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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

23 June 2016

‘Well Done Baku'?: Azerbaijan's F1 Forray Leaves Inequality Firmly in the Driving Seat

"While taxpayers ultimately foot the bill for this, two privileged citizens have been massively enriched by the games: the president’s daughters."

22 June 2016

120 Sheep Killed by Lightning in Kyrgyzstan, Sparking Parliamentary Comparisons

"Not those 120 sheep, a different 120 sheep!"

21 June 2016

Will the Extremely Boring Twitter Feed of Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Be Enough to Save Him?

"A massive information attack has begun against the Prime Minister launched by forever fickle MPs, and those affiliated with different oligarchic groups."

17 June 2016

Tajik Facebookers Make Persian Poetry Political

"I left, because now there is no place for love there. I left, because there was no use in staying there. I left, because oppression and pain crossed all lines."

Who Was Jalaluddin Rumi, and Whose Rumi Is He?

As Hollywood unleashes a Di Caprio-coloured plot to appropriate the life of a famous Persian poet, older battles over his legacy are coming to the boil.

16 June 2016

World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile

Global Voices Advocacy

"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."

11 June 2016

Let Kyrgyzstan's Issyk-Kul Region Inspire You

Because how could it not?

10 June 2016

Conspiracy Theories Find Fertile Soil in Afghan Social Media

"America is mother of Daesh [ISIS] and the grandmother of the Taliban. It supports Daesh by injecting Dollars. It supports the Taliban by injecting Pakistani Rupees."

No Happy Endings for Tajikistan's Romeo and Juliet

Another tale of tragedy from a Central Asian country that seems to produce them more regularly than most.

9 June 2016

Popular Sports Website Goes Offline in Uzbekistan in Wake of Fan Controversy

Global Voices Advocacy

"Football and show business were the only areas where criticism was allowed and tolerated. And now even here they are choking the voice of the public."

2 June 2016

What a Vote on Islamic Marriage Blessings Says About Politics in Kyrgyzstan

"If you really do not understand then why are you here? To polish your backsides on these chairs?"

Azerbaijan: Khadija Free, But Other Political Prisoners Await Their Turn

Global Voices Advocacy

"Our political system is a model of the European political system," claimed the Twitter feed of Azerbaijan's strongman President Ilham Aliyev.

Is Social Media Helping to Perpetuate Violence in Afghanistan?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Those who share the bloody pictures of victims not only irritate [victims'] families but also unintentionally assist the Taliban in their propaganda."

1 June 2016

Attack on Vegan Café in Georgia Opens New Front in Culture War

"The Kiwi Café incident produced a cornucopia of social media comment – ranging from outrage to amusement."

30 May 2016

Russian Citizen Imprisoned for Filming Police Detaining Hijab-Wearing Women in Tajikistan

"Then they are surprised, when people go to join ISIS."

28 May 2016

In Afghanistan, Social Media Gives Rise to Hate Speech

"Pashtun zealots, water-carrying Tajiks, porter Hazaras and raw-brained Uzbeks, good morning!"

27 May 2016

Why Afghanistan's Hazara Won't Stop Marching

All Afghans are affected by the country's ongoing crisis of governance, but it is the long-suffering Hazara minority that has run out of patience fastest.

15 May 2016

Kyrgyzstan Embraces Google Street View

Now the local KGB don't even have to leave their office.

14 May 2016

For Long-Suffering Refugees, a Three-Star Respite in Athens

It's been a long, dangerous journey, so Ali Jaffari first thought it was a scam when a Greek friend offered his family a room at a three-star hotel in Athens.

Kyrgyz Musicians Deliver a Stirring Rendition of Game of Thrones’ Opening Theme

Watching this on loop might just be the perfect between-episodes-fix for compulsive addicts of the cult HBO show.

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