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· April, 2011

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from April, 2011

Serbia: Bloggers Discuss Plans to Erect Monument to Late Azeri President

One of Belgrade's nicest parks has recently got renovated - thanks, partially, to a donation of 2 million euros by the Azerbaijani government. The news that has been stirring controversy...

Azerbaijan: Royal Wedding Frenzy

Scary Azeri offers her own acerbic take on tomorrow's Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Despite a reported close friendship with the groom's Uncle, Prince Andrew, the blog...

Armenia: Pseudo-patriotism and flag burning

Unzipped comments on the creation of a Facebook page by some students in Armenia calling for the “virtual burning” of the flags of Azerbaijan and Turkey. The blog says it...

Afghanistan: Opium production for 2011 set to rise

Nick Fielding reports that opium production in Afghanistan for 2011 is likely to increase, although overall cultivation for the entire country is expected to decrease slightly.

Tajikistan: Women between a rock and a hard place

Christya Riedel writes about gender issues in Tajikistan and about difficulties that women are facing there – rules for weddings, violence, denied property rights after a divorce.

Armenia-Turkey: Suffering on both sides

Journalist in Turkey comments on the anniversary of the 1915 massacre and deportation of ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey and says that it was commemorated for the second time in...

Azerbaijan: Talysh socks

The Labors of Other Men posts photographs of Talysh socks, traditional woolen footwear that can be ordered online in order to support community development in and around the southern Azerbaijani...

Central Asia: “Cyber Chaikhana,” Book Written by Bloggers

"Cyber Chaikhana" is a book project about Central Asian bloggers and their perceptions of their region, culture and everyday life. Edited by Christopher Schwartz and published by HIVOS, the book...

Azerbaijan: Protest to demand journalist's release

Mark Grigorian [RU] posts photographs of today's protest demonstration outside the Azerbaijani Embassy in London in support of imprisoned journalist and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Eynulla Fatullayev. Marking the...

Kazakhstan: Bloggers Keep an Eye on Floods as Official Media Keep Quiet

Two large cities in Kazakhstan are suffering from major floods, situated in the centers of two provinces – Uralsk in the western part of the country and Ust-Kamenogorsk in the...

Central Asia: Finalists of BarCamp Ideas Market

Global Voices has already provided an overview of BarCamp Central Asia, which took place on 15-17 April, 2011 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In this post we would like to give our...

Kazakhstan, Russia: Photos of Baikonur

At Russia Blog, Anton Verstakov's photos from Baikonur, a city in Kazakhstan, rented and administered by Russia, home to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Azerbaijan: The ‘Terror’ of Tiny Town

Tamada Tales comments on the detention of a small child and her mother at an opposition protest in Baku on Sunday. Captured on video uploaded to YouTube and shared online,...

Central Asia: Ideas and Innovations of BarCamp Central Asia

The fourth educational non-commercial conference for professionals in social media (BarCamp Central Asia) took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 15-17 April, 2011, bringing together journalists and bloggers, IT and media specialists,...

Kyrgyzstan: Authorities ponder on confiscation of the mobile operator

It appears that Kyrgyzstan’s leading mobile operator MegaCom is about to be confiscated by the government, amidst an ongoing political and law enforcement scandal related to the company, Malika reports.

Turkmenistan: Rights activist isolated in psychiatric hospital

Amangelen Shapudakov, an 80-year-old activist, has been forcibly confined to a pyschiatric hospital by Turkmen authorities after he accused a local official of corruption during an interview with RFE/RL, Schwartz...

Turkmenistan: Crackdown on Turkish schools

As Turkmenistan’s authorities quietly move to shut down the system of Turkish secondary schools, Annasoltan communicates with an alum of one of these schools to get an insider’s view.

Kyrgyzstan: Interview with shirin Aitmatova

Sabina interviews Shirin Aitmatova, a Kyrgyz MP and an active online social media activist, discussing poetry and politics.

Armenia: Internet Penetration

Despite government claims of 47.1 percent, Social Science in the Caucasus analyzes its 2010 household survey to assess the real level of Internet penetration in Armenia and especially as it...

Uzbekistan: President's daughter sues French publication

Joshua Foust opines on the news that the daughter of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian ruler Islam Karimov filed suit against the French website Rue89.com over an article that identified her father as...

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