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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

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.

16 April 2017

Urbanisation in Chechnya: Why Do People Leave Their Ancestral Villages?

Chechnya's farms have fallen fallow as villagers enthusiastically swap the hard work and abundance of the countryside for occasional labour and handouts in the city.

5 April 2017

Netizen Report: Online Battles Break Out Amid Elections in Armenia and Ecuador

Global Voices Advocacy

LiveJournal bans "political solicitation" in Russia (its new home), Google contemplates a return to China, and Bangladesh's telecom regulator rejects a proposed Facebook bedtime ban.

3 April 2017

Pre-Vote Shenanigans — And Fake News — Cloud Armenia's General Election

Global Voices Advocacy

The build up to #Armvote17 showcased a sample of the online tactics favoured by modern-day vote manipulators.

1 April 2017

‘Why Can’t I Kiss My Girlfriend in Public?’ The Story of an Armenian Queer Woman

A queer woman reveals her life story and shares her stubborn struggle for lesbian emancipation in a homophobic patriarchal society.

31 March 2017

Back in the USSR?: Critics Say Draft Legislation Puts State Above Rights in Kazakhstan

"Can we designate people that leave their rubbish bags lying around outside their apartment doors enemies of state interests and remove their citizenships?"

29 March 2017

With Rhinoplasty on the Rise, Whither the Armenian Nose?

“If the [economic] situation is bad, there are fewer operations; if the situation is good, there are many more operations.”

Kyrgyzstan's Capital Through the Cracked Windshields of Its Beloved Trolleybuses

Do Bishkek's trolleybuses have style? You bet they do!

28 March 2017

Georgia Really, Really Wanted a Visa-Free Agreement with the EU, and Now It's Party Time

"From Tuesday, Georgian nationals may visit Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 day period."

26 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Media Facing Pressure from a Fearful President

Global Voices Advocacy

A series of civil suits launched by the state prosecutor have seemingly targeted media for quoting the government's critics.

Georgia's Biggest Killer? Its Roads.

On 22 March, in Tbilisi, a mother and a daughter standing on the side of the road were hit by a car. The 11-year-old girl died on the spot.

23 March 2017

Is Kazakhstan's President a Dictator? You Decide.

The Bridge

In a recent discussion with a hand-picked selection of journalists, Nazarbayev took pains to explain why Asian societies aren't always suited to democracy.

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

18 March 2017

Afghanistan's Cricket Team Sends Hope Home from India

"Finally, a great feat! [Our] tenth win in a row in T20Is. Towards the glory!"

16 March 2017

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

12 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

Global Voices Advocacy

"By advising him to sue internet publications, they are really doing him a bad turn."

Georgian Town of Batumi Suffers Riots Over a Parking Ticket, Local Grievances

Social media users have been tweeting about the situation in the city under the hashtag #BatumiRiots.

7 March 2017

Silicon Valley Giant Uber Caught up in Kazakhstan Wooden Stool Scandal

"Uber. Are you completely nuts? Is this what a Californian startup looks like?"

5 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Gender Discrimination and Violence Get a Boost from Popular Culture

A popular new reality TV show and an advert for a construction company have enraged feminists by trivialising abuses against women.

4 March 2017

With Key TV Station Takeover, Is Free Speech in Georgia at Stake?

"We have seen the government slowly but surely moving to usurp the media space, focusing primarily on television."

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