Les Carpenter: With Boston's bid collapsing due to lack of support, it seems now more than ever the Olympics exist solely for cities looking to make a political statement
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With Ukraine in continued crisis and Moscow deflating under a crippled ruble, the European Union has begun scouring for non-Russian gas. Azerbaijan, in the gas-rich southern Caspian, should present a natural replacement. But progress on the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), one of the chief vehicles for moving Azeri carbon to eager European markets, has not advanced with the alacrity officials i...
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The next Olympics to be awarded, a little more than a year from now, will be the 2022 Winter Games. Rather than going to the strongest bid, the games may end up going to the last city standing-a long list of potential hosts have given up on their Olympic dreams because the whole thing is one huge, useless waste of money.
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Many of us have seen pictures of former Aral Sea-faring, now sand-locked ships in Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth, but photographer Jason Larkin's project, Mistake Of Nature, is a look at the people in that area whose lives are permanently squeezed by the confluence of coercive rule, a decimated agrarian economy and locally apocalyptic ecological change.
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The circumstances around the illegal deportation from Italy to Kazakhstan of the wife and daughter of Kazakh opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov are extremely worrying. Three United Nations experts have gone so far to say that it appears to have been an "extraordinary rendition"
They might be neighbors on the map, but Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan couldn't be further apart in how they utilize information and communications technology (ICT). A model for the former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan is charging ahead, according to a new report measuring how ICT affects competitiveness, leaving much-poorer Kyrgyzstan in its digital dust.
The site's first-ever Wikipedian of the Year is a former paid propaganda flack for the authoritarian Kazakh government, known for its iron control over free media and awful human-rights record.