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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

26 February 2017

Meet Kyrgyzstan, a Haven for Central Asian Reporters Amid Love and Strife

"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."

19 February 2017

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

15 February 2017

Please Drink in and Inhale These Unusual Superstitions Before You Visit Kyrgyzstan

Pour tea sparingly, wave money at a full moon, burn plenty of pine needles and tell your nightmares to running water.

Driving Through Sniper Territory Close to the Azerbaijan-Armenia Border

"If they decide to shoot at any of the cars they can do it without any problem. Their positions are very close."

11 February 2017

Morgan Freeman Makes Surprise Cameo in Uzbek Film. Oh, Wait. No, He Doesn't.

Move over 'fake news', here come 'fake trailers'.

10 February 2017

Travel Blogger Faces Eight Years in Azerbaijan Prison Over Nagorno-Karabakh Visits and Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

One blogger, three passports and the intricate international relations of the Caucasus region. This gets pretty complicated.

7 February 2017

In Turkey's Neighbour Georgia, a Gülen School Loses its License

Turkey has intensified its bid to close schools and universities inspired by the controversial educator since a coup attempt last year.

3 February 2017

Is Rap Making a Comeback in Uzbekistan?

“I’ll confess that I was only half certain that they would even let us hold the competition.”

1 February 2017

How to Reintegrate the Afghan Boys Used as Sex Toys of Powerful Men?

The practice of 'Bacha Bazi' has been in the news a lot of late, but there is a shortage of political will to help victims.

18 January 2017

All-Woman Brewery Brings Craft Beer to Kyrgyzstan

“They come to us and say, 'We want to see your beer in our restaurant.' We tell them: join the queue.”

17 January 2017

Day of Mourning in Kyrgyzstan After Cargo Plane Crashes, Killing Dozens

The dead are mostly local Kyrgyz from a nearby village, and some of the stories are harrowing.

15 January 2017

Kyrgyz Security Services Declare War on President’s Facebook Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

“Now many Internet users have a common passion — to get on this list."

12 January 2017

Tajik President's 29-Year-Old Son Becomes Mayor of the Capital

"A 29-year-old general, a fighter of corruption, [Rustam Emomali] just became Dushanbe's mayor. And what have you achieved?"

7 January 2017

In Uzbekistan, a YouTube Video Sparks a Debate about Homophobia

"I do not in any way justify those that beat him, but… I don’t want our people to be tolerant of these kind of sick freaks."

3 January 2017

Mistaken Identity?: Kyrgyzstan's Name Tarnished in Attack on Istanbul Nightclub that Killed 39

Whatever the truth, the damage to the little-known country's image has already been done.

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

Central Asia in 2016: The More Things Change…?

"Why do they mess about? They should just appoint themselves immortals and pass a law banning death from visiting them."

29 December 2016

‘The Long Arms of the Kremlin?': Kazakh Man Goes to Prison for Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.

28 December 2016

Five Things Tearing Afghanistan Apart and the Local Proverbs That Help Explain Them

"The goat worries about his life, the butcher worries about the fat.”

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