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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

14 November 2015

Tajik Woman Reportedly Killed at Russian Military Base in Tajikistan

"It is not enough that they kill, rape, imprison and make fun of Tajiks in Russia -- now the killing continues at home, on our own soil!"

12 November 2015

Afghans Unleash a Civic Backlash Against Gruesome Violence and Hapless Governance

Afghans are demanding an end to violence and a government that can take responsibility for the country's deteriorating security.

10 November 2015

Who Will Defend Tajikistan's Detained Lawyers?

Lawyers prepared to represent beleaguered opposition figures in the Central Asian country are finding themselves following them into jail.

4 November 2015

Je Ne Regrette Rien: Kyrgyzstan's Hated Ex-President Begs No Forgiveness in New Book

Exiled autocrat Kurmanbek Bakiyev's book is missing a key word that could have turned it into a bestseller: Sorry.

3 November 2015

Iran to Provide Universal Public Healthcare to Refugees

Iran's Afghan refugee population nears 1 million, with an additional estimated 1.4 to 2 million unregistered refugees living and working in the country.

2 November 2015

Another Pretend Election Yields Predictable Results in Azerbaijan

Sunday's election in Azerbaijan was not really an election and the new parliament is not really a parliament, but the ruling family cares little for such niceties.

29 October 2015

‘Tajikistan's Aylan': A Migrant Child Dies in the Arms of the Russian Authorities

"Umar! Your death is the symbol of feebleness and dishonesty, Be my nation's pure herald before God."

28 October 2015

Armenian President's Fake Twitter Account Parodies Azerbaijani President's Real One

'We hear warmongering every day, every day we hear threats and attempts to scare us... We don't want war and never wanted, but.....continued.'

26 October 2015

Deadly 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Jolts South Asia

More than 260 people have been reported dead in the region.

19 October 2015

Sex Never Stops Selling. Even in Conservative Tajikistan

"To avoid arrest sex workers and their clients will look for remote places, which will in turn endanger these women."

18 October 2015

He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old

Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.

15 October 2015

Kyrgyz Civil Society Forces Parliament's Hand in #120Seats Campaign

Kyrgyzstan's new MPs did not even have time to take their seats before the public got on their backs.

13 October 2015

Tajiks Angry at Government Re-Formatting Their Quaint Capital

"Rohat teahouse is not only a beautiful national building, but a memory from more sincere, humane and affordable times."

6 October 2015

Kabul Taxi Is Blocked on Facebook. Long Live Kabul Taxi!

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Facebook and the government of Afghanistan combined to put the breaks on a popular online vehicle for political satire. But public demand for more is insatiable.

3 October 2015

Kyrgyzstan's Youth ‘Against All’ on the Eve of Elections

As noisy electoral campaigns draw to a close many young Kyrgyzstanis have no interest in the October 4 parliamentary vote in their country.

29 September 2015

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

26 September 2015

Maternal Infanticides, Attempted Suicides Highlight Heavy Burden on Tajik Women

'All this happens because there is no social protection for the population. There is an agency to carry out this function, but it is completely useless.'

24 September 2015

‘With the Support of the Lord': On the Campaign Trail in Ex-Soviet Central Asia's Only Democracy

Campaigning ahead of Kyrgyzstan's October 4 parliamentary vote proves that democracy is a messy business.

21 September 2015

Reinventing the Blues on Ex-Soviet Georgia’s Black Sea

'As we kick into a Slim Harpo number, the rhythm section slides deep in the pocket before Tamaz, our guitarist, shreds the solo to ribbons.'

15 September 2015

What Does ISIS Want From Central Asia?

Does the radical group look to the region for cheap manpower, physical territory, or both?

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