· December, 2008

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from December, 2008

Afghanistan: Young Female Politicians Meets Youth

  10 December 2008

Azar Balkhi reports that Fawzia Koofi, 32, Deputy Speaker of the Lower House of the National Assembly of Afghanistan, paid visit to Kabul University students. This lady is getting more and more popular as a modern young leader among the youth in Afghanistan.

Armenia: UN Declaration Supporting LGBT Rights

  10 December 2008

Despite problems with its human rights record and being the last country in the South Caucasus to decriminalize homosexuality, Unzipped commends the Armenian government for endorsing the UN statement against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Armenia: CNN Genocide Coverage Controversy

  7 December 2008

Too short for Armenians and too long for the Turkish government, a two-hour CNN documentary by Christiane Amanpour on genocide includes a 45-second mention of the WWI extermination of Ottoman Empire's indigenous Armenian population. Premiered on December 4, 2008, Scream Bloody Murder has made many Armenian bloggers angry.

Armenia: Earthquake Anniversary

  7 December 2008

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 1988 earthquake which devastated parts of northern Armenia including the country's second largest city of Gyumri. Unzipped says that for the estimated 7,000 families which still remain homeless the past two decades have been full of nothing more than empty promises. Meanwhile, Anush...

YouTube Auditions for First Virtual Symphony Orchestra

  5 December 2008

YouTube is orchestrating an exciting new collaborative project: inviting musicians worldwide to be auditioned online for the world's first virtual symphony orchestra. Amateurs as well as professionals, have until January 28, 2008 to download sheet music, and upload videos of their performances.

Armenia: Sex Education

  3 December 2008

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on reported changes to legislation concerning HIV/AIDS in Armenia. In particular, the blog notes, this looks likely to include mandatory sex education classes in Armenian schools.

Armenia: Referendum for Peace or War?

  3 December 2008

Unzipped comments on news that the Armenian government is considering polling citizens on policy issues, with much speculation that the initiative is linked to ongoing negotiations with Azerbaijan to resolve the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh. The blog believes such a development is fraught with dangers and says that if such...

Azerbaijan: Seven Beauties

  2 December 2008

Sheki, Azerbaijan says that a recent performance of Seven Beauties by Qara Qarayev managed to convey the richness of the Soviet-era Azerbaijani composer's work. The blogger adds that attending the ballet was one of those “moments in life when a person feels proud of belonging to this or other country/nation.”

Armenia: World AIDS Day Observed

  2 December 2008

Yesterday marked the 20th World AIDS Day, and although the event was marked on a small scale in the Armenian capital, it was nevertheless observed in a country where such subjects as sexual health and alternative sub-cultures are usually considered somewhat taboo.

Kazakhstan: History, Culture and Internet

  1 December 2008

While Ukraine is taking a principle stand towards its history and calling Holodomor (famine of the 1930s) genocide of the nation, undertaken by the communist regime, Kazakhstani authorities are very quiet on the comparable disaster of the Stalin era, when more than 30 percent of the Kazakhs died. Schriftsteller says...

Afghanistan: Obama's New Policy for Kabul

  1 December 2008

Azar Balkhi reflects on the U.S. policy towards Afghanistan and cites a private Afghan newspaper, which has said it would be “unwise” if the new American administration to keep on supporting President Hamed Karzai as a legacy of George Bush.

Armenia: World AIDS Day Events

  1 December 2008

Pink Armenia, a local NGO campaigning for LGBT rights as well as the prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases and infections, posts details of events to be staged in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, in cooperation with other NGOs to mark World AIDS Day. The schedule includes a public march, the distribution of...

Armenia: World AIDS Day

  1 December 2008

To mark World AIDS Day, Unzipped: Gay Armenia looks back at the year and posts links to blog posts and stories regarding HIV/AIDS in Armenia. The blog also posts details of events being staged in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, and promises updates later in the day.

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