Where do Central Asians come from?
Written by on Monday, 6 February 2006

The German IDW (Informationsdienst Wissenschaft) reports on a new research project funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung that aims to apply microbiological techniques to ascertain from where the peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus originate …

Wounded Pride
Written by on Sunday, 5 February 2006

As the pension crisis begins to be reported in the Western press, namely in the UK Guardian and IWPR, the Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs has started objecting to Russian reporting of what turkmenistan.ru calls …

Spiegel article
Written by on Friday, 3 February 2006
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I actually had to buy the e-paper of the current Spiegel edition to get clearer information about the claim that Germany might have to leave its base in Termez (see earlier post). It’s by no …

Out of Uzbekistan #2
Written by on Thursday, 2 February 2006
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According to Ferghana.ru, Germany won’t get its lease for the base in Termez renewed:
Der Spiegel reports that the Uzbek Foreign Ministry “all of a sudden” announced that the base lease accord might be annulled because …

Former Presidential Guard on Trial
Written by on Thursday, 2 February 2006

Reuters reports that the former commander of the Tajik Presidential Guard is on trial. This is an interesting story, which gives an insight to what’s allowed and what’s not for Tajik elites. The …

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

“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

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

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 …