Latest posts by Salam Aleik
Up to 200,000 ethnic Koreans were deported to Central Asia from the Russian Far East by Soviet authorities during the 1930s.
"She was not silent when others buried their heads in the sand. She risked her life every day and knew the value of this risk."
For the first time in last two decades, there is not a single journalist behind bars in Uzbekistan, once one of the world's most despotic countries.
"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."
"Why am I here, in an alien place, far from my mother?"
"People have to look for jobs in other countries because we have not created conditions for them."
Once asked why the government was raising a tax on mobile phone companies, the tax chief responded: "Now even barefooted ones have a mobile phone."
2017 was a honeymoon year for Uzbekistan and new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, but challenges loom in the distance.
"They are experiencing what we cannot even imagine! #Rohingyawearewithyou"
"I am sorry, but I don’t like prosecutors at all…. I was a district chairman, a province chairman and I know very well how these unscrupulous people behave."
An overseas independent news outlet was quick to download the footage and re-edit it into a Hollywood-style action sequence, which went viral.
"The country is in big trouble, people are hungry and cold, and there is no economy, no production..."
"We are tired of officials’ spouses and kids who get into managing positions.”
The legislation also represents a shift in strategy for the Tajik government, which has historically opted to censor controversial websites and services.
The Kyrgyz “Dancing Kelin” Protests Early Marriage By Calling Attention to the Harsh Realities of Rural Brides
“Life in the village is round-the-clock work. Brides finish one chore and start another. They work 24/7.”
"While one [fake account] should play the role of an “angry bird” and mercilessly bomb everyone who speaks against you, another one should use softer, more diplomatic language."
"This is the end for Turkmenistan. The crisis has reached the country. Now we’ll see the appearance of the Central Asian Venezuela."
"Does this DHL have an owner? Can’t he come to Tajikistan?"
"Everything turned rotten a long time ago. There is nothing left to save!"
A media blackout regarding the status of the bird supposedly belonging to a top member of the ruling family failed to stop the jokes.
"The rise of qurutobkhonas means the domination of rural culture over urban culture, and is therefore a sign of downfall."