triggered quiet maneuvering within elite factions, including Mahmadzoir’s relatives. Nobody is clear about how becomes the next president of Tajikistan. The daughters jockeying for the top job besides the grandson.Video of a bland speech by Tajikistan’s long-time President Emomali Rahmon was posted late last month on Instagram by Buzkashi_1111, a handle created by Ismoil Mahmadzoir, the 25-year-old son of Firuza Emomali, one of the president’s daughters, who…

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On the first anniversary of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s deadliest border war, marked in September, irascible Kyrgyz national-security chief Kamchybek Tashiev aired his frustrations at the slow progress in talks aimed at demarcating the disputed frontier. Tajikistan, said Tashiev, was making “territorial claims” against Kyrgyzstan in the talks. “But our answer is that there should be no such claims,” Tashiev fumed, noting ominously that Kyrgyzstan had found “new documents” related to the border. “Based on those, we know that many parts of Kyrgyzstan had been given to Tajikistan,” he claimed. “If [Tajikistan] does not renounce its territorial claims against Kyrgyzstan then…

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Jaishankar is in the Ugandan capital city of Kampala to represent India at the two-day summit of the Non-Aligned Movement External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday on the sidelines of the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Ugandan capital, Kampala.Jaishankar posted from his official X handle on Saturday In a series of bilateral meetings and engagements at the ongoing NAM summit in Uganda, Jaishankar met with his counterparts from Bolivia, Azerbaijan and Venezuela on Friday.In his meetings with the leaders, Jaishankar exchanged views on regional and global issues and discussed…

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Government Body Could Impose Sweeping Censorship, Prosecute Offenders A repressive new internet law that Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe is trying to rush through parliament this week would create broad and vague new speech-related offenses punishable by lengthy prison terms. The law would seriously threaten the right to freedom of expression as Sri Lanka prepares for parliamentary and presidential elections later this year. The proposed law, the Online Safety Bill, purportedly provides protections against online harassment, abuse, and fraud. Instead, it is mostly concerned with creating a new “Online Safety Commission,” appointed by the president, that can decide what online speech is “false” or “harmful,”…

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Brussels (21/10 – 75) In May 2022, tens of ethnic Pamiri protesters were killed by security forces as demonstrations were violently suppressed and an “anti-terrorist operation” was launched in the east of the country. Activists, local leaders, journalists and bloggers were arrested and sentenced in unfair trials. Many reported being tortured. Access to information, including through the media and internet, remained heavily restricted. Domestic violence remained widespread with victims rarely securing justice or support. Afghan refugees continued to be detained and deported. Tajikistan’s economic and political life continued to be tightly controlled by the president, in the 30th year of…

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Israeli shelling killed two people in south Lebanon on Friday, a Lebanese official said, as the collapse of a truce between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas prompted a resumption of hostilities at the frontier. The Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, said it had carried out several attacks on Israeli military positions at the border in support Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where a week-long pause in the fighting ended early on Friday. The Israeli army said its artillery struck sources of fire from Lebanon and air defenses had intercepted two launches. The army also said it…

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Israeli forces and Hezbollah militants exchanged fire across the Israel-Lebanon border on Saturday in a second day of hostilities after the collapse of a truce in Gaza between the Palestinian group Hamas and Israel.Iran-backed Hezbollah said in a statement that one of its fighters was killed but did not specify when. Three people in south Lebanon were killed by Israeli shelling on Friday in south Lebanon, according to Lebanon’s state news agency. Hezbollah said two of the dead were its fighters.Israel’s air force and artillery struck Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, the military said, after rockets were fired at a number of its…

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Two people arrested in Brazil for allegedly planning terrorist attacks in the country on behalf of Lebanon-based Hezbollah have denied any such involvement, according to images seen Saturday on the G1 news site. During an audience with a judge conducted Friday by videoconference, the suspects, both Brazilian nationals in their 30s arrested earlier this week by federal police, categorically denied all charges, calling them “absurd.” “I’m being treated like a criminal, like a terrorist, but I’m neither of those,” said one suspect, a resident of Santa Catarina state. The suspects’ names were not provided. The operation Wednesday, which included raids elsewhere in Brazil, aimed…

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Israeli fighter jets carried out strikes against “terror infrastructure” targets inside Syria in response to cross-border fire directed at the Golan Heights, the military said on Sunday. “A short while ago, in response to the attack toward the Golan Heights yesterday (Saturday), IDF (Israel Defense Forces) fighter jets struck terror infrastructure sites in Syria,” the army said on Telegram. On Saturday, the army said that two projectiles fired from Syria had landed in uninhabited parts of the Golan Heights and that rocket alert sirens had sounded in the region. Israel also struck targets in Syria on Friday after a drone…

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Israeli forces fired artillery into southern Lebanon on Sunday after an incoming anti-tank missile wounded several Israeli civilians near the border, an army spokesman said. The Israeli army said “a number of civilians were wounded” in the anti-tank missile strike near the village of Dovev, just half a mile (800 meters) from the frontier with Lebanon. “Artillery is striking the origin of the launch,” a statement said. The Israel Electric Corporation said that the missile from Lebanon had “hit employees” who were repairing power lines downed by earlier strikes. Since the October 7 Hamas attacks which launched Israel’s war in…

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