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· January, 2012

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from January, 2012

Azerbaijan: #LightYourFire Eurovision Meme

Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku in May, a new Internet Meme has appeared on Twitter. With Azerbaijan known as the Land of Fire, the...

Azerbaijan: Eurovision as an Opportunity for Change in the Caucasus

Commonspace comments on news that Armenia will participate in this year's Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Despite a still unresolved conflict between the two countries, the...

Afghanistan: Coverage in US papers falls in 2011

Nick Fielding writes that coverage of Afghanistan in American newspapers fell in 2011 compared to the previous year, although overall coverage of international issues jumped by more than a third.

Afghanistan: Sahar Gul’s story as an illustration of women’s rights

basir ahang writes about 15 year old girl, who had been forced into marriage and later was imprisoned, tortured and violently beaten by the husband and his family because she...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Told to Ride the Bus

A suggestion that Kyrgyz MPs should give up their state-funded cars and take a minibus to work has moved netizens towards a reappraisal of what their elected representatives should and...

France, Turkey: Retaliations Expected for Controversial Law on Armenian Genocide

The Huffington post, in the launch issue of its Francophone version, publishes a column [fr] listing “Five retaliations Turkey could take on France” as the French Senate is preparing to vote the...

Turkey: Post-Murder Trial, Thousands Remember Hrant Dink

Thousands have marched in Turkey to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist and Agos newspaper editor Hrant Dink.

Turkey: Hrant Dink Murder Trial Closes

Five years and 25 hearings later, the trial to convict those responsible for the murder of Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist, has come to a close.

Global: Pictures Not for Free

Edmond Terakopian, one of the UK's leading press photographers, comments on the tendency for some publications to expect photojournalists to supply images for free or for a token payment. The...

Global Voices Most Read Posts in 2011

Global Voices is no longer as lonely a media voice when it comes to reporting tweets and blog posts. Still, where mainstream media interest wanes, we're the ones who continue...

Georgia: Return of the Meskhetian Turks

Over 100,000 Muslims were deported from the Meskheti region of Georgia by Joseph Stalin in 1944. Now, more than 60 years later, some are slowly starting to return as part...

Afghanistan:The number 39 is associated with prostitution

A Facebook campaign has been launched to fight against wrong mentality about number 39 in Afghanistan. This number is associated to prostitution. Read more here.

Turkey: Remembering the Turkish Schindlers

Writing on the Huffington Post, Ziya Meral explains why honoring those Turks that saved Armenians during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire is important. Meral argues that recognizing these ‘Turkish...

Caucasus: The Year in Review

As popular uprisings spread through the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, opposition forces tried to replicate the Arab Spring in the South Caucasus. However, they failed.

About our Central Asia & Caucasus coverage

Paolo Sorbello is the Central Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Arzu Geybullayeva is the South Caucasus editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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