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· July, 2007

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from July, 2007

Afghanistan: Korean hostage crisis

Eugene Echo is keeping up with the latest developments in the Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan and complains about the lack of attention given to the story by US media.

Kyrgyzstan: HIV scandal

Bonnie Boyd reports of a scandal in southern Kyrgyzstan in which nine children have contracted HIV/Aids due to medical and institutional negligence.

Uzbekistan: Soviet architecture

Joshua Kucera speculates why Tashkent features some of the best gems of Soviet architecture.

Caucasus: Attitudes towards NGOs

Social Science in the Caucasus unveils some figures on how people in the three countries Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia perceive non-governmental organisations.

Armenia: Digging holes

Many bloggers attended a protest in Armenia's capital Yerevan where people voiced their dismay at a new construction site in the city's center: a huge hole is being dug 300...

Kyrgyzstan: Mourning

Noise, a blogger originally from Kyrgyzstan, is saddened to learn about the deaths of the icons of world cinematography Bergman and Antonioni: “We will install a projector and a screen...

Kyrgyzstan: Issyk-Kul

morrire posts pictures from her visit to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul, one of the biggest high-altitude lakes in the world – and favourite holiday destination for Kyrgyzstani citizens.

Uzbekistan: Digital boom?

Jamiyat translates an article which gives the impression that the use of internet and mobile telecommunication is growing rapidly in Uzbekistan.

CIS: Blog Camp

Mirsulzhan posts an announcement for the upcoming CIS Blog Camp in Kiev.

Central Asia: Expert interview

James of neweurasia interviews Central Asia specialist Dr. Eric McGlinchey – the topics of the long conversation include radical Islam, Russian influence, the regime in Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan's development.

Global Voices in Persian Takes off

Global Voices in Persian finally takes off officially. It started its first baby steps in June and a few of its translations have already been republished on a few sites...

Korea: On the kidnapped Koreans

Robert Koehler at The Marmot's Hole follows up on a series of posts looking at the plight of the 23 Korean missionaries—now on hunger strike—recently taken for hostage in Afghanistan...

Uzbekistan: Domestic violence, a prison for Uzbek Paris Hiltons and “Iran, go home!”

This week on Uzbekstani blogs: The difficult role of women in society and domestic violence stand in stark contrast to the flamboyant life of the president's daughter. Also, a young...

Afghanistan/Kazakhstan: Moving around 42 kids

Tom T retells his adventures of accompanying 42 young Afghan students across the border from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan.

Armenia: Getting rid of old cars

A new rule is set to remove taxis older than 10 years from the streets in Armenia. While this has already led to an outcry of taxi drivers afraid to...

Uzbekistan: Social capital

Rowan Wagner sheds some light on the Uzbek “gap” – a (usually) gender-based group of people that meets up regularly to share experience, practical tips, and gossip.

Tajikistan: Buzkashi

Men on horseback playing a football-like game with a goat carcass instead of a ball? Erik Petersson took some breathtaking photos during a Buzkashi game in Tajikistan.

Turkmenistan: In the last place

Abdul Gamid wonders why Turkmenistan fares so badly in the latest World Bank governance rankings.

Japan: Memories of Internment in the USSR

James from Japan Probe reports on a multi-lingual website that displays the drawing of a Japanese soldier, Kiuchi Nobuo, on his memories of the World War II.

Turkmenistan: 2021

Abdul Gamid asks his readers to think about Turkmenistan's future: “How will our country be in 2021?”.

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