The Taliban has sought to control its image in rural communities through the strategic blocking and release of international aid.
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Sherefovic Hakimov fought alongside Communist Soviet forces against Afghan mujahidin in the 1980s, but his life changed fundamentally after becoming a prisoner of war.
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Beijing’s 21st century Marxism does not see an intrinsic contradiction within its system, as long as it fits within how China has been ruled for thousands of years.
Under Western pressure, the two states are aligning with each other at a level unseen for decades.
Some members of Bulgaria’s Turkish minority hope to draw global attention to human rights violations committed by the country’s authoritarian rulers against Turks in the 1980s.
Ukraine’s military power has improved since Russian-backed rebels took control of the eastern part of the country in 2014 - but Russia still dwarfs it in comparison.
There are both geopolitical and historical reasons behind Moscow’s endless pressure on Kiev, which was the birthplace of the first Russian state in the 9th Century.
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