In debates about affairs far away, “both” seems to be the hardest word. Ukraine has been a case in point, the discussion reduced to a slanging match of binaries, each side hurling false dichotomies at the other â insisting that every aspect of this unfolding crisis can be reduced to an either/or choice, when in fact the truth very often comes down to both.
Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, well-known for her reporting on high-level corruption, is again under prosecution charged with spying for the U.S.. The U.S. Embassy has expressed its “deep disturbance” by “the ongoing, targeted harassment” of Ismayilova and described as “absurd” claims that she was passing along intelligence information to two American officials who met Ismayilova in late January.
A Russian helicopter and a drone reportedly violated Georgian air space on March 6, just after a supportive visit by European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle for Georgia’s European integration plans. The alleged intrusion came amidst heightened local fears that the Crimea crisis will spill over to Georgia in some way.
In the 1990s, Russian troops overthrew a disfavored government in Tajikistan and stirred the Caucasus by arming both sides of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Upset with the incumbent Georgian government, they bolstered separatists who brought the country to the brink of collapse. But those were days of a weak, post-Soviet Russia, and the actions…