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NOVELLASIA: A New Fiction-Writing Competition for Central Asia
Written by , Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2014 – 19:17 | No Comment

NewEurasia Citizen Media announces «Novellasia», a new fiction competition for Central Asia. The purpose of this competition is to help raise the profile of the region’s literary talents, both young and old, new and established.

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Despot’s diplomatic sports at Sochi
Written by , Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2014 – 15:53 | No Comment

Islam Karimov in the top right corner. Screen-cap from UzNews.net.

In politicians’ eyes, sports ain’t just about sports. And Olympic Games ain’t just about Olympic spirit either. It’s never been before Sochi and won’t be afterwards.

Let’s put aside all the concerns and controversies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and think it via “what-opportunities-will-it-open-for-Uzbekistan” approach.

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Journalists and others arrested at Euromaidan protest in Tashkent – UPDATE
Written by , Thursday, 30 Jan, 2014 – 10:45 | 4 Comments

28 January photograph from Alex Ulko's Facebook account of a pro-EuroMaidan protest by Ulko and others who were arrested.

What happens when you mix Kiev politics with Tashkent security? Disaster.

In Tashkent last night (29 January), police detained (or arrested, it’s not really clear) Timur Karpov, a journalist with Lenta.ru; his mother Umida Akhmedova, a well-known social photographer; Alex Ulko, one of our best culture bloggers who also happens to be the son of Gregory Ulko; Ashot Danielyan, a musician; Ilgar Gasymov, who according to his Facebook account is a Ukrainian living in Uzbekistan; and Gul’sum Osmanova.

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Why Ded Moroz is infinitely more badass than Santa Claus
Written by , Wednesday, 25 Dec, 2013 – 1:00 | 17 Comments


Editor’s Note: С Новым Годом и Рождеством Христовым (немного раньше, я знаю)! It’s that time again, when we present our seasonal classic post about a certain cultural icon… Originally published in 2010, our post on Ded Moroz is one of NewEurasia’s most read posts. So, why break with tradition? ;-)

Even though it’s still two weeks before the Orthodox Christmas; even though our readership is overwhelmingly Islamic; and even though I’m a Baha’i, nevertheless, I wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, there’s a very serious issue I would like to address today, and that is why the Slavic world’s Ded Moroz is more badass than the Western world’s Santa Claus. I mean, besides the fact that his name sounds like “Dead Morose” to my American ears, bringing to mind 80s Hair Metal and all the infinite, eternal glory that comes with it. But really, this is a very scientific argument I’m going to make. Let’s begin.

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Deutsche Welle announces free online workshop on digital safety
Written by , Monday, 2 Dec, 2013 – 8:17 | No Comment

An announcement from the Deutsche Welle website about a potentially very useful workshop their journalism school will be running tomorrow:

Are you are journalist? A blogger? A photographer? A media activist? Sign up for the open online “Digital Safety for Journalists” workshop being offered by DW Akademie in the first week of December, 2013. The workshop, which is being held in conjunction with Reporters Without Borders, will give you a better understanding of how to protect your communications and your data.

All over the world, media professionals are increasingly using digital devices such as cameras, recorders, mobile phones and computers to do their reporting. These might make our lives easier, but they also mean we are increasingly being subject to digital surveillance and hacking attacks. This means digital security has become an imperative.

The “Digital Safety for Journalists” workshop kicks off on Monday December 2 at 4 pm Central European Time with a livestreamed panel discussion about the digital dangers facing journalists and media activists. Hear about Bahraini journalist’s Ala’s Shehabi confrontation with high-grade surveillance software and what she now does to protect herself.

Find out from about digital threats from Anna Roth of Tactical Tech, one of world’s leading NGOs working on digital security for activists and dissidents, and learn more about the situation on the ground for journalists from Hauke Gierow from Reporters without Borders.

Or else take part in one (or all) of our daily live online sessions running from Tuesday December 3 to Friday December 6. There are seminars on topics ranging from mobile phone safety and how hackers can attack you computer to surfing the net without being tracked and collaborating security with other journalists.

The open online format emphasizes sharing and interaction. You can ask questions via chat during the live seminars, leave comments on the Digital Safety Google Plus community page or contribute via Etherpad.

Take a look at the Digital Safety for Journalists website for more details about sessions and further information on how to participate. Blog posts and interviews on different aspects of digital security will also appear daily from November 25 through until the end of the workshop.

And don’t forget, onMedia has been publishing posts on digital security for the past year. Here’s what we’ve covered so far.

Second Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival Success
Written by , Friday, 22 Nov, 2013 – 16:52 | No Comment

The second Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival was held between 7-11th November 2013 in both London and Cambridge. Following on from the first event, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2012, the organisers focused on bringing the works of Central Asian authors and illustrators to the UK to give local audiences a taste of the talent that is emanating from the region.

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Regional Problems Require Regional Solutions
Written by , Friday, 25 Oct, 2013 – 10:26 | No Comment

NewEurasia presents a new contributor: Rustam Rasulov, M.Litt in Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and MA in Political Science from the OSCE Academy in Kyrgyzstan. Now Rustam research on Environmental Security and its links in Central Asia at the Centre on Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

On October 10, 2013 United Nations Security Council extended the mandate of International Security Assistance Force’s presence in Afghanistan throughout the end of 2014 saying “the situation in the country still constitutes a threat to international peace and security”. What happens once ISAF will leave Afghanistan is an open-ended question with unavoidable and unpredictable implications to Central Asia. Interestingly, the degree of a threat emanating from Afghanistan is treated differently by Central Asian leaders.

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Bringing Central Asia’s Culture and History into the Global Market of Journalism
Written by , Saturday, 12 Oct, 2013 – 10:06 | One Comment

NewEurasia Workshop

Almaty: 4-6 November 2013

“Bringing Central Asia’s Culture and History into the Global Market of Journalism”

Central Asia’s largest blogging platform NewEurasia.net invites bloggers and journalists from Almaty to participate in the free workshop, “Bringing Central Asia’s Culture and History into the Global Market of Journalism”. We are inviting professional journalist, amateurs, students, bloggers, and civil society activists.

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“Winter” comes to an end in Almaty
Written by , Sunday, 6 Oct, 2013 – 8:22 | No Comment

A conference WINTER: Poetics and Politics that is the concluding conference organized within the framework of the Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale is presently taking place in Almaty (Kazakhstan).

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Reformat 13: The Festival of Videoart in Bishkek. Part 1
Written by , Wednesday, 25 Sep, 2013 – 10:02 | No Comment

From 28 to 31 August, a cosy exhibition hall of the Artists’ Union of Kyrgyzstan hosted a small but representative and interesting festival of videoart from four Central Asian countries (Turkmenistan being the usual exception). The festival REFORMAT 13 gathered a group of curators, artists and film-makers who to some extent could be regarded as representatives of avant-garde as opposed to mainstream art, but the films shown at the festival demonstrated different degrees of non-conformism. Read the full story »