Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from May, 2007
Nagorno Karabakh conflict: “Liberated Territories” in Focus
The Armenian blogosphere is full of speculations about the seven regions in Azerbaijan currently under the control of Armenian and Karabakh forces, which are referred to as the “Liberated Territories” by those with a more nationalistic perspective. Now that the parliamentary elections are behind us the international community is once...
Kyrgyzstan: Issyk-Kul and Tourism
Asel is worried that the pursuit of short-term profit from tourism is ruining Kyrgyzstan's Issyk-kul.
Armenia: Real Estate Prices
At Life in Armenia, Raffi K. reports on real estate prices in Yerevan.
Turkmenistan: Relations with Kazakhstan
Bonnie Boyd discusses the great significance of the emerging relationship between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Kazakhstan: Bikers & the World
neweurasia says that Kazakhstan's government can use the success of Kazakhstani bicyclists to further boost the country's image.
Armenia: All-powerful Seal
Notes from Hairenik discusses the incredible power of seals on documents in Armenia.
Tajikistan: Next Generation of Journalists
At neweurasia, Vadim says that the next generation of professional journalists in Tajikistan will cut their teeth in the blogosphere.
Armenia & Azerbaijan: Karabakh Progress?
Oneworld Multimedia discusses the status of negotiations between Azerbaijan and Armenia over a peace agreement regarding the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Kazakhstan: Ruling Family Shakeup
A warrant for the arrest of Rakhat Aliyev, the son-in-law of Kazakhstan's presdient, has been issued. KZBlog explains why, and how the case may connect to the government's decision to close a few media outlets controlled by Aliyev and his wife.
Uzbekistan: Another Blog Blocked
Libertad discusses the blocking of yet another blog within Uzbekistan. The blog in question, Khorezm, mostly discusses daily life in Uzbekistan's Khorezm region.
Uzbekistan: Prohibition's Consequences
Tolkun Umaraliev posts that restrictions on the sale of hard alcohol in Uzbekistan is driving sales underground and spurring some to instead drink beer.
Afghanistan: Context to Crackdown
Afghanistanica provides background to the recent shooting of protesters in northern Afghanistan.
Kazakhstan against -bashization
Yesterday Sergey Duvanov, a journalist and a human rights activist was arrested for organising the protests on the square in Almaty against the constitutional amendments that exempt Nazarbayev from a limit on the number of the presidential terms. Casio Cisar writes: Duvanov was holding an unsanctioned protest against what he...
Afghan Whispers:Refugees,War Lords and Orphanages
Several Afghan bloggers have discussed Iranian government’s decision to expel Afghan refugees to Afghanistan. Some of these refugees have lived in Iran for years. Marine Gustavson, from Parsa NGO shows in our photo.You can see more photos here. Afghanistan's government called the consequences of sending back thousands of people to...
How the South is financing the North's internet connection
Reseau International de correspondants writes about pricing inequalities in the international telecom system (Fr) that place a disproportionate burden of payment on developing countries to the extent that “the South is financing the North” and it is in effect “three times more expensive to connect to the internet” in developing...
Kazakhstan: Rakhat's Fall
Leila Tanayeva reports on a criminal case being brought against Rakhat Aliev, the son-in-law of Kazakhstan's president.
Afghanistan: Travel Restrictions
Peter Marton puts together a collection of random travel restrictions for those who may find themselves in Afghanistan.
Kyrgyzstan: Libel Case Against Activists
neweurasia reports on a libel case against Kyrgyz human rights activists brought as a result of an article accusing an official of abusing defendants.
Europe: Third Annual Satin Pajama Awards
Voting has just begun in the Third Annual Satin Pajama Awards over at A Fistful of Euros.
Uzbekistan: Victory or Memorial Day
At neweurasia, Kamron (as translated by Tolkun Umaraliev) shares his feelings on the Uzbek government's change of May 9th from Victory Day to Remembrance Day.
Afghanistan: Heroism or Recklessness?
Afghanistanica examines whether or not the controversial and outspoken Afghan legislator Malalai Joya is a hero or a reckless idealist.