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· January, 2013

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from January, 2013

“Judges in Tajikistan are like Elite Prostitutes”

The judiciary in Tajikistan has recently attracted more than its usual share of criticism from social media users. Following two controversial high-profile cases, Tajik netizens have slammed the country's 'corrupt'...

Kazakh Quake Sends Tremors through Twitter

After an earthquake hit southeastern Kazakhstan yesterday, hundreds of the country's netizens took to Twitter to tell the rest of the world about what they had experienced. Blogger Olzhas Salmurza...

Life in between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

An ‘Evolution in Thinking’ in Afghanistan

Afghans and some foreign observers claim that Afghanistan is a vastly different country now than it was under the Taliban. Few of these observers can tangibly explain exactly what they...

Prominent Blogger Detained in Azerbaijan

Debate over Kazakh Script Reform

While some analysts remain skeptical about Kazakhstan's Latinization reform, bloggers offer [ru] practical proposals on how to do the reform ‘right’ and analyze [ru] the experience of other former Soviet countries that...

Uzbekistan's Useless Latin Script

[Over the almost twenty years since Uzbekistan switched to Latin script] it has become clear that the new script in itself does not create the knowledge of foreign languages... Besides,...

Turkmenistan: Human Rights? What Human Rights?

In Turkmenistan, which ranks among the world's "worst of the worst" human rights abusers, the very existence of such rights is seen as 'fiction'. Some netizens blame Ashgabat's repressive regime...

Uzbekistan's Architectural Gems: Preservation and Destruction

Tajikistan Remains ‘Hell for Gays’

A recent discussion in the blogosphere offers a rare glimpse into what it means to be gay in Tajikistan and how the country's people view members of the LGBT community.

Georgia's Gay Rights Activists Protest Broadcast of Secret Sex Tapes

On January 14, 2013, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia announced that the previous chief of the Military Police Megis Kardava, secretly filmed videos of public figures having sex with homosexual...

Armenian Blogger on Trial for Satire Photo of Politician

Edgar Barseghyan, the creator of satire photo website, Demotivator.am is on trial for publishing a satirical photo of a model's body with the superimposed face of Armenian politician Tigran Urikhanyan...

Central Asia's Vegan Dishes

Turkmenistan: What Do Tourists Want?

Tourists coming to Turkmenistan do not seek five-star hotels and casinos; they do not travel to exotic countries for something which they can easily find close to home. They are...

Kyrgyzstan: Hostage Crisis in Uzbek Enclave

A hostage crisis developed over the past weekend in Sokh, a little Uzbekistani enclave inside Kyrgyzstan. All hostages have now been released. Central Eurasia Standard blog summarizes media coverage of...

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Central Asia

Since independence, the post-Soviet nations of Central Asia have invented a number of new 'national' holidays. Yet the celebration of the New Year's Eve still remains a cherished tradition among...

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

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