· June, 2011

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from June, 2011

Afghanistan: $60 million class action against Blackwater

  13 June 2011

Nick Fielding addresses the problem of killed or injured civilian contractors in Afghanistan through the story about U.S. lawyer Scott J Bloch, who filed a $60 million class action lawsuit in order to recover the four former security specialists’ payment of social security, unemployment insurance, and unpaid benefits.

Kyrgyzstan: CIS counterparts ready to intervene

  13 June 2011

Joshua Foust updates on the situation in Kyrgyzstan following the one-year anniversary of the 2010 inter-ethnic violence in Southwestern Kyrgyzstan, as the nation's external counterparts are closely monitoring the situation and the “elements of aggravation”.

Afghanistan: Building bridges with Pakistan

  13 June 2011

UmairJ writes about the visit of Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai to Islamabad in an attempt to better relationship between the two nations and seek support of Pakistan in forcing the Taliban to a compromise.

Featured Translator: Fabienne Der Hagopian

  11 June 2011

Fabienne Der Hagopian is a volunteer translator for Global Voices in French. Being of Armenian descent, she has translated into French many posts about the Caucasus, but is also passionate about the world at large. Fabienne reflects on her experience as a volunteer translator.

Azerbaijan: Conditional Freedom

  8 June 2011

On his new blog, Freedom in Azerbaijan, Emin Milli writes about the restrictions on his freedom since being released from prison. In particular, the dissident blogger and former prisoner of conscience says that he is unable to leave the country until the end of his parole, but that it “will...

Georgia: Sharon Stone Seducing the Nation

  5 June 2011

The most popular topic for discussion on social networks, as well as by the online and traditional media, this weekend was the premiere of Renny Harlin's movie about the 2008 Georgia-Russia war. However, the most important guest invited for the premiere was Hollywood actress Sharon Stone.

Uzbekistan: Tashkent undergoes a dismantling pandemia

  5 June 2011

One of the most discussed topics in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, is the local authorities’ decision to “dismantle” large portions of the city without providing any explanations to the residents. Samira reports with exclusive on-the-ground photographs.

Uzbekistan: A Dissident Poet Released

  5 June 2011

Noah Tucker writes that the Uzbekistan authorities released Yusuf Juma, the poet and activist who was jailed for slander in 2008 after publishing a series of poems related to the 2005 Andijon protests.

Afghanistan: Border War Expands

  5 June 2011

Joshua Foust says that Pakistan and Afghanistan are engaged in a low-level border conflict with militants crossing the border to attack both militaries as well.

Afghanistan: Contractor Mistreatment

  5 June 2011

Joshua Foust writes about the workers, employed in Afghanistan to different service businesses, and the bad conditions they face, including food riots, sexual abuse, appalling living conditions, and recruitment fraud.

Armenia: Not so SuperJet

Russian LiveJournal user Zyalt [RU] posts photographs and comments on his arrival in Yerevan, Armenia. In particular, though, the blogger notes that furnishings inside the new Sukhoi SuperJet 100 he flew on were falling apart at the seams. Local online media publication ePress carries an English translation of his comments...

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