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Adil Nurmakov · August, 2011

I am a researcher from Almaty, Kazakhstan. I hold Ph.D. in Political Science, run an NGO, several online projects and a personal blog.

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Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from August, 2011

Tajikistan: Rahmon becomes Leader of XXI Century awardee — but who is awarding?

Abulfazal informs that Tajikistan president Emamoli Rahmon was awarded with the “Leader of XXI Century” prize for his cultural and political distinctions by the European Council on International Relations, barely...

Turkmenistan: Government campaigns against satellite dishes

President Berdimuhammedov has declared satellite dishes a stain on the cityscape of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan— but is it just a ploy to curtail the seeping influence of outside...

Turkmenistan: A veteran’s view of the country's music scene

Annasoltan interviews a veteran of the Turkmen music scene to explore the last 20 years of artistic development in Turkmenistan.

Uzbekistan: Another anti-presidential movement emerged

Mansurhon reports on yet another campaign that wants Uzbekistan president’s resignation, as a few activists from different regions of Uzbekistan announced a new organization to oppose the regime.

Mongolia: Higher visitors cause major traffic jams

Bilguun writes about the visits of president of South Korea and US vice-president Joe Biden to Mongolia – both in one day – causing major roadblocks and traffic jams across...

Afghanistan: RAND's plans for Afghan peace talks

Nick Fielding reviews a new report from the RAND Corporation, which analyzes the prospects of orchestrating a negotiation process between the government and with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Kazakhstan: Controversy Over State Language Promotion

In early August 2011, the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan developed a draft law to introduce some amendments into the state's language policy. It was quickly labeled by many observers...

Uzbekistan: Business will pay for “exemplary mahallas”

Abulfazal writes that the Uzbek government project on creation of so-called “exemplary mahallas” (communities) is turning into a campaign of forcing the local businessmen to finance infrastructure upgrades and renovations.

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber murders Kandahar mayor

Una Moore reports that a suicide bomber killed Ghulam Haider Hamidi, mayor of Kandahar town in Afghanistan, as the Taliban have reportedly claimed responsibility for the assassination.

Afghanistan: Remembering the fallen strivers

Una Moore reminds the readers that Javaid Zeerak, brilliant Afghan aid worker, blogger and photographer, died in July last year. Very little is known about the accident, while grief and...

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