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· October, 2010

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from October, 2010

Georgia: Halloween protests & revelry

The Young Georgians examines the history of Halloween, and not least in Georgia where controversy often results in religious groups objecting to young people holding their own events. This year...

Armenia: Nationalist backlash against Azerbaijan film festival

Unzipped and Le Retour (in 3 Parts) comment on the nationalist backlash to a festival of films from Azerbaijan to be staged in Yerevan, Armenia, next week. The former says...

Video: One Minute Jr video nominees for 2010 Awards

The nominees for each of the 3 categories in the One Minutes Jr project competition 2010 have been selected. In each of the categories of  (Self)-portrait, Inside-Out and One Minute...

Kyrgyzstan: Parties Get Down to Coalition-Building

With no clear winner in Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary election, the five parties that gained seats have immediately plunged into a race to build a ruling coalition with the right to choose...

Uzbekistan: Facebook blocked

The authorities of Uzbekistan have banned Facebook, possibly in an attempt to block Uzbek users from the opportunity to read the content of the banned independent websites via the social...

Kazakhstan: Fake repatrates scandal

Albika reports that several thousand ethnic Kazakh repatriates have never existed, but the government spent 300 million tenge for their benefits in result of the massive fraud.

Kyrgyzstan: Assassination or provocation attempt?

Marat Sartpaev writes about the post-electoral scandal in Kyrgyzstan as the currently leading parliamentary party’s member said he was allegedly attacked by “the armed spec-op officers”, who, though, were “defeated”...

Kazakhstan: Education System Flaws

KZBlog refects on the classc post-Soviet problem that school teachers in Kazakhstan are too often treated like members of an office staff, and their loyalty is more important than their...

Afghanistan: Another Taliban official involved in peace talks

Nick Fielding informs his readers that Afghan Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Barodar after having been released from custody in Pakistan, is at the centre of peace efforts, amidst...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Online campaigns for the return of casualties of war

A campaign represented as being organized by ‘Armenian bloggers’ has been established to demand the return of the body of Manvel Sarinbekyan, an Armenian who reportedly hung himself while in...

Georgia: Teach and Learn English

Dream is Destiny [GE] posts the addresses of the blogs established by some of the 350 native English-language speakers documenting their stay in Georgia as part of the new official...

Armenia: Domestic Violence petition submitted

Following the recent outrage expressed by some Armenian bloggers following the death of a 20-year old woman at the hands of her husband and mother-in-law, Blogian says that the petition...

Armenia: Prolific blogger suspended on LiveJournal

Kornelij Glas [RU] details the case of Pigh, an Armenian blogger prolific in the mutual tit-for-tat online information war with Azerbaijan and Turkey. Speaking to Global Voices, Pigh says that...

Azerbaijan: Free Expression under Attack

Global Voices Advocacy features a guest post from Rebecca Vincent, Article 19's Advocacy Assistant for Azerbaijan. The post details the situation with freedom of expression in the oil-rich former Soviet...

Kazakhstan: Governance matters

Kazakh bloggers keep on discussing their favorite topic – the quality of public administration. Megakhuimyak raises the issue of professionalism of the higher officials and says that often it appears...

Azerbaijan: Visa restrictions ahead of parliamentary vote

Back in a Bit confirms that new visa restrictions on foreigners wishing to visit Azerbaijan are now in place, and ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for 7 November. Having arrived...

Kyrgyzstan: Elections, a view from within

neweurasia’s Bermet toured 12 polling stations in Kyrgyzstan to observe the balloting procedure and shares impressions of what many experts say were the nation’s most important elections since independence.

Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan: Counter-insurgency campaign faces fuel supply pressures

Eugene Iladi reports on the decision by Kyrgyz authorities to investigate fuel supply contracts to the Manas Transit Center and how this could detriment the American campaign in Afghanistan

Tajikistan: The bitter truth in Rasht

Tajikistan’s government has offered rebels in the Rasht Valley an amnesty in exchange for a cease-fire, but neweurasia’s Botur doesn’t think they’ll take the offer.

Afghanistan: Peace strategy based on flawed assumptions

Nick Fielding analyzes a new report by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, which reveals that the Afghan government's Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme is based on flawed assumptions.

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