Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from July, 2013
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.
UnitedKyrgyzstan blog tells [ru] a story of the daily struggle for clean water faced by women and children in many parts of rural Kyrgyzstan: It is the task of women and children to queue up for drinking water and then carry home heavy tanks with water through hundreds of meters of...
Cyber-optimism is is in short supply in repressive Turkmenistan, and it is not difficult to see why.
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.
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.
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.
A fatal bus crash that killed 18 has heightened anti-immigrant tensions in Russia.
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, there are still few clues as to what job titles lie on the horizon for the woman known as Guli, Googoosha, Dr. Karimova, and The Dictator's Daughter.
Tajikistan's state-approved 'intelligentsia' is showing itself to be more thin-skinned than intelligent.
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 state palace. But many ordinary Turkmens registered disgust at the display of opulence in a country where the average salary hovers around $200 per month.
Most girls and women in Kyrgyzstan are afraid of leaving their homes alone when it gets dark, believing that a dark street is the most frequent crime scene in the country. In reality, as SQ blog suggests [ru], four out of five crimes against women in the country take place...
On Registan.net, Aijan Sharshenova explains why ‘celebrities for hire’ (including pop diva Jennifer Lopez) entertaining the authoritarian leaders of post-Soviet Central Asian republics unwillingly improve their image among domestic audiences.
Personal appearance can tell a lot about a person and his nation. Traditional clothes of the Kyrgyz people is important part of material and spiritual culture of the nation, and it is closely linked with the country’s history
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 installation located on the outskirts of their capital, Bishkek.
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 name on everyone's tongues.