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Alexander Sodiqov · June, 2012

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Latest posts by Alexander Sodiqov from June, 2012

Mouth-watering Recipes and Pictures from Turkmen Cuisine

One Turkmen Kitchen is a must-visit blog for gourmands. A native of Turkmenistan now living in Prague uses the blog to share recipes from the Turkmen cuisine. Warning: the recipes come with...

Tajikistan: Is There ‘National Unity’ in the Country?

As Tajikistan marks an anniversary of peace accords that put an end to the civil war and brought about ‘national unity’ in the country, blogger Ilhom writes [tj] about his recollections...

Tajikistan: The Role of Intellectuals in Running a Country

Should poets have a bigger say in how the countries they live in are run? Adash Istad writes [tj] that Tajik intellectuals have stayed out of government affairs too long....

Kyrgyzstan: Incident in Batken Highlights Cross-border Ethnic Tensions

Passions flew high in the southwestern Kyrgyz city of Batken last week after local residents took a group of Tajik citizens hostage in an attempt to force the release of...

Afghanistan: More Girls Poisoned for Attending School

Following our recent report on a string of attacks targeting female students at schools in Afghanistan, there have been three new attacks over the last three days in the country's...

Tajikistan: The Lost Meaning of National Reconciliation Day

June 27 is celebrated in Tajikistan as National Reconciliation Day commemorating the signing of the peace accords that put an end to the civil war in the country. Journalist Olga Tutubalina writes [ru]...

Kyrgyzstan: Cartoons Expose Ills of Patriarchal Society

The Kyrgyzstani art group ‘705’ [ru] has produced a number of hand-drawn animation films [ru] that criticize the conventions and norms of a patriarchal society. Domestic violence and the oppression...

Afghanistan: Women Leaders on Twitter

Ahmad Shuja, an Afghan blogger and political commentator based in US, has put together a list of 15 must-follow Twitter feeds by Afghan women leaders. Shuja explains: “I thought I’d...

Uzbekistan: Silk and Spice Festival Lost in Translation

Uzbek blogger posts photos from the International Silk & Spice Festival in Bukhara (which the organizers have erroneously advertised [ru] as ‘Silk & Space Festival’).

Tajikistan: Language and Nation-Building

Blogger Adash Istad ponders [tj] the importance of a common vernacular language in the process of nation-building in Tajikistan. The author writes: “We have a national spoken language [which all...

Kyrgyzstan: The Peace Bell Tolls for Everyone but Uzbeks?

On the second anniversary of violent clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan, a ‘Peace Bell‘ [ru] has been unveiled in the city of Osh as a monument for...

Uzbekistan: ‘Lavish’ Weddings Banned in Tashkent

Following in the footsteps of Tajikistan, the Mayor's Office in the Uzbek capital Tashkent has banned [uz] ‘lavish’ weddings in the city. However, as Marat Satpaev writes on NewEurasia.net, the...

Tajikistan: Students Sent to the Streets to Greet President

On Blogiston.tj, a local blogger writes [ru] about the Tajik president's visit to the city of Khujand in the country's north. To convince the president that people in the city...

Living with HIV in Kazakhstan

On the Kazakh photo blog Vox Populi, Gulnar Bazhkenova presents a powerful photo essay [ru] with the stories of people living with HIV/AIDS in Kazakhstan. These individuals have decided to disclose...

Tajikistan: Sharia Replaces Secular Law

Blogger Kayumars Ato writes [ru] that Sharia, or Islamic law, is gradually replacing secular law in Tajikistan. Excessive red tape and corruption in the country's courts increasingly lead Tajiks to consult...

Tajikistan: Lawyers Use Blogs to Provide Legal Advice

Internet users in Tajikistan can now get free legal consultation online. A Tajik NGO has trained [ru] a group of lawyers in running personal blogs through which they provide legal...

Kazakhstan: Children Behind Bars with their Mothers

Vox Populi presents a photo essay [ru] on the lives of children who serve time with their mothers at a women's prison in southwestern Kazakhstan.

Tajikistan: Why There Aren't Many Bloggers in the Country

Harsavor (Donkey Rider) explains [ru] why there are not many bloggers in Tajikistan. Most of the country's young people – the group that typically runs blogs – either work abroad...

Kazakhstan: Pay to Get Your Artwork Noticed

Anara gives [ru] an insider's view on how a young artist can get ‘noticed’ by the art establishment in Kazakhstan. Apparently, talent is not a substitute for lots of money...

Kyrgyzstan: Challenging the Government-set ‘Subsistence Minimum’

Is the ‘subsistence minimum’ a realistic measure of the goods and services that one needs to maintain a basic standard of living? Three Kyrgyz bloggers participate in an experiment to see whether...

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