Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Militarization of space
By  • 17 August 2018
In early August, Vice President Mike Pence renewed a call by the Trump Administration for the U.S. military to create a “Space Force.” The White House’s effort comes in response to advances by China, Russia…
After ISIS, the Kurdish question
By  • 15 February 2018
The Kurds have played a key role in the Syrian war. With U.S. military aid, a Kurdish militia called the YPG has done a large share of the ground fighting that has led to the…
Project Exile: After colleague's death, Russian journalist fears return
By  • 23 January 2018
“It said that all Russian journalists who support Ukraine might be killed. My name was on the list.” Kseniya Kirillova thought her stay in the U.S. would be only temporary. [caption id="attachment_8989" align="alignleft" width="145"] Kseniya…
Arctic shipping grows as ice melts
By  • 23 November 2017
For hundreds of years, European explorers sought a direct sea route from Europe to Asia. Now as Arctic ice melts, just such a route is opening across northern Russia.  In August a Russian-owned tanker carrying…
Europe confronts Russian hacking
By  • 2 November 2017
There has been broad fallout from Russian efforts to hack the 2016 U.S. election, including sanctions, worsening relations between the two countries and a continued cloud over Donald Trump's presidency. But in Europe such attacks are…
Estonia a test case for Russian hacking threat
By  • 2 November 2017
Estonia e-voting grows despite tampering concerns Tiny Estonia might seem an unlikely place to see the future of technology.  [caption id="attachment_8701" align="alignright" width="315"] (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Norman Einstein)[/caption] With just 1.3 million people, the country has fewer…
Gay rights in Russia
By  • 24 August 2017
Over the past year, authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have reportedly arrested dozens of gay men, in some cases imprisoning them for weeks and torturing them with electric shocks. Combined with a 2013…
Renewed threat from chemical, biological weapons
By  • 15 June 2017
In April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air force dropped bombs containing sarin nerve gas on a rebel area in northern Syria. Around 100 people were killed and hundreds more injured, including a number of children.…
Project Exile: Tajik journalist moves to Poland after threats
By  • 15 May 2017
"People from the government burst into my father-in-law's house and told him that I was leading an illegal channel." Distributing independent news in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan is no easy task. But in…
Turkmenistan's silent election
By  • 2 February 2017
Most people outside of Central Asia know little about the gas-rich desert nation of Turkmenistan. The former Soviet Republic has virtually no independent media and just a handful of bookstores.  Foreign journalists and scholars are…
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