Economic troubles and official disapproval takes its toll on a dwindling subculture.
People stare when Mahina walks along the streets of Dushanbe.
Dressed in denim and black leather accessoried with studded jewellery and facial piercings, the punk look cultivated by Mahina and her friends is a rare sight in the Tajik capital.
This key sector can play an important role in supporting rule of law and combating radicalisation.
A group of young journalists from the regions of Georgia have received vital training in responsible reporting and countering violent extremism (CVE) as part of a joint IWPR initiative with a Lithuanian NGO.
Activists warn that government demonisation has created a culture of impunity.
The high-profile investigation into the murder of an Azeri journalist has ended with the conviction of six men, the first time perpetrators of such an act have been brought to justice in a criminal court.
The countryside may be beautiful, but its communities face an uncertain future.
Uzbekistan, with a population of 31.5 million, remains a largely agricultural society. The majority of people live in rural areas and a full quarter of the population work in farming, which is still largely unmechanised.
Drugs charges used as pretext for detaining men who vandalised a public monument.
Experts say that the arrest and ill treatment of two activists who defaced a statue of former president Heydar Aliyev has highlighted a growing cult of personality in an increasingly repressive Azerbaijan.
Sheep and poultry farming have been hard hit by the ongoing conflict.
Abu Jawad had always relied on his income from sheep farming. But as the conflict in Syria took its toll, he was horrified to see his animals dying due to a lack of vaccinations and the rising costs of drugs and treatment.
Jamil al-Saloom developed a passion for football when he was a child, and joined the al-Numan club in 2007 when he was 13 years old. He spent years practicing and playing in the team’s matches, but was forced to stop playing when the Syrian revolution erupted.
The region’s most progressive democracy is failing to impress ordinary people.
Kyrgyz experts are reporting rising public disillusionment with politics after the country’s prime minister resigned after just 11 months in office – the average term served by all premiers since independence.
People cut off by the de facto border still want to visit cemeteries on the other side.
Georgians living in regions adjoining the breakaway territory of South Ossetia have once again been unable to pay their traditional Easter visit to the graves of loved ones buried across the administrative border.
A combination of rising violence and family pressure means that the numbers of female reporters are dwindling.
Hila used to love her job at a privately-owned radio station in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. She was heartbroken when the deteriorating security situation forced to give up her work as a journalist.
The Inguri hydroelectric power plant badly needs repairs that would put it out of action for months if not years.
The prospect of large-scale repair work on the Inguri hydroelectric station, crucial for power supplies to both Georgia and Abkhazia, have raised questions about the neighbouring territories’ energy security.
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