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· January, 2008

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from January, 2008

Georgia: Political Alternatives

TOL Georgia reports that while there are many things wrong in the country, the situation just can't be compared to that which it found itself in before the November 2003...

Kazakhstan: A Shadow Billionaire Spotlighted by Forbes

Lena B-Va cites the newly released Forbes report on the billionaires “you’ve never heard of” – including a Kazakhstani citizen.

Kazakhstan: Mobile Video Festival

Zhanna Zhukova reports that the first festival of short films, shot by cameras installed in the cellphones, was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, January 26.

Turkmenistan: U.S. Active in Ashgabat

Maciula writes about increasing levels of American diplomatic activity in Turkmenistan and the prospects of building the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline.

Kyrgyzstan: Human rights situation deteriorating

Asel writes that human rights activists are voicing concerns over the increased number of ungrounded arrests in Kyrgyztsan.

Kyrgyzstan: First MacCenter in Central Asia Opens

Akbalta informs readers that the first Apple's MacCentre in Central Asia is going to be opened in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, in February this year.

Afghanistan: Journalist in Danger

Nasim Fekratْ urges action on the death threats that are addressed to Basir Ahang, 27, an independent journalist who was directly involved in the release of Gabriele Torsello, the Italian...

Afghanistan: Reports Call for New Strategies

Barnett R. Rubin reports that several groups of the U.S. foreign policy establishment have released reports calling for major changes in strategy on Afghanistan.

Armenia: Early Release

Nazarian points his readers in the direction of a post in Russian alleging that the notorious son of Gyumri's Mayor has been released from prison in the weeks preceding the...

Armenia: Pondering Scenarios

Unzipped says he believes one scenerio ahead of the 19 February presidential election is that Orinats Yerkir's Artur Baghdasarian will pull out of the race and support another opposition candidate...

Georgia: Post-Election Distractions

TOL Georgia reports that now Mikhail Saakashvili has officially started his second term in office a new report from international election observers note further irregularities with the conduct of the...

Armenia: Russian Masters

After a visiting Russian official effectively endorsed the candidacy of the prime minister ahead of next month's presidential election in Armenia, Nazarian asks if it isn't time Armenians started to...

Azerbaijan: Something Fishy

After posting about fish swimming up water pipes and clogging up faucets, Carolyn & Jesse's Azerbaijan Peace Corps Blog now posts a photograph of the culprits.

Pakistan: No space for burials

Jahane Rumi reviews Feryal Ali Gauhar’s novel, No Space for Further Burials – that deals with Afghanistan and stereotypes.

Armenia: Indigenous Language Blogs

While most blogging from or about Armenia has been in English or Russian, The Armenian Observer is pleased to discover that the number of Armenian language blogs is slowly but...

Kazakhstan: A Hidden Billionaire

Lena B-Va quotes the newly released Forbes’ report on the non-public billionaires “you never heard of” – and a Kazakh citizen mentioned in the report.

Afghanistan: Border with Pakistan is changing westward

Afghanistanica says that the Pakistan-Afghanistan border seems to be moving westward, and reviews the reactions of blogosphere on the matter with many Afghans being quite unhappy about this.

Afghanistan: Ongoing Culture Wars

Safrang reports on the continuing disturbing developments in the case of Perwiz Kambakhsh, the young Afghan student of journalism who has been sentenced to death by a primary court for...

Armenia: Tattoos

The Armenian Patchwork posts photographs documenting a tattoo artist in Yerevan, the Armenian capital. Although the country can be quite conservative, interest in tattoos has grown over the years and...

Kazakhstan: Movie Bids for Oscar

Adam Kesher reports that for the first time in history there is a Kazakh movie shortlisted for Oscar Award.

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