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· November, 2008

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from November, 2008

Afghanistan: Explosion in Kabul

Baktash Siawash, Afghan journalist and blogger, wrote that “a suicide bomber killed four Afghans in a blast near Afghanistan's parliament in Kabul on Sunday”.

Armenia: World AIDS Day & the Armenicum Fiasco

Armenia: Higher Education & Sciences prepares its readers for the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day and highlights the situation with HIV infection in the country. The blog also notes...

Armenia: Chess, Karabakh and Turkish Relations

West of Igdir comments on the latest developments in Armenia including a second victory for the country in the International Chess Olympiad, speculation over negotiations to resolve the conflict between...

Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan: Calling Attention to Tragedy

Window on Eurasia writes: “Kyiv’s efforts to call attention to Stalin’s terror famine on the 75th anniversary of that tragedy and especially its moves to gain international recognition of it...

Armenia: Bloggers Throw Funeral at Georgian Embassy

Carrying a black casket labeled “The Newborn Georgian Democracy,” a group of bloggers in Yerevan have marched toward the Georgian Embassy protesting what they call the destruction and desecration of...

Georgia: Armenian Church Scandal

With the ever strengthening power of the Orthodox Church in Georgia causing concern for democracy and human rights activists, bloggers were first to report on attempts to seize a derelict...

Poland, Georgia: The Shooting Incident

A discussion of the shooting incident near the disputed Akhalgori area, which involved the presidents of Georgia and Poland – at the beatroot, here and here.

Russia: Circassian case for self-determination

Paul Goble of WindowonEurasia brings attention to demands of a Circassian youth group to found a Circassian Republic in the North Caucasus, thus increasing the risks of further ethnic tension...

Russia: Murder of Vladikavkaz Mayor

LJ user Zhurnal Cheloveka reports on [RUS] the murder of Vitaly Karaev, mayor of the North Ossetian capital Vladikavkaz.

Armenia: Eurovision Contenders

Esctime.com reports on speculation that Armenia's entry for next year's Eurovision Song Contest will either be U.S. rock band System of a Down or local pop singer Aramé. Meanwhile, in...

Mongolia: Coffee in Ulaanbaatar

Bilguun recommends some nice coffee shops in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar.

Afghanistan: Rocket Attack in Kabul

Joshua Foust says that reported roadside bomb and a rocket attack in Kabul didn't seem to be burning up the international agencies’ wires.

Afghanistan: Afghan Justice

Patrick Frost reports that the Afghan government has arrested 10 suspects in the Nov. 12 female student and teacher acid attack.

Azerbaijan: Eurovision Concerns

IN MUTATIONE FORTITUDO expresses it concern with recent local media reports speculating who might represent Azerbaijan in next year's Eurovision international song contest. The blog says that public money should...

Afghanistan: Meeting Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh

Nasim Fekrat, an independent Afghan journalist, met with imprisoned journalism student Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh in Pul-e Charkhi prison. He seemed disappointed and desperately waved at me. Only for a few...

Nagorno Karabakh: Compromise Necessary For Peace

Blogian provides background information and analysis on the latest developments in efforts to resolve the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh. The blog says...

Georgia: Junior Eurovision Success

Unzipped comments on this year's junior Eurovision international music competition and says that Georgia's win was well deserved. The blog notes that Russia gave full points to the country it...

Armenia/Azerbaijan: Journalists Under Attack

Beaten in Armenia and imprisoned in Azerbaijan, journalists in the ex-Soviet South Caucasus know the price of freedom. Some of them are even fighting from prison cells, wrestling state persecution...

Kazakhstan: Political Economy and Blocked Blogs

It has been more than a month since Kazakhstan’s telecom monopolist blocked access of the users to Livejournal, the most popular blog platform in the Central Asian country. At the...

Afghanistan: A Slice of Life at FOB Kalagush

Not your typical embed: Andrew Klavan spent a few days with Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kalagush. It's quite well-written: despite the requisite Kipling shout outs (though they make much more...

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