· December, 2006

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from December, 2006

Central Asia: Environment

  13 December 2006

KZBlog looks at several environmental issues in Central Asia, ranging from the decline of the Aral Sea to gas burning in the oil-rich Caspian region.

Turkmenistan: Fair Play

  13 December 2006

Peter reports, along with pictures, that Turkmen President Niyazov has officially inaugurated a theme park named after himself.

Armenia: Election Update

  13 December 2006

Onnik Krikorian has the latest updates on the 2007 Armenian parliamentary elections, including the news that a popular war hero got arrested for allegedly plotting a coup d'état.

Central Asia: Clanism

  13 December 2006

Sean Roberts posts the transcript of his recent speech on clan politics in Central Asia, and James adds his two cents.

Kazakhstan: Norman Foster

  13 December 2006

Both The Registan and neweurasia report on a new landmark to be built in Kazakhstan's capital Astana – a 150 meter high transparent tent designed by star architect Norman Foster.

Armenia: Earthquake Anniversary

  9 December 2006

Onnik Krikorian marks the 18th anniversary of the 1988 Armenian earthquake that killed 25,000 and continues to impact northern regions of the country.

Voices from Central Asia

  8 December 2006

Anara – by teokaye Anara is one of the ‘youth at risk’ that took part in the weekend trip. Instead of going to school, she supports her family by collecting plastic bags at Dordoi bazaar, a massive clothing market made up of thousands of containers. Kyrgyz-US relations The killing of...

Kyrgyzstan: Status Revision

  7 December 2006

Kyrgyz Report says that the shooting of a citizen of Kyrgyzstan by a guard at the US airbase in the country has prompted the country's president to call for a revision of the legal status of the US troops there so they can be tried in Kyrgyz courts.

Mongolia: Respect & Customer Service

  7 December 2006

Using an experience from a hotel in Beijing, Tom Terry discusses how Mongolian authorities could have combined realism and respect for the public in their bungled recent hijacking drill.

Kyrgyzstan: Death at Ganci

  6 December 2006

Tolkun Umaraliev reports on the shooting of a fuel truck driver by a US Air Force guard at Manas Airport in Kyrgyzstan, which he says could spark anti-American sentiment.

Kyrgyzstan: Democracy's Failure

  6 December 2006

Registan.net says that criticizing the supposed adoption of “US-style democracy” for Kyrgyzstan's ills overlooks much more realistic sources of the country's problems.

Kyrgyzstan: Asian Games

  5 December 2006

Inga writes about watching the opening ceremonies of the Asian games on Kyrgyz television as well as about some of the athletes from Kyrgyzstan competing in the games.

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