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Nathan Hamm · January, 2006

The former Regional Editor for Central Asia & the Caucasus, I have now hung up my keyboard and moved on to emeritus status.

More of my blogging can be found at the oldest English language blog on Central Asia and Caucasus,

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Latest posts by Nathan Hamm from January, 2006

Caucasus: YoungCaucasus

Week one of the Young Caucasus Women Project is underway with posts from Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Armenia: Notes

Onnik Krikorian has more notes from the Armenian blogosphere–a roundup of posts on Armenian blogs over the past week.

Kyrgyzstan: Nepotism

T-Moor discusses the Kyrgyz president's response to criticism over his appointment of his brother to a government post.

Georgia: Powerless

Ben Wheeler says that Tbilisi is making due with energy shortages but that despite government claims to the contrary, the burdens are not evenly distributed between rich and poor.

Turkmenistan: Rukhnama in Space

Peter of neweurasia reports that Turkmenistan has sent more national paraphernalia into space.

Poland: Tragedy at Katowice

the beatroot reports on the tragic collapse of a roof in Katowice, Poland in which over 60 people have died. Their reporting continues with a look at whether or not...

Mongolia: New Faces

…yuu bna? says that Mongolia's new cabinet is full of new faces.

Armenia: Destroying Old Yerevan

Notes from Hareinik has a report on the destruction of more of old Yerevan.

Uzbekistan: Hip-Hop Scene reports on the Uzbek hip-hop scene.


Christian Garbis reports that Armenia's free internet (limited to Armenian sites only) and email service,, is in danger of shutting down unless it finds new funding.

Tajikistan: Islam in Schools

James of neweurasia reports that Tajikistan's secondary schools plan to emphasize the importance of Islam in the country's history.

Turkmenistan: The Axe Falls Again

neweurasia reports that Turkmenistan has dismissed a handful of government ministers. Yet again. Among the charges this time though were not just the normal accusations of abuse of power and...

Kyrgyzstan: The Plight of Women

Mountains of Heaven discusses the plight of Kyrgyz women, many of whom are forced into marriages through the local tradition of “bride stealing.”

Ukraine: Pora's Platform

Orange Ukraine reports on the Pora political party's stance on the issues going into the next election.

Poland: Blood-Sucking Parasites

the beatroot reports that alternative medicines like the use of leeches is on the rise in Poland and that alongside the growing popularity of these treatments is a rise in...

Armenia: Tour of Armenian Blogs

Onnik Krikorian rounds up the Armenian blogosphere.

Poland: Rural Parties Get a Shot

the beatroot reports that political parties representing the rural and impoverished east of the country are beginning to call the shots in the lower house of parliament.

Kazakhstan: Shortage

Ben Paarmann says that Kazakhstan's economy may benefit from hydrocarbon resources, but that it is at risk due to a dangerous shortage of skilled and professional workers.

Poland: Highly Paid Poles

Bialynia says that highly paid Poles are invading the British Isles. Since Poland joined the EU, many Polish footballers have found it much easier to play in the Premiership and...

Uzbekistan: Crops to Oregon reports that an Oregon nursery is working with farmers in Uzbekistan to introduce Uzbek crops to Oregon's farmers. Among the crops he thinks would succeed in the Pacific Northwest...

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