· January, 2006

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2006

Kazakhstan: Shortage

  26 January 2006

Ben Paarmann says that Kazakhstan's economy may benefit from hydrocarbon resources, but that it is at risk due to a dangerous shortage of skilled and professional workers.

Poland: Highly Paid Poles

  26 January 2006

Bialynia says that highly paid Poles are invading the British Isles. Since Poland joined the EU, many Polish footballers have found it much easier to play in the Premiership and have moved west.

Uzbekistan: Crops to Oregon

  26 January 2006

Registan.net reports that an Oregon nursery is working with farmers in Uzbekistan to introduce Uzbek crops to Oregon's farmers. Among the crops he thinks would succeed in the Pacific Northwest are Uzbek varieties of pistachios, mulberries, pomegranates, and sweet quinces.

Kyrgyzstan: Probing NGOs

  25 January 2006

Registan.net reports that Kyrgyzstan is pressuring its large NGO community and asks whether or not the new government is trying to protect itself from what it might perceive as a source of power that contributed to the fall of the last president.

Mongolia: Chingis Crazy

  25 January 2006

Mongolian Matters wonders how long it is until almost everything in Mongolia is named for Chingis Khan after hearing that the capital's airport is being renamed for the 13th century emperor.

Poland: New Jerseys

  25 January 2006

p3 reports on the new jerseys for the Polish national soccer/football team. These new jerseys incorporate more than just the colors of the national flag to give players a bit of the “spirit of 1683.”

Uzbekistan: Fighting For Morals

  25 January 2006

In the midst of Uzbekistan's very cold winter this year, fur-lined underwear have become popular. This has alarmed the government, and they have banned the underwear for fear the soft fur may inspire erotic fantasies, reports neweurasia.

Slovenia: Rooting for Science

  25 January 2006

The Glory of Carniola weighs in on the side of James Randi and the scientific method on the news that Slovenia may accept homeopathic medicine as as legally registered treatments.

Afghanistan: Crimes!

  24 January 2006

Afghan Lord reports that crime is on the rise in Afghanistan as people who have returned from war have joined gangs of highway robbers.

Afghan Whispers

  23 January 2006

There is a new Afghan blog which promotes peace and non violence in the world. In Afghan Peacemakers we read : The concept of non-violence as a method of change is new to Afghanistan. We know two ways to deal with injustice; fight it or tolerance, the second option was...

Azerbaijan: Black January

  23 January 2006

Carpetblogger (who is sadly relocating from Baku to Kiev) reports on Azerbaijan's day of mourning on January 20 to commemorate those who died when the Soviet used force to crush the independence movement 16 years ago.

Russia: Forging Uzbek Ties

  23 January 2006

Tim Newman says that Russia's new deal for Uzbek gas is yet another piece of evidence that charges that US policy towards Uzbekistan was driven by a desire for gas and oil are utterly false.

Poland: Acceptable Discrimination

  23 January 2006

the beatroot, in commenting on a travel guide for the fictional country of Molvania, takes issue with the failure of political correctness to extend to central and east Europeans.

Kazakhstan: Dutch Disease

  19 January 2006

Ben of neweurasia reports that Kazakhstan is seeking to avoid the problems associated with an economy based on resource extraction by investing in industry with a high value added component.

Tajikistan: Traffic

  19 January 2006

neweurasia reports that Tajiks are suffering from the increased drug traffic across the country from Afghanistan.

Poland: Plumber Sacked

  19 January 2006

the beatroot reports that the brains behind the wildly successful “Polish Plumber” ad campaign has been fired by the new government.

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