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· October, 2013

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from October, 2013

Young People Revel In Halloween Fun in Kyrgyzstan

While debates over the appropriateness of participating in Halloween fun rage in Tajikistan, young people in the neighboring Kyrgyzstan revel in Halloween festivities. The country's most popular blogging platform has published...

Halloween in Tajikistan: Devil Worship or Innocent Fun?

In Tajikistan where most people have not even heard about Halloween, even rare Halloween fun raises eyebrows.

Kazakhstanis Divided on Whether Home Is Really Best

A debate about why some Kazakhstanis stay in their country while others choose to emigrate has unfolded online. It started after Daniyar posted his “What Is Keeping You in Kazakhstan?” [ru]...

Yelling and Fist-banging at UN Review of Uzbekistan's Torture Record

Authorities in Uzbekistan prefer to deal with allegations of torture, forced sterilization of women, and use of slave labor to harvest cotton primarily through yelling and insulting experts.

Central Asia's Presidents: Political Stalwarts and Musical Softies

Some presidents in Central Asian countries sing, dance, and play musical instruments. When they fail to impress their populations, however, people sing against them.

Kazakhstan's Soviet Mosaics: “Ghosts of an Epoch Gone By”

In a post titled “The Walls Are Crying”, a blogger reflects [ru] on Kazakhstan's slowly disappearing Soviet artistic mosaics that once adorned housing blocks and industrial facilities across the country: Many...

Tajik Official Plagiarizes Story Extolling President

Social media users in Tajikistan have caught an education official-cum-ardent supporter of the incumbent president plagiarizing. In his recent article “Why I Am Voting for [President] Emomali Rahmon” [ru] Ilkhomjon Khamidov...

Tajiks Note that “Moscow Has Changed”

As Russians try to make sense of ethnic riots rocking Moscow, these developments are also carefully watched in Tajikistan where more than half of the population depends on money that...

“Let Russians Sweep Their Own Streets”: Minorities Ponder Ethnic Violence

Non-ethnic Russians have been keen to express their views on the Biryulyovo riots online, using the language common to many of them - Russian.

After a Fatal Car Crash, Tajik President is Told to “Get His House in Order”

A relative of the Tajik president has left the country after causing a fatal accident. Netizens now scorn at police and urge the president to keep his family in check.

Tajikistan Introduces Controversial “Ethics Code” For Internet Users

As Tajikistan adopts ethical guidelines for the users of internet services and personal electronic devices, netizens fear that he authorities might use the document to control free expression.

‘Politics is a Men-Only Game': Female Candidate Quits Presidential Race in Tajikistan

Saddened by the failure of Tajikistan's female presidential candidate to enter the race, netizens are pessimistic about the country's future. Some say they will boycott the vote and emigrate.

Warlords, Democrats and Extremists – Afghanistan's Next Presidential Candidates

Afghans are reflecting on the list of candidates for their presidential elections in 2014. The candidates' picks for vice-president positions demonstrate the importance of ethnic balancing in the divided country.

Amid More Political Discord, Kyrgyzstan's Media Suffers

As Kyrgyzstan's Kumtor gold mine continues to stir political friction, anonymous "sources" cited by mainstream media claim to have all the answers.

Jump off the Bridge! The Tajik President's Motorcade is Coming

A recent incident in the capital of Tajikistan has revealed how much the country's netizens hate presidential motorcades.

One-Third of the World's Babies Don't Have Birth Certificates

No birth certificate can mean children cannot enroll in school or receive medical care. An interview with Evelina Martelli, project manager for BRAVO!, a programme pushing for birth registration.

Tajik Children in Russia “Should Go to School”

A Russian lawmaker and member of the ruling party recently suggested [ru] that the children of labor migrants should be barred from Russian schools and kindergartens. LJ user prosto_vova explains [ru]...

Tajikistan: Voters Are Entitled to Know if Candidates are ‘Full’ or ‘Hungry’

As Global Voices reported, some netizens say they will vote for the incumbent president during November 6 elections in Tajikistan because a “full leader is better than a hungry one”....

“Without Papers You Are Nobody” in Kyrgyzstan

Hundreds of people living in Kyrgyzstan do not have the country's identity documents. This makes these people ‘invisible’ to the authorities, as Diana Rahmanova writes [ru]: In essence, you can say,...

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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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