Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from July, 2016
For some it is about the Islam-secular divide. For others it is about men telling women how they should present their bodies.
Some of Azerbaijan's best schools, a university and a newspaper have been scuppered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen's toxic political rivalry.
"Adam and Eve were also from Danghara!"
"I do not believe there is one woman [in Azerbaijan] who has not faced harassment or violence."
Over two years ago, authorities stopped a nascent and subversive hip-hop movement in its tracks. That move has had predictable consequences.
Awareness of sexual violence and sexism is growing in Kyrgyzstan, but not quickly enough.
"Everybody is leaving Afghanistan. The only people who will be left there are President Ashraf Ghani and [Chief Executive] Abdullah Abdullah!"
"The president says a million. And the president never makes mistakes."
"This song helped me to beat a path through all the difficulties that befell me in life."
"Yes, maybe we clean toilets, but it is honest work [...] We are just feeding our families and we make a big contribution to Kyrgyzstan's economy."