Dushanbe, My Love…

Translation of Nuraika‘s post (RUS). I’m in Dushanbe again! The weather is mild and welcoming, despite the snow. The sky is gray, the streets are wide, the people are good-natured and there are lots of contrasts that catch the eye. On the one hand, you still notice the legacy of the Soviet period – old cars, people in traditional clothing, etc.

The cennetnauts of the starry steppes

To commemorate the coming new year, neweurasia is looking heavenward to gaze into Central Asia’s past, present, and future. Today Averroes’ examines Kazkhstan: “At least Turkmenistan has the right idea about outer space,” he writes, “In seeking to commercialize outer space, will Kazakhstan commercialize the Kazakh soul?”

Calculation and anti-calculation of the just-held parliamentary elections

As expected by different experts parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan were recognized valid. Chairman of the Central Election Commission Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov released that information later the same day (December 27), and added that 15,108,950 voters or 87.8% of all registered voters participated in the elections and, according to the article 44 of the Law on Elections to Oliy Majlis they were legal and undisputable. neweurasia already mentioned about different surveys and one in particular by loyal to the Uzbek government Uzniform information agency.

Go East, young Turkman

Go west, young man, go west.  — John B. L.  Soule, 1851 In my last post I explored whether the new pipeline to China will bring the region’s leaders closer together or tear them apart.   The experts with whom I spoke — Robert Ebel, director of the energy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C, and Michael Lelyveld, a correspondent with Radio Free Asia — were largely doubtful that the situation will really change all that much. Ebel, for one, felt that the pipeline will do little to change the geopolitical orientation of the region. …

Two myths about teaching Kazakh

Published with an approval from author sagymengl. An article that has recently appeared on Azattyq makes a number of debatable claims. The first is that “in order to learn Kazakh, one should know Russian.” This is difficult to sustain. From my own teaching experience, I know that even if learners don’t know Russian, they can acquire the Cyrillic alphabet in a short period of time. The alphabet is the only element that Kazakh and Russian have in common. Unlike Russian, Kazakh is an agglutinative language that is based on sound harmony and on adding suffixes to the roots of words.…

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