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· July, 2012

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from July, 2012

18 July 2012

Kyrgyzstan: Patriarchal Society as Seen by Artists

The Kyrgyzstani art group ‘705′ describes itself as a 'nomadic theater'. It is best known for hand-drawn animation films that criticize the conventions and norms of a patriarchal society, particularly...

16 July 2012

Social Media and Armenia’s 2012 Parliamentary Elections

Following a bitterly disputed presidential election in 2008, parliamentary elections held on 6 May 2012 were a crucial test for Armenia’s democratic system. What role did social media play?

14 July 2012

Afghanistan: Adultery Execution Video Sparks Outrage

A 22-year-old Afghan woman was recently executed publicly for alleged adultery in a small village not far from the capital Kabul. Her killing has sparked outrage both in the country...

13 July 2012

Tajikistan: Blogger Urges Young People to Be Politically Active

Tajikistan: Big Brother to Watch Internet Activity in the Country

Authorities in Tajikistan plan to "track down and identify" individuals who publish materials and leave comments deemed insulting to the country's leadership. Netizens respond with a flurry of angry comments.

Afghanistan: American-Handpicked President a “Terrible Idea”

Kyrgyzstan: Blogger Suggests “Ethnicity Should Die”

11 July 2012

Turkmenistan: Silent Anniversary of Deadly Blasts in Abadan

One year after the explosions at an arms depot in Abadan, officials in Turkmenistan hardly mention the deadly incident. Instead of commemorating the victims of the blasts, they prefer to...

10 July 2012

Uzbekistan: ‘National’ Social Network Not Quite a Facebook Clone

Youface, the "national" social networking service launched in Uzbekistan, has been criticized by some netizens as a "bad copy" of Facebook. Yet, the service which reportedly aims to "boost patriotism"...

Kyrgyzstan: Caught Between Nationalists, Court Fines Journalist

In a controversial case, a court in Kyrgyzstan has fined Vladimir Farafonov, an ethnic Russian journalist, for publishing articles that allegedly incite national hatred. Netizens are divided in their assessment...

6 July 2012

Afghanistan: High School Student Discovers Math Formula

A high-school student in Afghanistan has discovered a mathematical formula for solving quadratic equations. Twitter users have welcomed the news as an indication of improvements in the country's education sector.

5 July 2012

Armenia: Public Outcry Over Killing Tests Oligarch's Power

The controversial reign of Armenia's oligarchs might be challenged following the death of an army doctor at the hands of security guards at a restaurant owned by businessman, politician, and...

Tajikistan: Global Voices Puts Spotlight on Dushanbe Zoo

Tajikistan: Facebook Users Discuss Presidential Elections

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