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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

8 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: What Panama Papers?

In this episode, the period gets political in Poland, Afro-Chileans demand recognition in Chile, and Chinese censors go into overdrive to remove the Panama Papers -- even from email.

4 April 2016

Film Says Students Across Central and Eastern Europe Should Cooperate on Fighting Corruption

A recently published documentary shows how youth organizations from various countries can cooperate to put an end to the shady dealings that too often occur within educational institutions.

Does Azerbaijan's Ruling Family Feature in the #PanamaPapers Leak? Of Course it Does!

"Registration records list [President Ilham Aliyev's sister] at an address in a West London neighborhood where average home prices touch $9 million."

3 April 2016

Facebook Lands More People in Trouble in Kazakhstan

Global Voices Advocacy

'Kazakhstan has drawn criticism ... for what media rights advocates have described as the excessively punitive libel damages sometimes levelled at journalists.'

Smouldering Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Ablaze After Clashes Between Azeri and Armenian Forces

Fighting on April 2 was some of the most deadly the contested enclave has seen since an oft-broken peace in 1994.

25 March 2016

Aliyev's Toys, or the Treatment of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan

Global Voices Advocacy

"Our hostage life is over. We are free now! I wish freedom to all our friends remaining behind bars."

23 March 2016

How Afghanistan's Politics of Ethnicity and Honour Play Out on Facebook

General Abdul Rashid Dostum and General Ata Mohammad Noor have much in common, but whether online or offline, they speak to different audiences.

17 March 2016

Georgia’s ‘Sex Wikileaks’ Revives Fear of Government Snooping

“Everything you do in your bedroom can be used against you!”

16 March 2016

All Holds Barred in Cage ‘Fight’ Between Two Kazakhs

Blood is thicker than water, and more important than prize money.

14 March 2016

Hear That? The Global Voices Podcast Is Back.

After a three year break, the Global Voices Podcast is back. In this edition, we take you to Mexico, China, Tajikistan, Macedonia and Russia.

Kyrgyzstan Keeps Half an Eye on Renewables

Demand for renewables is growing in a country where the Soviet-era energy system is visibly wilting.

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.

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