Why Russian Authorities Raided Amnesty International’s Moscow Office

MOSCOW – On Mon­day, Russ­ian pros­e­cu­tors and tax offi­cials demanded the Moscow offices of Amnesty Inter­na­tional pro­vide records for a sur­prise audit. It is part of a larger series of crack­downs on NGOs here that has accel­er­ated after Vladimir Putin resumed the pres­i­dency last year. Last year, the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment insti­tuted new reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing NGOs, with par­tic­u­lar focus […]

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America’s Incoherent Petro-Diplomacy


Pak­istan is going ahead with its nat­ural gas pipeline to Iran, part of Islamabad’s larger project of coop­er­at­ing with Tehran on energy issues. The exec­u­tives in charge insist that, despite the pipeline going through restive Baluchis­tan, the project is nev­er­the­less viable. The U.S. feels oth­er­wise, and is array­ing a num­ber of hos­tile responses. None of […]

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For PBS: The Islamabad Drone Dance

The U.N. Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights,Ben Emmer­son, con­ducted a three-day visit to Islam­abad, Pak­istan last week. Despite his stated pur­pose to inves­ti­gate drone strikes, he did not speak with any of the agen­cies respon­si­ble for those strikes, or even visit any strike sites. Instead, Mr. Emmer­son met with some gov­ern­ment offi­cials, duti­fully reported what […]

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Ben Emmerson’s ISI Shuffle


The UN Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmer­son, con­ducted a three-day visit to Islam­abad, Pak­istan last week. And despite his stated pur­pose to inves­ti­gate drone strikes, he didn’t actu­ally talk to any of the agen­cies respon­si­ble for those strikes, or even visit strike sites: Dur­ing the course of the visit the Special […]

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The Great Transfer of Free Wealth

The past few weeks have seen an explo­sion of writ­ers com­ing out of the wood­work to com­plain about either being asked to, or feel­ing like they had to write for free. And that’s an impor­tant dis­cus­sion that should con­tinue. But it’s also part of a larger phe­nom­e­non as well. A few weeks ago I wrote about […]

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Why I Stopped Writing for Free

The ongo­ing debate about writ­ing for free on var­i­ous web­sites has been fas­ci­nat­ing. I have a per­sonal stake in the mat­ter: I have writ­ten for free for a num­ber of var­i­ous high-profile web­sites (CNN, Salon, the Atlantic, For­eign Pol­icy, Reuters, The Hill, The New York Times), and I’ve been paid to write for oth­ers (I […]

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