Article Archive for Year 2014
The Organizers of the Central Asian visual arts competition the “Exit Permit” are happy to announce the winners!
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Few days ago neweurasia reported about sugar deficit in Uzbekistan. Let me inform you, that this artificial deficit is not about to stop even at +40 heat for a few weeks, if not months, to come.
Instead of selling sugar for its regular price, UZS 2,500-3,000, authorities prefer having huge queues, crying babies, spontaneous fights among buyers and policemen to control the order. Why would authorities hire policemen to control the process of selling of this particular product? Is it a part of their creating-new-jobs-state-program?
neweurasia sources accross the country report that in the Fergana Valley (Fergana, Andijan, Namangan regions of Uzbekistan) sugar price for a kilo is not less than UZS 6,000, while in Surkhandarya the price is almost 7,000. One ‘advantage’ though: you won’t need to spend your time waiting — just go buy as much as you want.
In Tashkent, people start queue fights with each other to make sure they get to buy sugar. You should see a crime scene: male or female in a fight, babies’ loud cry, police’s efforts to use authority to stop this nightmare… Read the full story »
In one of my previous posts I have already written about Dushanbe Ethno – Jazz Festival that took place from 15th to 18th of May 2014. From now I’ll post a few videos of different groups that performed at the festival. To begin I would like to post the video with the music band I liked most of all during the festival and that is music project “Mizrob” from Dushanbe.
The book “History of the Kyrgyz language and writing” by Kyrgyz author Gulzhamal Zhamankulova was published in Bishkek. Read the full story »
If you are in Bukhara, make sure you visit the Bukharan Jews synagogue not far from Lyab-i-Havuz. It’s one of the oldest Bukharan synagogues with the copies of the Torah as old as few centuries. There’s one that is approximately 1000 years old, according to the guard of the religious site.
There are few more synagogues in Bukhara but this one is, probably, the most interesting and has a longer history than others.
Nowadays there are approximately 25-30 Bukhara Jews families of what was approximately 40,000 back in the end of 1980s. Nonetheless, the synagogue witnesses crowds on big religious holidays.
Rabbi Aron Siyanov or Dan Siyanov, if they are there would be happy to give you a tour, as well as tell you the story of the visits of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Hillary Clinton back in a day when she was the First Lady.
It’s interesting how sometimes people from societies, where homosexuality is criminalized and LGBT communities are at high risk, after becoming ‘famous’ in their little stupid circles, claim they are expressing people’s opinion.
MC Doni, a newcommer for Black Star Inc. label, released his single dedicated to his beard. The song is focused against drag stage persona Conchita Wurst, Austrian female singer with a beard who won Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
MC Doni, who’s ethnic Uzbek from Uzbekistan (just like Timati, the founder of Black Star Inc.) where male homosexuality is punished with imprisonment up to three years, suggests that if one doesn’t have a beard then he’s are a loser, but if one doesn’t have male genitals but wears a beard, then he’s not a man. Plus, women will say “Yes!” to those men who have beards. Pretty clear, right?
“If you shaved you beard, then cut your penis like Conchita”