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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

29 March 2017

With Rhinoplasty on the Rise, Whither the Armenian Nose?

“If the [economic] situation is bad, there are fewer operations; if the situation is good, there are many more operations.”

Kyrgyzstan's Capital Through the Cracked Windshields of Its Beloved Trolleybuses

Do Bishkek's trolleybuses have style? You bet they do!

28 March 2017

Georgia Really, Really Wanted a Visa-Free Agreement with the EU, and Now It's Party Time

"From Tuesday, Georgian nationals may visit Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 day period."

26 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Media Facing Pressure from a Fearful President

Global Voices Advocacy

A series of civil suits launched by the state prosecutor have seemingly targeted media for quoting the government's critics.

Georgia's Biggest Killer? Its Roads.

On 22 March, in Tbilisi, a mother and a daughter standing on the side of the road were hit by a car. The 11-year-old girl died on the spot.

23 March 2017

Is Kazakhstan's President a Dictator? You Decide.

The Bridge

In a recent discussion with a hand-picked selection of journalists, Nazarbayev took pains to explain why Asian societies aren't always suited to democracy.

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

18 March 2017

Afghanistan's Cricket Team Sends Hope Home from India

"Finally, a great feat! [Our] tenth win in a row in T20Is. Towards the glory!"

16 March 2017

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

12 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Prosecutors Sue Media for Offending President

Global Voices Advocacy

"By advising him to sue internet publications, they are really doing him a bad turn."

Georgian Town of Batumi Suffers Riots Over a Parking Ticket, Local Grievances

Social media users have been tweeting about the situation in the city under the hashtag #BatumiRiots.

7 March 2017

Silicon Valley Giant Uber Caught up in Kazakhstan Wooden Stool Scandal

"Uber. Are you completely nuts? Is this what a Californian startup looks like?"

5 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Gender Discrimination and Violence Get a Boost from Popular Culture

A popular new reality TV show and an advert for a construction company have enraged feminists by trivialising abuses against women.

4 March 2017

With Key TV Station Takeover, Is Free Speech in Georgia at Stake?

"We have seen the government slowly but surely moving to usurp the media space, focusing primarily on television."

3 March 2017

In Azerbaijan, Another Blogger Gets Jail Time

Global Voices Advocacy

"Instead of investigating credible allegation of ill-treatment, Azerbaijan jails outspoken critic #MehmanHuseynov for two years."

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.

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