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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

7 March 2020

No place for transgender people in Georgia's labour market

Finding a stable job is a hard enough task for all Georgians — but as Nata and Gabriela's stories show, it's nearly impossible for transgender people.

2 March 2020

Georgia's youth protesters lead 2020's political showdown

Georgia’s capital Tbilisi braces itself for renewed anti-government protests next month, and youth protesters are at the forefront.

28 February 2020

A renaissance is underway for Mongolia's literature lovers

Mongolia's long and bitterly cold winters provide ample time for reading. Luckily, the country's publishing market is booming — popular histories and translated fiction are the most sought after.

21 February 2020

Can a beloved Tashkent theatre resist the wrecking ball?

The famed Ilkhom Theatre may have survived decades of censorship and economic upheaval, but now it faces another foe: massive urban redevelopment in the Uzbek capital.

18 February 2020

Life on the margins: The Lyuli people of Uzbekistan

Aleksandr Barkovsky, a photographer who has worked with the community, says that ordinary Uzbeks still know little to nothing about their Lyuli neighbours.

17 February 2020

Azerbaijan's snap parliamentary election produces the normal results

Azerbaijan's latest parliamentary elections were called well ahead of schedule. Otherwise, they were quite normal: with allegations of ballot stuffing and a huge majority for pro-government candidates.

22 January 2020

Kazakh family of writers and musicians caught in the Xinjiang vortex

The Oralbai family had a happy and productive life in China before a state purge targeting ethnic minorities tore them apart.

31 December 2019

A journey through Uzbek national identity on the Tashkent metro

In the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, the metro is much more than just a means of transportation — it's an open history textbook.

21 December 2019

Inside the party membership scandal rocking Azerbaijan's opposition

For years there have been rumours that Azerbaijan's opposition parties sold membership cards to people seeking asylum in Europe. A wave of arrests suggests that the rumours could be, in...

12 December 2019

Interview with Bektour Iskender, co-founder of Kyrgyz outlet under attack for corruption investigation

Advox

The story's whistleblower was shot dead in Istambul in November, and Kloop.kg battles a defamation lawsuit.

3 December 2019

Failed promises on electoral system reform prompts new wave of protest in Georgia

For the second time this year, the Georgian Dream government faces mass demonstrations.

27 November 2019

In Uzbekistan, where homosexuality is illegal, LGBTQ+ people must hide to survive

Global Voices interviewed one of the very few LGBTQ+ activists in Uzbekistan, who provide legal and psychological support to a deeply underground community.

18 November 2019

Fear and uncertainty: The life of Georgians in Gali

For ethnic Georgians in breakaway Abkhazia, life is a bureaucratic nightmare.

Tashkent theatre offers window into Japanese internment after World War II

Of all the Japanese interned for forced labour by the Soviet Union after the end of the war, about 25,000 were taken to Uzbekistan.

8 November 2019

In Afghanistan, childhoods are lost to war

“The opportunity for their talents to flourish is taken away from them. The war prevents them to develop their potential. Future scientists have no chance to emerge.”

7 November 2019

Who inspires Turkmenistan's elites?

The Bridge

What can multilingualism tell us about how Turkmenistan's elite see their country's place in the world? And what might they tell the world with their newfound linguistic skills?

30 October 2019

Protesting domestic violence, Azerbaijani women take to the streets and social networks

One girl's story of domestic violence has sparked a nationwide conversation.

12 October 2019

Arts festival caught in the crosshairs of Azerbaijan's ‘national mentality’

One mural depicting the body of a transgender person drew so much attention that it was painted over once the festival ended — in a not so artistically-friendly way.

8 October 2019

After Xinjiang, the long road to recovery

A crowdsourcing project in Kazakhstan is offering medical treatment to victims of Chinese detention camps, but psychological scars will take longer to heal.

4 October 2019

Can the 2019 presidential election alleviate rampant poverty in Afghanistan?

“I have had already this powerless feeling, and there was nothing to do, except voting."

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