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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 …

Debt Forgiveness Update: Nevermind
Written by on Monday, 30 January 2006
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So much for the World Bank’s debt forgiveness of Tajikistan. It turns out that reports that the World Bank intended to forgive or annul development loans to Tajikistan were false.
“All participants of the program …

Going Up in the World
Written by on Saturday, 28 January 2006
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As any resident of Ashgabat can relate, the building boom in the city has been phenomenal. Much of it has sadly been at the expense of displaced homeowners, who have often had properties seized without …

News catch-up, finally
Written by on Friday, 27 January 2006
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Posting from the UK for a couple of months having left Bishkek – shame not to be in the thick of things so much in a way, but on the plus side it does mean …

Mysterious Slayings
Written by on Friday, 27 January 2006
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There were two mysterious (and unrelated) killings in Tajikistan today.
In the first, a senior Tajik military official was shot in Dushanbe.
The head of the military institute of the Tajik Defense Ministry was shot dead Friday …

Increased Development Focus for Central Asia?
Written by on Friday, 27 January 2006
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Central Asia might get a bit more attention in the international development scene, as a regional expert is transitioning to an influential Washington, DC think tank.

Dennis de Tray, the Country Director for the Central Asia …

Coming and Going
Written by on Friday, 27 January 2006
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Yet again the axes have been falling around the ministerial halls in Ashgabat. The most eye-catching was that of Kakamyrat Annagylydjov, governor of Dashoguz region, who has been accused of gross bribe-taking, abuse of authority …

Rooting Up Pensions
Written by on Friday, 27 January 2006
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As reported on this site, pensioners have suffered drastic cuts in their pensions. When the news first began to filter out, there was some speculation that President Saparmurat Niyazov was sitting back to see how …

Islam in Schools
Written by on Thursday, 26 January 2006
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Tajikistan’s secondary school system will be placing an increased emphasis on Islam, as per a new government initiative.
The move pleases Islamic parties in the country, which unlike those in other countries in Central Asia, are …

More Promising Signs for Development
Written by on Thursday, 26 January 2006
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Today brought some good news for Tajikistan. It seems as though Tajikistan’s recently outlined commitment to advancing development in the country is paying off. The World Bank certainly noticed, and is proposing to …