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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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Pinning impressions of Central Asia, one image-sharing pinboard at a time
Written by , Monday, 28 Jan, 2013 – 8:45 | One Comment

Interested in Central Asia and engaged in social media? Not from the region but fascinated by what it has to offer and wanting to find out through images on the web? Then there might be e website out there just for you…

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Architecture as the mirror of an age. Part I: destroyed and forgotten
Written by , Saturday, 19 Jan, 2013 – 18:08 | 6 Comments

Alex Ulko, NewEurasia’s special blogger, begins a series of publications on the architecture of Central Asia. The reasons for the mass destructions in region, cultural analysis and exclusive photos – in the first article

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Central Asian stickers against fascism
Written by , Thursday, 17 Jan, 2013 – 20:56 | One Comment

On January 19, in Moscow anti-fascists will start demonstration in memory of community activists – lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. The main slogan of the action – “For freedom against fascism” and “Moscow – anti-fascist town!”. Demostration will be organized by the anti-fascist group called the “Committee of 19 January.”

This year the “Committee of 19 January” has prepared stickers using more than 10 languages ​​of the former Soviet Union with the main slogan of the action – “For Freedom! Against fascism.” Stickers are in Armenian, Belarusian, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Moldovan, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek, Ukrainian languages.

Activists were contacted with citizens of Central Asia, and provided them with an opportunity to express their solidarity. Different designers from CA countries prepared their stickers (with design and slogan in their native language). Stickers were printed out and circulated in Moscow. You can see in our gallery stickers in Kyrgyz, Tajik and Kazakh.

Lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were murdered by the Russian neo-Nazis on January 19, 2009. Killer sentenced to long terms. It is murder – the most prominent one, but not the only one in a series of neo-Nazi crimes. Dozens, if not hundreds, of people (there are no exact statistics) – social activists, experts, workers – were killed by the Nazis in Russia over the last decade, according to the site 19jan.ru. Now January 19 is  the unofficial day of the memory of all victims of fascists and nazis in Russia.

 

 

С Новым Годом! (Goodbye and good riddance to 2012!)
Written by , Monday, 31 Dec, 2012 – 12:15 | No Comment

Speaking frankly, I’m not just glad 2012′s over, I’m relieved. Wow, what a tough year it’s been for NewEurasia, both in front and behind the computer screen. I guess you can say we went through our own private little Mayan apocalypse, although it happened well before 21 December. But I’m happy to report that we appear to have pulled through, and with a new team to boot!

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