Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from March, 2007
Kazakhstan: Russian Chill
neweurasia discusses chilliness in relations between Kazakhstan and Russia, but says that the relationship is far from on the rocks.
Georgia: The Taboo Web
Levan finds some Georgian websites that deal with subjects that are taboo in Georgia.
Kyrgyzstan: Trouble Brewing
At Registan.net, Teo Kay shares some the political cartoons about Central Asia he co-created for an English-language newspaper distributed in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
Afghanistan: 800 Years of Rumi
Bonnie Boyd notes that Rumi, the famous poet often associated with Sufism who was born in what is now Afghanistan, was born 800 years ago and she reports on a celebration of his work that took place in Washington, DC.
Armenia: Entertainment Buzz
At Blogrel, Harmick has the latest Armenian entertainment and celebrity news.
Afghanistan: Navruz Video
Sohrab Kabuli has a video report of Navruz celebrations in Afghanistan.
Central Asia: Minorities
neweurasia has a collection of 11 posts on minorities in Central Asia and Afghanistan in its latest cross-blog survey.
Armenia: Targeting Students
At the CRD/TI Armenian Election Mointor 2007, a student from Yerevan writes about how the Prosperous Armenia party targets students.
Afghanistan: Watch out Ahmed!
Afghanistanica says that the well-known writer on the Taliban, Afghanistan, and Central Asian Islamism, Ahmed Rashid, seems to have a bit of a problem with Uzbeks.
Uzbekistan: New Attitude
Registan.net says that Uzbekistan has not shown the change of heart regarding its human rights practices that some European Union officials claim it has.
Georgia: Worker's Paradise
Cuttino Alexander pays a visit to Chiatura a town that flourished under the Soviet Union and has since experienced economic and population collapse.
Uzbekistan: Locking up the Press
Bonnie Boyd sums up the arrests of journalists over the last six months in Uzbekistan and concludes that the world will be getting even less news from the country.
Kazakhstan: Cook for a Cause
News from the Caravan tells readers how to get a cookbook with good Central Asian recipes and help out a Kazakh orphanage at the same time.
Armenia: Burying the Prime Minister
Onnik Krikorian reports on and has photos of the burial of Armenia's prime minister.
Afghanistan: Higher Education Crisis
Safrang reports that there are too few university spots for eligible students in Afghanistan and that the problem is only getting worse. The blogger argues that failing to provide education for them will create a large number of dissatisfied youth.
Uzbekistan: Picking Cotton
neweurasia posts photos of children taking part in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest and translates some discussions on LiveJournal blogs of the use of child labor to harvest Uzbekistan's white gold.
Kazakhstan: Green Cover
Ben Paarmann says that the Kazakhstani government's newfound interest in stricter environmental regulation of the energy sector may all be a way for them to justify not meeting stated production goals.
Tajikistan: Implications of -ov
Bonnie Boyd says that the Tajik president's decisions to drop Russian endings from surnames potentially has foreign policy implications for Tajikistan. She says that the decision does nothing for Tajikistan but satisfy a presidential whim.
Kazakhstan: Serbia Defeated
At neweurasia, Leila reports on Kazakhstan's upset win over Serbia in Group A of the Euro 2008 qualifiers. This is Kazakhstan's first victory in a competitive match and second victory overall since joining the Union of European Football Associations in 2002.
Armenia: Something Smells Fishy
At the Armenian Socialist-Libertarian Movement blog, Sasuntsi Anarchist says that the timing of the Armenian prime minister's death is suspicious.
Armenia: Consultations & Mourning
Onnik Krikorian reports on public mourning of Armenia's recently deceased prime minister and the political uncertainty that has followed his death.