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Adil Nurmakov · November, 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 November, 2008

Mongolia: Coffee in Ulaanbaatar

Bilguun recommends some nice coffee shops in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar.

Afghanistan: Rocket Attack in Kabul

Joshua Foust says that reported roadside bomb and a rocket attack in Kabul didn't seem to be burning up the international agencies’ wires.

Afghanistan: Afghan Justice

Patrick Frost reports that the Afghan government has arrested 10 suspects in the Nov. 12 female student and teacher acid attack.

Kazakhstan: Political Economy and Blocked Blogs

It has been more than a month since Kazakhstan’s telecom monopolist blocked access of the users to Livejournal, the most popular blog platform in the Central Asian country. At the...

Uzbekistan: Alleged HIV Infections in Namangan

Nick writes that a number of international media outlets are reporting that at least 40 young children, mostly babies, have been infected with HIV at a regional hospital in Namangan,...

Uzbekistan: Khiva, the ancient town

Akmal writes a story about ancient Uzbek city Khiva, “a fascinating place – one of the world’s largest open air museums.”

Kazakhstan: Nur Otan TV Ltd

KZBlog reports that in another move to expand the ruling Nur Otan Party's control over Kazakhstan’s politics and society, it is considering creating a media holding company.

Kazakhstan: Fighting Financial Crisis

Patrick Frost analyzes how Central Asia’s greatest economic power, Kazakhstan, is handling economic crisis and how is the economic downturn effecting the stability, security, and development.

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Is Quitting the EEC

Michael Hancock writes that Uzbekistan has decided to withdraw from the Eurasian Economic Community, an inter-state union of post-Soviet countries, patronaged by Russia.

Afghanistan: Schoolhildren Attacked by Acid Terrorists

Patrick Frost tells about a shocking incident in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where some unidentified perpetrators used water guns to shoot acid at a group of girls headed to school.

Kyrgyzstan: A nasty winter ahead

Michael Hancock reports that the situation in Kyrgyzstan is getting worse, with hundreds of thousands of people classed as food insecure and at risk because of electricity and water shortages.

Afghanistan: Evaluating Counterinsurgency Practices

Strategist reviews the paper, written by “counterinsurgency guru” David Kilcullen about the West's strategy in Afghanistan – what's right and what's wrong. The latter prevails.

Afghanistan: What Obama Should Know About Afghanistan

Azar Balkhi opines that President Elect Obama will be able to do a good job in Afghanistan if he does not use President Bush strategies.

Turkmenistan: A Kingdom for a Horse

Peter comments on the Turkmen president’s sudden enthusiasm for all things horse-related, which has prompted him to sign deals worth dozens of millions to build new racetracks across the country.

Uzbekistan: Inoyatov Visits Germany

Nathan reports that after the EU’s decision to lift the travel ban on Uzbek officials involved in the 2005 Andijon events, Germany is the first EU member to host one...

Afghanistan: Aid Worker Attacks in Taliban Strategy

Patrick Frost opines why Taliban is targeting and killing/kidnapping foreign and local aid workers against the background of the recent abduction of French volunteer in Afghanistan.

Kazakhstan: Academic Shenanigins in the United States

Patrick Frost reports on the scandalous case involving renowned US-based The Hopkins Institute, which has disclosed funding for three recent reports about modern Kazakhstan, revealing that the Kazak government-funded Washington...

Tajikistan: Talco Case Begins in London

Ian says that the court case the Tajik government initiated against two former members of a consortium running Talco, the Tajik state aluminum enterprise, has gone onto trial stage in...

Afghanistan: Fawzia Koofi in France

Azar Balkhi reports that Fawzia Koofi, the Second Deputy of the Afghanistan Parliament, attended the conference of Council of Women World Leaders that took place in France in an apparent...

Afghanistan: Afghan National Army

Nasim Fekrat posts a picture and writes about the national army of Afghanistan, saying that it is getting strong enough to stand up against Taliban and other enemies.

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