Politics and Society
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.
On February 14th, women and men from all around the world joined the One Billion Rising campaign and danced to protest against gender-based violence. Bishkek was no exception. Read the full story »