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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

11 March 2016

When Is an Autonomous Territory Not Autonomous? When Tajik State Media Says so?

"It was not he who gave us this autonomy, so he cannot repeal it. They tried to bring Badakhshan to its knees in 2012, but they could not."

8 March 2016

Six Tajik Mothers Who Rule the Roost on Facebook

Tajikistan celebrates Mother's Day, a rebranded version of International Women's Day, on March 8.

Afghanistan's Path to Women's Rights Is Paved With Risk, but Built on Hope

From cycling teams to volunteers treating drug addicted men, Afghan women are carving out roles in a country wracked by violence and insecurity.

2 March 2016

Armenia's ‘Electric Yerevan’ Protests and the Mass Media

“Mass media helps to disseminate the issues being raised. When it was necessary to get the word out media covered it without any hesitation."

29 February 2016

Youth NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe Tackle Corruption With a New Documentary Series

In the former Yugoslavia and former USSR, "from kindergarten to university, generations of children and students grow up learning about corruption from their own experiences."

25 February 2016

Pressure Like Nowhere Else in the World: Journalism in Afghanistan

"Freedom means having voice. @TOLOnews & @TOLO_TV gave us a voice and a #FreedomOfExpression. We stand with MOBY & condemn the attack."

23 February 2016

Aqeela Asifi: A Teacher in Exile Continues the Struggle

Imagine teaching for 23 years in a small Afghan refugee camp, and then, one day, learning that Stephen Hawking himself has lauded you and your work

21 February 2016

Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their “Cyber-Borders”

The obscure Organisation of Eurasian Cyber-Security says an open internet can spur 'colour revolutions' of the sort already witnessed in the ex-Soviet region.

19 February 2016

Kyrgyz Language Is Part of Google Translate!

The world's most popular multilingual statistical machine translation service has a new addition: the Kyrgyz language.

16 February 2016

Kyrgyz Journalist Loses ‘One Som’ Court Case Against His Country's President

When it comes to conflicts between the state and journalists, Kyrgyz defamation suits are not a two way street.

14 February 2016

When They Lock Up the Truth: Khadija Ismayilova and the Latin America Connection

Journalist Khadija Ismayilova's sentencing to seven-and-a-half years in prison in Azerbaijan has enraged rights activists all over the world, including in Latin America.

Is Tajikistan's President ‘Preparing Himself a Parachute’ with Constitutional Changes?

Things are getting bumpy in Tajikistan, which means it is time to hold a referendum.

‘Georgian Dream’ Looking Increasingly Dreary After Year to Forget

As ex-Soviet Georgia's ruling coalition faces troubled times, it has resorted to some worrying tactics.

10 February 2016

Ukrainian Artist Kseniya Simonova Shows Kazakhstan Through the Sands of Time

Kseniya Simonova shot to fame as a 'sand animator' after winning Ukraine's Got Talent in 2009.

5 February 2016

Afghan Five-Year-Old Murtaza Ready to Meet Argentine Football Star Messi

"We do not have any personal desires but what we expect is opportunities for our children to have a better future."

Did Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Fall for Spam Scam?

"During my free time I read about you and learn how to be successful."

4 February 2016

Will Armenian Civil Society Remain Electric?

"Thanks to #ElectricYerevan we see there are other better possibilities. That was a first great step."

3 February 2016

Kazakhstan's Requiem for the Tenge Drowns Out Upbeat President

"It seems it is time to start exporting organic fertiliser. This is a particularly promising direction, given we are now fairly deep in shit."

2 February 2016

No Smoking Please, We're Turkmen

"Bans, bans, and bans. People cannot do anything on their own these days."

28 January 2016

The Rest of the World Is Finally Noticing the Touristic Charms of Central Asia

Often overlooked, five Central Asian Stans are home to magnificent natural beauty and rich culture.

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