Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from June, 2009
Grimaces of education in Kazakhstan
From June 01 to June 10 school graduates in Kazakhstan were undergoing Unified National Test (UNT) – the first and one of the most important tests in their lives. As Zara, one of our bloggers, writes, the average test result has been 74.9 points, which is 7 points higher than...
Kyrgyzstan: “Fight Piracy!” Action
Samat presents a photo-post on the action to protect the copyright and fight piracy, staged by the Kyrgyzstan's State Patient Service.
Kazakhstan: KGB is back?
Adam writes that journalists, rights advocates and opposition leaders, express concern that Kazakhstan returns to the vicious practice of the Soviet times in treating the dissent.
Kazakhstan: Media Protest Against Crackdown
Arman reports on a silent action of protest in the downtown of Almaty, Kazakhstan, in which journalists of independent newspapers, media organizations and opposition politicians put on scarves on their mouths in a symbolic demand of more freedom of speech.
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Remain Worst of the Worst
Musa reviews the “Worst of the Worst 2009″ report by Freedom House, which lists two Central Asian states – Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan – among the world’s most repressive societies.
Kyrgyzstan: Terror Attack Registered
Joshua Foust reports that according to the Kyrgyzstan’s regional administration, five armed individuals killed by the Kyrgyz national security troops were members of the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Kazakhstan: Bureaucracy, diplomacy and personality cult
Bloggers keep on commenting political situation in Kazakhstan. megakhuimyak reports that according to the new presidential decree, the Financial Police has got extra authority, informers against corrupt officials will be awarded, the civil servants’ property and income will be monitored [ru]: The bad thing is that now officials will stop...
Kyrgyzstan: Presidential race starts
Elena provides a list of candidates for the presidential post in Kyrgyzstan with brief, yet smart, comments to each of them.
Kazakhstan: The road ahead is murky for “Astana” cycling team
Dina says that the latest news about “Astana” cycling team – the pride of Kazakhstan's elite – are still about its financial problems, which have been haunting the team since April.
Kyrgyzstan: Japanese music comes to Bishkek
Samat reports (with photographs) on the concert of traditional Japanese folk music that has taken place in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Afghanistan: Local conflict is aggravating
Nick Fielding reviews a new report from the “Cooperation for Peace and Unity” organisation, which notes that local conflict in Afghanistan is increasing at a faster rate than the insurgency and armed conflict.
Kazakhstan: Defence minister fired
Slavasay informs the readers of resignation of the Kazakhstan's defence minister after a series of corruption scandals in his office.
Kazakhstan: Graduate Test Results
Zara reports on the results and statistics of the Unified National Test of high scholl graduates in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan: Nuclear Scandal Deepens
Sorge writes about new developments in the criminal case against the former leadership of Kazakhstan's state-owned nuclear holding.
Kazkahstan: Educational Deadlock
The problem of Kazakhstani textbooks for secondary school is still very urgent – numerous misprints, factual errors and inadequate language are charachteristic for these books. Lately, the Minister of Education reported to the ruling party on his activity, and told that his ministry is not responsible for them, as they...
Kazkahstan: Nuclear scandal explodes
Sorge reports on the new high-profile corruption scandal in Kazakhstan around the country's KazAtomProm, the largest strategic state-owned enterprise of Kazakhstan.
Kazkahstan: Blogger interviews a pop star
Juldyz Almatbayeva interviews an enigmatic beauty of Kazakhstani show-business Dilnaz Akhmadiyeva – a singer and producer with the plans of conquering Western audience.
Kazakhstan: Football Mission Impossible
Dina reports that the England national football team’s arrival to Almaty, Kazakhstan, brought obvious excitement, but the final score was below expectations of the fans.
Kyrgyzstan: U.S. airbase launches Twitter account
According to Elena, military's PR office for the U.S. Manas Airbase in Kyrgyzstan believes joining to the Twitter social network will help the world to know more about the base’s goings on
Kyrgyzstan: Journalists Under Attacks
Elena says that continuing attacks on journalists in Kyrgyzstan have intensified in recent weeks, while investigation efforts obviously are not sufficient enough.
Uzbekistan: Another Border “Incident”
Joshua Foust reports that a Tajik citizen was gunned down and beaten by Uzbek border security agents in Syr Darya Oblast in Uzbekistan.