Gunmen act with impunity in areas outside government control.
Fear of an insurgent takeover has driven women away from local media.
Factions demand radical changes to electoral system.
Fraud high on list of likely issues that may undermine results.
Questions raised as to whether it will even be possible to vote in some districts.
Locals question why propaganda broadcasts have not been shut down.
A system intended to ensure transparency in October’s polls may not go far enough.
New scheme aims to entice locals away from growing narcotics that help fuel insurgency.
Workers speak out over harsh and risky conditions.
Global Voices: Asia
New protocols introduced to reduce the number of caesareans may be putting lives at risk.
Independent, dissenting Azerbaijani voices have never been so ostracised.
Officials obscure systemic failings – aided by an uncritical media.