Nur-Sultan City (Astana): A Young and Futuristic City

Nur-Sultan City (Astana): A Young and Futuristic City

Continuing my travels through the ex-Soviet states, I reached Astana (now, Nur-Sultan City) from Tashkent. This post has been long due, but things kept getting in the way. Nonetheless, since I am not really a “tourist” in Astana, it makes sense to divide the write-ups by the topic, and publish them at regular intervals. Long… Read more Nur-Sultan City (Astana): A Young and Futuristic City

Tbilisi, Georgia — The City Where (Almost) Everyone Owns a Hotel

Tbilisi, Georgia -- The City Where (Almost) Everyone Owns a Hotel

Recently, I visited Tbilisi, Georgia for a short business trip. This post enlists some of my major observations about Tbilisi during the course of my brief visit. A lot has been spoken about the natural landscape and stunning regions of Georgia, so I will bypass that. Plus, I will stick only to Tbilisi and no… Read more Tbilisi, Georgia — The City Where (Almost) Everyone Owns a Hotel

Russia’s War Against Crimean Tatars

Rally in Taras Shevchenko Park in Kiev (Ukraine), remembering the deportation of Crimean Tatars.

Last year, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, and it made international news. Pro-Ukrainian factions considered Russian actions to be unfair regional despotism, whereas pro-Russian groups considered the annexation to be justified. Amidst all of this, one particular voice remained unheard, and it is unheard even to this day: the Tatars of Crimea are currently being… Read more Russia’s War Against Crimean Tatars

Crimea Joins Russia: What About International Law?

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Back on March 4, American President Barack Obama talked about the crisis in Crimea: There is a strong belief that Russia’s action is violating international law. I know President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but I don’t think that’s fooling anybody. On the basis of… Read more Crimea Joins Russia: What About International Law?