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· January, 2011

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from January, 2011

Video: Sports of the World and Games People Play

Sticks, ducks, carcasses, horses, raiding and dancing all have one thing in common: they are all elements used in some of the world's national sports. Today's videos show us a...

Turkmenistan: Iranian Turkmens Make Contact

Annasoltan investigates the life of ethnic Turkmens in Iran reaching out to their compatriots across the border, covering the historical and political context as well as the current situation.

Uzbekistan: Uzbek president's visit to Brussels condemned by civil society

Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov is meeting with European Union officials in Brussels on a visit that human rights are describing as a secretive affair, neweurasia’s Mirsulzhan writes. He also posts...

Afghanistan: Journalist attacked with acid

Nasim Fekrat reports that Afghanistani journalist and novelist Razaq Mamoon was attacked by an unknown assailant who sprayed acid on his face.

Afghanistan: A journalist attacked with acid

Suffering City, an Afghan blogger, writes that Afghan journalist and author Abdul Razaq Mamoon, who wrote a book about Iranian security forces in Afghanistan, was attacked by acid. The blogger...

Armenia: Not so spiritual remedies abroad

Unzipped comments on news that the spiritual leader of Armenia, Catholicos Garegin II, has undergone medical treatment in the U.S. However, the blog concludes, traveling abroad for a simple procedure...

Armenia: A pointless conversation and environmental waste

The Armenian Odar, a Dutch expat blog, recounts a visit to a local supermarket in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, and a pointless conversation with a security guard who refused to...

Azerbaijan: Bloggers remember Hrant Dink four years on

Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary of the murder in Istanbul of Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian journalist, editor, and human rights activist who advocated for reconciliation and friendship between nations, and...

Azerbaijan: Remembering Hrant Dink

The Önər Blog [AZ] remembers Hrant Dink, the slain Turkish-Armenian journalist, editor and human rights activist who was murdered in Istanbul four years ago today. The post is also available...

Kazakhstan: President consolidates power

KZBlog reports that the Parliament in Kazakhstan approved an amendment to enshrine the incumbent president's status as Leader of the Nation and the right to prolong his authority without elections...

Afghanistan: Reassessing media as a peacebuilding opportunity

Nick Fielding reviews the report by the US Institute for Peace, which says that dreams of a free and independent media sector in Afghanistan still go unrealised.

Tajikistan: The death of a newspaper

Alpharabius draws a bottomline under the last ear's historical multimillion lawsuit that had been brought against three newspapers in the Tajikistan’s Supreme Court. One of the publications has disappeared from...

Tajikistan: A sliver of hope for economy

Elina Galperin reports that a sizeable amount of natural gas has been found in Tajikistan, enough to cover the country's needs Tajikistan for 50 years.

Afghanistan: Protest in Kabul against the Iranian government

Afghan protesters demonstrated on Thursday outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan against the ill treatment of Afghan immigrants and refugees in Iran, and also against Iran's ongoing fuel blockade...

Armenia: Gay Russia

Unzipped: Gay Armenia reviews a documentary from three years ago on homosexuality in Russia. However, the blog notes, two of the gay men documented in the film are Armenians and...

Christmas in Armenia and Georgia… and on Twitter

While Christmas was observed in the West on 25 December, other countries instead celebrated it earlier this week. In Armenia, however, it even became a trending topic on Twitter .

Georgia: Policeman fired after being identified on Facebook

After the excessive use of force by policemen to break up a demonstration in Tbilisi, Georgia, many Facebook users used the site to identify those responsible.

Armenia: Charity or Mismanagement?

The Truth Must Be Told [AM/EN] posts a two-part examination of the work of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, a charitable organization which attracts annually appeals for donations from Armenians worldwide....

Kazakhstan: Bloggers discuss religion

Because Kazakhstan does not have a clear religious policy, it has become the norm that everyone is entitled to his or her own perspective on faith. As it was twenty...

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