Stories about Turkmenistan
"Apple has clearly been forced to comply with legal regulations in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan."
Turkmen officials deny any cases of COVID-19 in the country. They aim to keep the virus away by closing borders, testing incoming travellers, and burning an aromatic desert grass.
What can multilingualism tell us about how Turkmenistan's elite see their country's place in the world? And what might they tell the world with their newfound linguistic skills?
Turkmenistan’s rulers are not eager to publicise the country’s hardships. Independent media is non-existent and social media severely restricted. If news travels at all, it travels covertly. That’s where I come in.
Turkmenistan's publicity-loving president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, has been unusually scarce lately, prompting rumours of political upheaval in the Central Asian republic.
"With unrestricted access to information, my critical consciousness was awakened, and I began to reconsider binaries like “developed” and “backward” and re-analyze politics both in Turkmenistan and West."
An overseas independent news outlet was quick to download the footage and re-edit it into a Hollywood-style action sequence, which went viral.
"The country is in big trouble, people are hungry and cold, and there is no economy, no production..."
"This is the end for Turkmenistan. The crisis has reached the country. Now we’ll see the appearance of the Central Asian Venezuela."
"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."
"Why do they mess about? They should just appoint themselves immortals and pass a law banning death from visiting them."
"Atambayev, father of the nation? No, he's some kind of surrogate."
Clinton the Second or Trump the Great? The choices look pretty familiar to observers from one of the world's most authoritarian regions.
Devil face-masks are no damned joke in certain corners of the former Soviet Union.
"They shouldn't come here. We are for national traditions, wherein a man is a man, and a woman is a woman."
"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."
The hype over Hillary Clinton's pneumonia was nothing. These guys spend their lives on the verge of death.
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.
"Bans, bans, and bans. People cannot do anything on their own these days."
Often overlooked, five Central Asian Stans are home to magnificent natural beauty and rich culture.
"Why trifle? Better to directly announce yourself immortals and ban death from coming for them."