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· July, 2016

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from July, 2016

Kyrgyzstan in War of Words (and Billboards) Over Women's Clothing

For some it is about the Islam-secular divide. For others it is about men telling women how they should present their bodies.

Azerbaijan and Turkey: Caught in a Bad Bromance

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.

O Little Town of Danghara: Tajikistan Facebookers Mock Historical ‘Discovery’

"Adam and Eve were also from Danghara!"

Azerbaijani Women Watch #IAmNotAfraidToSpeak from the Sidelines

"I do not believe there is one woman [in Azerbaijan] who has not faced harassment or violence."

Rappers Put Patriotism on Full Display in Tajikistan

Over two years ago, authorities stopped a nascent and subversive hip-hop movement in its tracks. That move has had predictable consequences.

Women Struggle Against Violence in Kyrgyz Society, But How Many Men Will Help Them?

Awareness of sexual violence and sexism is growing in Kyrgyzstan, but not quickly enough.

Afghan Refugees: “Nobody ‘Wants’ to Leave. It Is About Survival.”

"Everybody is leaving Afghanistan. The only people who will be left there are President Ashraf Ghani and [Chief Executive] Abdullah Abdullah!"

Kazakhstan's Capital Has a Million Residents? Probably Not.

"The president says a million. And the president never makes mistakes."

Kyrgyzstan’s President Turns Mournful Singer-Songwriter

"This song helped me to beat a path through all the difficulties that befell me in life."

Will This ‘Toilet Cleaning’ Conflict Between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Ever Stop?

"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."

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