Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Crackdown in Turkmenistan

Joshua Landis updates us on the World Cup of Dissent Decimation involving Syria, Jordan, and Egypt and Zainab al-Khawaja calls attention to Bahrain, but no Arab regime compares in tyranny with Turkmenistan, where a new security crackdown is underway against some reporters and human rights workers who allegedly threatened national security. Reports suggest Turkmen authorities planted evidence on Annakurban Amanklychev of the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation and accused him and others of being in league with exiled dissidents to create a Ukraine-style Orange Revolution in Turkmenistan. It's really just an excuse to crack down on human rights activists and journalists.


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