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Sms-divorcing: the new shariah in Central Asia?
Friday, 30 Nov, 2012 – 19:59 | 3 Comments
Sms-divorcing: the new shariah in Central Asia?

It’s becoming a truism that mobile phone technology could reshape Central Asia for the better, but there’s also a dark side, even a ridiculous side. NewEurasia’s Marat discusses the problem of shariah-backed sms-divorcing.

Tashkent bans “lavish” weddings
Monday, 11 Jun, 2012 – 16:12 | One Comment

It is no surprise that in countries where demos do not have much say governments can and do “insistingly recommend” living lives in a certain way. The Tashkent mayor Rakhmonbek Usmonov thought so too and …

A year ago today… ah, crap.
Monday, 30 Jan, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
A year ago today… ah, crap.

What was happening in Kyrgyzstan about a year ago from now? neweurasia’s Marat Sartpaev takes a look back. “Well, today we’ve passed through our first-ever peaceful transfer of power at the presidential level,” he writes. “Yes, it’s just the same old elite I suppose, but hey, at least this time there weren’t snipers on the roof.”

Dec 19-23: New gov’t, blackouts and human rights
Monday, 26 Dec, 2011 – 1:38 | No Comment

With the presidential elections “fever” over and the president inaugurated, it is now time in Kyrgyzstan to appoint a new government.  The incumbent president, Almazbek Atambayev, ascended to presidency from the post of the prime …

Speaker Keldibekov speaks in vain, doomed to step down
Friday, 9 Dec, 2011 – 6:11 | 3 Comments

I have hard time understanding Speaker Akhmatbek Keldibekov’s desperate attempts to keep his position.  As someone involved in politics for quite some time now, he must realize that election of a new president inevitable entails …

Nov 28-Dec 2: New political page
Tuesday, 6 Dec, 2011 – 2:33 | No Comment

Bishkek Mayor Isa Omurkulov’s claimed he is going to ask the court to reconsider the acquittal of his son, on Monday, 28 November 2011. Mayor Omurkulov issued a statement indicating his son, who killed three …

Israel vs. Iran: to bomb or not to bomb?
Tuesday, 8 Nov, 2011 – 3:28 | 2 Comments

Despite its small size and under 8-million population, Israel is challenging a country with 10 times bigger population and 70 times larger surface – Iran. Israel claims Iran is developing a nuclear weapon which Tehran …

Kyrgyz Sec Council bid unsuccessful; might spell future luck
Wednesday, 26 Oct, 2011 – 19:45 | Comments Off

Last week’s voting at the UN Security Council could not have possibly voted for Kyrgyzstan as a non-permanent member for several reasons. For one, the closeness of the political elite of Kyrgyzstan with the Russian …

September 26-30: elections, gas, int’l ties
Monday, 3 Oct, 2011 – 17:27 | No Comment

This week started with the single most important political event of the year – the launching of the presidential election campaigns. These elections will most probably be the top-rated event not only in Kyrgyzstan, but …

Kyrgyz-language instruction in Uzbek schools: necessity or haste?
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 19:00 | No Comment

It was quite a surprise to hear that some Uzbek-language schools introduced instruction in the Kyrgyz language. While switching to Kyrgyz shouldn’t be a big issue for children given the linguistic kinship between the two …