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Stories about Tajikistan

13 October 2015

Tajiks Angry at Government Re-Formatting Their Quaint Capital

"Rohat teahouse is not only a beautiful national building, but a memory from more sincere, humane and affordable times."

26 September 2015

Maternal Infanticides, Attempted Suicides Highlight Heavy Burden on Tajik Women

'All this happens because there is no social protection for the population. There is an agency to carry out this function, but it is completely useless.'

15 September 2015

What Does ISIS Want From Central Asia?

Does the radical group look to the region for cheap manpower, physical territory, or both?

8 September 2015

Deadly Violence and Intrigue: What Is Happening in Tajikistan?

Perhaps 26 dead and over 50 arrested. But what is the logic driving ongoing conflict in Tajikistan?

1 September 2015

Meet the Men That Have Eluded Tajikistan's Secret Beard Police

Unsurprisingly, none of them are practising Muslims.

20 August 2015

Tajikistan Cracks Down on Pop Idol Traffic Rule Breakers

"Like many ex-Soviet cities, Dushanbe has a driving culture straight out of a Fast and Furious movie. Potholed roads encourage swerving at speed."

10 August 2015

Gülen Schools Get Flushed Out of Tajikistan

"Will Erdoğan end up destroying the key component of the Turkish soft power in Central Asia?"

4 August 2015

A Fistful of Viral Video Stars from Central Asia

A bad rapper, a toddler conductor, a horse-loving President, football's most violent team and a man whose name is not Jimmy.

30 July 2015

‘Drunk and Half-Naked’ Russian Soldiers Take a Beating in Tajikistan

'We are kindly asking the Kulob police not to prosecute the local lions who defended our honor and culture and fought these Russian drunks.'

18 July 2015

Tajikistan's State News Agency Strengthens its Monopoly Over ‘News’

"An important step to reach complete authoritarianism!"

14 July 2015

The Qurghonteppa Escape, Aka the Shawshank Redemption with a Tajik Twist

After an inmate escapes in a car driven by a penitentiary chief from the Tajik president's hometown, netizens salute the policeman that refused to play ball.

11 July 2015

The Tajik “False Prophet” Sent to Jail for 16 years

'It is hard to understand what is behind this verdict. Sheikh was a Sufi, had no interest in politics, lived somewhere in the mountains, did not bother anyone...'

28 May 2015

The Boomerang Effect: Why Would Tajikistan's Special Forces Chief Join ISIS?

"This is the most well-made film of a Tajik IS fighter. Unsurprisingly, they have quickly used [him] for recruitment purposes."

18 May 2015

HIV/AIDS Corruption Is a Business for Central Asian Bureaucrats

"The whole system is corrupt, starting with the government. The fish rots from the head."

17 May 2015

The Poetical Is Political as Tajik Wordsmith Declares ‘Death to Afghanistan’

'I do believe, that whoever wishes death to Afghanistan, cannot have any love for Tajikistan.'

7 May 2015

Tajikistan: Pristine Nature and the Echo of History

Some people do not even know Tajikistan exists. They are missing out.

How a Schoolboy ‘Son’ of Tajikistan's President Extracted a Massive Bribe from a Citizen

"I bet that he is the scion of some other official, because we could never afford to educate our children at this school."

24 April 2015

Relive New York City's Persian Parade

The Tajik flag - similar in appearance to the Iranian flag - was everywhere at this year's Persian parade.

15 April 2015

Tajik Authorities Hunt the Hijab and Battle the Beard

"They got to me too… Today, three policemen took me to Khujand police station and shaved my beard forcedly. This country does not have a future!"

11 April 2015

Did a Facebook Post Speed up the Rescue of Tajik Citizens from Yemen?

"And who will rescue us? We live in Yemen, work as doctors, there are more than 300 of us, 400 if to count children too."

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