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Brian Burns / January 14,2022

Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

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Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

The widow of an Islamic State fighter, Olima Kamolova had pleaded with the Tajik government for months to help get her out of Afghanistan, where she was imprisoned as the wife of a foreign militant.
Tajik authorities eventually repatriated Kamolova and her four children last summer, just before the Taliban took power in Kabul.
The 31-year-old housewife, who had left Tajikistan with her husband in 2015, is now serving a 12-year sentence for “fighting as a mercenary in a foreign military conflict.”
She has rejected the charges and told the court she had merely followed her husband.
But Khairullo Habibullozoda, the judge at the city court in Vahdat — a small town outside of Dushanbe where Kamolova grew up — said he wasn’t convinced by the defendant’s argument that she was an innocent bystander. Her relatives said Kamolova lost her final appeal at the Supreme Court on January 7.

Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

Vahdat city court in Tajikistan.

Brian Burns / January 24,2021

Milk and more: China, New Zealand sign upgraded free trade deal | International Trade News

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Milk and more: China, New Zealand sign upgraded free trade deal | International Trade News

Following US trade war, China has signed several trade and investment deals to bolster its multilateral credentials.

Brian Burns / April 27,2020

15 Reasons to visit Macedonia

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15 Reasons to visit Macedonia

Religious Beliefs In Macedonia
By the early 20th century, over half of the overall Greek-speaking population was settled in Asia Minor (now Turkey), whereas later that century an enormous wave of migration to the United States, Australia, Canada and elsewhere created the trendy Greek diaspora. Greek surnames began to appear within the 9th and 10th century, at first among ruling families, finally supplanting the traditional custom of utilizing the daddy’s name as disambiguator.
The Macedonist ideas increased in Yugoslav Vardar Macedonia and among the many left diaspora in Bulgaria in the course of the interbellum. In 1934, the Comintern issued a special decision during which for the primary time directions had been supplied for recognising the existence of a separate Macedonian nation and Macedonian language. IMRO followed by starting an insurgent warfare in Vardar Macedonia, together with Macedonian Youth Secret Revolutionary Organization, which additionally conducted guerrilla attacks towards the Serbian administrative and military officials there. In 1923 in Stip, a paramilitary organisation called Association towards Bulgarian Bandits was fashioned by Serbian chetniks, IMRO renegades and Macedonian Federative Organization (MFO) members to oppose IMRO and MMTRO. On 9 October 1934 IMRO member Vlado Chernozemski assassinated Alexander I of Yugoslavia.

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