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Articles by Christopher Schwartz

Schwartz is NewEurasia's Editor in Chief. In 2004, he co-founded our predecessor site, Thinking East (http://www.thinking-east.net), with Ben Paarmann and Oliver Dams. He was also the editor of the book, "CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia", and has published academically on Central Asia's mediascape. Check out his personal blog @ http://schwartztronica.wordpress.com.

Bishkek, the Berlin of Central Asia? Part 1 — Namba.kg
Monday, 19 Sep, 2011 – 12:04 | 3 Comments
Bishkek, the Berlin of Central Asia? Part 1 — Namba.kg

Is Bishkek the Berlin of Central Asia? neweurasia’s Schwartz would like to think so, and he’s taken some photographs of the interesting start-ups that are slowly popping up around the city to try and prove it.

Bishkek bustles during independence celebration
Wednesday, 31 Aug, 2011 – 11:53 | No Comment
Bishkek bustles during independence celebration

I must say, the weather’s been lovely and the city’s been teeming all day with people in costumes, on roller blades, and just in general having a good time. I’m glad that I’m here to …

Chingiz Aitmatov is rather dapper in bronze
Tuesday, 30 Aug, 2011 – 10:59 | No Comment
Chingiz Aitmatov is rather dapper in bronze

The new statue of Chingiz Aitmatov is up in Bishkek’s center. I must say, he’s rather dapper in bronze, although with all due respect to Mr. Aitmatov, he appears unrealistically flat-tummied and muscular. No surprise, …

Manas mounts his horse
Monday, 29 Aug, 2011 – 18:39 | No Comment
Manas mounts his horse

Manas has finally mounted his horse today, and Aitmatov, in golden splendor, has likewise assumed a rather swank position atop a dais.

Weimar Republic vibes in Kyrgyzstan
Monday, 29 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | 4 Comments
Weimar Republic vibes in Kyrgyzstan

With elections coming up and a dangerous strain of nationalism increasing in Kyrgyzstan, neweurasia’s Schwartz is getting some ugly Weimar vibes in Bishkek. “Just think a little bit about the meaning in the change of symbolism [in the city's square]: from Freedom to Warrior,” he writes.

Manas in pieces; I’m already missing Ala-Too
Sunday, 28 Aug, 2011 – 14:21 | Comments Off
Manas in pieces; I’m already missing Ala-Too

The new Manas statue is entering the final stages of assembling. I snuck into the construction site around the pedestal to snag these photos.
To be frank, I feel that it’s a travesty what they’ve …

Is Tajikistan’s “cultural revolution” an attack on power rivals?
Wednesday, 24 Aug, 2011 – 15:16 | No Comment

I’ve been thinking over Tajikistan’s recent prohibition on minors from going to mosques, churches and synagogues, reported last week by neweurasia‘s Avicenna, within the larger context of the country’s on-going “cultural revolution”.
Some of the revolution’s …

WordPress has returned to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2011 – 18:00 | 2 Comments
WordPress has returned to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

According to our teams in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the ban on WordPress appears to have been lifted after over a month. neweurasia’s Schwartz reports and coments. “By lifting this ban, the Kazakh authorities are therefore doing the right thing twice-over,” he writes. “It is my hope that this is setting a positive precedent, although of course time will tell.”

Chrono-tm.org fires back
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2011 – 17:38 | 2 Comments
Chrono-tm.org fires back

Farid Tukhbatullin, head of the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR), of which the Chronicles of Turkmenistan (chrono-tm.org is the press service, has sent the following statement to journalists:
On 18 July in the morning the …

ALERT: tm-chrono.org has apparently been hacked
Monday, 18 Jul, 2011 – 6:47 | 3 Comments
ALERT: tm-chrono.org has apparently been hacked

neweurasia has been contacted by an individual who claims to have accessed the Chronicles of Turkmenistan, the news site of the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, and published part of their subscription list.