Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from May, 2011
Soraab Ferozgar opines on the current state of affairs in Afghanistan, saying that recent events as well as past historical tribulations have illustrated that the only solution for Afghanistan is separation.
The Rumi posts a YouTube scandalous video with Abdul Jabar Sabit, former Afghanistan Attorney General, who “jailed many people in Kabul for calling it crime against Islam”.
Abulfazal writes that a few days ago Uzbek Internet community has probably got the first twitter account for a well-known high-ranking figure, Gulnara Karimova, the Uzbekistan president's daughter, but the question on whether it is a real account or a fake one remains.
Ataturk Street in downtown Tashkent is about to be renamed, and in the view of neweurasia’s Avicenna, it’s the latest signal of Turkey and Uzbekistan’s rather bipolar relationship. “It’s obvious that this crisis is probably more serious than anyone thought,” he writes.
Yesterday, 17 May, 2011, a suicide bomber exploded himself at the entrance to the regional office of the National Security Committee in Aktobe, a provincial center in Western Kazakhstan. Four people were injured in the blast. This is the first case of suicide bombing in Kazakhstan, a country known for its inter-ethnic tolerance and for boasting its stability in the uneasy region of Central Asia.
Marat Sartpaev analyzes the reaction of Kyrgyzstani establishment and society to the report by International Inquiry Commission on the inter-ethnic conflict that took place in June 2010.
The authorities in Uzbekistan have started a massive attack on American cartoons and animated movies, available on cable television, citing ‘violence’ and ‘negative pressure’, Avicenna says.
Joshua Foust reports that hundreds of insurgents attacked the capital of Nuristan province in Afghanistan. .
Joshua Foust writes about the sixth anniversary of the Andijon massacre in Uzbekistan, analyzing the recent trends of falsification the tragedy's history and justification of the government's brutality.
KZBlog reveals the links in the deal that can make a former government official the richest person in Kazakhstan.
Two Kazakhstanis made it to the international news last week, both in very unfortunate ways. Firstly, Valeriy Tolmachev, an adviser to Kazakhstan's delegation at UNESCO, attacked a flight attendant with a knife onboard his Paris-to-Rome flight and demanded it fly to Libya. Secondly, 26 year old Kirill Denyakin, who was working in Portsmouth, Virginia, was shot by police.
Nick Fielding writes that the US National Archives, which has just published a remarkably informative bin Laden file containing some fascinating documents, including the President's Daily Brief from 6 August 2001 warning “Bin Ladin determined to Strike in US”.
Foreign businesses are facing an unusual “investment” crisis in Turkmenistan: three major Turkish companies have lodged a legal inquiry with the ICSID, and according to an anonymous source, 22 more may soon follow, reports neweurasia’s Annasoltan.
Sekundar argues that the death of Bin Laden does not mean a lot for the war on terror, because many other iconic and key figures within al-Qaeda are “still drawing breath”. “The war stopped being about Osama a loooong time ago”, he adds.
Christya Riedel reports that the Independent International Commission released its final report on the interethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan last year, blaming the country's interim government for failing to stop the violence.
Christya Riedel provides an update on the TAPI, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India proposed gas pipeline scheduled for completion in 2016. So far, no big progress has been made on a diplomatic front to provide for the project's start.
Nick Fielding is reviewing a report from the Congressional Research Service concerning the US government spending on Afghanistan and other war on terror operations, and says it makes daunting reading.