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· February, 2017

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from February, 2017

26 February 2017

Meet Kyrgyzstan, a Haven for Central Asian Reporters Amid Love and Strife

"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."

21 February 2017

Government in Azerbaijan: It's a Family Affair!

President Ilham Aliyev just made his wife First Vice President. What did your Valentine give you?

In Georgia, Concern Mounts as Tussle over Key Broadcaster Reaches Endgame

"#Media is a natural ally of society. It can show flaws! Never make mistakes already made by your opponents. Support #Rustavi2"

19 February 2017

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

15 February 2017

Please Drink in and Inhale These Unusual Superstitions Before You Visit Kyrgyzstan

Pour tea sparingly, wave money at a full moon, burn plenty of pine needles and tell your nightmares to running water.

Driving Through Sniper Territory Close to the Azerbaijan-Armenia Border

"If they decide to shoot at any of the cars they can do it without any problem. Their positions are very close."

11 February 2017

Morgan Freeman Makes Surprise Cameo in Uzbek Film. Oh, Wait. No, He Doesn't.

Move over 'fake news', here come 'fake trailers'.

Protecting Georgia's Ancient Alphabet in a Digital Age

"Our language and our alphabet is our heritage; it is a treasure that needs to be not only protected but also kept alive and updated."

10 February 2017

Travel Blogger Faces Eight Years in Azerbaijan Prison Over Nagorno-Karabakh Visits and Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

One blogger, three passports and the intricate international relations of the Caucasus region. This gets pretty complicated.

7 February 2017

In Turkey's Neighbour Georgia, a Gülen School Loses its License

Turkey has intensified its bid to close schools and universities inspired by the controversial educator since a coup attempt last year.

3 February 2017

Is Rap Making a Comeback in Uzbekistan?

“I’ll confess that I was only half certain that they would even let us hold the competition.”

1 February 2017

How to Reintegrate the Afghan Boys Used as Sex Toys of Powerful Men?

The practice of 'Bacha Bazi' has been in the news a lot of late, but there is a shortage of political will to help victims.

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