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Salam Aleik

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8 May 2018

Uzbekistan releases its “last detained journalists”

Advox

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.

21 March 2018

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia's Heart

The Bridge

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

11 February 2018

‘Singing the Tale of Our Pain': Tajikistan's Migration Phenomenon Finds a Home in Music

"Why am I here, in an alien place, far from my mother?"

29 January 2018

Uzbekistan and its Migrants: A Tale of Two Presidents

"People have to look for jobs in other countries because we have not created conditions for them."

25 January 2018

Veto Viber? Tax Telegram? Such Are Tajikistan's Tech Company Conundrums

Advox

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."

29 December 2017

The Good Cop? Uzbekistan Readies for Another Year of Major Changes

2017 was a honeymoon year for Uzbekistan and new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, but challenges loom in the distance.

8 September 2017

Muslims in the Former Soviet Union Rally Behind Myanmar's Besieged Rohingya

RuNet Echo

"They are experiencing what we cannot even imagine! #Rohingyawearewithyou"

11 August 2017

Amid Efforts to Clean Up Corruption, Uzbekistan's President Calls Prosecutors ‘Trash’

"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."

5 August 2017

‘The Turkmenator': Turkmenistan's President Plays Up His Gun and Knife Skills on State TV

An overseas independent news outlet was quick to download the footage and re-edit it into a Hollywood-style action sequence, which went viral.

1 August 2017

As an Economic Crisis Grips Turkmenistan, the President Sings and Bikes

"The country is in big trouble, people are hungry and cold, and there is no economy, no production..."

31 July 2017

Young Kyrgyz Music Star Rejects Appointment to Head Museum After Online Backlash

"We are tired of officials’ spouses and kids who get into managing positions.”

Tajik Parliament Plans to Monitor Citizens Who Visit ‘Undesirable’ Websites

Advox

The legislation also represents a shift in strategy for the Tajik government, which has historically opted to censor controversial websites and services.

29 July 2017

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.”

30 June 2017

The Sad State of Tajikistan's Online Opposition

"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."

19 June 2017

With Economy Unravelling, What Awaits the Turkmen Regime?

"This is the end for Turkmenistan. The crisis has reached the country. Now we’ll see the appearance of the Central Asian Venezuela."

14 June 2017

Going Postal: Tajikistan Stops DHL, UPS and Pony Express in Their Tracks

"Does this DHL have an owner? Can’t he come to Tajikistan?"

23 May 2017

Corruption Fighters Slapped with Corruption Charges in Graft-Prone Central Asia

"Everything turned rotten a long time ago. There is nothing left to save!"

14 May 2017

Did Tajikistan’s ‘First Parrot’ Flee Its Gilded Cage?

A media blackout regarding the status of the bird supposedly belonging to a top member of the ruling family failed to stop the jokes.

29 November 2016

Tajikistan's Qurutob: ‘Food for the Poor'?

"The rise of qurutobkhonas means the domination of rural culture over urban culture, and is therefore a sign of downfall."

17 June 2016

Tajik Facebookers Make Persian Poetry Political

"I left, because now there is no place for love there. I left, because there was no use in staying there. I left, because oppression and pain crossed all lines."

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