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· June, 2006

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from June, 2006

Kazakhstan: Tenge Inflation

  30 June 2006

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.

China: Uyghurs extradited

  30 June 2006

“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.”

Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus

  30 June 2006

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...

Poland: Troops to be Relocated from Iraq to Afghanistan

  29 June 2006

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.”

Armenia: Dutch Dancer

  28 June 2006

Myrthe writes on Tineke van Geel, a Dutch woman who has been teaching Armenian dance for almost 30 years.

Mongolia: Amnesty vs. Reform

  28 June 2006

Shards of Mongolia argues that, rather than just a simple amnesty of prisoners, Mongolia needs a transparent and trustworthy judicial system.

Armenia: Vigil Photos

  28 June 2006

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.

Mongolia: Resumed Protests

  28 June 2006

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.

Afghanistan: Proud to be Afghan!

  27 June 2006

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...

Mongolia: Past Crimes

  27 June 2006

Luke Distelhorst reports on how the Mongolian government is and isn't redressing the crimes of the communist government.

Armenia: House Blessing

  27 June 2006

Onnik Krikorian reports on and has photographs from the blessing of a house built by Habitat for Humanity in Armenia.

About our Central Asia & Caucasus coverage

Zhar Zardykhan is the Central Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Arzu Geybullayeva is the South Caucasus editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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