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· April, 2009

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from April, 2009

Azerbaijan: Last day of April

Sheki, Azerbaijan comments on today's massacre of at least 13 students at a university in Baku and says that the end of April will now live on in the collective...

Kyrgyzstan: Elections and Ethnic Tensions

Elena tells who will be the single presidential candidate from the opposition in Kyrgyzstan and reports on the inter-ethnic conflict in the country.

Kazkahstan: Major bank admits default

Zara writes an update on entry of the state in BTA Bank. “The subsequent shift in ownership have eventually led to aggravation of the situation around the country’s largest private...

Kazakhstan: Internet Regulation Amendments

Adam analyzes possible outcomes of the law on internet regulation, which is currently passed through the lower chamber of Kazakh Parliament.

Kazakhstan: Expansion of the Uranium Industry

Joshua Foust reports that Kazakhstan is aggressively internationalizing its uranium industry by opening new mines, establishing high-profile international partnerships and lobbying for the global uranium fuel bank.

Uzbekistan: $67, a price for heroism

Musafirbek informs from Uzbekistan that the country's president decreed to award veterans of WWII with a one-time pension of $67.

Kazakhstan: Internet Regulation Amendments Adopted in First Reading

Yesterday the Kazakh Parliament's lower chamber has approved the first reading of the draft law on online regulation, which is meant to equate all websites (including blogs, social networks, chatrooms,...

Georgia: Alternative Eurovision

Following the scandal surrounding Georgia's aborted attempt to enter a song mocking the former Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Moscow, This is...

Azerbaijan: Police

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines comments on the continuing saga of Parviz Azimov, a youth activist recently expelled from his university. The blog notes that whereas the police usually concentrate...

Armenia: Shooting the Messenger

Security, in the Caucasus and beyond…. comments on the tendency for nationalist voices in Armenia and the Diaspora to shoot down any proposals intended to promote peace and reconciliation with...

Armenia: Joke of the Day

Unzipped says joke of the day in Armenia is news that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation — Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) are now calling themselves an opposition political party. Having left the ruling...

Iran: Armenians remembered 1915 Genocide

Zohere Sadrinejad has published several photos of Armenians marched in Iran in memory of the 1915 Armenian Genocide committed by Ottoman Turkey.

Armenia: Internal politics and international relations

The pro-opposition tzitzernak2 comments on speculation that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation — Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) might leave the coalition government after last weeks announcement of progress made in normalizing Armenian-Turkish relations....

Azerbaijan: Blog round-up

Writing on his In Mutatione Fortitudo, Global Voices Online Azerbaijan author Ali S. Novruzov says that Radio Free Europe has started to pay attention to the local blogosphere. However, he...

Kazakhstan: Uneven Development

Thousand-Pa reflects on the patterns of socio-economic development in Kazakhstan and suggests that the main reason for little progress is uneven distribution of efforts and funds.

Afghanistan: Bombings in Kandahar

Joshua Foust reports that three suicide bombers have struck the provincial governor’s compound in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Georgia: Cell protest in Tbilisi

A Year in Tbilisi pays a visit to some of the mock cells erected outside government buildings in the Georgian capital. The blog posts photographs and doesn't seem convinced that...

Azerbaijan: Back in Baku

Scary Azeri in Suburbs returns to her native Baku. Posting photographs of the Azerbaijani capital, the blogger, now resident in the U.K., says that the city is full of contrasts...

U.K.: London Armenian commemorative march

Unzipped posts photos of yesterday's commemorative march held on the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Russia: Baymurat (aka Jimmy) Singing Bollywood Song

Videos of a rendition of a Bollywood song by Baymurat (aka Jimmy) – an ethnic Uzbek from Tajikistan, a gastarbeiter in a town near Moscow, and a YouTube celebrity: one...

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