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· August, 2007

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from August, 2007

Afghanistan: Errors of Judgment

In his first roundup for Global Voices, Joshua Foust takes a tour of mostly Western experts on Afghanistan to see where and how things are changing. This week, he focuses...

Azerbaijan: Building collapse

Having lived and worked in Azerbaijan, Carpetblogger is not surprised by the news that a newly-built highrise collapsed in the capital Baku due to poor building standards.

Kyrgyzstan: Labour migration

Scraps of Moscow links to an IWPR article about the impact of labour migration on the healthcare system in Kyrgyzstan, and finds many similarities to problems elsewhere in the developing...

Azerbaijan: Radical islam

Christine Quirk received a reader's comment to one of her earlier posts (GV reported) about the imaginary threat of radical political Islam in Azerbaijan. The commentator is a well-known Azeri...

Tajikistan: Trade

Plenty of trade-related news from Tajikistan – and Bonnie Boyd has them all.

Georgia: UFO in Abkhazia

At Steady State, rindi is amused about conflicting reports of a mysterious object falling from the sky in the breakaway province of Abkhazia. Was it a Russian or a Georgian...

Afghanistan: Hostage deal

Although 11 hostages still remain in the hands of their kidnappers, Carl Robichaud speculates why the Taliban agreed to release the Korean missionary workers who have been held hostage for...

Afghanistan: Uruzgan update

Péter Marton, writing on his My State Failure Blog, has the latest updates from the unruly Afghan province Uruzgan.

Russia: Mistreatment of Foreigners

Window on Eurasia reports: “Foreigners working in the Russian Federation are far from likely to be mistreated by government officials and employers than they are to be attacked by skinheads...

Serbia: Kosovo and Other “Statelets”

Steady State writes about Kosovo and the “de facto statelets of Abkhazia, Transnistria, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh.”

Uzbekistan: Karimov forever

At Registan.net, Nathan Hamm thinks that Uzbekistan's president Islam Karimov will stay in power beyond his constitutional term.

Mongolia: Kazakh eagle hunters

American filmmaker Joseph Spaid tells readers about his film Kiran over Mongolia over at neweurasia. The documentary portrays a young Mongolized Kazakh youth from the urban capital who is taken...

Kyrgyzstan: Threat of Islamisation?

Some Kyrgyzstani bloggers are worried about the threat of Islamisation in their country, while others do not share their concerns. This debate was the result of an commission's decision to...

Afghanistan: Releasing the hostages

Although the Korean hostages are likely to come free after more than a month in custody in Afghanistan, OneFreeKorea is unhappy with the deal struck with the Taliban. In the...

Afghanistan: Replacing a minister

From Afghanistan, Sanjar reports that he and his colleagues have launched a petition demanding the removal of the current Minister for Information and Culture. Rumours have it that a successor...

Armenia: Election update

Onnik Krikorian posts the latest developments in the run-up to next year's presidential elections in Armenia. This week's news include the growing rumours that a successful ex-politician might enter the...

Mongolia: Visiting the desert

Konchog Norbu posts pictures that prove that the Gobi desert is not an utterly barren and lifeless place.

Tajikistan: Getting a haircut

John Musarra retells his ordeal of trying to get a haircut in downtown Dushanbe. Tajikistan's summers are hot, dusty and difficult to cope with. The barbershop John chose, however, proved...

Uzbekistan: Sarcastic sociologists

Jamiyat doesn't find much else than sarcasm in a recently published opinion poll that says, above all, that the president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, is doing an astonishingly good job.

Kazakhstan: Kashagan Showdown

Bonnie Boyd has a comprehensive background post on the current crisis involving the Kazakh government and the international consortium developing the country's biggest oil field, Kashagan.

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