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· January, 2007

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from January, 2007

Uzbekistan: Handling Succession

Sean Roberts examines how Uzbekistan will handle succession. President Islam Karimov is 70 and currently in the “bonus time” of his final term. With elections on the horizon, Uzbekistan may...

Kazakhstan: German Relations

Ben Paarmann reports on the meeting between the leaders of Kazakhstan and Germany during which Germany offered support for Kazakhstan's bid to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in...

Kazakhstan: James Giffen

Leila translates a post on James Giffen, an American businessman facing trial in the United States for bribing Kazakhstan's president, something he says that he did with the knowledge of...

Georgians: Georgians on MySpace

Levan takes a look at Georgian musicians on MySpace.

Kazakhstan: Queuing for Profit

Ben Paarmann reports on a business so suited for post-Soviet countries that it's a wonder no one had already launched it in Kazakhstan: standing in line for cash. A new...

Tajikistan: Protest Against Judiciary

Alexander reports that a small protest took place in front of Tajikistan's Supreme Court to draw attention to what protesters characterized as corrupt decisions by courts on land disputes.

Kyrgyzstan: Reactions to the New PM

Yulia of neweurasia surveys opinions around the blogosphere on the new prime minister's appointment in Kyrgyzstan.

Caucasus: iPod Purchasing Power Index

Social Science in the Caucasus posts on the idea of an iPod Purchasing Power Index and wonders why there is such a range of prices in Caucasus states. Onnik Krikorian...

Afghanistan: Aid & Corruption

Sanjar says that a significant amount of aid to Afghanistan ends up in the pockets of Afghan leaders.

Kazakhstan: Party Un-development

Sean Roberts examines efforts to consolidate political parties into and the elimination of parties in opposition to the pro-presidential Nur-Otan.

Kazakhstan: Destination Kazakhstan

neweurasia reports that Kazakhstan has ranked third most popular destination among European countries for gap year backpackers. Borat is believed to be the cause for the jump in popularity.

Kyrgyzstan: Searching for Snow

The Azamat Report goes in search of snow around Bishkek and finally manages to find some for a bit of snowboarding. Video evidence is provided.

Armenia: Election Monitor

Onnik Krikorian has a roundup of the latest news on Armenia's upcoming parliamentary election with a particular focus on efforts to provide transparency and to educate voters, something that blogger...

Kyrgyzstan: The New PM

Yulia writes about Kyrgyzstan's new prime minister, noting his lack of experience relative to his predecessor and saying that the parliament would have voted for a donkey for the position...

Crime and Punishment in Kazakhstan

Blogger's Trial Kazis Toguzbayev, a journalist who uploaded his articles on KUB, a group blog, was tried in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 22 January. In his article, Toguzbayev implied that the...

Turkey is Typing….a Follow-up on the Death of Hrant Dink

Today marks a first, well for me at least! Today's article is written in direct response to your wishes, dear reader. Last week, Turkey is Typing focuses on the Death...

Kazakhstan: Blogger on Trial

Leila reports on the first blogger to go on trial for blogging in Kazakhstan.

Afghanistan: Prospering Women

Josh Foust, writing at Registan.net, says that when Afghani women are left to their own devices, they prosper.

Kyrgyzstan: New PM Candidate

Kyrgyz Report profiles the new candidate for prime minister in Kyrgyzstan.

Armenia: Khoren Palian

Zarchka laments the loss of Khoren Palian, a well-known performer of Armenian spiritual music.

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