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· July, 2013

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from July, 2013

30 July 2013

Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border Shooting Prompts Theories, But No Answers

Despite the fact that the two sides regularly meet to discuss border issues and work together to demarcate unmarked sections of the border, shootings keep occurring.

22 July 2013

Turkmenistan's Internet Blues

Cyber-optimism is is in short supply in repressive Turkmenistan, and it is not difficult to see why.

19 July 2013

Kyrgyzstan's President Accuses Britain of “Dirty Lies”

Kyrgyz president Almas Atambayev slammed the British government for "hosting" the son of the country's ousted dictator in a Guardian interview. Kyrgyz netizens weigh the wisdom of his outburst.

Gay Uzbekistan: Unknown Singer Stands for an Alternative Lifestyle

A mysterious musician in drag recently hit YouTube with a song about the sweetness of forbidden tea, reminding the world that Uzbeks, too, can be gay.

17 July 2013

Kyrgyz Block Water to Kazakhstan, Demanding the Return of “Their” Land

Under communism land and water weren't a source of friction for the peoples of Soviet Central Asia. But over two decades of sovereignty, things have changed.

Russian Blood on the Asphalt, Armenian Hands on the Wheel

RuNet Echo

A fatal bus crash that killed 18 has heightened anti-immigrant tensions in Russia.

12 July 2013

Gulnara Karimova: Mocked Abroad, Loved (and Feared) in Uzbekistan

Gulnara Karimova, the upwardly mobile daughter of Uzbekistan's aging "President for Life" Islam Karimov, celebrated her 41st birthday in typically decadent style on July 8. But as she enters mid-life,...

9 July 2013

Journalist Sued for Comparing Tajik ‘Intelligentsia’ to Excrement

Tajikistan's state-approved 'intelligentsia' is showing itself to be more thin-skinned than intelligent. Members of pro-government intellectual circles are currently suing a journalist at an independent news agency for quoting and...

5 July 2013

Turkmens Appalled, J Lo Performs for Their President's Grand Birthday

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov got a fine 56th birthday present at the end of last month in the form of a concert starring Jennifer Lopez held at Turkmenistan's $2 billion...

Domestic Violence in Kyrgyzstan

‘Celebrities for Hire’ in Central Asia

Traditional Kyrgyz Clothing

Game Over for the US Airbase in Kyrgyzstan?

After over a decade of scandal, intrigue and significant contributions to the state coffers, the Kyrgyzstani people are preparing for the consummation of their love-hate relationship with the American military...

4 July 2013

Tajik MP is Against Mixed Marriages “Especially with Chinese“

It is rare that the deputies in Tajikistan's pliant parliament become national talking points, but Saodat Amirshoeva, a female MP with strong views about mixed marriages, is fast becoming a...

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