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Stories about Tajikistan

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.

17 July 2016

Rappers Put Patriotism on Full Display in Tajikistan

Over two years ago, authorities stopped a nascent and subversive hip-hop movement in its tracks. That move has had predictable consequences.

10 June 2016

No Happy Endings for Tajikistan's Romeo and Juliet

Another tale of tragedy from a Central Asian country that seems to produce them more regularly than most.

30 May 2016

Russian Citizen Imprisoned for Filming Police Detaining Hijab-Wearing Women in Tajikistan

"Then they are surprised, when people go to join ISIS."

10 May 2016

In Tajikistan, Shoots of Hope Spring from a Tale of Woe

Dilbar Gurgova was ostracised and driven into poverty after her husband was detained on extremism charges. Compatriots working in Russia were eager to help.

1 May 2016

Tajikistan's Prostitutes Are Punch Bags for the Government

"The aim of these lessons is preventing the spread of prostitution among women and ensuring their moral education."

12 April 2016

Tajikistan and Iran: Bound by a Shared Heritage, Torn by a Shared Mistrust

Relations between the two countries appear back on track after a winter of discontent. Or are they?

14 March 2016

Hear That? The Global Voices Podcast Is Back.

After a three year break, the Global Voices Podcast is back. In this edition, we take you to Mexico, China, Tajikistan, Macedonia and Russia.

11 March 2016

When Is an Autonomous Territory Not Autonomous? When Tajik State Media Says so?

"It was not he who gave us this autonomy, so he cannot repeal it. They tried to bring Badakhshan to its knees in 2012, but they could not."

8 March 2016

Six Tajik Mothers Who Rule the Roost on Facebook

Tajikistan celebrates Mother's Day, a rebranded version of International Women's Day, on March 8.

21 February 2016

Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their “Cyber-Borders”

The obscure Organisation of Eurasian Cyber-Security says an open internet can spur 'colour revolutions' of the sort already witnessed in the ex-Soviet region.

14 February 2016

Is Tajikistan's President ‘Preparing Himself a Parachute’ with Constitutional Changes?

Things are getting bumpy in Tajikistan, which means it is time to hold a referendum.

28 January 2016

The Rest of the World Is Finally Noticing the Touristic Charms of Central Asia

Often overlooked, five Central Asian Stans are home to magnificent natural beauty and rich culture.

24 January 2016

Three Foreign Lawyers Have Returned Home Safely, But What’s Life Like for Local Attorneys in Tajikistan?

What's the difference between a Tajik and a non-Tajik lawyer? In Tajikistan, detained foreign attorneys have a better chance of remaining unharmed and securing a quick release.

19 January 2016

The Strongmen of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan Don't Want to Leave Office Anytime Soon

"Why trifle? Better to directly announce yourself immortals and ban death from coming for them."

29 December 2015

Tajikistan's Pamir Region: Forever on the Brink of Disaster?

Sarez, a high-altitude lake vulnerable to breakout in the event of major seismic activity, looms ominously over the lives of the Pamiri people and the wider region.

28 December 2015

2015 Was a Year of the Absurd in Ex-Soviet Tajikistan

Could things get any stranger in 2016?

14 December 2015

A Tajik Singer Calls on the World Not to Forget Aylan Kurdi

'Whose knife is in my heart and my sight? What country is my lonely body buried in?'

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