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· July, 2007

Stories about Kyrgyzstan from July, 2007

Kyrgyzstan: HIV scandal

31 July 2007

Bonnie Boyd reports of a scandal in southern Kyrgyzstan in which nine children have contracted HIV/Aids due to medical and institutional negligence.

Kyrgyzstan: Mourning

31 July 2007

Noise, a blogger originally from Kyrgyzstan, is saddened to learn about the deaths of the icons of world cinematography Bergman and Antonioni: “We will install a projector and a screen in our yard today, and will show their films to everyone.”

Kyrgyzstan: Issyk-Kul

31 July 2007

morrire posts pictures from her visit to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul, one of the biggest high-altitude lakes in the world – and favourite holiday destination for Kyrgyzstani citizens.

Central Asia: Expert interview

31 July 2007

James of neweurasia interviews Central Asia specialist Dr. Eric McGlinchey – the topics of the long conversation include radical Islam, Russian influence, the regime in Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan's development.

Kyrgyzstan: Sealing off the capital

25 July 2007

Asel reports that the Kyrgyz authorities are planning to impose harsh restrictions on entering the capital Bishkek during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in August.

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Kyrgyzstan: Wedding season

25 July 2007

Kyrgyzstani couples choose the summer months to get married. As the ceremonies portrayed by bloggers are mostly Western in style, they convey a different, somewhat "non-exotic" image of the landlocked Central Asian republic. From white doves to violins, the Kyrgyzstani dream wedding seems above all one thing: expensive!

Kyrgyzstan: Moving the capital?

24 July 2007

Daniel Kohler, on Registan.net, discusses whether the recent suggestion of a Kyrgyzstani governor to move the capital closer to his southern constituency is politically motivated.

Kyrgyzstan: LGBT in the press

19 July 2007

Genderstan rounds up some press coverage of LGBT issues in the Kyrgyz media, most of which, unfortunately, turns out to be homophobic slander.

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Kyrgyzstan: Interview with Bektour Iskender

19 July 2007

Bektour Iskender is the founder of an ambitious Kyrygz blog platform called Kloop. Kloop uses Wordpress, signs up bloggers en masse, has ambitious targets, and hopes to help revolutionise journalism in Central Asia. Bektour sat down and answered a few questions for Global Voices.

Central Asia: Evil ranking

16 July 2007

BordersCA, a blog on borders in Central Asia, is reporting that Turkmenistan is slowly loosing its “Evil-Number-One” status to Uzbekistan. A sign of this are the small, yet continuous changes put in place by the new Turkmen president Berdymukhammedov, such as the removal of the arduous and omnipresent highway passport...

Kyrgyzstan: Missing in action

14 July 2007

Major Jill Metzger disappeared from the US military base in Kyrgyzstan last year. CXW is catching up with the latest developments on the mysterious case and finds that the American officials are not investing enough effort into a full investigation.

Central Asia: Clash of opinion

14 July 2007

Josh Foust engages in an extremely interesting discussion with an Uzbek journalist (working for a Russian news agency) about Western promotion of democracy in Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan: Passport ordeal

12 July 2007

Tamara needs to get a new Kyrgyz passport in oder to enter the United States – and she chose not to pay a bribe to speed things up. This might have been wrong, as she already finds herself wading knee-deep through the Passport Office chicanery.

Kyrgyzstan: From national surveys to a spy-lady in parliament

4 July 2007

The results of a national survey strike some bloggers as too positive; the Kyrgyz head of state is the fifth-sexiest president of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Kyrgyzstan slides down the failed states ranking, and a spy scandal in the capital's parliament on the eve of an important international conference - all these are the topics that kept the Kyrgyzstani blogosphere busy over the last week.

Kyrgyzstan: Polygamy

3 July 2007

Asel discusses whether polygamy is an Islamic tradition or due to socio-economic pressures in post-independence Kyrgyzstan.

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