HIV/AIDS in Uzbekistan
Written by on Thursday, 16 February 2006

In 2005 UNAIDS reported that Uzbekistan had more than 5,600 officially recognised HIV cases (pdf). It said:
“Among the Central Asian republics, Uzbekistan is experiencing the most dynamic epidemic. In 1999, just 28 HIV diagnoses were …

HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan
Written by on Wednesday, 15 February 2006

The problem of HIV/AIDS has been a relatively new one in Tajikistan. Closed borders have kept the country and its people isolated from HIV/AIDS during soviet rule. Such isolation has been a blessing, but it …

Lupine Mayhem
Written by on Wednesday, 15 February 2006

Unlike the United States, where wolves are considered an endangered species and protected, Kyrgyzstan faces an exploding population of wolves that are becoming a menace.
Experts suggest the wolf population has multiplied three- or fourfold in …

Blogosphere Roundup
Written by on Wednesday, 15 February 2006
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These roundups are posted on Global Voices and appear a day or two later on our homebase.

Buzkashi in Tajikistan – by Dushanbe Pictures, Erik Petersson, 2006.
The Armenia section of our travels through the regional …

Central Asian Tiger Becomes Largest Investor in Georgia
Written by on Tuesday, 14 February 2006
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By Nurzhan Zhambekov
According to the official statements of the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, which was broadcast on radio “Georgia” Kazakhstan has become the largest investor in Georgia. (KUB.kz, February 10)
The Caucasus Republic’s head of state …

You Wait for One Gas Deal…
Written by on Monday, 13 February 2006
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Turkmenistan has once again threatened to rock the boat over the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute by pledging another hike in gas prices.
In an announcement on Turkmen state television President Saparmurat Niyazov suggested that the cost of …

GDP Grows 9.4%
Written by on Monday, 13 February 2006
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Kazakhstan’s economy is growing in leaps and bounds, at a whopping 9.4% increase in GDP in 2005, matching the increase in 2004.
As positive as that impressive figure sounds, it is almost entirely the result of …

Microfinance brings hope
Written by on Monday, 13 February 2006
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Tajiks, or at least some of them, are capitalizing on United Nations micro-loans.
Initiated by the Tajik government and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the local Women in Development bureau is providing assistance …

Turmoil in the Mountains
Written by on Monday, 13 February 2006

The Kyrygyzstan soap opera has reached a new pitch in recent weeks. President Bakiyev recently addressed the parliament to denounce their squabbling and corruption, saying that the parliament is, “turning into an arena for …

Kazakh Opposition Leader Murdered… Again
Written by on Monday, 13 February 2006
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Kazakh opposition leader Altynbek Sarsenbaiuly was found very dead today; his hands had been bound behind his back, and his head shot from both the front and back.
The Kazinform state agency reports that Sarsenbaev was …