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· February, 2015

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from February, 2015

23 February 2015

It's a Lock In!: Tajikistan's Ruling Party Holds Pre-election Rallies by Force

Mass public participation is not just desirable in Tajik President Emomali Rahmon's heavily-managed democracy, it is mandatory.

22 February 2015

A Tajik Nurse Kidnapped in Yemen Arrives Home and Gets Straight Back to Work

Happy endings are rare in Tajikistan, so when they happen, they should be celebrated.

21 February 2015

Leader of the Nation to Rescue Kazakhstan's Economy

Living next to Russia and being dependent on oil have made life difficult for Kazakhstan, which is about to re-elect its 74-year-old leader ahead of schedule.

20 February 2015

Afghanistan Makes History in Cricket World Cup, Despite Debut Loss to Bangladesh

Afghanistan competed in its first ever game in the Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh, also comparatively new to the international sporting competition.

12 February 2015

Tajik Official Calls His President ‘the Sun’

In a republic often lacking electricity during the freezing months, Emomali Rahmon is 'the sun that turned the cold winter of the nation into a green spring.'

Afghans Relishing Their First Cricket World Cup

The Afghan national team is preparing for its first ever Cricket World Cup, an event that is being treasured by the country's diverse population.

9 February 2015

A ‘Last Prophet’ Faces Jail for Land-Grabbing and Polygamy in Tajikistan

Seven wives, twenty kids and tens of disciples: Sheikh Temur reportedly claimed to be God's messenger, but his Judgement Day came sooner than he may have expected.

2 February 2015

The Tajik President's 82-Year-Old Former Maths Teacher Cannot Pass an Exam to Register as an Opposition Candidate

'All politics is local.' In Tajikistan, politics is even more local than usual.

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