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Collection of poems of Alykul Osmonov was published in Moscow
Written by , Monday, 16 Dec, 2013 – 9:28 | No Comment

On December 7 presentation of book of the great Kyrgyz poet Alykul Osmonov was held at the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Russia. Read the full story »

Bringing the photo-story to Osh: “seeing the beauty and hearing the untold stories”
Written by , Friday, 13 Dec, 2013 – 12:31 | No Comment

One of the photographs from the workshop, by Jazgul Madazimova.

This past weekend, Elyor Nematov and I went to Osh to deliver NewEurasia’s three-day workshop on photojournalism. In fact, calling it a workshop on “photojournalism” is a bit deceptive, since it was much more than just an extended seminar on the technicalities of using photographic and videographic equipment. Elyor explained the principles of creating a photo-story, and he also elaborated the philosophical implications of what it really meant to be a photo-journalist.

This was the third and final workshop of our current arts and culture project, which has been supported by Hivos Foundation. Unfortunately, I’ve been hearing from various sources that our adventure in Osh may very well have been one of the foundation’s last direct endeavors in Central Asia. After 19 years of hard work in the region, it’s perhaps a fitting end for them, too. A cornerstone of Hivos’ mission has been to break down barriers, foster discussion, and in general promote pluralism, and it was precisely these kinds of things which Elyor elaborated upon, both from a philosophical perspective and a technical one. As he put it, the photo-journalist’s duty is not just to record events, but to break down the subject-object divide. In this respect, the photo-story, with its essay-like to meditate upon and explore all the different facets of an issue, is the photo-journalists’ most unique creation and tool.

Moreover, Osh proved to be a perfect site for our workshop. This was my first time visiting that city, and in just a few days, I was nearly overwhelmed with its ethnic and ideological complexity. Osh is more than just an ancient, tiny city in the middle of the Eurasian landmass. With a metropolitan area of almost half a million souls, and with a history that stretches back into the shadows of Central Asia’s early history, the city has long been touted as a melting pot of cultures, almost an archetype of Silk Road and Soviet internationalism. Consequently, Osh emerges as a dual-sided symbol, of what the Kyrgyz call “маданият” — civilization — and what Kyrgyzstan could be. The two sides of this symbol need not be mutually co-exclusive, much less violently so, although controversies continue to swirl around them as a consequence of the June 2010 events.

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Hip-Hop and Aqinship
Written by , Friday, 13 Dec, 2013 – 9:44 | No Comment

What does a neglected neighborhood of the Boogie Down Bronx have in common with the wild and desolate steppe of Central Asia? Perhaps it is their rugged spirit that ties them in, or the unsettling nature, or the survival-of-the-fittest attitude.

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First ever international fashion week started in Tajikistan
Written by , Thursday, 12 Dec, 2013 – 8:27 | No Comment

The first ever Dushanbe Fashion Week (DFW) began on December 8.

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Launch of ‘The Gods of the Middle World’ novel by Galina Dolgaya
Written by , Wednesday, 11 Dec, 2013 – 8:46 | No Comment

One of the new books released at this year’s Open CentralAsia Book Forum, held in London from 7 to 11 November, was Uzbekistan-based author Galina Dolgaya’s fantasy novel ‘The Gods of the Middle World’ translated by Robin Thomson.

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Evening dedicated to the memory of Leonid Dyadyuchenko
Written by , Friday, 6 Dec, 2013 – 20:46 | No Comment

Evening dedicated to the memory of the Kyrgyz writer, journalist and screenwriter Leonid Dyadyuchenko was held on December 5, 2013 at Russian Book House in Bishkek. Read the full story »

Love, Death & Rock’nRoll
Written by , Thursday, 5 Dec, 2013 – 22:27 | No Comment

Theater of Mark Weil “Ilkhom” presents two premiere performances in December – “Love, Death & Rock’nRoll” and “Night at the tavern East-West”. Each performance is the unique and eclectic project

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Turkey has a new “vizyon”, Kazakhstan jumps in
Written by , Thursday, 5 Dec, 2013 – 21:31 | No Comment

A short news story from Yerbulan Akhmetov, participant of the NewEurasia Workshop in Kazakshtan. That story got high marks from the tutors.

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Creating plum jobs in Armenia
Written by , Tuesday, 3 Dec, 2013 – 14:15 | No Comment

Photograph courtesy of Oxfam.

Editor’s note: Oxfam’s Annemarie Papatheofilou has just returned from Armenia where she met a group of feisty women who, with Oxfam’s support, are building a business from the ground up, and who won’t stop until their home-grown fruit jam is a household name.

The first thing I notice about Emma is her black-stained fingers. She is shaking my hand with an enthusiastic vice-like grip, and the colour is hard to miss.

I have travelled just over 200km from Yeravan, Armenia’s capital, to Ayrum, a tiny town near the Georgian border, and I’m here to visit the newly-formed Lchkadzor Co-op.

Emma is one of the first members of the co-op I meet and my curiosity gets the better of me, so I ask about her hands. She explains that day after day spent picking blackberries, plums, rosehips and – the worst culprit -walnuts, has left every fruit picker and farmer here with a permanent stain on their skin.

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Deutsche Welle announces free online workshop on digital safety
Written by , Monday, 2 Dec, 2013 – 8:17 | No Comment

An announcement from the Deutsche Welle website about a potentially very useful workshop their journalism school will be running tomorrow:

Are you are journalist? A blogger? A photographer? A media activist? Sign up for the open online “Digital Safety for Journalists” workshop being offered by DW Akademie in the first week of December, 2013. The workshop, which is being held in conjunction with Reporters Without Borders, will give you a better understanding of how to protect your communications and your data.

All over the world, media professionals are increasingly using digital devices such as cameras, recorders, mobile phones and computers to do their reporting. These might make our lives easier, but they also mean we are increasingly being subject to digital surveillance and hacking attacks. This means digital security has become an imperative.

The “Digital Safety for Journalists” workshop kicks off on Monday December 2 at 4 pm Central European Time with a livestreamed panel discussion about the digital dangers facing journalists and media activists. Hear about Bahraini journalist’s Ala’s Shehabi confrontation with high-grade surveillance software and what she now does to protect herself.

Find out from about digital threats from Anna Roth of Tactical Tech, one of world’s leading NGOs working on digital security for activists and dissidents, and learn more about the situation on the ground for journalists from Hauke Gierow from Reporters without Borders.

Or else take part in one (or all) of our daily live online sessions running from Tuesday December 3 to Friday December 6. There are seminars on topics ranging from mobile phone safety and how hackers can attack you computer to surfing the net without being tracked and collaborating security with other journalists.

The open online format emphasizes sharing and interaction. You can ask questions via chat during the live seminars, leave comments on the Digital Safety Google Plus community page or contribute via Etherpad.

Take a look at the Digital Safety for Journalists website for more details about sessions and further information on how to participate. Blog posts and interviews on different aspects of digital security will also appear daily from November 25 through until the end of the workshop.

And don’t forget, onMedia has been publishing posts on digital security for the past year. Here’s what we’ve covered so far.