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New online school for journalists
Written by , Saturday, 14 Jun, 2014 – 12:06 | No Comment

Transitions Online, an English-language magazine covering Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and NewEurasia, Central Asia’s first and largest citizen-journalism network, are looking for professional journalists, bloggers, amateurs and people interested in journalism to take part in a new online educational project.

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Turkmenbashi Show
Written by , Friday, 13 Jun, 2014 – 15:56 | No Comment

We are bringing to your attention an interesting video that was found on the great spaces of YouTube. “Central Asian Hell Show” is a new humorous program about news from Central Asia. Read the full story »

Light industry or Handicraft Fair?
Written by , Friday, 13 Jun, 2014 – 8:55 | No Comment

International Fair InterLightInd took place in Dushanbe from 4th to 8th of June. The Fair was announced as a light industry fair but I saw prevailing good by Tajik and Afghan handicraftsmen.

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Censorship in arts: Banned Uzbek singer can’t travel outside of the country
Written by , Tuesday, 10 Jun, 2014 – 14:43 | One Comment

Feruza Jumaniyozova, distinguished Uzbek performer, who was deprived of her licence in 2010 for performing in the neighboring Tajikistan without the Uzbek authorities’ permission, was not allowed to leave the country. And again, the reason was her plans to perform for her fans in northern Tajikistan.

Djumaniyozova, who is originally from Khoresm region of Uzbekistan, is quite popular among Farsi speakers for her songs in Persian.

According to TojNews, on June 7 Djimaniyozova was going to perform in Khujand along with Daler Kuttuzov, popular Tajik singer. However, she had to apologize to her fans and cancel the performance due to the ban of Uzbek authorities to travel to Tajikistan. The reason was that the Uzbek authorities took away all her travel documents to make the trip impossible. In Uzbekistan, it’s super easy. Read the full story »

Bust of Chingiz Aitmatov erected in Ankara
Written by , Tuesday, 10 Jun, 2014 – 8:26 | No Comment

President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev attended the ceremony of the bust opening.

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Antosh Chekhonte – Thoughts about Theater and More
Written by , Thursday, 5 Jun, 2014 – 8:40 | No Comment

Tajik journalist Sergey Chutkkov has already written about the theatre perfomance “Stories by Antosha Chekhonte” in Russian Mayakovski Drama Theater in Dushnabe. Here we post the article by Faruh Kuziev. Please read about an analitical material about theatre, Anton Chkhov and Tajik Society.

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The Mausoleum of The Great Founder of the Naqshbandi Order
Written by , Wednesday, 4 Jun, 2014 – 15:03 | No Comment

Here’s a photo report on neweurasia visiting the mausoleum of Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari, the founder of one of the largest and most influential Sufi Muslim orders, the Naqshbandi.

Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari (1318–1389) was born in the village of Qasr-i-Hinduvan (later renamed Qasr-i Arifan) 12 kilometers away from Bukhara. That’s where his mausoleum stands nowadays. The Memorial complex is became a place of pilgrimage for thousands of locals and foreigners.

Wahyudi, from of the group of Indonesians visiting the mausoleum that day, told me that he’d been preparing for this trip almost his whole life. “it’s a dream come true.”

The mausoleum consists of the tomb (photo No. 1), a little mosque open at all times (photo No. 5), Baha-ud-din Naqshbandi museum (unfortunately, not too impressive of what could be one of the most interesting and educating parts of the whole complex), conference center (the place where scholars come once in a while to give presentations on various topics, not necessarily the Naqshbandi or Baha-ud-din himself), and the Abdulazizkhon Khonaqoh (photos No. 6-7). Read the full story »

Festival of Kumis was held in Bishkek
Written by , Saturday, 31 May, 2014 – 22:07 | No Comment

On May 30 the first festival of the Kyrgyz national drink Kumis was organized in Bishkek. Read the full story »

Kanat Omar: “My another reality – literature – is perhaps the most valuable thing for me”
Written by , Saturday, 31 May, 2014 – 7:11 | No Comment

Another winner of “Novellasia” competition, Kanat Omar, shared his thoughts on literature and told about the people who influenced his creative career. Read the full story »

Eat Plov @ Central Asian Plov Center… And Enjoy Your Life
Written by , Friday, 30 May, 2014 – 10:09 | No Comment

What could be a better meal option on a warm weekend day in Tashkent? Plov, sure thing!

If you happen to visit Tashkent, make sure you try Uzbek plov (aka pilaff). There are many speculations about which plov is more delicious (yes, spoiled Uzbek people dare to compare plovs from different regions of thri country) but I simply offer you a quick tour to Central Asian Plove Center which is located near Tashkent TV Tower, Yunusabad District.

The organization itself moved few times before settling down there. But traditions and quality never changed since then. Read the full story »