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· March, 2015

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from March, 2015

Kazakhstan Ponders 2026 World Cup Bid

"Everyone saw how the Brazilians cried in 2014. In 2026 we might as well hang ourselves."

Tajikistan's Mosques Are Acting as Government Mouthpieces

"We left the mosque before [prayers] finished. We decided not to go there again because our mosques have turned into places of fraud."

How Can Solar Energy Make Life in Tajikistan's Mountains More Sustainable?

"A solar kitchen can greatly reduce the consumption of firewood and other fuels, even if you use it only once a day,” says Tohirbekov

Afghan Woman Beaten to Death and Burned for Allegedly Setting a Quran on Fire

"What happened in #Kabul today was absolutely against the law, Sharia law and does NOT represent Muslims in Afghanistan."

Turkmenistan's Islam: Between Religion and State

Will the Turkmen government's attempts to nationalise Islam and shut its citizens off from the wider world backfire?

Can Kazakhstan's Sabina Altynbekova Banish Brand Borat?

Young volleyball star Sabina Altynbekova has used her overnight fame to present herself as a symbol of Kazakhstan. How far can she go with it?

Watch John Lubbock's ‘Istanbul: The Politics of Architecture’

John Lubbock shares with Global Voices his newly made documentary on contested heritage and cultural legacies in Turkey's largest city.

Strangled with Her Own Scarf: A Student's Murder Haunts Kyrgyz Society

As the anniversary of 19-year-old Camilla Duishebaeva's murder approaches, many believe the investigation has been deliberately impeded.

Access to Grani.Ru and Other Censored News Websites Restored by Digital Activists

As part of Operation Collateral Freedom, activists used the technique known as mirroring to duplicate the nine censored sites and place their copies on the servers of large Internet companies

Is Afghanistan Getting Closer to a Reckoning with Gender Violence and Discrimination?

"Women's rights in Afghanistan can only go so far, until men stand for it too."

Does Tajikistan Need Sex Education?

In a country where a girl is expected to be a virgin before marriage, the idea of sex education in schools is controversial. But it is going ahead anyway.

‘Eat My S***, Mother****ers!': A Newly-Elected Councillor Causes a Stir in Tajikistan

A city councillor who struggles in Tajikistan's state language, Tajik, has used the language to hit back at her critics in a rather rude way.

Thirty-Two Photos of the New Afghanistan

Indian photo-journalist Aaquib Khan flew to the rapidly changing Afghan capital of Kabul in 2014. He shared his insights into the city with Global Voices.

Has Azerbaijan's National Currency Run Away Scared?

The massive devaluation of the manat national currency has been a disaster for many Azerbaijanis, but it has also showcased their sense of humour.

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