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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

25 June 2017

Kazakhs Ridicule ‘Self-Made Man’ Puff Portrait of Presidential Grandson

"While the man toils towards the welfare of Kazakhstan, his policies are something that every prominent person can emulate."

15 June 2017

No Limited Abilities: Meet Georgia's Paralympians

"I feel most proud of the 2017 Tbilisi championships where both olympians and paralympians participated - I managed to get second place."

14 June 2017

Going Postal: Tajikistan Stops DHL, UPS and Pony Express in Their Tracks

"Does this DHL have an owner? Can’t he come to Tajikistan?"

4 June 2017

Kabul Violence: “We Are Dying Every Single Moment!”

"Let Afghanistan heal! Fighting each other and losing precious lives is what the enemy wants! Come to your senses!"

3 June 2017

From Kazakhstan, A Tale of Famine and Flight

"I was six years old. My uncles, my father’s younger brothers, led me by the hand. We walked by night and slept by day."

1 June 2017

Spare a Thought for the Dissidents Living in Fear of the Azerbaijani State's Long Arms

Afghan Mukhtarli thought he had escaped Azerbaijan. He ended up back there, without his passport and facing jail time.

28 May 2017

My Tokol's Car Is a Toyota: Lost in Translation in Central Asia

A Kyrgyz or Kazakh man's 'younger wife' is like 'a cow without horns'. She suffers social stigma and enjoys few rights.

23 May 2017

Corruption Fighters Slapped with Corruption Charges in Graft-Prone Central Asia

"Everything turned rotten a long time ago. There is nothing left to save!"

19 May 2017

Azerbaijan Blocks Independent Media (And Actually Admits it)

Global Voices Advocacy

"This was one thing we had left and they have taken it too. May God punish them. All they think about is how to shut people up."

18 May 2017

Netizen Report: Chelsea Manning and the Power of Transparency

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, Chelsea Manning was finally released from prison, Ukraine censored Russian web platforms and Thailand threatened legal action against Facebook.

14 May 2017

Activists Say Azerbaijan’s Media Is Spreading Fear and Hate of Queer People

"Sometimes journalists forget their power, and mislead people with their unprofessional manners."

Did Tajikistan’s ‘First Parrot’ Flee Its Gilded Cage?

A media blackout regarding the status of the bird supposedly belonging to a top member of the ruling family failed to stop the jokes.

3 May 2017

A Very Central Asian Football Match in Tweets

"Maksadbek Alimov misses clear chance to pull one back for Alai at 39.43. Man behind me calls him a долбоёб."

30 April 2017

The Return of the Butcher of Kabul: What Does It Mean for Peace in Afghanistan?

Global Voices spoke with activist, journalist and author Akram Gizabi about the potential implications of warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's return to the domestic political fold.

26 April 2017

Kyrgyz Kickboxer Claims Racism After Publicly Contesting a Loss in Russia

The contest's Russian referee threatened Sharsheyev with deportation as he refused to leave the ring after the loss.

25 April 2017

How Alexey Navalny Abandoned Russian Nationalism

RuNet Echo

Alexey Navalny had to reinvent himself to take charge of the Russian opposition, but he may have given up his populist edge over Vladimir Putin, along the way.

23 April 2017

Georgia's Five-Year-Old Prince Prepares to Reign

"It was a huge event that after two hundred years there was a baby baptized as Prince of Georgia."

18 April 2017

Kazakhstan's Great Alphabetical Distraction

Kazakhstan's veteran leader suddenly seems to think the country's long-planned transition to a Latin alphabet is very pressing indeed. The country's social media users want to know why.

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

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