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· July, 2006

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from July, 2006

Georgia: United National Exams

Ana praises Georgia's new higher education entrance exams, which are designed to limit opportunities for corruption and ensure that students entering higher education institutions are adequately educated and prepared for...

Armenia: Hye Superstar

Zarchka reports on the outcome of “Hye Super Star,” Armenia's version of “Pop Idol.”

Georgia: Kodori

Vasili Rukhadze has a detailed and informative post on Georgia's recent capture of the Kodori Gorge from a rebel warlord, noting the significance of the event in Georgian and regional...

Azerbaijan: Oil

At neweurasia, Delia explores whether oil revenues will be good or bad for Azerbaijan.

Uzbekistan: Revoked Licenses

The Long and Winding Road has a report on Uzbek pop musicians losing their licenses to perform in public after a journalist accused their lyrics of not being authentic Uzbek...

Kazakhstan: Nuclear Age

neweurasia reports on Kazakhstan's entry into the nuclear age, the construction of several nuclear power plants in partnership with Russia.

Georgia: Abkhazia Tensions Rising

Matt Jay and Sean-Paul Kelly report on the rising tensions between Georgia and the separatist region of Abkhazia.

Afghanistan: Religious Police

Azad Afghan says it is a terrible news that Afghan government decided to create a religious police [Fa]. The blogger adds Afghanistan had already suffered a lot because of religion.

Uzbekistan: Privatization

Ben Paarmann discusses plans for land privatization in Uzbekistan that, he says, will not likely do much to improve the economic situation in the country as it will not include...

Voices from the Caucasus

Russian tourists rest in the shade in the Novy Afon (New Athos) monastery near the capital of the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia – by eurutuf What follows is a...

Tajikistan: Intellectual Development

Vadim discusses why Tajikistan placed last in intellectual development amongst post-Soviet states on the World Bank's knowledge index.

Mongolia: Gandhi Statue

For Optimists and Philosophers reports on the unveiling of a Gandhi statue in Ulaanbaatar.

Russia & Armenia: Discriminatory Hiring

Nessuna reports on anti-Armenian discrimination in hiring for jobs in Russia.

Georgia: Excuse to Invade

Matt Jay rounds up news on Georgia's military operations against a local warlord who controls the Kodori Gorge, the only part of the breakaway region of Abkhazia controlled by Tbilisi....

Armenia: Military Training

ArmYouth Blog discusses the possible motives for the introduction of military training at younger ages in Armenian schools.

Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan: Langston Hughes

Breed discusses the first reissue of Langston Hughes's 1934 book on his trip to Soviet Central Asia. The book was first published in 1934 and the reprint was created from...

Caucasus: BTC & Israel

Ben Paarmann questions those that claim that controlling the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline and accessing Central Asian and Caspian oil is a hidden motive for Israel in its fighting in Lebanon.

Afghanistan: How to Face Taliban!

Afghan Warrior shares his idea about how Taliban can be defeated. The blogger says there are hundreds of international peacekeeping forces in the big cities but we need their presence...

Tajikistan: Ahmadinejad in Tajikistan

Vadim reports on Iranian President Ahmadinejad's visit to Tajikistan and relations between Iran and Tajikistan.

Georgia: Havlabar

Akhtamar of ArmYouth Blog reports from Havlabar, Tbilisi's Armenian Quarter.

About our Central Asia & Caucasus coverage

Paolo Sorbello 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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