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· February, 2009

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from February, 2009

Armenia: 1 March Anniversary

Dispatches from Armenia comments on tomorrow's first anniversary of the post-election clashes which left eight opposition supporters and two policemen dead. The blog calls the incident a slaughter at the...

Azerbaijan: Sumgait

The Armenian Observer posts video from 21 years ago showing rioters in Sumgait during an anti-Armenian pogrom which left 26 ethnic Armenians and 6 Azeris dead.

Armenia: No dollars in Yerevan

Life in the Armenian Diaspora reports that panicked citizens have been converting their local currency so frantically that there are now no dollars to be found at exchanges in the...

Azerbaijan: Popular website back — minus forum

After several days of closure, the popular semi-independent Azerbaijani news and discussion website, Day.az, is back. However, raising additional questions about its brief disappearance, the site's forum — known for...

Armenia: 1 March post-election clash anniversary

As the opposition prepares to mark the 1 March post-election clashes which left at least 10 dead, The Armenian Observer says tensions are increasing in the capital, Yerevan. Meanwhile, writing...

Armenia: Dollar Panic

The Armenian Observer reports that many in the country are rushing to change their local currency into dollars and limits have been introduced at currency exchanges.

Kyrgyzstan: Smoke Country

Elena published some information about smoking among the youth in Kyrgyzstan.

Kazakhstan: Rally of the opposition

Zhanna writes a post about the rally staged by the leading Kazakhstani opposition party in Almaty.

Kyrgyzstan: Hard Time for the Opposition

Elena writes a history of the persecution of the oppositional movements in Kyrgyzstan.

Kazakhstan: Lomography

Ehot posts a collection of images taken in Almaty, Kazakhstan, with the legendary Lomo camera, which gave name to the whole trend in photo art called lomography.

Afghanistan: Rights Activist Selected as Young Global Leader

Azar Balkhi reports that Fawzia Koofi, an outstanding human rights activist and the first female deputy speaker of the Afghanistan's parliament, was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic...

Azerbaijan: Thoughts on Khodjali

Following on from an earlier post, Sheki, Azerbaijan posts a photograph of a monument dedicated to those killed in the massacre of civilians in Khodjali, an Azeri inhabited town, during...

Azerbaijan: Khodjali Anniversary

Sheki, Azerbaijan marks the 17th anniversary of the massacre of hundreds of civilians in the Azeri-inhabited town of Khodjali during the conflict with Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno...

Georgia: Punk Rock

Georgian Live Music says the country's second largest city of Kutaisi was synonymous with rock and punk bands in the 1990s. The blog posts information and photos of some of...

Armenia: Illegal hunting in nature reserve exposed

Illustrating how online activism could make a difference in Armenia, a YouTube video of a chief forester hunting wild boar at the Khosrov nature reserve has resulted in his dismissal.

Armenia: Nationalist agitation in Georgia

Writing on the new Frontline Club blog, Global Voices Online's Caucasus Regional Editor reports on plans to hold a demonstration outside the Georgian Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia. The blog says...

Afghanistan: Prison, Poverty and Politics

While the Obama administration has announced that an additional 17,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan to confront the rising insurgency, Afghan bloggers keep talking about the daily challenges facing...

Azerbaijan: Historic district under threat

In Mutatione Fortitudo decries the destruction of an historic part of the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, to make way for construction of a new boulevard.

Armenia-Azerbaijan: A Girl's War

Unzipped: Gay Armenia posts details of a theatrical play performed in 2001 set against the backdrop of the Nagorno Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The blog says the play...

Kyrgyzstan: Back Count for the U.S. Airbase

On February, 19th, 2009 nearly all Krrgyz MPs approved a motion denouncing the agreement between Kyrgyzstan and the USA about the American airbase at Manas. Of 89 total MPs, 78...

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