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Adil Nurmakov · October, 2008

I am a researcher from Almaty, Kazakhstan. I hold Ph.D. in Political Science, run an NGO, several online projects and a personal blog.

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Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from October, 2008

Kazakhstan: Blocked Bloggers Discuss Economics

Although LiveJournal, the major blog platform on the post-Soviet space, including Kazakhstan, is still not accessible through the national telecom monopolist Kazakhtelecom, Internet enthusiasts find their way to express their...

Mongolia: A Deal to Sell Uranium to India?

Bilguun reports that according to the article in The Hindu Business Line, India is looking at joint mining and exploration opportunities for uranium with Mongolia among a few other countries.

Uzbekistan: Karimov Comes to Town

Nathan reports on a prank by New York's Citylife blog, which sent a letter to a handful of NYC politicians claiming to be from Alisher Vohidov, Uzbekistan’s consul general to...

Kyrgyzstan: Boucher Schmoozing

Patrick Frost writes that Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek, which just last week hosted a Commonwealth of Independent States CIS summit, was the site of a meeting between US Assistant Secretary...

Afghanistan: President's Family Accused of Abuse of Power

Azar Balkhi reports that provincial opposition activist has accused Karzai’s family for illegal seizure of 20,000 acres of land in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

Tajikistan: Investments into healthcare are equal to Ones of Sierra Leone

Vadim writes that according to the latest report of WHO, there is a gap of 40 years in life expectancy between Tajikistan and Sierra Leone but in both countries governments...

Tajikistan: Beautiful autumn and muddy water

Vadim posts two pictures – the one of a crystally blue skies in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, and another of a scarily brown water from the tap, also in...

Kyrgyzstan: Earthquake

Patrick Frost reports on a large earthquake struck Kyrgyzstan’s Osh region today and the death toll is currently around 70 and may increase.

Afghanistan: Portrait of a Female Politician

Azar Balkhi writes about Fawiza Koofi, a modern thinker, poet and the deputy of the Afghanistan Parliament, a symbol of women in a men-dominated society.

Afghanistan: In the Kingdom of Karzai

Azar Balkhi reports that Jamil Karzai a member of parliament and cousin of Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, had allegedly killed five civilian while driving in Kabul.

Afghanistan: The Taliban are hard, we are soft

The Strategist contemplates on what makes the Afghan war unwinnable, and sees the reason in differences between the insurgents and Westerns soldiers.

Kazakhstan: LiveJournal Blocked

On October 7th, the Kazakhstani users have found themselves unable to access popular social network LiveJournal. This website is the most popular blogging platform in the Russian-speaking communities on the...

Afghanistan: Hitch on heroin

Joshua Foust examines some of the issues surrounding opium eradication in Afghanistan, and argues that focusing on opium itself misses the point.

Kazakhstan: Language, Economics and Foreign Policy

The Kazakhstani authorities have again brought up the issue of state language. Kazakh language has been heavily depreciated in the Soviet times against the background of inculcation of Russian language....

Afghanistan: A reason the LA Times is terrible

Joshua Foust notes just how terrible American media coverage of Afghanistan can be.

Uzbekistan: Cotton Harvest

Michael Hancock reports that Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, will soon play host once again to the 4th International Uzbek Cotton Fair amidst continuing accusations of the child-labor issue.

Afghanistan: Policewoman executed by Taliban

Azar Balkhi reports that Taliban militants have shot dead high rank female police officer in the volatile southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar.

Afghanistan: UN Security Council Report

SunLeaf writes that the newly released UN Security Council report on Afghanistan is highlighting a number of issues including the extension of the ISAF mission and concerns over the issue...

Afghanistan: Secret dealings with the Taliban

Strategist says that the Afghan government, Western military forces and Taliban senior leaders have been holding secret peace negotiations.

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