Television has played a critical role in shaping public opinion about Georgia's recent war with Russia, but some media analysts and journalists state that patriotism has outweighed objectivity or critical reasoning in broadcast coverage of the war.
The case of a former Uzbek spy who fled to Britain this week after accusing President Islam Karimov of personally ordering massacres has sparked heated reactions across Central Asia, with the intelligence agencies of both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan offering contradictory assessments of his allegations and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) also weighing in.
Diana Khidasheli and her four children spent the night before the August 8 outbreak of war with Russia in their house basement, hoping for an end to the intensive shelling of their village, Kemerti, in the Georgian-controlled South Ossetia conflict zone. Now Khidasheli thinks the decision to hide was a mistake. The next day, she had no time to pack.
One of the most controversial figures in recent Uzbek history and the oldest political prisoner in the country, Ahmadjon Odilov, has been released from jail on the heels of a visit by a senior US official.
dilov, now 83, was once regarded as a potential rival to President Islam Karimov with considerable influence within the opposition.