Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from June, 2006
Onnik Krikorian reports on interesting political developments in Armenia as the 2007 parliamentary election approaches.
Ben Paarmann reports on the inflation of Kazakhstan's tenge against the dollar and the government's efforts to try to keep the inflation in check.
Hans reports on the dangers of driving in Tbilisi.
“The two uighurs (Yusuf Kadir Tohti and Abdukadir Sidik) detained in Kazakhstan and at risk of extradition to China (against international conventions) have, tragically, been extradited to China. They are at risk,” writes Celia at China Activist Weekly, “of torture or even execution.”
Standing at the edge of the abyss close to Kyrgyzstan's Pik Lenin, let's not waste any time to present you the highlights from two weeks of online conversation from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Armenia: Onnik Krikorian posts another one of his indispensable roundups from the Armenian blogosphere on his...
David Underwood writes on sunflower seed consumption in Armenia.
Vilhelm Konnander reacts to last week's release of video footage from last year's uprising in Andijon, Uzbekistan.
Notes from Hareinik has a guide to Yerevan dining.
Elizabeth notes the power of superstitions in Tajikistan to determine reality.
Peter of neweurasia notes that Turkmenistan is threatening to shut off natural gas shipments to Russia in September after failing to reach a price agreement.
The beatroot writes that 500 Polish troops are being transfered from Iraq to Afghanistan: “This will be a much more dangerous mission than the one the Poles got involved in, in the quiet area of central Iraq near Babylon after the invasion to oust Saddam.”
Myrthe writes on Tineke van Geel, a Dutch woman who has been teaching Armenian dance for almost 30 years.
Shards of Mongolia argues that, rather than just a simple amnesty of prisoners, Mongolia needs a transparent and trustworthy judicial system.
Onnik Krikorian has photos and a brief report on a candlelight vigil in Yerevan in support of the current US Ambassador to Armenia, who is being removed after publicly calling the 1915-1918 masscre of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey a genocide.
Luke Distelhorst notes that protests against the Mongolian government have resumed, and he wonders whether or not, with the large numbers of tourists arriving in the country, the government will view the protests as a black eye to be dealt with by law enforcement.
Sohrab Kabuli has published a photo from the Afghan cricket team in London and says he does not understand why their t-shirts say “Proud to be Afghan”. The blogger says that Afghans in the west usually run away from their countrymen and try to pretend that they are not Afghans...
Luke Distelhorst reports on how the Mongolian government is and isn't redressing the crimes of the communist government.
Registan.net has a survey of literature from and about Central Asia.
Onnik Krikorian reports on and has photographs from the blessing of a house built by Habitat for Humanity in Armenia.
neweurasia carries a report from an anonymous Tashkent resident on the Uzbek government's centralization of civil society.
Akhtamar of ArmYouth Blog has a strategy for fighting petty corruption.