Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from September, 2016
"When will Mr. Hekmatyar be launched at Kabul?"
The changes passed further boost the powers of the hereditary dictatorship overseen by the ruling Aliyev family.
Unlike his regional counterparts he didn't build a cult of personality, but while in power Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov exercised an iron-fisted control over his citizens—and over narratives about the country.
Some of the world's best bread, melons and pomegranates, plus a diverse people for whom hospitality is second nature. What could possibly go wrong?
"My message is clear: serve your people. Don't subvert democracy. Don't pilfer your country’s resources. Don't imprison and torture your critics."