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· April, 2010

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from April, 2010

Azerbaijan: Dozens reported detained at anniversary commemoration

Twitter and Facebook users, as well as local news agencies, report that dozens of youth activists were today detained in Azerbaijan as they attempted to mark the first anniversary of...

Kyrgyzstan: Keeping the Calm

The role played by online independent media organizations such as Kloop.kg is crucial to separating fact from disinformation in Kyrgyzstan.

Afghanistan: Taliban reintegration plans

Nick Fielding reflects on the plans to reintegrate Taliban fighters back into society of Aghanistan, reviewing a new report by the Afghan Analysts Network.

Afghanistan: Kabul’s Restaurant Raids

Kabul expat writes that last week four of most popular alcohol-serving restaurants in the capital of Afghanistan were raided in quick succession, sending chills through the expat community.

Kyrgyzstan: Ousted president denies resignation

Akmal writes that Kyrgyzstan’s former president, who left the country and found haven in Belarus, now declares that he does not recognize his resignation.

Turkmenistan: Same neighborhood, worlds apart

Although they are neighbors, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are worlds apart economically and politically. Annasoltan examines some of the big differences with some potentially controversial arguments.

Bulgaria: Appeals for Help in Arevik Shmavonyan's Deportation Case

Svetla Encheva (BUL), Maya Markova of Maya's Corner and Legal Clinic for Refugees and Immigrants, a Bulgarian NGO, appeal for help in the case of Arevik Shmavonyan, a pregnant Armenian...

Azerbaijan: Nationalist propaganda

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines recounts being verbally abused by a fellow countryman after co-presenting with Global Voices Online's Caucasus regional editor at a recent conference. The blogger notes that...

Azerbaijan: Act of revenge against bloggers

Following news that imprisoned video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli have been moved to separate prisons, Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines says that one media outlet reports...

Caucasus: Social Innovation Camp

Although Internet penetration remains low in the South Caucasus, all indications are that new and social media has an increasingly important role to play in the area of democratization and...

Kyrgyzstan: The aftermath of public uprising

In the past week, the attention of Kyrgyzstani bloggers has been very firmly centred on political events in this small, mountainous Central Asian country. All over the country, memorials have...

Georgia, Russia, Poland: Imedi-TV's Kaczynski Controversy

Giorgi Kvelashvili of Jamestown Foundation Blog writes that the fake news broadcast aired by a Georgian TV channel on March 15 did not contain mentions of Lech Kaczynski's death in...

Tajikistan: The scandalous lawsuit backpedaled

Alpharabius keeps an eye on the developments around a multimillion lawsuit that had been launched by the three judges against 3 leading independent newspapers in Tajikistan. The judges have offered...

Kyrgyzstan: Resignation faxed

Kyrgyz blogger writes about the details of the resignation of ousted Kyrgyz president Bakiev. The author also attaches scans of the resignation fax from the former head of the state,...

Turkmenistan: Healthcare system in shadow of secrecy

Turkmenistan’s healthcare system is decrepit but veiled in totalitarian secrecy, says a report by humanitarian organization MSF. “Trying to scare off criticism by baring its teeth will not save our...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev on a visit to Washington, D.C.

KZBlog analyzes the visit of Kazakhstan president Nazarbayev to the United States, his high-level meetings and topics discussed.

Kazakhstan: Internet Users Love Opera

KZBlog informs that Opera 10 is the most popular browser in Kazakhstan. As journalists allege, this might be due to the feature which compresses web pages on a remote server....

Afghanistan: Forgotten Hindus and Sikhs

Afghanistan is home to many ethnicities and religions, including small communities of Hindus and Sikhs, Nick Fielding says and tells some facts about the history and culture of these groups.

Afghanistan: The insurgency leader speaks up

Nick Fielding reviews the rare interview with Sirajuddin Haqqani, commander of Taliban forces in Paktia, Khost and Paktika (Afghanistan).

Mongolia: Earthquake in Ulaanbaatar

Radigan Neuhalfen writes a story about the most recent earthquake in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, and also provides a background of seismic research in this country.

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