Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from September, 2006
Kazakhstan: Breaking 50
At neweurasia, Adam says that if Kazakhstan is to reach its goal of being one of the 50 most competitive economies, it must do more than “polishing” its macroeconomic indicators and relying on high oil prices.
Armenia: Dusty Yerevan
Christian Garbis says that a Soviet era song still played occasionally on Armenian radio, “Clean Yerevan,” is totally removed from reality, that not only is there lots of litter, but that Yerevan is plagued by dust.
Tajikistan: Dushanbe-Moscow Train
Vadim of neweurasia writes about the ill-fated Dushanbe-Moscow train and the hardships faced by those who take the journey.
Kazakhstan: Nazarbaev in DC
Registan.net looks at media, editorial, and blog coverage of today's visit to the White House by Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
Kazakhstan: Crossing the Line
KZBlog says that comedian Sasha Baron Cohen has crossed the line in his latest stunt as the character Borat by directly mocking the president and government of Kazakhstan in his phony press conference in front of the Kazakhstani embassy in Washington D.C.
Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus
After a busy summer, we bid you welcome to a new roundup of notable online conversations from Central Asia and the Caucasus, brought to you by neweurasia and read out loud to you by the headmaster of a school in southern Kyrgyzstan's Sary-Moghul. There is not all too much being...
Kazakhstan: Borat vs. Nomad
Registan.net says that Western media are over-hyping the Kazakh government's displeasure with Sasha Baron Cohen's character Borat, a racist, homophobic journalist claiming to be from Kazakhstan.
Kyrgyzstan: Storming Pyramid
Yulia of neweurasia reports on the latest attack on Pyramid TV in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Panthers
Tolkun Umaraliev reports on the Bishkek Panthers, the American Football team at the American University of Central Asia, the only such team in Kyrgyzstan. Tolkun says that the team has finally bested its rivals from Almaty and it plans to participate in international contests in the future.
Kazakhstan: The Deal with Blogs
Leila at neweurasia writes a detailed post on the legal status of blogs and online journalism in Kazakhstan.
Afghanistan:Between war and peace
Afghan Warrior talks about countrie's security problems. The blogger says the daily life of most Afghan people is normal but in some southern and western provinces the daily life of Afghans is not very peaceful, particularly for those people who work for government and foreign organizations. They are not feeling...
Russia: Conflict With Georgia
David McDuff of A Step At A Time writes about the recent escalation of the Russian-Georgian conflict: “The Russian government is expending a great of aggressive rhetoric on this new campaign, accusing Georgia of being a “bandit state”, and talking of preparations for war.”
Turkmenistan: Sucking Up
At neweurasia's Turkmenistan blog, Peter details just how much foreign companies — John Deere in this case — will suck up to Turkmenistan's president in order to secure business deals.
KZBlog notes that Kazakhstan has slipped in the World Economic Forum's competitiveness rankings, saying that the country still has much to do at the consumer level to improve.
Kyrgyzstan: Lie Detetector
Yulia of neweurasia Kyrgyzstan translates a Russian-language post on a plan to use lie-detectors to try to root out corruption in government.
Kyrgyzstan: Things People Like
Trent Milan, marking a year in Tajikistan, lists off things he has noticed the Kyrgyz like, including a number of interesting folk remedies.
Tajikistan: Free & Fair Elections
Alexander Sadikov says that Tajikistan's upcoming presidential election will be free and fair because the sitting president faces no real opponents.
Onnik Krikorian from Oneworld Multimedia has written a series of wonderful articles about the Yezidis, ethnic Kurds, who live in Georgia and Armenia. Traditionally, information gathered about the Yezidis focus on those that live in Southern Kurdistan/Northern Iraq, which makes Onnik's article an incredibly valuable cultural resource. Rasti writes this...
Central Asia: HIV Conference
neweurasia reports on an HIV/AIDS conference in Bishkek that brought together officials from governments in Central Asia and other former Soviet States.
Kazakhstan: Mining Accident Fallout
Ben Paarmann reports on the fallout coming in the wake of a mining accident in Kazakhstan at a Mittal Steel mine near Temirtau.
Tajikistan: Golden Mouths
At neweurasia Vadim reports that Tajikistan is the latest Central Asian state in which the president is campaigning against gold caps on teeth.