I hold an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and have grown fond of Central Asia over the last couple of years. Which is why founded neweurasia, a blog network about the five former Soviet countries of the region. Mostly irrelevant ramblings can be found on my personal blog.
Latest posts by Ben Paarmann from March, 2006
Amira over at The Golden Road to Samarqand reports that although not a frequent sight, there seems to be agreement between Muslims, Christians and Jews over rejecting new legislation that would severely limit religious practice.
On The Registan, CXW has found one of the best ever online photo galleries featuring the works of Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig who has travelled extensively throughout the region.
James of neweurasia posts the excerpts of a seminar on public opinion polls in Central Asia in general, and Tajikistan in particular. The results reveal some very interesting tendencies.
Oneworld Blog has two posts about visits to Berd, an Armenian town close to the Azeri border. While Onnik posts a picture he took in 2004, Nessuna recounts her weekend trip to this forgotten town.
Amidst the events in Belarus, Olesya of neweurasia wonders what will happen after presidential elections slated to take place in Uzbekistan in December 2007.
Sandro of Kyrgyzstan Students is being bitter about the first anniversary of the ‘Tulip Revolution’ whereas Amira over at The Golden Road to Samarqand talked to some students who hold different opinions. Claire of neweurasia also has some details.
An anonymous contributor to neweurasia posts about ever more regulations being enacted that make operating NGOs in Uzbekistan a Sisyphean task.
neweurasia's Mongolia blog commenced posting and among many posts, this one here discusses whether Mongolia should really look into nuclear power as an energy alternative.
Lunch – by Dushanbe Pictures, Erik Petersson, 2006 With that fresh portion of Tajik plov on your plate, we bid you welcome to the latest roundup of the Central Asian and Caucasian blogosphere, brought to you bi-weekly by neweurasia. First off, apologies for the delay in presenting this week's edition...
The latest international organisation forced to leave Uzbekistan is the UNHCR. No reasons have been disclosed by the Uzbek government yet, writes CXW.
Ataman Rakin wishes “Happy Nawruz” and gives some background information on the festivities that are celebrated in all Central Asian states.
Onnik Krikorian, whose blog Oneworld features many of his photos, has been nominated for the prestigious National Geographic All Road's photography award.
James of neweurasia posts about a rapprochement between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Central Asia's largest and most populous countries respectively.