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· March, 2010

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from March, 2010

Azerbaijan: DOTCOM arrives in Baku

Late last night, American participants of the U.S. State Department sponsored DOTCOM project to bring Armenian, Azerbaijani and American teenagers together to create socially conscious media arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Tajikistan: Bargaining over dams and shipments

Tajik and Uzbek officials traded barbs during the security conference in Dushanbe. The argument concerned freight train shipments for Tajikistan that have been stalled on Uzbek territory, but as neweurasia’s...

Afghanistan: Where all the donor money went

Nick Fielding analyzes the Afghan Finance Ministry's latest Donor Financial Review. The really interesting question is how much of all those billions is still in Afghanistan, he says.

Afghanistan: Government websites review

Nick Fielding reviews the Afghan governmental websites and finds that they are mostly moribund.

Uzbekistan: They Cancelled Navroz

Nathan Hamm informs his readers that public Navroz celebrations were cancelled in Uzbekistan – allegedly because of bad weather, but no official announcements were made about the cancellation.

Uzbekistan: Children infected with HIV

Joshua Foust reports that two hospitals in Namangan have been identified in a newly released documentary as infecting at least 140 children with HIV, resulting in the deaths of at...

Tajikistan: Afghan Refugees in Tajikistan

Christian Bleuer reflects on a video report about Afghan refugees in Tajikistan, saying that this is just one of many issues in the country that it is ill-equipped to handle.

Kazakhstan: Bloggers claim lack of state aid to flood victims

After a mudflow killed dozens of people in the villages south-east of Kazakhstan on March 11, many fear that other dams across the country may cause much harsher disasters in...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: BBC Azeri Facebook Diary III

As part of the BBC Superpower Season, the BBC's Azeri service approached Global Voices Online's Caucasus editor to participate in its own reflection on the power of the Internet. What...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: BBC Azeri Facebook Diary II

As part of the BBC Superpower Season, the BBC's Azeri service approached Global Voices Online's Caucasus editor to participate in its own reflection on the power of the Internet. What...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: BBC Azeri Facebook Diary

As part of the BBC Superpower Season, the BBC's Azeri service approached Global Voices Online's Caucasus editor to participate in its own reflection on the power of the Internet. What...

Azerbaijan: Reflections on Novruz

This weekend marked the official start of Novruz, the Zoroastrian holiday marking the beginning of spring. Bloggers comment on the festival.

Tajikistan: Free speech vs. courts

The saga of three judges and three newspapers continues in Tajikistan and has taken an interesting turn as the journalists fight back with a new recording revealing the corruption in...

Kyrgyzstan: Osh town redevelopment

Iskender writes that the Kyrgyzstan government proposes a 15-year plan of complex redevelopment for Osh, an old town also called as the Kyrgyz Southern capital.

Kazkahstan: Flood and the government

KZBlog reports on the aftermath of the flood in Kazakhstan, saying that corruption might have been the main reason for the tragedy.

Afghanistan: Film archive survives or not

Nick Fielding reports on the fact that the continuing survival of the Afghan National Film Archive, containing the only known copies of some Afghan films and documentaries, remains precarious.

Uzbekistan: Economic purge

Dafydd takes a look at various versions of why did the Uzbekistan's president order the arrest of a whole slew of Uzbekistan’s richest people.

Afghanistan: Does Iran support the Taliban?

Joshua Foust doubts whether reports of Iranian support to the Taliban are credible.

Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency is not just Talibans

Joshua Foust reflects on how the U.S. military chooses to portray the communities where it operates.

Afghanistan: Did the US invade Afghanistan?

Nasim Fekrat reviews nine years of the US presence in Afghanistan and says that those cannot be considered as “invasion”.

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