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"Since this Law is true and calls to the reflection leading to the cognizance of the truth, we, the Muslim community, know firmly that demonstrative reflection does not lead to differing with what is set down in the Law. For truth does not oppose truth; rather, it agrees with and bears witness to it." -- Averroes, Decisive Treatise

Kazakh free press is being censored into oblivion, but was it ever really free to begin with?
Saturday, 8 Dec, 2012 – 18:25 | One Comment

So, last week a court in Kazakhstan banned Stan.tv from operating on the charge of extremism — and in a few weeks, Astana shall ascend to the UN Human Rights Council. There’s a full-on censorhip …

Is Central Asia a mirror of Europe?
Wednesday, 15 Jun, 2011 – 1:00 | One Comment
Is Central Asia a mirror of Europe?

neweurasia’s Averroes sees a problem with the way we here at neweurasia talk about Central Asian nationalism: we’re too busy pretending it’s not real when in fact it is — and that it’s dangerous for the region.The real question is “whether Central Asian nationalism should happen,” he writes. “It’s a moral question, not a normative one.” What do you, our readers, think?

Could there have been Kazakh tanks in Libya?
Tuesday, 22 Mar, 2011 – 1:00 | No Comment
Could there have been Kazakh tanks in Libya?

As the crisis in Libya continues, neweurasia’s resident speculator Averroes wants to know more about the two sides’ weaponry, and specifically whether there’s a Central Asian connection, however faint. There’s certainly a generally Soviet/ex-Soviet connection, but also a tiny hint of potential, probably untapped, for military trade between Kazakh-Libya. “I’m not saying there’s a direct link here,” he writes, “but it’s an interesting question, don’t you think?”

The Russian blogosphere looks like a Petri dish
Wednesday, 1 Dec, 2010 – 4:00 | No Comment
The Russian blogosphere looks like a Petri dish

Harvard’s Berkman Center has produced this “map” of the Russian blogosphere (supplemented with a simplifying exegesis by RussianSphinx). It looks alot like a Petri dish under a micrscope, with the core of the infection around …

Is Berdi reading neweurasia?
Sunday, 3 Oct, 2010 – 22:33 | No Comment

I’ve noticed some critical comments appearing on neweurasia’s Turkmenistan posts lately. Then there’s this little tidbit from RFE/RL:
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has called on the National Security Ministry to fight against those who “disseminate …

Zoroastrianism in Tajikistan
Tuesday, 14 Sep, 2010 – 10:00 | 2 Comments

Re: Alpharabius’ comment to my boss Schwartz’s chapter on religion for Cyber-Chaikhana, here’s a rather patriotic YouTube video with this interesting remark by the user about Zoroastrianism in Tajikistan:
A Tajik can be an adherent of …

Obama-ize to criticize
Wednesday, 25 Aug, 2010 – 5:00 | No Comment

neweurasia’s resident ideologue, Averroes, offers up some visual satire of four of Central Asia’s most authoritarian leaders. Take a peak!

Nazarbaev’s “Akmetal” — is it alchemy or worth its weight in gold?
Wednesday, 18 Aug, 2010 – 5:00 | 2 Comments
Nazarbaev’s “Akmetal” — is it alchemy or worth its weight in gold?

A global currency for a globalized world — that’s the proposal of Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbaev, which he made during an informal meeting of OSCE foreign ministers in Almaty earlier this month. neweurasia’s resident ideologue, Averroes, reviews the history of the idea and wants to know your opinion.

CSTO + UN = mixed news for KG sovereignty
Tuesday, 15 Jun, 2010 – 10:03 | 4 Comments

So, on the one side, we’ve got the CSTO saying they’ve got “something” in mind for the crisis in Southern Kyrgyzstan, and on the other side we’ve got the UN saying they need an aid …

Why isn’t Russia invading?
Monday, 14 Jun, 2010 – 15:55 | No Comment

Perhaps the biggest puzzle piece missing is Russia: why didn’t Moscow leap all over Bishkek’s invitation to basically invade Osh?  My guess is because Medvedev et al actually perceive the proposed constitutional reform by Otunbayeva …