Uzbekistan still depends on cotton exports driven by what amounts to slave labor. A new report brings this practice to light.
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Open Society Foundations activities in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia promote social progress and human rights by supporting programs, research, advocacy, and local organizations addressing issues such as democratic governance, human rights, and transparency and accountability.
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At the independent media outlet Caucasian Knot, a small team of journalists is doing something almost unheard of in Russia: reporting the news without self-censorship.
This discussion looks at the condition of human rights in Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most repressive and least transparent countries.
The United States and the international community must continue to pressure Uzbekistan to stop forced labor practices to harvest cotton.
Stephen Kotkin and Bill Keller discuss Stalin’s history and how its reading could shed light on the public and political life of Putin’s Russia.
Peter Pomerantsev, Michael Weiss, and Rabab El Mahdi discuss the deployment of propaganda and mis/disinformation in Russia and Egypt.
This forum offers a unique opportunity to gain insight into the underlying trends of a deepening confrontation between Russia and the West that extends into the realms of ideas, information, and values.