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Nathan Hamm

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

Kazakhstan: Krishna Homes Destroyed

KZBlog reports that more Hare Krishna homes have been destroyed and that the community's temple could be destroyed soon.

Turkmenistan: The Banned Disease

Abdulgamid says that Turkmenistan's government is finally showing some willingness to deal with HIV/AIDS.

Afghanistan: Kuchi Incursion

Mohammad Fahim Khairy says that nomadic Pashtun tribes exploit and abuse the Hazaras of central Afghanistan.

Kazakhstan: Celebrating Astana

At neweurasia, Adam reports that enormous sums are being poured into lavish celebrations of Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.

Tajikistan: Iranian Investment

Vadim reports on why Iran invests in Tajikistan.

Central Asia: Literature in Translation

Birds’ Books uses Uzbek author Hamid Ismailov's The Railway, one of the rare contemporary Central Asian novels translated into English, as a jumping off point for a discussion of Central...

Afghanistan: Charms of Bamiyan

Kabul Diary writes on a visit to Bamiyan and the charm of the people who live there.

Afghanistan: Unintended Consequence

Joshua Foust says that one of the positive unintended consequences of the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan is an improvement in the condition of homosexuals.

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Curriculum

Bonnie Boyd discusses the inclusion of Kyrgyzstan's national epic into the national curriculum. The epic, Manas, is nearly half a million verses long and tells the deeds of the hero...

Kazakhstan: Loss of Soviet Architecture

At neweurasia, Daniel reports on the destruction of historical Soviet architecture in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Cultural Festival

Özgecan reports on the recent Kazakh cultural festival in Munich.

Afghanistan: Poppy Prescription

My State Failure Blog offers up some policy prescriptions for combating opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.

Turkmenistan: Cellular Boom

neweurasia reports on signs of looming rapid growth of mobile communications in Turkmenistan.

Kazakhstan: Party Mergers

Adam says that with early parliamentary elections seeming more and more likely, Kazakhstan's opposition parties are uniting.

Armenia: Traffic Accidents

Nazarian says that since Armenian traffic police started using mobile patrols, the number of reported traffic accidents has increased. He is quick to remind that corelation is not causation.

Afghanistan: Female Journalists Murdered

Afghan Lord reports on the murder of two female journalists in Afghanistan.

Tajikistan: The Problem with Corruption

Andrea Dall'Olio explains what's wrong with bribes even when it becomes a widely accepted way of doing business using Tajikistan as an illustrative example.

Tajikistan: Melting Glaciers

Vadim reports on Tajikistan's melting glaciers.

Afghanistan: Disease Eradication

Bonnie Boyd reports on efforts to eradicate various diseases in Afghanistan.

Armenia: National Glue

At Blogrel, Harmick wonders whether or not a shared sense of pain resulting from the experience of genocide is the glue that gives Armenians around the world a shared sense...

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