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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

29 December 2015

Who Would Have Thought ‘Everest’ Was in Kazakhstan?

'I even have an old reflex camera, a Nikon D70 -- quite heavy, by the way. That picture was taken from a height of about 6,500 meters above sea level.'

28 December 2015

2015 Was a Year of the Absurd in Ex-Soviet Tajikistan

Could things get any stranger in 2016?

27 December 2015

Many Afghans See Their Future with India, Not Pakistan

A wave of Afghan social media love accompanied Indian PM Narendra Modi during his visit to Kabul.

24 December 2015

Advox by the Numbers: 2015 in Digital Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2015, Turkey blocked 166 websites for publishing one controversial image, Thai activists knocked 5 government websites offline in a virtual "sit-in", and Mexico spent $6.3 million on surveillance software.

23 December 2015

25 Years After Officially Closing, Kyrgyzstan's Biggest Dump Is Still Rancid and Expanding

Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?

What Will it Take to End Police Brutality in Armenia?

A complacent executive and uncaring judiciary have given a free hand to the Caucasus country's unloved police force.

22 December 2015

Denmark's Afghan Community Comes Together to Condemn Violence and Extremism

"We hope as well that the global community does not forget the places around the world affected exactly by this epidemic. Afghanistan is exactly one of those places.”

20 December 2015

Kyrgyzstan's Take on Buzzfeed Generates Complaints (and Views) with Gender Stereotyping Listicles

'The ideal 'kelin' pours tea with her right hand, but never a full cup.'

18 December 2015

Afghan Catwalk Sparks Bitter Controversy and Hopes for a More Open Society

To some they are heroes, to others "prostitutes" that "adopted Western thoughts." In Afghanistan, the catwalk is a political battleground.

15 December 2015

Kyrgyzstan’s Madding Online Crowd Targets Dolphinarium

“Dolphins love doing these tricks. If you see how they jump when they are in the sea, they’re just doing the same thing here.”

14 December 2015

A Tajik Singer Calls on the World Not to Forget Aylan Kurdi

'Whose knife is in my heart and my sight? What country is my lonely body buried in?'

10 December 2015

Photographer Elyor Nematov Captures the Lives of Kyrgyzstan's Russia-Based Migrants Left Behind

When will father come home? Sometimes months, sometimes years, sometimes never.

7 December 2015

After a Year Behind Bars, Journalist Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan is Fearless

Global Voices Advocacy

"I am so much wealthier than all the corrupt men and women I have written about. Because I have values for which I am ready to even sacrifice my life."

4 December 2015

Saber Hussain's Pedal-Powered Library: A Story of Hope from Afghanistan

"In the morning, I woke up to this news. I smiled. 'Bamiyan is a world of miracles.'"

‘Asa Ayo'? No, Thanks. Armenian Opposition Gets Creative Ahead of Crunch Referendum

On December 6 Armenia's government will attempt to put the country's emboldened civil society back into its box. But is it too late?

29 November 2015

Kyrgyzstan Torn Between Russia and Turkey Over Plane Spat

As the Moscow-Ankara standoff continues, the small countries in the pair's respective spheres of influence have tough choices to make.

14 November 2015

Tajik Woman Reportedly Killed at Russian Military Base in Tajikistan

"It is not enough that they kill, rape, imprison and make fun of Tajiks in Russia -- now the killing continues at home, on our own soil!"

12 November 2015

Afghans Unleash a Civic Backlash Against Gruesome Violence and Hapless Governance

Afghans are demanding an end to violence and a government that can take responsibility for the country's deteriorating security.

Officers Murdered in Tajikistan as Forced Recruitment Hits Headlines Again

"This is the echo of the system that has been working for more than 20 years during recruitment periods in Tajikistan."

11 November 2015

Iran’s Minorities Use the Internet to Overcome Tensions

Rising Voices

Iran’s ethnic minority communities are increasingly taking to the net to mobilise against racism and oppression

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