Some of the grim things I’m reading

According to the latest International Crisis Group report, Tajikistan is a weak state quickly sliding toward failure. Here’s hoping the lights stay on in Dushanbe. [For some reason, the ICG website isn’t loading, so here’s the BBC article.]

Luke Harding of The Guardian summarizes the most recent developments in the ongoing wave of  racist skinhead terrorism in Russia.

A 19 year old Kazakh journalist was severly beaten and needs brain surgery. Here’s hoping the kid lives.

The indispensable Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi of IWPR writes about how evidence of past mass atrocities is being destroyed in Afghanistan.

And finally, there’s child slavery and debt bondage, also in Afghanistan.

Oh. ‘Eff.

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