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Stories about Uzbekistan

15 October 2017

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

19 September 2017

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

13 September 2017

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: Once Deadly Foes, Now BFF?

"The sensation is in the goodwill of the Uzbek leader. Mirziyoyev is so open, friendly, and well-wishing. It can only bring us delight."

30 August 2017

One Year On: Uzbekistan's Unhappy Ex-Ruling Family

A year has passed since despot Islam Karimov died, following 27 years in power. He left behind feuding relatives and a toxic regime.

11 August 2017

Amid Efforts to Clean Up Corruption, Uzbekistan's President Calls Prosecutors ‘Trash’

"I am sorry, but I don’t like prosecutors at all…. I was a district chairman, a province chairman and I know very well how these unscrupulous people behave."

26 February 2017

Meet Kyrgyzstan, a Haven for Central Asian Reporters Amid Love and Strife

"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."

11 February 2017

Morgan Freeman Makes Surprise Cameo in Uzbek Film. Oh, Wait. No, He Doesn't.

Move over 'fake news', here come 'fake trailers'.

3 February 2017

Is Rap Making a Comeback in Uzbekistan?

“I’ll confess that I was only half certain that they would even let us hold the competition.”

7 January 2017

In Uzbekistan, a YouTube Video Sparks a Debate about Homophobia

"I do not in any way justify those that beat him, but… I don’t want our people to be tolerant of these kind of sick freaks."

30 December 2016

Central Asia in 2016: The More Things Change…?

"Why do they mess about? They should just appoint themselves immortals and pass a law banning death from visiting them."

4 December 2016

Will Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Make Plov, Not War in 2017?

A new Uzbek president can change a lot of things between the two countries.

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

25 November 2016

Kyrgyzstan's President and the Little Personality Cult that Couldn't

"Atambayev, father of the nation? No, he's some kind of surrogate."

2 November 2016

Viewed from Central Asia, US Democracy Is Looking More and More Like the Region's Own Version

The Bridge

Clinton the Second or Trump the Great? The choices look pretty familiar to observers from one of the world's most authoritarian regions.

Big Fat Tajik Wedding Hides Nest of Central Asian Intrigue

A lavish wedding in Moscow has drawn gasps of envious amazement even from Russians inured to garish displays of wealth.

1 November 2016

Halloween: Ghoulish Fun or Grand Western Conspiracy?

Devil face-masks are no damned joke in certain corners of the former Soviet Union.

27 September 2016

Uzbekistan's Late President Islam Karimov Leaves an Enduring and Terrifying Legacy

The Bridge

Unlike his regional counterparts he didn't build a cult of personality, but while in power Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov exercised an iron-fisted control over his citizens—and over narratives about the country.

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.

28 August 2016

Has Uzbekistan's Ailing Dictator Danced His Last Dance?

"For the first time in 27 years, Karimov is not in control of Uzbekistan."

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