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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

5 February 2016

Afghan Five-Year-Old Murtaza Ready to Meet Argentine Football Star Messi

"We do not have any personal desires but what we expect is opportunities for our children to have a better future."

Did Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Fall for Spam Scam?

"During my free time I read about you and learn how to be successful."

4 February 2016

Will Armenian Civil Society Remain Electric?

"Thanks to #ElectricYerevan we see there are other better possibilities. That was a first great step."

2 February 2016

No Smoking Please, We're Turkmen

"Bans, bans, and bans. People cannot do anything on their own these days."

28 January 2016

The Rest of the World Is Finally Noticing the Touristic Charms of Central Asia

Often overlooked, five Central Asian Stans are home to magnificent natural beauty and rich culture.

26 January 2016

Childrearing Traditions and Weak Policing Are Failing Armenia’s Abused Children

Domestic violence against children continues to be overlooked and underreported in Armenia. One group of activists is doing what it can to raise awareness.

24 January 2016

Three Foreign Lawyers Have Returned Home Safely, But What’s Life Like for Local Attorneys in Tajikistan?

What's the difference between a Tajik and a non-Tajik lawyer? In Tajikistan, detained foreign attorneys have a better chance of remaining unharmed and securing a quick release.

19 January 2016

The Strongmen of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan Don't Want to Leave Office Anytime Soon

"Why trifle? Better to directly announce yourself immortals and ban death from coming for them."

17 January 2016

In Oil-Rich Azerbaijan, People Protest; Government Responds With Arrests

Riot police and internal troops used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters and arrested dozens of them, including opposition leaders.

14 January 2016

Taxicab Confessions, Kyrgyz Style: Lawmakers Get Behind the Wheel to Chat With Voters

A public relations move, probably, but it's significant in the context of Central Asia, a region characterized by authoritarian politics.

9 January 2016

Kyrgyzstan Staged its First Opera Flash Mob in a Bishkek Supermarket. It Was Magical.

"People who seemed to be average shoppers and store employees suddenly burst into song, regaling store patrons with a piece from Verdi's opera, La Traviata."

8 January 2016

In Kyrgyzstan, a Foreigner’s ‘Horse Penis’ Faux Pas Exposes Cultural Rift

"At the root of the story is a profound problem [...] the fundamental lack of mutual understanding between Kyrgyz- and Russian-speaking sections of the population."

4 January 2016

Afghanistan's National Football Team the Pride of a Nation, Even in Defeat

"Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai watched @SAFFSuzukiCup #football match from his home sitting on a mattress with green tea."

Kyrgyz Laugh, Cry, Fume After British Miner's Crass Horse Penis Joke Goes Horribly Schlong

Michael Mcfeat will soon learn whether or not he will face criminal proceedings for falsely claiming the Central Asian country treats horse penis as a delicacy.

30 December 2015

32 Stories That Capture the Happiness, Heartache and Resilience of 2015

Global Voices’ community-driven newsroom worked hard this year to build understanding across borders. Take a look back at some of the people and places we learned about in 2015.

The Best Stories of 2015, Handpicked by the Global Voices Community

We asked our editors, authors and translators from around the world which stories published on our site in 2015 were their favorites. Here's what they said.

29 December 2015

Tajikistan's Pamir Region: Forever on the Brink of Disaster?

Sarez, a high-altitude lake vulnerable to breakout in the event of major seismic activity, looms ominously over the lives of the Pamiri people and the wider region.

Who Would Have Thought ‘Everest’ Was in Kazakhstan?

'I even have an old reflex camera, a Nikon D70 -- quite heavy, by the way. That picture was taken from a height of about 6,500 meters above sea level.'

28 December 2015

2015 Was a Year of the Absurd in Ex-Soviet Tajikistan

Could things get any stranger in 2016?

27 December 2015

Many Afghans See Their Future with India, Not Pakistan

A wave of Afghan social media love accompanied Indian PM Narendra Modi during his visit to Kabul.

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