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Stories about Tajikistan

14 June 2017

Going Postal: Tajikistan Stops DHL, UPS and Pony Express in Their Tracks

"Does this DHL have an owner? Can’t he come to Tajikistan?"

24 May 2017

Why Trump's Hostile Handshake Routine Was No Big Deal for Tajikistan's President

Never try to strong-arm the strongman.

3 May 2017

A Very Central Asian Football Match in Tweets

"Maksadbek Alimov misses clear chance to pull one back for Alai at 39.43. Man behind me calls him a долбоёб."

26 February 2017

Meet Kyrgyzstan, a Haven for Central Asian Reporters Amid Love and Strife

"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."

12 January 2017

Tajik President's 29-Year-Old Son Becomes Mayor of the Capital

"A 29-year-old general, a fighter of corruption, [Rustam Emomali] just became Dushanbe's mayor. And what have you achieved?"

30 December 2016

Central Asia in 2016: The More Things Change…?

"Why do they mess about? They should just appoint themselves immortals and pass a law banning death from visiting them."

4 December 2016

Will Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Make Plov, Not War in 2017?

A new Uzbek president can change a lot of things between the two countries.

25 November 2016

Kyrgyzstan's President and the Little Personality Cult that Couldn't

"Atambayev, father of the nation? No, he's some kind of surrogate."

21 November 2016

Seeing Central Asia in Bolivia's Migration Experience

"Migration triggers a variety of reactions in both the person that emigrates and in his or her family members."

2 November 2016

Viewed from Central Asia, US Democracy Is Looking More and More Like the Region's Own Version

The Bridge

Clinton the Second or Trump the Great? The choices look pretty familiar to observers from one of the world's most authoritarian regions.

Big Fat Tajik Wedding Hides Nest of Central Asian Intrigue

A lavish wedding in Moscow has drawn gasps of envious amazement even from Russians inured to garish displays of wealth.

1 November 2016

Halloween: Ghoulish Fun or Grand Western Conspiracy?

Devil face-masks are no damned joke in certain corners of the former Soviet Union.

29 October 2016

100 Years of Beauty in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Countries that shared a similar existence under the Kremlin's yoke found in their national wardrobes rich sources of self-expression.

6 October 2016

Boy Bands, Ballet and Battles over Masculinity in Central Asia

"They shouldn't come here. We are for national traditions, wherein a man is a man, and a woman is a woman."

4 October 2016

Whose Face Should Appear on Tajikistan's Banknotes?

The president's face, or the face of a humble migrant?

22 September 2016

What Central Asian Leaders Can Learn from Ban Ki-moon’s Last Speech as UN Secretary General

"My message is clear: serve your people. Don't subvert democracy. Don't pilfer your country’s resources. Don't imprison and torture your critics."

20 September 2016

Lies, Damned Lies and the Health of Central Asian Presidents

The hype over Hillary Clinton's pneumonia was nothing. These guys spend their lives on the verge of death.

25 August 2016

Here's to Dilshod Nazarov and Four Other Tajikistan Sporting Success Stories You've Never Heard

Unless you are North Korea, never mess with this country in ITF Taekwon-Do.

20 August 2016

Tajikistan Goes Crazy Over First Ever Olympic Gold

"Long live Tajik mothers who give birth to sons like Dilshod Nazarov. Well done, mother of Dilshod."

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