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· November, 2012

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from November, 2012

Virtual Game Leads to Real Job as Football Manager in Azerbaijan

A 21-year old university graduate who's favourite past-time is playing the computer game Football Manager was confirmed as the new manager for Azerbaijan side FC Baku's reserve team earlier this...

Tajikistan Blocks Popular News Website

The higher the walls they are building, cutting people off from the outside world, the more willing people are to destroy the walls and bury those who build them under...

Tajik Official Blocks Facebook and Summons its CEO

The chief of the state-run telecommunications service in Tajikistan has ordered Facebook blocked and asked the social network's CEO to travel to the Central Asian country and meet with him....

Ten Years after Attempt on Ex-President's Life, Rumors Linger in Turkmenistan

In November 2002, the then Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov survived an assassination attempt that was blamed on Russian-supported opposition. Ten years after the incident, in the country starved of reliable...

Time to Change Tajikistan's Flag?

Thousands of flags are flown across Tajikistan today as the Central Asian republic celebrates the Flag Day. Meanwhile, some bloggers suggest that it might be time to change the country's...

French-Afghan Filmmaker Wins Award in Tajikistan

Kazakhstan as Seen by Camera Phone Users

Sometimes you don't need to be a professional photographer or have fancy cameras and lenses to take great pictures. Vox Populi is now featuring pictures of Kazakhstan taken by camera phone users and...

Russia, Tajikistan: Who is Insulted by the Migrant Worker's Guide?

The youth wing of the ruling People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan has condemned the 'Migrant Worker's Guide' published in Russia. However, a blogger thinks that Russia is doing more for...

Turkmenistan's Omnipresent Leader

Imagine if every poster on the wall, every advertisement on the side of a bus, hanging in the center of every wall in an office, and even overlooking little children...

Renaming Villages, Streets in Tajikistan

This is just another attempt to rewrite history and build a myth that since the ancient period, the territory of contemporary Tajikistan has been settled by ethnic Tajiks and there...

‘Uzbekistan Illustrated’ on Facebook

Traveling Across ‘The Roof of the World’

Bridge Blog for Afghanistan and Pakistan: ‘Understanding the Neighbor’

In a fellowship program 22 journalists from Afghanistan and Pakistan gathered together twice, once in Islamabad and once in Kabul to understand each others, share value and make cultural exchanges....

Lenin in Tajikistan: ‘Better Hitler’ or ‘Real Hero'?

Since independence, Tajikistan's authorities have taken down almost all Soviet-erected statues of Vladimir Lenin across the country. The removal of these monuments is quite controversial in Tajikistan, where some bloggers...

‘The Door to Hell’ in Turkmenistan

Historic Mausoleum Reopens in Afghanistan

Tajik Police Explained

We can criticize the law-enforcement agencies as much as we want and argue that police is not doing its job properly and that police officers are not to be trusted......

Rediscovering The Bonds Between Afghanistan and Pakistan

An Afghan-Pak Journalist Exchange Programme 2012 brought together 22 journalists from Pakistan and Afghanistan who worked on join reporting projects and cultural exchange to rediscover the bonds between both the...

‘Unknown Kazakhstan’ Photo Exhibit

Football Game in Tajikistan Ends in Massive Brawl

A football match in the northern Tajik town of Istaravshan had to be abandoned after a massive brawl broke out on the pitch. This post rounds up netizen reactions to...

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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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