Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from January, 2008
Kazakhstan: A Shadow Billionaire Spotlighted by Forbes
Lena B-Va cites the newly released Forbes report on the billionaires “you’ve never heard of” – including a Kazakhstani citizen.
Kazakhstan: Mobile Video Festival
Zhanna Zhukova reports that the first festival of short films, shot by cameras installed in the cellphones, was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, January 26.
Turkmenistan: U.S. Active in Ashgabat
Maciula writes about increasing levels of American diplomatic activity in Turkmenistan and the prospects of building the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline.
Kyrgyzstan: Human rights situation deteriorating
Asel writes that human rights activists are voicing concerns over the increased number of ungrounded arrests in Kyrgyztsan.
Kyrgyzstan: First MacCenter in Central Asia Opens
Akbalta informs readers that the first Apple's MacCentre in Central Asia is going to be opened in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, in February this year.
Afghanistan: Journalist in Danger
Nasim Fekratْ urges action on the death threats that are addressed to Basir Ahang, 27, an independent journalist who was directly involved in the release of Gabriele Torsello, the Italian journalist, who was kidnapped by Taliban in Helmand province.
Afghanistan: Reports Call for New Strategies
Barnett R. Rubin reports that several groups of the U.S. foreign policy establishment have released reports calling for major changes in strategy on Afghanistan.
Kazakhstan: A Hidden Billionaire
Lena B-Va quotes the newly released Forbes’ report on the non-public billionaires “you never heard of” – and a Kazakh citizen mentioned in the report.
Afghanistan: Border with Pakistan is changing westward
Afghanistanica says that the Pakistan-Afghanistan border seems to be moving westward, and reviews the reactions of blogosphere on the matter with many Afghans being quite unhappy about this.
Afghanistan: Ongoing Culture Wars
Safrang reports on the continuing disturbing developments in the case of Perwiz Kambakhsh, the young Afghan student of journalism who has been sentenced to death by a primary court for propagating “blasphemous” literature.
Kazakhstan: Movie Bids for Oscar
Adam Kesher reports that for the first time in history there is a Kazakh movie shortlisted for Oscar Award.
Tajikistan: Energy Crisis at the Boiling Point
Vadim says that Tajikistan is going to have more problems with electricity supply in the beginning of February.
Afghanistan: Lord Ashdown Steps Down
Afghanistan Watch reports that Lord Paddy Ashdown has withdrawn his name from consideration as the UN envoy to Afghanistan, after President Hamid Karzai and other officials expressed opposition last week, concerned about the extent of his power.
Afghanistan: Elections could be problematic
Bipasha Ray says that while president Karzai attempts to project his authority to prepare for a possible re-election bid, a U.S. Army report finds cause for worry about security in the national elections in Afghanistan.
Tajikistan: Energy crisis aggravates
Vadim reports that Uzbekistan is limiting supplies of natural gas to the already freezing Tajikistan because of big debt.
Turkmenistan: Internet and Blogosphere
Maciula writes about various aspects of Turkmenistan’s isolation on the Internet and presents the the only known English-language blog written by a Turkmen.
Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Committee Established
Asel writes that the newly-established Revolution Committee is demanding President Bakiev’s resignation as he failed to keep his promises.
Kazakhstan: More Turkish-Kazakh Violence
KZBlog reports that according to Turkish news sources, a group of 30 masked men in Almaty, Kazakhstan, attacked 40 Turkish workers Thursday night.
Uzbekistan: Military Chief Goes to Tashkent
Nathan reacts to the fact that a top U.S. military commander made a stop in Tashkent and met with President Karimov and Uzbek defense officials.
Afghanistan: Iranian Weapons in Farah?
Joshua Foust is skeptikal about another declaration made by a mid-level official that Iran is allegedly sending weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Balkhi Returns To Balkh
Mohammad Fahim reports on the ceremony of 800th Anniversary of Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi, the Afghanistan's philosopher and mystical poet known as Rumi in west.