A big frustration
Written by on Saturday, 11 February 2006

The article that was supposed to describe a rapid growth of private tourism business in Bukhara was published in the Impressions (the British Mediterranian inflight magazine). Miss Leisa Tyler a free lance Australia based writer …

Good Lord…
Written by on Saturday, 11 February 2006

A teenager was just jailed for a pretty horrific murder in Kazakhstan… the type of thing that could stimulate a made-for-TV movie someday.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office in Karaganda reported that the jailed man …

Swiss engagement
Written by on Thursday, 9 February 2006
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Swiss development projects are lauded throughout the EU and OSCE for their effectiveness and participatory approach – and Switzerland and Central Asia – that has usually been a story of successful development assistance.
Lovingly referred to …

US Response to Tajikistan’s Condemnation of Muhammad Cartoons
Written by on Wednesday, 8 February 2006
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The United States ambassador to Tajikistan is worried about rage surrounding the Danish cartoons of Muhammad getting out of control the way they are in Afghanistan. In order to head off violent protests, Ambassador …

Russian emigration on the rise
Written by on Wednesday, 8 February 2006

While it can’t really be described as an exodus, more and more ethnic Russians want to leave Kyrgyzstan for Russia. The surge in the numbers of those seeking the necessary permits can be explained by …

Press Freedom in Central Asia
Written by on Wednesday, 8 February 2006

Welcome to the first of what will be a semi-regular roundup of news on press freedom and freedom of expression in Central Asia. We’ll start with the recently-published Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index for …

Georgia Seminar
Written by on Tuesday, 7 February 2006
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I only put up this seminar notice because I have co-organised this one at SOAS. If you’re interested in law in the South Caucasus and you happen to be around London on the 16th of …

Of angry pilgrims
Written by on Tuesday, 7 February 2006

Marcus Bensmann in yesterday’s TAZ writes about thousands of Kyrgyz pilgrims that are stuck in Iran because of the poor state of the busses they’re travelling with, bird-flu, and a corrupt institution that is meant …

New Online Uzbek-Russian Dictionary
Written by on Tuesday, 7 February 2006

This is great news for me personally, and although I haven’t worked closely with this online version of a russian-uzbek/uzbek-russian dictionary, it certainly is better than nothing. I hope everyone else finds it useful; it …

Voice of Reason: Central Asia
Written by on Monday, 6 February 2006

Situation: One independent Danish newspaper publishes insensitive, offensive cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad.
Reaction: Danish embassy set on fire (Lebanon), proclamations of a clash of civilizations, halting of trade (Iran), and multiple related fatalities.
The Voice of …