Stories about Uzbekistan from March, 2006
Both neweurasia and Registan.net report on the Brookings Institution's conference earlier this week on regional cooperation and integration in Central Asia.
Registan.net examines Uzbek President Islom Karimov's visit to South Korea to try to woo back investment dollars that have fled the unwelcoming investment climate in Uzbekistan.
Ben Paarmann discusses Uzbekistan's relations with Germany, the only Western state that still has a significant relationship with Uzbekistan, and adds to a recent media report on the relationship.
On The Registan, CXW has found one of the best ever online photo galleries featuring the works of Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig who has travelled extensively throughout the region.
James of neweurasia posts the excerpts of a seminar on public opinion polls in Central Asia in general, and Tajikistan in particular. The results reveal some very interesting tendencies.
Amidst the events in Belarus, Olesya of neweurasia wonders what will happen after presidential elections slated to take place in Uzbekistan in December 2007.
An anonymous contributor to neweurasia posts about ever more regulations being enacted that make operating NGOs in Uzbekistan a Sisyphean task.
Lunch – by Dushanbe Pictures, Erik Petersson, 2006 With that fresh portion of Tajik plov on your plate, we bid you welcome to the latest roundup of the Central Asian and Caucasian blogosphere, brought to you bi-weekly by neweurasia. First off, apologies for the delay in presenting this week's edition...
The latest international organisation forced to leave Uzbekistan is the UNHCR. No reasons have been disclosed by the Uzbek government yet, writes CXW.
Ataman Rakin wishes “Happy Nawruz” and gives some background information on the festivities that are celebrated in all Central Asian states.
James of neweurasia posts about a rapprochement between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Central Asia's largest and most populous countries respectively.
James of neweurasia says that economic incentives may be behind the rise in Central Asia's snow leopard population. Their numbers, though, are still dangerously low.
Via ESWN, The Opposite End of China offers a pop video of an Uzbek Uyghur girl band, singing and dancing in their own video.
The Golden Road to Samarqand notes that Navruz is on its way and looks at the different ways that the holiday is celebrated in Central Asia.
Musing Under the Tenement Palm blogs about Sogdians, the builders of Bokhara and Samarkand, who spoke Persian and plied the Silk Route through Central Asia and into China for 15 centuries. They show up quite extensively in Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) records recently unearthed in a Turpan burial site.
Seidenstrasse says that political pressure is causing difficulties for his organization's work in Uzbekistan. In particular, pressure from the government is leading to hesitance of local organizations to partner with foreign NGOs. (Link in German)
Columbia's Harriman Institute held a conference on assessing social change in Central Asia today. Musing Under The Tenement Palm liveblogged the sessions (keep scrolling down).
On his own blog, Nick Walmsley writes about one of Uzbekistan's best known classical singers who strictly sticks to tradition. Part of this includes a heavy emphasis on the master-apprentice relationship and an unwillingness to give in to commercial pressures.
Nick Walmsley writes that Uzbekistan's new law on foreign journalists will make a bad situation even worse.
Amira at The Golden Road to Samarqand writes about Christian evangelicals in Central Asia, and pleas for more understanding and respect among both missionaries and local governments and societies.
Ataman Rakin discusses the work of Christian missionaries in Central Asia and how it creates divisions and resentments in society.