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Stories about Tajikistan

31 March 2015

Tajikistan's Mosques Are Acting as Government Mouthpieces

"We left the mosque before [prayers] finished. We decided not to go there again because our mosques have turned into places of fraud."

26 March 2015

How Can Solar Energy Make Life in Tajikistan's Mountains More Sustainable?

"A solar kitchen can greatly reduce the consumption of firewood and other fuels, even if you use it only once a day,” says Tohirbekov

7 March 2015

Does Tajikistan Need Sex Education?

In a country where a girl is expected to be a virgin before marriage, the idea of sex education in schools is controversial. But it is going ahead anyway.

5 March 2015

‘Eat My S***, Mother****ers!': A Newly-Elected Councillor Causes a Stir in Tajikistan

A city councillor who struggles in Tajikistan's state language, Tajik, has used the language to hit back at her critics in a rather rude way.

23 February 2015

It's a Lock In!: Tajikistan's Ruling Party Holds Pre-election Rallies by Force

Mass public participation is not just desirable in Tajik President Emomali Rahmon's heavily-managed democracy, it is mandatory.

22 February 2015

A Tajik Nurse Kidnapped in Yemen Arrives Home and Gets Straight Back to Work

Happy endings are rare in Tajikistan, so when they happen, they should be celebrated.

12 February 2015

Tajik Official Calls His President ‘the Sun’

In a republic often lacking electricity during the freezing months, Emomali Rahmon is 'the sun that turned the cold winter of the nation into a green spring.'

9 February 2015

A ‘Last Prophet’ Faces Jail for Land-Grabbing and Polygamy in Tajikistan

Seven wives, twenty kids and tens of disciples: Sheikh Temur reportedly claimed to be God's messenger, but his Judgement Day came sooner than he may have expected.

2 February 2015

The Tajik President's 82-Year-Old Former Maths Teacher Cannot Pass an Exam to Register as an Opposition Candidate

'All politics is local.' In Tajikistan, politics is even more local than usual.

24 January 2015

Tajikistan's President Talks About Problems, Parliament Applauds?

Tajikistan's outgoing parliament is good at cheering the president and rubber-stamping his decisions. Don't expect any changes when a new one arrives in March.

A Tajik Bazaar Director Accused of Beating an Orphan to Death Faces Public Fury

People in Tajikistan are questioning human life's worth after a 17-year-old orphan was seemingly beaten to death for stealing just over $70 and some food.

17 January 2015

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

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Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

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In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

30 December 2014

Central Asia's 2014: Lots of Alarms but only a Few Surprises

In 2014 Global Voices' Central Asia team wrote about Sochi, Afghan elections, Tajikistan behaving strangely, a Kazakh currency devaluation, an Uzbek Princess' fall and a volleyball tournament in Taiwan. What?

5 December 2014

Central Asian Migrants in Russia Are Humiliating Their ‘Dishonorable’ Countrywomen on Video

Footage of Central Asian sex workers being threatened and humiliated by their male compatriots has become a worrying online trend. The men accuse their victims of dishonouring their homeland.

21 November 2014

Thousands of Miles Away From Ebola, Kazakh Scientists Promise a Vaccine

Central Asia has no recorded cases of Ebola yet, but while citizens of one country in the region are avoiding bananas, scientists in another are striving for a vaccine.

14 November 2014

Not Even Tajikistan's All-Powerful President Can Stop Forced Military Recruitment

In Tajikistan, President Emomali Rahmon's writ is law. But his decree to stop the practice of oblava - forced military recruitment - seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

31 October 2014

Tajikistan Still Debating the Good and Evil of Halloween

The holiday of Halloween is back on the government's agenda in Tajikistan, meaning citizens in possession of a pumpkin should beware.

9 October 2014

Eating Central Asian Plov in New York and London

Plov, a Central Asian meat, rice and carrot staple, is becoming a delicacy in London and New York, where regional culinary traditions are pleasing locals and expatriates alike.

7 October 2014

Central Asia's First Ladies: Heard But Not Seen?

Are the wives of Central Asia's authoritarian presidents the power behind the throne or just highly placed women subject to the same raw deal as many others in the region?

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