· February, 2007

Stories about Tajikistan from February, 2007

Tajikistan: Food for the Neigbhors

  27 February 2007

Elizabeth posts on the Tajik tradition of bringing a plate of food to one's neighbors whenever a large meal is made. The only catch is that one cannot return the plate empty.

Tajikistan: Islam & Identity

  26 February 2007

Lola discusses what being Muslim means to Tajik identity and what cultural and religious practices make one sufficiently Muslim without being considered what many in Tajikistan consider a “fanatic.”

Tajikistan: Violet Revolt

  22 February 2007

Vadim notes that a new opposition party has appeared in Tajikistan, threatening to overthrow the president in a popular revolt if he does not resign by the spring. Vadim says that this is quite unlikely to find much support among Tajikistan's citizenry.

Tajikistan: Separatism Concerns

15 February 2007

Tajikistan plans to give additional autonomy to the Gorno-Badakhshan region, the western part of the country which is mostly inhabited by Pamiris. Vadim says that concerns that this will encourage separatism are exaggerated.

Tajikistan: Seasonal Business

  15 February 2007

Andrea Dall'Olio reports on what one learns about market principles from shopping in Tajikistan's bazaars and the difficulties that Tajik companies trying to make and sell processed foods in the country.

Central Asia & Caucasus: Nonmarket Economies

  14 February 2007

Registan.net discovers a law proposed in the United States Congress that would slap all of Central Asia and the Caucasus except Kazakhstan with extra tariffs because they would be considered to be economies not functioning on market principles.

Tajikistan: Energy Crisis

  8 February 2007

neweurasia reports that Tajikistan's energy crisis has gotten worse as a hydroelectric station serving the Pamir region has just gone out of service.

Central Asia: US Aid

  7 February 2007

Registan.net looks at the Bush administration's proposed budget for the 2008 fiscal year and says it shows the White House is dropping the ball on Central Asia.

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