The small Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan can’t get a break from the U.S. media, who can’t spell it or get basic facts right about it — such as its existence.
Russia is leading a global anti-LGBT push, but it was once a refuge for LGBT people from more conservative countries around the region. One man who fled tells his story to BuzzFeed News.
Update: Kyrgyzstan’s lawmakers voted Oct. 15 to advance a bill that could put individuals who spread “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” in prison for up to a year.
A copycat “gay propaganda” bill has been approved by the Kyrgyz parliament’s human rights committee and could be put to a vote by the end of the month.
If passed, the law would impose a sentence of up to one year in jail.
Akin Gump volunteers its lobbying services.
Passion or payola? A source describes being offered $500 for an article, and a consultant doesn’t deny payments.
Wisconsin man arrested following jailhouse visit with Irish nationalist dissident accused of plotting pipebomb attack.
File-sharing service pulls documents relating to Ecuador’s domestic spying program “because Scribd received a legally valid claim of copyright infringement pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA).”
“In Ecuador we do not listen to phone calls for political purposes,” says Serrano after a BuzzFeed report on the purchase of spy gear. Drones are “an alarming detail,” says a critic.
A blustery statement promises to kill the “thieving Americans” trying to get supplies into North Korea.
The country where anti-surveillance hero Edward Snowden wants to take refuge spent half a million dollars on an Israeli-made “GSM interceptor” in a deal brokered by a U.S. middleman. Seeking the capacity to “intercept text messages, falsify and modify the text messages” among other tricks.
“I can’t go into any details.” Glenn Greenwald doubts it. (Updated)
Meanwhile, the Wikileaks founder’s asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy is stretching into a second year. “I’m worried about the state of journalism.” (Updated below)
Is the Iranian presidency suddenly important, or less important than ever?
Successful Kazakh PR work?
U.S. has concluded Assad used chemical weapons, but no details yet on the specific military support that will be provided.
After the fizzling-out of the Occupy Wall Street movement in America, protesters from New York arrive in Tunis and Istanbul. Familiar tent cities, different goals.
“There is nothing special about the timing other than we have been aggressively pursuing Hezbollah’s financial networks and the facilitators for their financial activity in Lebanon for some time now,” officials says.
Kyrgyzstan cat shows are apparently the best.
I’ll say this about the rioters in Kyrgyzstan: They know how to dress.
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