Ben Paarmann · April, 2007

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.

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Latest posts by Ben Paarmann from April, 2007

Tajikistan: Cultural Faux Pas or Nation Building?

  19 April 2007

No more golden teeth, mobile phones in lecture halls, hijabs, sexy clothes - and from now on even no more Russian name endings! What's behind Tajikistan's recent flurry of cultural legislation? Are we witnessing a reincarnation of Turkmenistan's deceased dictator Turkmenbashi or simply a young nation's right to self-determination? Bloggers from Central Asia and beyond offer their opinions.

Kyrgyzstan: Same protests as every year

  12 April 2007

Kyrgyzstan's post-revolution turmoil is not cooling down even two years after the ouster of ex-President Akayev. The newest episode of opposition protests echoes previous rallies on Bishkek's main square, and will likely yield similar amounts of success, namely very little.

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