Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from December, 2015
Global Voices’ community-driven newsroom worked hard this year to build understanding across borders. Take a look back at some of the people and places we learned about in 2015.
We asked our editors, authors and translators from around the world which stories published on our site in 2015 were their favorites. Here's what they said.
Sarez, a high-altitude lake vulnerable to breakout in the event of major seismic activity, looms ominously over the lives of the Pamiri people and the wider region.
'I even have an old reflex camera, a Nikon D70 -- quite heavy, by the way. That picture was taken from a height of about 6,500 meters above sea level.'
Could things get any stranger in 2016?
A wave of Afghan social media love accompanied Indian PM Narendra Modi during his visit to Kabul.
In 2015, Turkey blocked 166 websites for publishing one controversial image, Thai activists knocked 5 government websites offline in a virtual "sit-in", and Mexico spent $6.3 million on surveillance software.
Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?
A complacent executive and uncaring judiciary have given a free hand to the Caucasus country's unloved police force.
"We hope as well that the global community does not forget the places around the world affected exactly by this epidemic. Afghanistan is exactly one of those places.”
'The ideal 'kelin' pours tea with her right hand, but never a full cup.'
To some they are heroes, to others "prostitutes" that "adopted Western thoughts." In Afghanistan, the catwalk is a political battleground.
“Dolphins love doing these tricks. If you see how they jump when they are in the sea, they’re just doing the same thing here.”
'Whose knife is in my heart and my sight? What country is my lonely body buried in?'
When will father come home? Sometimes months, sometimes years, sometimes never.
"I am so much wealthier than all the corrupt men and women I have written about. Because I have values for which I am ready to even sacrifice my life."
"In the morning, I woke up to this news. I smiled. 'Bamiyan is a world of miracles.'"
On December 6 Armenia's government will attempt to put the country's emboldened civil society back into its box. But is it too late?