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· January, 2006

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2006

Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus

“Snow in Tbilisi”, Hans Heiner Buhr Welcome to the first roundup of the Central Asian and Caucasian blogosphere, brought to you bi-weekly by neweurasia. We'll take you alphabetically through the...

Afghan Whispers: Censorship & London Conference

Afghan Lord informs us that there are more and more private TV channels in Afghanistan but he warns about the danger of censorship: Beside of four private channels like Ariana...

Caucasus: YoungCaucasus

Week one of the Young Caucasus Women Project is underway with posts from Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Armenia: Notes

Onnik Krikorian has more notes from the Armenian blogosphere–a roundup of posts on Armenian blogs over the past week.

Kyrgyzstan: Nepotism

T-Moor discusses the Kyrgyz president's response to criticism over his appointment of his brother to a government post.

Georgia: Powerless

Ben Wheeler says that Tbilisi is making due with energy shortages but that despite government claims to the contrary, the burdens are not evenly distributed between rich and poor.

Turkmenistan: Rukhnama in Space

Peter of neweurasia reports that Turkmenistan has sent more national paraphernalia into space.

Poland: Tragedy at Katowice

the beatroot reports on the tragic collapse of a roof in Katowice, Poland in which over 60 people have died. Their reporting continues with a look at whether or not...

We Love Cooking!

#1: All Indian food does NOT taste the same! From the UK, We all live downstream explains this popular belief that find its roots in the lack of adventurous spirit...

Mongolia: New Faces

…yuu bna? says that Mongolia's new cabinet is full of new faces.

Armenia: Destroying Old Yerevan

Notes from Hareinik has a report on the destruction of more of old Yerevan.

Uzbekistan: Hip-Hop Scene reports on the Uzbek hip-hop scene.


Christian Garbis reports that Armenia's free internet (limited to Armenian sites only) and email service,, is in danger of shutting down unless it finds new funding.

Introduction to Ukrainian Blogosphere

Only a few Ukraine-based English-language blogs were around when the 2004 mass protests began, and, just like Ukraine in those exciting days, they received lots of unexpected attention. Some of...

Tajikistan: Islam in Schools

James of neweurasia reports that Tajikistan's secondary schools plan to emphasize the importance of Islam in the country's history.

Turkmenistan: The Axe Falls Again

neweurasia reports that Turkmenistan has dismissed a handful of government ministers. Yet again. Among the charges this time though were not just the normal accusations of abuse of power and...

Kyrgyzstan: The Plight of Women

Mountains of Heaven discusses the plight of Kyrgyz women, many of whom are forced into marriages through the local tradition of “bride stealing.”

Ukraine: Pora's Platform

Orange Ukraine reports on the Pora political party's stance on the issues going into the next election.

Poland: Blood-Sucking Parasites

the beatroot reports that alternative medicines like the use of leeches is on the rise in Poland and that alongside the growing popularity of these treatments is a rise in...

Armenia: Tour of Armenian Blogs

Onnik Krikorian rounds up the Armenian blogosphere.

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