Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from July, 2009
The bloggers share with us their impressions from the new capital of the country. Drudg writes in his post, filled with figural turns of speech and euphemisms [ru]: “The streets of Astana should be renamed one more time: Gluttony Street, Immoderation and Excess Avenue, Vulgarity Boulevard, Corruption Road 1, Corruption...
Nick Fielding continues to keep an eye on presidential campaign in Afghanistan, and sought a list of 41 candidates from the electoral commission, which he now publishes.
Nick Fielding reports that General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is believed to be a war criminal, but is about to getting rehabilitation in Afghanistan, gave a recorded statement to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in which he denied that any Taliban or al-Qaeda prisoners were abused in November 2001 by troops...
Dina writes that Kazakh cycling team Astana is back on stage after a series of financial problems and it is showing a solid performance in the French Grand Tour.
Elena informs that the European Commission published the new List of airlines banned within the EU, featuring 17 – i.e. all – Kyrgyz airlines.
Gavin reports that a shootout has taken place in the Rasht Valley of Tajikistan, when national guardsmen were attacked by unknown armed grouping, presumably by the drug trafficking gang or by extremist militants.
Katya Fisher Yoffe reports that Kazakhstan president signed a new law placing blogs, social media networks, and chatrooms under the rubric of “mass media”, effectively creating criminal liability for users of these internet communication platforms and permitting the government to shut down and censor websites as it sees fit.
The bloggers are trying to understand what is happening in the country and how adequate is the public administration in Kazakhstan. Megakhuimyak thinks over the future of the local political elite by tracing the trends in the their education [ru]: In the beginning of the 20th century and in the...
Nick Fielding comments on the development around presidential election campaign in Afghanistan talking about the deals that President Karzai is cutting to try to keep his position.
Pravdin reviews the Uzbekistan's performance on the “The Failed States Index 2009”, released recently by the Fund for Peace.
Botur says that Tajiks were carefully following events in Iran, a country with strong linguistic and cultural ties with Tajikistan, and reflects on how these developments may influence Tajik society.
Adam writes about Mamer, a musician and ethnic Kazakh from Xinjiang, who has already become a celebrity in China and Europe, but remains totally unknown in Kazakhstan.
Publicist wonders how would Kazakhstani Internet market develop after the restrictive legislative amendments are adopted, and reviews the research into possible economic consequences of the amendments.
Juldyz writes about the Kazakhstani rock band that has managed to get through selection process and perform on the prestigious international rock-fest.
Katya Fisher Yoffe reflects on the Kyrgyzstan’s decision to permit US troops to use Manas Air Base in an apparent game to balance interests of Washington and Moscow.
Musafirbek reports that Uzbekistan President Karimov signed the decree on introduction of biometric data passports in the country as of January 1, 2010.
Mirsulzhan informs that the Central Asian Free Market Institute opened the doors in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. It is aimed at becoming the leading think-tank for the whole region, providing constructive options for economic reforms.
Elena reports that Sulamain-Too, the Sacred Mountain, has become the Kyrgyzstan’s first site to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Jackara presents a photopost about the magnificent glacier lake high in the mountains near Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan.
Michael Hancock opines on the perspectives of the controversial law on online censorship in Kazakhstan.
Elina reports that after intense diplomatic pressure by the United States, the Kyrgyz Republic has decided to allow US troops to use the Manas air base as a transit stop for the mission in Afghanistan.