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· October, 2013

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from October, 2013

31 October 2013

Young People Revel In Halloween Fun in Kyrgyzstan

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

30 October 2013

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.

24 October 2013

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.

22 October 2013

Tajiks Note that “Moscow Has Changed”

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

RuNet Echo

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

17 October 2013

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.

16 October 2013

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.

11 October 2013

‘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.

9 October 2013

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.

8 October 2013

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.

4 October 2013

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.

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