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· September, 2015

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from September, 2015

29 September 2015

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

26 September 2015

Maternal Infanticides, Attempted Suicides Highlight Heavy Burden on Tajik Women

'All this happens because there is no social protection for the population. There is an agency to carry out this function, but it is completely useless.'

24 September 2015

‘With the Support of the Lord': On the Campaign Trail in Ex-Soviet Central Asia's Only Democracy

Campaigning ahead of Kyrgyzstan's October 4 parliamentary vote proves that democracy is a messy business.

21 September 2015

Reinventing the Blues on Ex-Soviet Georgia’s Black Sea

'As we kick into a Slim Harpo number, the rhythm section slides deep in the pocket before Tamaz, our guitarist, shreds the solo to ribbons.'

15 September 2015

What Does ISIS Want From Central Asia?

Does the radical group look to the region for cheap manpower, physical territory, or both?

13 September 2015

What President Nazarbayev's Foie Gras Faux Pas Tells Us About Kazakhstan

"In times of crisis, if there are no cakes to hand out, PR should work punctually, and very subtly, so as not to aggravate the situation."

11 September 2015

Umida Ahmedova оn the Burden of Censorship and Being a Female Artist in Uzbekistan

"There was a girl there who did not want to jump from a bridge into the water. We used this image as a metaphor."

8 September 2015

Deadly Violence and Intrigue: What Is Happening in Tajikistan?

Perhaps 26 dead and over 50 arrested. But what is the logic driving ongoing conflict in Tajikistan?

2 September 2015

Hundreds of Austrians and Germans Turn Out to Welcome Refugees Arriving From Hungary

Refugees travelling through Austria to Germany were greeted with applause at train stations by Austrians and Germans bearing not only good will, but food, water sanitary products and toys.

1 September 2015

‘Maximizing the Good, Hiding the Bad': How Poverty and Welfare Are Measured in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, poverty has many different faces. Some of them are obscured from view.

Meet the Men That Have Eluded Tajikistan's Secret Beard Police

Unsurprisingly, none of them are practising Muslims.

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