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· May, 2006

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from May, 2006

Mongolia: Defining Corruption

Luke Distelhorst writes that Mongolia's parliament had quite a hard time making any progress on their anti-corruption bill as they got bogged down in trying to define corruption.

Afghanistan: Riots

Sohrab Kabuli writes about the bloody riots in response to a road accident involving US military forces and includes some first-hand reporting.

Armenia: Montenegro Precedent

Onnik Krikorian asks whether or not Montenegro's vote for independence is a precedent for Nagorno-Karabakh.

Kyrgyzstan: The Meeting Happened!

Edil Baisalov, a Kyrgyz opposition leader, takes issue with negative coverage of last weekend's protest in Bishkek (Russian) that characterized the event as a failure that took the wind out...

Kyrgyzstan: Protest

CXW of neweurasia has a report on last weekend's protest in Bishkek calling for the government to enact reforms and combat corruption.

Mongolia: Construction Season

Luke Distelhorst says that, because of the country's climate, construction is restricted to a few months of the year. Though floods and snow can strike even in late May, construction...

Kyrgyzstan: Endangered Languages

neweurasia reports on a political party in Kyrgyzstan seeking to protect the status of the Russian language in the republic.

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Rally

Yulia of neweurasia reports on Saturday's opposition protest in Bishkek during which Kyrgyz opposition members demanded significant reform by September.

Armenia: Fire in Kond

A fire broke out in Yerevan's historic Kond neighborhood, destroying five homes. Blogrel notes some strange inaccuracies in the local media's coverage of the fire. Onnik Krikorian discusses the issue...

Kazakhstan: Caspian Saber-Rattling

Ben Paarmann explains why Kazakhstan is expanding its naval power in the Caspian Sea.

Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus

Vakhs valley, March 2006, Erik Petersson, Dushanbe Pictures. Welcome to the latest roundup from the Central Asian and Caucasian blogosphere, brought to you by neweurasia. First off, apologies for the...

Ukraine: GUAM Founds ODED

Vilhelm Konnander writes about a new organization whose founding members are Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova (GUAM): the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (ODED), to be based in Kyiv,...

Russia: Ethnic Uzbek in Moscow

Moscow-based LJ user gr_s (Grigoriy Sapov) hitched a cab and ended up having a conversation with the driver, an ethnic Uzbek (RUS): An Uzbek Driver Yesterday. The driver is elderly,...

Mongolia: Textile Export Drop

neweurasia reports that Mongolia's textile exports to the United States have suffered tremendously since quotas on textiles were lifted in 2005.

Armenia: A1 Denied Frequency

Onnik Krikorian says that the popular A1 has been again denied a broadcast frequency, a decision Onnik says is “yet another blow to press freedom” in Armenia.

Mongolia: Windfall Profits Tax

Luke Distelhorst reports that Mongolia's controversial windfall profits tax on mining is now law and he carries the reaction from Ivanhoe Mines, a major investor in the country's mining sector.

Kazakhstan: Education Spending

Ben Paarmann notes that Kazakhstan plans to boost its spending on education.

Armenia & Azerbaijan: Momentum for Peace

Onnik Krikorian says that momentum for peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Karabakh continues.

Kyrgyzstan: Citizenship & Civility

Students in Kyrgyzstan write about citizenship and civility.

Mongolia: Parliamentary Walkout

Luke Distelhorst reports on the walkout from parliament of Mongolia's Democratic Party over the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party efforts to delay by-elections for a seat formerly held by a Democratic...

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Paolo Sorbello is the Central Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

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