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Nathan Hamm · May, 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 May, 2006

Mongolia: Defining Corruption

Luke Distelhorst writes that Mongolia's parliament had quite a hard time making any progress on their anti-corruption bill as they got bogged down in trying to define corruption.

Afghanistan: Riots

Sohrab Kabuli writes about the bloody riots in response to a road accident involving US military forces and includes some first-hand reporting.

Armenia: Montenegro Precedent

Onnik Krikorian asks whether or not Montenegro's vote for independence is a precedent for Nagorno-Karabakh.

Kyrgyzstan: The Meeting Happened!

Edil Baisalov, a Kyrgyz opposition leader, takes issue with negative coverage of last weekend's protest in Bishkek (Russian) that characterized the event as a failure that took the wind out...

Kyrgyzstan: Protest

CXW of neweurasia has a report on last weekend's protest in Bishkek calling for the government to enact reforms and combat corruption.

Mongolia: Construction Season

Luke Distelhorst says that, because of the country's climate, construction is restricted to a few months of the year. Though floods and snow can strike even in late May, construction...

Kyrgyzstan: Endangered Languages

neweurasia reports on a political party in Kyrgyzstan seeking to protect the status of the Russian language in the republic.

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Rally

Yulia of neweurasia reports on Saturday's opposition protest in Bishkek during which Kyrgyz opposition members demanded significant reform by September.

Armenia: Fire in Kond

A fire broke out in Yerevan's historic Kond neighborhood, destroying five homes. Blogrel notes some strange inaccuracies in the local media's coverage of the fire. Onnik Krikorian discusses the issue...

Kazakhstan: Caspian Saber-Rattling

Ben Paarmann explains why Kazakhstan is expanding its naval power in the Caspian Sea.

Mongolia: Textile Export Drop

neweurasia reports that Mongolia's textile exports to the United States have suffered tremendously since quotas on textiles were lifted in 2005.

Armenia: A1 Denied Frequency

Onnik Krikorian says that the popular A1 has been again denied a broadcast frequency, a decision Onnik says is “yet another blow to press freedom” in Armenia.

Mongolia: Windfall Profits Tax

Luke Distelhorst reports that Mongolia's controversial windfall profits tax on mining is now law and he carries the reaction from Ivanhoe Mines, a major investor in the country's mining sector.

Kazakhstan: Education Spending

Ben Paarmann notes that Kazakhstan plans to boost its spending on education.

Armenia & Azerbaijan: Momentum for Peace

Onnik Krikorian says that momentum for peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Karabakh continues.

Kyrgyzstan: Citizenship & Civility

Students in Kyrgyzstan write about citizenship and civility.

Mongolia: Parliamentary Walkout

Luke Distelhorst reports on the walkout from parliament of Mongolia's Democratic Party over the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party efforts to delay by-elections for a seat formerly held by a Democratic...

Kyrgyzstan: HIPC

Kyrgyz students call for their country not to join the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative.

Mongolia: Mining Issues

Chris of For Optimists and Philosophers writes about mining issues in Mongolia.

Yerevan: Destroying the Past

Christian Garbis continues his reporting on the destruction of Yerevan's pre-Soviet buildings to make way for new construction.

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