· July, 2006

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from July, 2006

Georgia: Reforms

  25 July 2006

Vasili Rukhadze details the fight for governmental reforms and against corruption of the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Georgia: Soap Acting

  24 July 2006

For those who have always wanted to know what acting in a Georgian soap opera is like, Breed describes his experience.

Armenia: Vardavar

  24 July 2006

Both Nessuna and Jeremy express their dislike of Vardavar, a holiday celebrated in part by throwing water on complete strangers.

Kyrgyzstan: Osh

  21 July 2006

Breed writes about the charms of the bazaar in the Kyrgyz city of Osh and the lessons it holds for those who might find themselves in post-Soviet airports.

Armenia: Apricot Republic

  21 July 2006

Irina Petrosian discusses the omnipresence of apricots, apricot-related gossip, apricots as an indicator of inflation, and much more that has contributed to Armenia being referred to on occasion as an “apricot republic.”

Kyrgyzstan: US to Stay

  21 July 2006

Yulia comments on the release of additional details about the new agreement between Kyrgyzstan and the United States that will allow the US to keep using the Manas airfield for supporting operations in Afghanistan. She argues that it is fortunate that the issue was resolved without becoming a huge fight...

Kyrgyzstan: Support for the Disabled

  20 July 2006

Yulia translates a Russian language post on the difficulties disabled Kyrgyz citizens have in receiving support and how NGOs are making up for inconsistency from the state.

Armenia: Armenian Style Elections

  20 July 2006

Nessuna links to a video about elections the Armenian way. She reports that those who made the short film were instructed not to make anymore such videos if they wished to graduate from their university.

Voices from Kazakhstan

  20 July 2006

Welcome to our latest round-up of blog posts and online discussions that took place in the Kazakh blogosphere in the last two weeks. The “Zhumbaktas” (“Enigma”) rock in Borovoe, a mountainous place with lakes between Astana and Kokshetau, is surrounded with legends. One of them is that a girl ended...

Kazakhstan: Infants & HIV

  19 July 2006

Irene asks who is responsible for the negligence that led to the infection of six infants with HIV in a hospital in southern Kazakhstan.

Armenia: Racist Fliers

  19 July 2006

Nessuna reports on the appearance of racist fliers appearing in Yerevan urging people to “clean their city.” Onnik Krikorian adds that this is ironic considering the number of South Caucasus natives who have died at the hands of white supremacists in Russia.

Armenia: Our Duty to Live

  19 July 2006

Onnik Krikorian posts photos and and an interview with the program manager of the Our Duty to Live project in Vanadzor, Armenia. The project offers educational and social services to needy children in an area still recovering from the devastating 1988 earthquake.

Armenia: Smoking on the Street

  19 July 2006

Nessuna asks why men in Armenia consider it acceptable for women to chainsmoke in cafes, but lose all respect for women if they smoke on the street.

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