• Amnesty for Repentance: Tajikistan's Radical Approach on Returning Islamic State Fighters

    Officials are offering forgiveness to returning Tajik jihadists, in a radical departure from policies and stances taken by European and other nations.

  • I Ate Dinner in a Tajik Hellhole

    Ask the average Westerner what they know about Tajikistan, and they'll probably draw a blank. (Is it a country? Isn’t there a war going on there?) Which made finding out more about qurutob, its national dish, even more interesting.

  • I Took a Trip Down Tajikistan's 'Heroin Highway'

    The proliferation of flashy cars in one of the poorest countries in the world has led to a new local saying: “It is no longer ‘How much did it cost?’ but ‘How many kilos did it cost?’" A study released in 2007 estimated that drug money added up to 3...

  • Russia Is Weaponizing Jedi Mind Tricks

    Several former Soviet republics are instituting bizarre national safeguards to counter Russia's new brand of mind-fucking warfare.

  • These Guys Build the World's Tallest Flagpoles for Authoritarian Regimes

    Marc Summers and David Chambers have a pretty unusual job. Through their company Trident Support Corporation they build the world's tallest flagpoles for authoritarian regimes in Central Asia and the Middle East, because nothing says national pride...

  • Tossing Watermelons in Tajikistan

    Fancy a watermelon? Visit Dushanbe's market in Tajikistan in late July, and you won’t be able to move for melons. Melons, melons, melons: as far as the eye can see. The Tajiks don’t seem to mind though, they relish tossing melons from truck to pile...