Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from November, 2007
Maciula analyzes further warming-up of the Turkmenistan's foreign policy – now with another Caspian state, Azerbaijan, after the Azerbaijani governmental delegation visited Ashgabat for the talks on cooperation in the field of oil and gas industry.
Genderstan observes the activity of women’s organizations in Kyrgyzstan, listing the ideological goals of women’s movement and saying that they usually have clearly defined clients and goals.
Bordersca reviews two articles on the topic of still existing practice of compulsory cotton-picking in Uzbekistan, in which practically all population is involved by the state.
Joshua Foust calls not to forget the journalists who have given their lives in the pursuit of truth, taking Uzbekistan as an example, although he notes that journalists are not being killed there as often as in, say, Russia.
Barnett R. Rubin analyzes the aftermaths of the Baghlan bombing in Afghanistan early this month, reviewing the Senlis Council report, which, as he says, presents a misleading map of Afghanistan showing a clear frontline between a Taliban-controlled south and a government-controlled north.
Peter Marton continues to keep a close eye on the developments in Afganistan that have followed the terror attack and blast in the Baghlan town. Now he reviews the report on the matter, prepared by the NPS Program on Culture and Conflict Studies.
Afghanistanica takes a look at another B-category movie about U.S. military in Aghanistan and offers a trailer.
Steve LeVine reflects on the article, in which a very interesting question is being raised: whatever happened to the first Turkmeninstan's President Saparmurat Niyazov's fortune, which reportedly accounts for billions of dollars.
Conquistador reports that the US embassy has been sponsoring a number of educational programs recently, offering to take Turkmen students to the United States for better education.
Asel informs that the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights will send nearly 300 observers to observe the upcoming Parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan.
Ben is doubtful whether the recently-announced $4bn stabilisation fund in Kazakhstan will be used prudently.
The first Kazakh fully commercial movie – shot, cut and promoted without state support with the purpose to extract money from the box-office – has produced a big debate in the blogosphere. “Racketeer” is a movie about a young sportsman, who had to make money in the 1990s – a...
In the aftermath of slight economic and financial crisis, which the government prefers to call a “correction of the market”, the bloggers keep on discussing its consequences. Sarimov says that the annual Kazakhstan’s Congress of Financiers has been postponed indefinitely. Mr. Saidenov, chairman of the National Bank, explained that the...
Maciula reports that president of Turkmenistan – the country that sticks to neutrality in foreign affairs – called for continuous strengthening of the army defensive capacity.
The Azamat Report says that Kyrgyzstan is buzzing with discussions of the 5% and 0.5% thresholds for the parliamentary elections. Because of the ambiguous wording of the Elections Code, it was unclear how these thresholds to be calculated.
Adam Kesher presents new blog project, launched by a newly established think-tank that is going to research Kazakhstan's competitiveness issues.
Vadim links to the Reuters article about possible negative consequences of the bomb explosion in Dushanbe and argues that instability is the last thing that the Tajiks want.
Asel writes that the Kyrgyz citizens living in Moscow will vote on the markets, as polling stations will be organized in the areas most densely populated by migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan. Asel is concerned that setting up additional polling stations along market rows could lead to falsification of voting results.
GenderStan reports that Bishkek activists, mostly lesbian, bisexual women and transgender people gathered at the central Ala-Too square in the capital of Kyrgyzstan to honor those transgender people who were killed in hate crimes.
Michael Hancock reviews the book “Amir Temur in World History”, published in Uzbekistan in 1996. Mistifications substitute the real historical facts in this book, he says, and does not recommend to buy it – except as an oddity.
Carl Robichaud reports that another fatal suicide attack occured in a province of Afghanistan that has rarely seen violence before. Suicide bomb has hit governor's compound in Nimruz; another attack was averted in Kabul.