Politics and Society
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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I guess each country has its own rules and habits of fighting corruption. Here is the Turkmen style, keeping in mind that our country has some of the most widespread corruption in the world.
In a practice dating back to Niyazov’s day, ministers are regularly sacked. But the current regime seems to like sacking ministers and workers despite successes. The heads of transporation infrastructure were dismissed for “failing to fulfill their duties” even though the first phase of a new rail has been started. Meanwhile, the grain return for 2013 is being praised for meeting targets — and voila, some grain workers have been sacked, likewise for dereliction of duty. Weirdly, these incidents have been presented as anti-corruption efforts.
Here’s what some of my fellow citizens have been observing. Basically, as bribery and patronage grows deeper in our country, it also grows larger, with even distant relatives of state officials asserting their “right” to special treatment, privileges, and a piece of the money pie. Call it “VIP syndrome”: for example, a relative of the head of the state agency for “order on the roads” (policing roads) is notorious for not stopping at red lights. So, it starts to become incumbent upon the central government to dismiss state officials in a public show of dishonor, effectivly denuding an entire clan or network of its VIP status in front of the public.
Still, there is one VIP whose family and friends will always be above such embarassment…
Was Jennifer Lopez’s performance in oil-rich Turkmenistan a successful a-political attempt to bring North American music culture, and pop-birthday culture, to this country’s Culture Week… or a show all gone wrong?
Looking to celebrate Central Asian cultural film, cuisine and memorabilia in Canada’s largest city? From July 26th to 28th, 2013, Travel Culture Magazine will host the Sonchy’s Silk Road Adventure event in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
A novel solution to the problem of unemployment in Kyrgyzstan’s regions, particularly among young people, has been hit upon by the authorities.
One of the biggest problems in Kyrgyzstan’s provinces, particularly Naryn, is a failure to provide enough cemeteries and landfill sites – with predictable results.
Guest Post written “Maxwell”:
As you all know that studying abroad a lot of Turkmen citizens. We have compiled a list of the countries where young people learn Turkmen.
NewEurasia received this communiqué, which makes us wonder how many people in Turkmenistan, who were members of other Soviet republics when the Union collapsed and got trapped inside the new Turkmen state, are officially registered with the government as “stateless”? (The photograph of the passport has been anonymized to protect the identity of its owner.)
I am so upset, actually angry. How much do you know about the temporary passports of Turkmenistan non-citizens?
A friend of mineis struggling to get out of country and she finally got a (useless) certificate, after so many years of writing to the President and waiting for a decision to get any sort of document that will allow her to go study abroad, and come back, since she also has her mother living in Turkmenistan.
My friend was not originally a Turkmenistani citizen. During Soviet times, they didn’t have to acquire any sort of special exit passport, just the standard Union common passport, and they were registered with a different SSR. But after independence, they had to give up their other citizenship and apply for the Turkmenistani passport — and they are still waiting for it.
In the meantime, they’ve received a temporary passport for non-citizens. And you know what’s written on it? “Stateless person certificate“.
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.
NewEurasia has published story These Orphanages Should Not Exist! by Aida Aizeman about violence in Kyrgyz private orphanage “Meerim Bulagi”. Video, that this blogger sent to us last week, is really shocking. We publish it without comments.