Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from September, 2010
Afghanistan: Reviewing the Alternatives
Joel Hafvenstein writes that since the fall of the Taliban, USAID has spent close to $1 billion on alternative livelihoods projects, trying to help farmers grow legal crops instead of opium poppy. The British and German governments have also put lashings of money into the sector. “The results have been,...
Afghanistan: Guide to Afghan shortwave radio
Nick Fielding informs his readers on a useful guide to shortwave radio broadcasts to Afghanistan, released recently by the British DX Club.
Kazakhstan: Switzerland beaten in Davis Cup playoff
KZBlog visited the Davis Cup World Group playoffs last weekend in Astana, Kazakhstan, where Kazakh team has beaten Switzerland 5-0, dropping only 2 sets in 5 matches. He also shows some videos from the tournament.
Turkmenistan: Instant messenger agent.mail.ru banned in Turkmenistan
Annasoltan informs the readers that the government of Turkmenistan decided to ban the popular social networking site and instant messenger agent.mail.ru.
Tajikistan: On the problems of Tajik youth
With an average age of 24, Tajikistan is one of the world’s youngest countries. But this may be a curse rather than a blessing, argues Tajik Voice exploring youth culture in this country and covering two topics – religion and life prioroties.
Uzbekistan: Clashes on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border
Marat Sartpaev reports on the series of incidents with detentions of officers and citizens of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan by each side since late August, while ordinary citizens are becoming nervous about this.
Kazakhstan: Oraza fasting and new media
Askhat reflects on Oraza, the Muslim fasting in Kazakhstan, by reviewing the Internet users’ comments and questions they ask online on the forums and specialized websites about fasting.
Kazakhstan: Controversial and Ambitious Boxer
KZBlog writes about Beibut Shumenov, boxing world champion from Kazakhstan, his scandalous winning of the title in home country last year, and also about his plans for the future.
Afghanistan: Interview with Taliban commander
Nick Fielding reports that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban) website has published an interview with Qari Khairullah Muneeb, commander in the south of Kandahar province.
Mongolia: Mongol horse racing and Naadam festival
Bilguun tells about Mongolia's Naadam festival in July, it's history and present. It is normally followed by a season of feasts, featuring the “three manly sports”, namely archery, wrestling and horse racing.
Afghanistan: Insecurity in Badakhshan
Joel Hafvenstein reflects on the state of security in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan after two recent lethal attacks by insurgents on aid workers there.
Joshua Foust examines the news about Mohammed Amin, a key figure in the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, who has been probably killed by the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
Kazakhstan: Illnesses of the Society and Twitter Leaks of High-Profile Glamour
Summer blogging in Kazakhstan rarely reacts adequately to the news, not to mention creation of news. Even the most devoted citizen journalists provide rare and relaxed updates, overlooking many hot news, which could have spur heated online discussions in another season. However, the topics continuously in focus are the vicious...