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NGO – UFO… same difference?
Written by on Thursday, 2 February 2006
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Soviet satirists Ilf and Petrov would be in seventh heaven with politicians saying things like this… An article in the Vechernii Bishkek reporting on the linguistic elegance demonstrated by certain politicians had me smiling wryly …

Ageing Disgracefully
Written by on Thursday, 2 February 2006
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“History is your ancestors and grandchildren,
And grandfathers, father, children and nation.”
Saparmurat Niyazov, You are Turkmen
According to a …

Towards Europe!
Written by on Wednesday, 1 February 2006
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As briefly mentioned in an earlier post, Kazakhstan is looking into possibilities of extending its demand base towards Europe. Now, a member of the EU, Poland, has called on Kazakhstan to do so. According to …

Roundup from the blogosphere
Written by on Wednesday, 1 February 2006
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We’ve started posting roundups on Global Voices, providing a neat way to keep up with the regional blogosphere. If you would like to have your post included in future roundups, drop us a line. We …

Wooden Spoon for Uzbek Media Freedom
Written by on Wednesday, 1 February 2006
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The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) has just released its fifth annual Media Sustainability Index (download full MSI 2005 here). Unsurprisingly, Uzbekistan is rated pretty poorly – in all the four main criteria by …

Oh Rudyard, what have you done?
Written by on Tuesday, 31 January 2006
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Not a day goes by without someone referencing an ongoing “Great Gameâ€? in Central Asia. Why do authors feel the need to reference the 19th century conflict in practically every article written about the …

Extreme weather conditions
Written by on Tuesday, 31 January 2006
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Like so many parts of Eastern Europe, Central Asia is suffering from severe winter weather conditions:
This week in Central Asia, unusually cold weather and heavy snow impacted on life in Kazakhstan, with temperatures on Wednesday …

Round-Up
Written by on Tuesday, 31 January 2006
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Just a quick round-up of noteworthy mentions of Turkmenistan in various media:
Dennis de Tray, the World Bank’s Director for Central Asia, comes to the end of his term at the end of January. De Tray …

Rukhnama in Space
Written by on Monday, 30 January 2006
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After sending its flag and an image of the presidential standard, a five-headed eagle, Turkmenistan has dispatched more national paraphernalia into space. This time it will be a copy of the first part of the …

Tightening the Belt
Written by on Monday, 30 January 2006
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According to a Deutsche Welle report, Turkmen authorities have followed up their drastic pensions reductions by cutting off gas supply to rural residential settlements. The action was carried out immediately after President Saparmurat Niyazov’s visit …