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· June, 2012

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from June, 2012

20 June 2012

Kyrgyzstan: Cartoons Expose Ills of Patriarchal Society

Turkmenistan: Lonesome Dictator Invites Opposition Parties to Form

Turkmenistan's president has recently pondered the creation of opposition political parties that would add an element of competition to the country's political system which is currently dominated by a single...

19 June 2012

Afghanistan: Women Leaders on Twitter

Afghanistan: Another Diplomatic Conference, But What About Results?

Following an international ministerial conference in Kabul on the future of Afghanistan after 2014, a popular TV show asked Afghan Facebook users to express their opinions and share expectations of...

Armenia: Memories of Historic Yerevan Market

18 June 2012

Russia: Twitter Hashtag Targeting Putin Trends Worldwide

RuNet Echo

Last month, a Russian hashtag was briefly among the top worldwide trends on Twitter. This remarkable hashtag, written in Russian Cyrillic and 30 letters long, has been used to criticize...

16 June 2012

Uzbekistan: Silk and Spice Festival Lost in Translation

Tajikistan: Language and Nation-Building

Kyrgyzstan: Videos Abound of ‘Patriotic’ Attacks on Migrant Women in Russia

A number of 'patriotic' videos depicting male Kyrgyz labor migrants abusing their female compatriots for associating with men from other ethnic groups while working in Russia has recently been disseminated...

15 June 2012

Kazakhstan: Disbelief Shrouds Confession to Mysterious Deaths on Border

Following a deadly incident on a remote Kazakh border post, young conscript Private Vladislav Chelakh has reportedly confessed to killing 14 fellow border guards and a forest ranger. However, some...

14 June 2012

Kyrgyzstan: The Peace Bell Tolls for Everyone but Uzbeks?

Afghanistan's First Computer-Animated Movie

Leaving the three decades of war and destruction behind, Afghans make use of modern technology and media to rebuild the country and raise new generations with a brighter vision for...

13 June 2012

Uzbekistan: ‘Lavish’ Weddings Banned in Tashkent

Turkmenistan: Return of Russian Mobile Operator Ends State Monopoly

After an unexplained closure by the government in 2010, the popular Russian mobile phone operator MTS that had about half of Turkmenistan's population among its customers will soon resume its...

Tajikistan: Students Sent to the Streets to Greet President

Tajikistan: Using Films to Promote Inter-Ethnic Tolerance

12 June 2012

Kyrgyzstan: Rap Song Stokes Ethnic Hostility on Anniversary of Clashes

As Kyrgyzstan marks the second anniversary of the June 2010 events, a new rap song is stoking tension in Osh, a southern city which was the epicenter of the ethnic...

10 June 2012

Uzbekistan: Blogger Makes Skype Accessible to Uzbek Speakers

Tajikistan: After Being Banned, ‘The Dictator’ Movie Goes Viral

After the new spoof blockbuster, 'The Dictator', was banned in Tajikistan, it has become one of the most searched for movies in the country's pirate-DVD shops. Tajik netizens believe that...

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