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Articles by magtymguly pyragy

"Though you might rule this world, so stark in trust, with a century you'd be but dust. Before the years have fled, fly from your self -- set up a cabal of the wise and just." "Gel, gönlüm, ben sana nasihat vereyim, vatanını terk edip gidici olma! Kendinden eksik gayri namerdin, makamında hizmet edici olma!”

What public “anti-corruption” dismissals are really about in Turkmenistan
Thursday, 25 Jul, 2013 – 17:11 | No Comment

I guess each country has its own rules and habits of fighting corruption. Here is the Turkmen style, keeping in mind that our country has some of the most widespread corruption in the world.
In …

How many people in Turkmenistan are technically “stateless”?
Thursday, 25 Apr, 2013 – 19:44 | One Comment
How many people in Turkmenistan are technically “stateless”?

NewEurasia received this communiqué, which makes us wonder how many people in Turkmenistan, who were members of other Soviet republics when the Union collapsed and got trapped inside the new Turkmen state, are officially registered …

Another letter to Western investors interested in Turkmenistan
Wednesday, 3 Apr, 2013 – 18:05 | No Comment

Hello again Western investor,
Perhaps my last letter was too harsh. Turkmenistan does need your money; all of our sectors are so poor — natural gas, textile, fishing, agriculture, water. Still, I have one request when …

A letter to Western investors interested in Turkmenistan
Sunday, 17 Mar, 2013 – 1:51 | 2 Comments

Dear Western investor,
You might have a Turkish colleague who is trying to convince you to invest in Turkmenistan, but should you believe him?
The picture looks nice. Turkish firms ran 63 projects in 2011 worth …

Marble and sand
Monday, 4 Mar, 2013 – 16:17 | No Comment
Marble and sand

I want to share with you impressions of the many contrasts in Turkmenistan by citizen-journalists I know. Except for two from Flickr (but I’m reassured are under Creative Commons licensing), I publish these photos with …

Turkmenistan’s benzene-based social contract gets “renegotiated” by authorities
Wednesday, 6 Feb, 2013 – 16:17 | No Comment
Turkmenistan’s benzene-based social contract gets “renegotiated” by authorities

Underneath Turkmenistan is abundant natural wealth, with more being discovered all the time. So, our government applies useful rules for the Turkmen people. Natural gas, electricity, and even some amount of petrol — in 2011, …

This just in from the Village Women’s Newswire: US Dollar shall collapse!
Monday, 10 Dec, 2012 – 1:00 | 2 Comments
This just in from the Village Women’s Newswire: US Dollar shall collapse!

The rumor mill that Turkmenistanis depend upon for information, but which they also insightfully nickname the “Village Women’s Newswire” appears, to be going digital. NewEurasia’s Magtymguly Pyragy reports on a recent online scare, and provides translations of the speculations of Turkmenitzens trying to grapple with a terrifying — but at the moment unfounded — monetary apocalypse.

Turkmenet’s first e-witness to Abadan explosion speaks again
Friday, 8 Jul, 2011 – 15:09 | No Comment

First e-witness spoke again. Cannot confirm his statements but he was cited by Annasoltan. He has spoken again today:
“I escaped death at the last moment, running away and making an accident with my car, but the car …

WikiLeaks: Ahmet Çalik says Turkmen president tool of Russians
Wednesday, 8 Jun, 2011 – 1:00 | 2 Comments
WikiLeaks: Ahmet Çalik says Turkmen president tool of Russians

An American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals that in 2007, Turkish businessman Ahmet Çalık believed that, vis-à-vis, Turkmenistan was “on the surface” the most independent of the post-Soviet Central Asian republics, “but not behind the scenes” — to the point that he insinuates Berdimuhamedov was put in power by Moscow. neweurasia’s Magtymguly reports. “This cable like scripture for me,” he writes.

Enormous mystery square in Garabogazköl lagoon
Wednesday, 23 Mar, 2011 – 3:00 | 4 Comments
Enormous mystery square in Garabogazköl lagoon

There is enormous mystery square in Google photo of Garabogazköl lagoon. This lagoon has many increases and decreases in level, sometimes even totally dry. Very strange that shadow is on northeast corner. New secret project …