Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from May, 2009
Afghanistan: Aid Money Used Badly
Colla reviews the first report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, which noted that the military command overseeing $15bn in US military aid cannot be sure the money is being managed effectively.
Mongolia: Wiretapping to be discussed
Bilguun informs the readers that the Mongolian Parliament is to discuss possible changes to the Communications law, which includes legalizing wiretapping of mobile communication for law enforcement purposes.
Uzbekistan: New Attacks and Bombings
Noah Tucker reports that one or two offices of police/special services departments in Khanabad, Eastern Uzbekistan, were attacked by a group of armed men.
Kazakhstan: Special Report by BNE
Elina Galperin reviews the special report on Kazakhstan, which is especially interesting right now as the country is closely tied to world markets and is therefore struggling.
Kyrgyzstan: “KyrNet” In Numbers
Elena tells about the research of Internet in Kyrgyzstan and posts some interesting data from the report.
Kazakhstan: Languages and Perspectives
Thousand-pa reflects on the situation around state, Russian and English languages in Kazakhstan – how affordable it is to study them, and knowledge of which of them is economically more beneficial.
Tajikistan: Incidents at Tajik-Uzbek border
Incidents at Tajik-Uzbek border remain very dangerous for people, Musafirbek says reporting on another border accident with a gunned civilian.
Afghanistan: Taliban's War Statistics
Colla says the Taliban has issued detailed statistics for its operations in Afghanistan during the month of April, and finds that the figures they produce make interesting reading.
Kazakhstan: Astana Cycling Team Is in Trouble
KZBLog reports that the cycling Team Astana, funded primarily by the Kazakhstan's state-owned companies, has financial problems, and it may be suspended if it fails to meet financial obligations.
Kazakhstan: Tortures Continued
KZBlog writes about the visit of Manfred Nowak, the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, to Kazakhstan, during which he noted that prison conditions have improved, yet urged officials to stop beatings, asphyxiation and other “techniques” used to get confessions from suspects.
Afghanistan: Attacks Highlight Need for New Strategy
Joshua Foust reports on a coordinated suicide attack on government buildings in Afghanistan that took between 10 and 20 lives.
Afghanistan: Ammunition Trouble for Afghanistan
Joshua Foust reports that a U.S. Army contractor was giving the Afghan National Security Forces obsolete and faulty ammunition, and now there are yet more ammunition troubles for the Afghan forces.
Uzbekistan: ISAF Logistics, Reloaded
Peter Marton informs that Uzbek President Islam Karimov agreed to give a cargo airport in the city of Navoi for the airborne transport of NATO non-lethal supplies destined for coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Expats’ Routine Life
Onne Parl writes that the life of the international community in Afghanistan is ruled by security companies.
Afghanistan: Rights Abusers Among Nominations
Sanjar reports that there are persons, who have committed and continue to commit heinous violations of human rights, to run for the provincial council elections in Afghanistan, and lists thier crimes.
Afghanistan: Update on the presidentials
Peter Marton reviews a political situation around presidential campaign and candidates in Afghanistan.
Kazakhstan: Turmoil Royale
Rakhat Aliev, former son-in-law of the Kazakhstani president, former ambassador in Austria and former Kazakh oligarch, sentenced to 40 years in jail for abduction of the people, leadership of the mafia-type organization and attempt of the coup, keeps on creating a “democrat's” image by leaking discrediting materials against top officials....
Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar Children’s Park
Axel writes about and posts pictures of the newly built Children’s Park close to the city centre of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.
Uzbekistan: Uzbek regime again named among most oppresive ones
Musafirbek wonders whom he should thank for such a popularity of Uzbekistan in the list of totalitarian regimes published by The Guardian newspaper.
Kazakhstan: Euro Standards for Fuel
Zara reflects on the introduction of the environmental standards for fuel “EURO-2″ in Kazakhstan and also on the quality of fuel in the country.
Kazakhstan: Draft Law on Internet Censorship
Slavasay says that a small victory in the Kazakhstani Internet community’s fight against repressive draft law on Internet regulation may turn out to be a sign of defeat