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Tajikistan Hosts Japanese ‘Tohoku’ Photo Exhibit
Written by , Thursday, 25 Jul, 2013 – 19:13 | No Comment

Japanese photography critic Kotaro Iizawa’s curated global traveling photo exhibition made its way to Central Asia in July 2013.

From July 3rd – 21st, in Tajikistan’s capital city Dushanbe, the Embassy of Japan, together with the National Library of Tajikistan and Japan Foundation, hosted the photo exhibition “Tohoku — Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers.”
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Songs of Dark Fire by Zhyldyz Baizakova
Written by , Wednesday, 10 Jul, 2013 – 6:48 | No Comment

When I was asked to write a review of the collection of poems by Zhyldyz Baizakova called The Songs of the Dark Fire, I did not expect it to be an interesting and educating experience.

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Here’s to Registan.net
Written by , Wednesday, 12 Jun, 2013 – 2:10 | No Comment

A big announcement over at NewEurasia’s long-standing brother-site, The Registan. Essentially, the team from the last few years has broken up. Some are moving onto new careers; others are plowing forward with their present ones; but either way, their ability to blog has been and shall be curtailed. It’s the passing of an era.

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17th annual TÜRKSAV World Service Awards are coming up
Written by , Wednesday, 1 May, 2013 – 1:00 | No Comment

The Turkish World Writers and Artists Association (TÜRKSAV) shall be having its 17th annual “World Service Awards” at the end of this month. Twelve people, institutions and organizations from shall countries will be awarded in a ceremony held within the context of “Turkish Day” in the USA.

Click “read more” to see the winners and get contact information for the event.

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Central Asian literature: what’s on the cards?
Written by , Tuesday, 23 Apr, 2013 – 20:48 | No Comment

‘Come to the Russian stand, I’ll meet you there’, says Hamid Ismailov, a writer from Uzbekistan, the head of the BBC Central Asian and Caucasus Service, a quiet and soft-spoken gentleman in a black velveteen jacket. It’s the last day of the London Book Fair 2013, and I’m visiting the huge Earls Court Exhibition to meet Hamid-aka and Marat Akhmedjanov, perhaps, the leading publisher about all things Central Asian, at least in the UK.

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The Eurasia Connection: the Tsarnaev brothers as pawns of “secret services”
Written by , Saturday, 20 Apr, 2013 – 14:11 | 4 Comments

Editor’s note: What, if any, is the connection between the Boston bombings and Kyrgyzstan? NewEurasia’s Schwartz suspects not much. What will be more interesting, he says, is how online forums shall start thinking about the possible linkages.

During the dramatic events in Boston, I have sat on the sidelines somewhat bemused. I am still waiting for a clear picture to emerge. I am not a security expert, so I shall refrain from speculating on the nature of the attacks (which, I imagine from a terrorism perspective seem kind of, well, aimless and incompetent); rather, of more interest is the Eurasia connection.

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These Orphanages Should Not Exist!
Written by , Wednesday, 3 Apr, 2013 – 21:42 | One Comment

Private orphanage “Meerim Bulagy” which located in the village of Ak-Bulun, Tyup district of Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan, was famous for applying psychological, physical and sexual violence, and forced change of religion on the children

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Alpamysh is not done yet!
Written by , Sunday, 24 Mar, 2013 – 1:00 | No Comment

The Alpamysh epic is not yet finished! Since our last installment, we’ve been editing the last batch of posts. So, if you’re hankering for more steppe legendarium, stick around!

And we would also like to remind our readers that this edition of the Alpamysh is based upon H.B. Paksoy’s critical academic edition in English. Go check it out if you’re curious to learn more about the editorial and conceptual history behind the epic. :-)

Architecture as a mirror of the age. Part III: pasts condensed, presents constructed
Written by , Monday, 18 Feb, 2013 – 8:59 | One Comment

Alex Ulko continues his series of works about Central Asian architecture. Today he will discuss highly important architectural forms as statues and sculptures erected in the past 20 or so years across the region.

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Architecture as the mirror of an age. Part II: new shapes and tastes
Written by , Wednesday, 30 Jan, 2013 – 21:37 | 2 Comments

Second article written by Alex Ulko from the series about the architecture of Central Asia. In the new part the author analyzes the “frozen music,” which was born in modern society

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