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· June, 2010

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from June, 2010

Azerbaijan: Zhiguli

Sheki, Azerbaijan honors the Zhiguli, a Soviet era car, with a post remembering it as part of history.

Armenia-Azerbaijan: More Conflict Voices

As mentioned in previous posts on Global Voices, new and social media is increasingly playing a role in facilitating communication between Armenians and Azerbaijanis online. Locked into a bitter conflict...

Afghanistan: Drug use keeps on rising

Nick Fielding reviews a report from the UN's Office of Drug Control, which indicates that almost a million people in Afghanistan – roughly 8 per cent of the population between...

Kyrgyzstan: Constitutional Referendum, Pro et contra

Ekaterina writes [ru] (and Andrei translates) a analysis of the situation around constitutional referendum in Kyrgyzstan, which is expected to bring more legitimacy to the Interim Government.

Afghanistan: Parliamentary elections in the unstable country

Nasim Fekrat writes that out of the Afghanistan’s 364 election districts, only 11 are stable as the parliamentary elections scheduled for September 18 are nearing. The fact questions the vote's...

Australians Challenge Afghanistan War Commitment

Even before Barack Obama sacked General McCrystal, Australia bloggers were questioning the commitment of troops to the Afghanistan war. This has intensified with the deaths of five soldiers in the...

Kazakhstan: “Leader of the Nation” Mission Complete

As was reported, on May 13, the parliament of Kazakhstan adopted a set of amendments labeled as The Law on Leader of the Nation, as they were meant to attach...

Afghanistan: Death of al-Qaeda's leader

Nick Fielding reports on the death of Sheikh Mustafa Abu al-Yazid in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, noting that it came as a huge blow for al-Qaeda, as...

Afghanistan: Reintegrating Taliban fighters

Nick Fielding reviews a new report by the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Australia, devoted to the issue if the Afghan Government's reintegration and reconciliation efforts bring peace to...

Kyrgyzstan: Mixed news for KG sovereignty

Averroes analyzes the current Interim Government's ability to stabilize the situation in Kyrgyzstan autonomously and thinks which forces from abroad may be of help.

Kyrgyzstan: “The Prince” is Caught?

murzaki reports that the son of the ousted Kyrgyzstan President was detained by UK Border Agency, after he landed in Farnborough Airport. He was accused of embezzlement and abuse of...

Uzbekistan: Aral Gas

Michael Hancock writes that the international consortium consisting of state-run Uzbekneftegaz, LUKoil Overseas, Petronas, Korea National Oil Corporation, and China National Petroleum Corporation found gas in the Uzbek part of...

Tajikistan: US Opens Military’s Black Mountain Facility

Christian Bleuer is disappointed with the US Department of Defense’s chosen location for a new training facility in Tajikistan.

Kyrgyzstan: Info Wrangling on Osh Unrest

Christian Bleuer reviews press and expert opinions on the dramatic developments in southern Kyrgyzstan, focusing on the conflict roots and

Afghanistan: Fresh Allegations Against Karzai

Nasim Fekratْ reports that Taliban revealed information regarding its relationship with the Afghan authorities.

Kyrgyzstan: Provocateurs seen behind ethnic clashes

Clashes between the ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek population in the southern Kyrgyzstan have developed into large-scale violence. After three nights of shooting in the isolated conflict zone - the population...

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan: Initial Coverage of the “Osh Massacre”

On June 10, 2010, local clashes between the ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek population in the Kyrgyz part of the Ferghana valley turned into a full-blown massacre and further exodus of...

Kyrgyzstan: “I Call It a Massacre!”

English-language coverage of the situation in Kyrgyzstan – at neweurasia.net. Kyrgyz blogger writes: “Call it whatever you want, but I name it a massacre of Uzbeks in Osh and Jalalabad...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Conflict Voices

In the 16 years since a ceasefire agreement put the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh on hold, successive attempts to broker a final...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Reflections on conflict and displacement

In a guest post on the blog of Global Voices’ Caucasus editor, The Caucasian Knot [EN/AZ/RU], Zamira Ayan Abassi reflects on life as an ethnic Azeri refugee from Armenia as...

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