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Nathan Hamm · February, 2007

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 February, 2007

Armenia: A Real Alternative

The Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement blog notes the appearance of a new movement calling itself “The Alternative,” and examines whether or not the movement lives up to what it claims to...

Kyrgyzstan: Turning Around the Economy

The new Kyrgyz government must turn around the economy says Kyrgyz Report. They ask whether or not Prime Minister Isabekov can pull off the task.

Kyrgyzstan: Freedom of the Press?

At neweurasia, Yulia discusses reports saying that Kyrgyzstan has the freest media in Central Asia, saying that bad always looks good compared to worse.

Kazakhstan: Gathering Evidence

The Atyrau Informant reports on the story of a woman tormented by a gang of criminals in Kazakhstan. The police refused to look into the matter, citing a lack of...

Uzbekistan: President's Nephew in Mental Hospital

Tolkun Umaraliev reports on the case of Jamshid Karimov, an independent journalist often critical of the government who also happens to be a nephew of the Uzbekistan's authoritarian president. In...

Turkmenistan: The Internet Comes to Town

One of the first acts of Turkmenistan's new president was to start the ball rolling on opening up access to the internet in the country. Now that it's arrived, neweurasia...

Armenia: Barekendan

The CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 blog has photos and a report on Barekendan, a traditional Armenian festival comparable to Mardi Gras or Carnival that many activists, including a considerable...

Kazakhstan: Exile for Aliyev?

Sean Roberts discusses the sudden appointment of the son-in-law of Kazakhstan's president as ambassador to Austria and the OSCE, speculating as to whether or not he has been exiled for...

Kazakhstan: Memorial Demonstration

neweurasia reports on a recent public demonstration marking the first anniversary of the murder of opposition leader Altynbek Sarsenbayev and calling for certain officials to resign and for government organs...

Kyrgyzstan: Kokboru

Nikki of the other side of the world posts photos from a game of kokboru in Kyrgyzstan. The game, which is also known as buzkashi or ulak, pits two teams...

Tajikistan: Blogosphere Roundup

Vadim takes readers on a tour of the Tajik blogosphere.

Armenia: Dangers for Motorcycles

Blogster, a blog about motorcycling in Armenia, lists the most dangerous road hazards for motorcyclists in Armenia.

Armenia: Banana Republic Party

Kronstadt has started the Banana Republic Party to heap ridicule on Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia party.

Armenia: Prosperous Armenia

CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 reports on Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia part. Tsarukian's party is popular with the poor for its charity, which critics label vote buying.

Tajikistan: Water Pollution

At neweurasia, Gulru writes about water pollution in Tajikistan, saying that there Tajik citizens can be part of the solution.

Armenia: Structure Determines All

Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement argues that Armenia's political structure is institutionalizing politics ruled by the military and oligarch without any real alternatives in sight.

Tajikistan: Separatism Concerns

Tajikistan plans to give additional autonomy to the Gorno-Badakhshan region, the western part of the country which is mostly inhabited by Pamiris. Vadim says that concerns that this will encourage...

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan: Radio Cuts

Adam Kesher reports on plans in President Bush's proposed budget to cut funding for Kazakh and Uzbek language radio broadcasts.

Kazakhstan: Moving the Ministry

KZBlog reports on yet another of the many uses of students in Central Asia. In this case, it is moving Kazakhstan's Ministry of Education into a new building.

Tajikistan: Seasonal Business

Andrea Dall'Olio reports on what one learns about market principles from shopping in Tajikistan's bazaars and the difficulties that Tajik companies trying to make and sell processed foods in the...

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