Turkey and the UAE have been at loggerheads because of Turkish allegations that the Emirates had funded a failed 2016 military attempt to topple President Erdogan and Emirati objections to Turkish support for political Islam, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood.
Turkey and the UAE have fought military and political proxy battles in Libya, Syria, the Eastern Mediterranean, and France, where they were on opposite sides of the divide.
Pakistani political and military leaders have vowed to eradicate ultra-conservative religious extremism that drove a mob to torture, brutally lynch a Sri Lankan national, and burn his body in the eastern city of Sialkot.
235 people arrested in connection with the killing.
If you are interested in Kazakhstan's political sphere, read more Zhanaozen massacre.
In 2011, more than 14 protestors were killed by police in the town as people clashed with police on the country's Independence Day, with unrest spreading to other towns.
According to Amnesty International, the massacre was a stark illustration of the country's poor human rights record.
Iranian support for Arab militias has long threatened Iran’s foes, unable to develop an effective counterstrategy.
A string of recent events suggests that the usefulness of at least some of the militias in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Palestine is fading as their popularity reduced and relations with Tehran encounter headwinds.
It is not clear yet how the unrest in Kazakhstan will evolve, and what role Nursultan Nazarbayev will play in them, but it seems certain that the protests will alter the historical legacy he had imagined he would leave.
Thread. Last major protests in post-Soviet states:
🇦🇲 Armenia: Calls for resignation of PM Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of the II Karabakh war (Feb 2021)
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Pro-Karabakh war protests (Jul 2020)
🇧🇾 Belarus: Protests against the Belarusian government and President Alexander Lukashenko (May 2020)
🇲🇩 Moldova: Demonstrations against the pro-Russian prime minister Ion Chicu (Nov 2020)
Thread. Azerbaijani photographer Kamal Babayev today passed away. So here's my tribute to him.
Picture: Composer Gara Garayev
Babayev was born in Baku.
From 1953 he worked as a photojournalist in the magazine "Pioneer" & a freelance worker at the Azerbaijan State Museum of Art, from 1959 - an employee of this museum, where he worked until his death as a photographer.
Putin often uses his judo background for politics.
In the domestic and foreign policy arenas, he constantly bulks up his opponents and probes for physical and psychological weaknesses.
Putin always loves to test his opponents to see if they mean what they say: will they also be prepared to fight, and fight to the end?
If they are not, then he will exploit their empty threats to show them up, intimidate, deter, and defeat them.
Finnish photography and video artist Elina Brotherus was born in 1972 in Helsinki.
Her early work dealt with personal yet universal experiences, the presence and absence of love.
In her series The New Painting (2000-2005), Brotherus probed the relation of photography to art history and found inspiration in the iconography of classical painting.
Thread. 2022 will be a huge year in Russian foreign policy.
China and Russia have strengthened their political, economic and military relations in 2021 and they will be bolstering this partnership even more this year.
Moscow looks to Beijing for support of its goal in occupying parts of Ukraine, as well as a conduit to show Moscow can still play a role in Asia.
Meanwhile, Beijing needs Russian weapons, energy and support against Western pressure.
The Kremlin’s sabre-rattling in Ukraine has reignited the debate in Finland as to whether the Nordic country should join NATO, defying demands from Moscow that seek to limit expansion of the military alliance in Europe.
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin's (SDP) New Year's message emphasised Finland's possibility to apply for membership in NATO:
"Finland retains the option of applying for NATO membership," Marin said as Russia has demanded the western alliance halt its eastward expansion.
Big uproar in Azerbaijani social media after Major General Polad Hashimov's mother (pictured) made serious allegations about lieutenant general Karim Valiyev.
In 20202, very respected Major General Polad Hashimov, along with Colonel Ilgar Mirzayev, were killed.
On social media, many Azerbaijanis still accuse Najmaddin Sadikov of giving their coordinates to Armenia, which also led to Hashimov's death.
Sadikov had been Azerbaijan’s top military officer since 1993, the chief of general staff of the armed forces & a deputy defense minister
Revered in photographic circles, Vladimir Lagrange had a considerable impact on modern photojournalism in Russia.
The photographer was 24 when he won his first trophy at an international photo contest in Budapest.
Since then, the photographer made a lot of waves working for Soviet and foreign magazines, including Paris Match.