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Bird Flu Scare
Written by on Tuesday, 28 February 2006
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According to Deutsche Welle, sources within the Turkmen veterinary service have reported widespread deaths among migratory birds on the Caspian coast. However, while authorities in countries across the world have adopted stringent measures to pre-empt …

Theories abound
Written by on Tuesday, 28 February 2006
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A day after the demonstration on Respublika Square, the Kazakh authorities explained everything to the confused observer. “Personal enmity” between Utembaev and Sarsenbaev led the former to call a hit on the latter:
After Sarsenbaev published …

Cash Not Goods
Written by on Monday, 27 February 2006
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Ukraine again reached an agreement with Turkmenistan about gas deliveries over the weekend. Ukrainian Prime Minister Yury Yekhanurov spoke on his optimism on the future of energy dialogue in a televised announcement, according to a …

“Is this the country we wanted to build 20 years ago?”
Written by on Monday, 27 February 2006
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The fallout from the Sarsenbaev murder continues to become ever more dramatic. Today saw the first anti-government demonstration in years in Almaty, where about 1,000 protesters defied a police ban and marched on to the …

The Railway by Hamid Ismailov
Written by on Sunday, 26 February 2006
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In the steppe near Tashkent they came upon a never-ending ladder with wooden rungs and iron rails and that stretched across the earth from horizon to horizon. (…) Whistling and thundering, a snake-like wonder hurtled …

Silk & Spice Festival 2006
Written by on Sunday, 26 February 2006
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This May Bukhara will host the 7th annual Silk & Spice Festival

HIV/AIDS in Eurasia: Donor Politics & Priorities
Written by on Sunday, 26 February 2006
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Neweurasia has launched a new series of topic-specific posts across all of the country blogs in an effort to provide readers a comprehensive overview of current policy issues in Eurasia. We have devoted this first …

Celebrations With a Bang
Written by on Friday, 24 February 2006
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In view of the revised prioritisation of government expenditure the news that the Turkmen government has chosen to devote so much money to festivities will not be welcomed by everybody. The following report in full …

Settling Debts
Written by on Thursday, 23 February 2006
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Predictably, Naftogaz Ukrainy CEO Aleksei Ivchenko has reacted angrily to Turkmen claims that Kiev owes money to Ashgabat for gas deliveries. In a press conference on Monday, Ivchenko told reporters sought to present Ukraine‚Äôs position …

Foul Mood
Written by on Wednesday, 22 February 2006
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The recently established Turkmen dissident web site, Turkmenskaya Iskra (Turkmen Spark), recently reported the rare occurrence of anti-government protests in some areas of the country. In Turkmenbashi Square in Mary a statue of President Saparmurat …