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, Registan.net.
Latest posts by Nathan Hamm from July, 2006
For those who have always wanted to know what acting in a Georgian soap opera is like, Breed describes his experience.
Both Nessuna and Jeremy express their dislike of Vardavar, a holiday celebrated in part by throwing water on complete strangers.
Zarchka writes on the value of escaping the city for the village.
Breed writes about the charms of the bazaar in the Kyrgyz city of Osh and the lessons it holds for those who might find themselves in post-Soviet airports.
LJ user tropical-rat engages in some amateur anthropology regarding flashmobs in Kazakhstan.
Irina Petrosian discusses the omnipresence of apricots, apricot-related gossip, apricots as an indicator of inflation, and much more that has contributed to Armenia being referred to on occasion as an “apricot republic.”
Yulia comments on the release of additional details about the new agreement between Kyrgyzstan and the United States that will allow the US to keep using the Manas airfield for supporting operations in Afghanistan. She argues that it is fortunate that the issue was resolved without becoming a huge fight...
Vadim has a roundup of news and blog posts concerning Tajikistan.
Yulia translates a Russian language post on the difficulties disabled Kyrgyz citizens have in receiving support and how NGOs are making up for inconsistency from the state.
Notes from Hareinik reports that Armenia is offering refuge to anyone fleeing Lebanon.
Nessuna links to a video about elections the Armenian way. She reports that those who made the short film were instructed not to make anymore such videos if they wished to graduate from their university.
Registan.net discusses the voluntary return of Uzbek refugees who had fled the country after last year's violence in Andijon.
Irene asks who is responsible for the negligence that led to the infection of six infants with HIV in a hospital in southern Kazakhstan.
Nessuna reports on the appearance of racist fliers appearing in Yerevan urging people to “clean their city.” Onnik Krikorian adds that this is ironic considering the number of South Caucasus natives who have died at the hands of white supremacists in Russia.
Onnik Krikorian posts photos and and an interview with the program manager of the Our Duty to Live project in Vanadzor, Armenia. The project offers educational and social services to needy children in an area still recovering from the devastating 1988 earthquake.
Nessuna asks why men in Armenia consider it acceptable for women to chainsmoke in cafes, but lose all respect for women if they smoke on the street.
Leila reports on internet regulation and development in Kazakhstan. She notes that e-government is being explored in the country.
Stacey of soupy says writes about how different Ulaanbaatar is from other places in Mongolia.
Ataman Rakim argues for a Eurasian Islam that would unite Muslims of the former Soviet Union under a common identity and serve not so much as a formal set of religious and political ideas but instead as a catalyst for social initiatives.
James explores how to explain the happiness of Uzbekistan's citizens despite the host of problems they face. Could it be relatively equal income distribution?
Ben Paarmann reports on Uzbekistan's fairly high rank on the Happy Planet Index. He notes that Uzbekistan's score (as well as those of neighboring Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) are not a result of government policies though.