As the WikiLeaks Cablegate firestorm continues to sweep the globe, Central Asia’s been just as caught up in it as anywhere else — and the situation maybe spiralling out of control, worries neweurasia’s Schwartz. “To the best of our ability, we need to take a moment to breathe and think about precisely what WikiLeaks is and maybe how we should be thinking about it.”
As horse trading continues in Kyrgyzstan, neweurasia’s Marat has been quietly observing from the sidelines. He wonders whether the failure of the initial round of coalition-building has something slightly fishy behind it. “The bemusing factor in this issue is, of course, the number of votes cast ‘for’ and ‘against’ , and simple math reveals that two MPs have not voted,” he writes. “A question arises—why not?”
These photographs were taken by my colleague Khurshed. I thought they would be nice to share — here is Tajikistan’s next generatioN!
A man who accidentally drove his car in front of the Turkmen presidential motorcade was sentenced to 25 years in jail, reports an American diplomatic cable. But neweurasia’s Magtymguly is not just angry at his president…
Translation of Askhat’s post (KAZ, RUS) Read Part 1 here. The misunderstanding between Japan and China is rooted in economics. Blogger Ertai writes: “Tensions between the countries ranked second and third in the world in terms of economic development are heating up, which may end badly not just for them, but for other nations as well. Why are Tokio and Beijing taking such a stance now? The Economist claims “Beijing wants to show other countries how complicated China’s border situation is.” “This is not its first time Japan is dealing with border issues. Besides the Senkaku islands question and the…
From the WikiLeaks Cablegate release: here’s a description of Iranian national character in 1979. Alot of people are going to think it’s Orientalist but I think it’s got alot of truth and right to today. Maybe it can even describe the national character of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan today, too…
Two new cables from WikiLeaks reveal scathing American accounts of the interaction between business and Turkmenistan’s leadership, and most of all, of President Berdimuhammedov’s personal character. neweurasia’s Magtymguly quotes the cables and comments.
As managing editor of the English site, I would like to personally assure our Turkmen readers that Annasoltan’s interview with Muhammed Mamedov of the company Turkmenweb.com shall be published later this month. It’s a very big interview and there’s only one of me to edit it, so please have patience with me! :-)
MTS users in Turkmenistan reported today that their mobile phones are inoperative. Calls made to MTS centers have been unsuccessful. In general MTS cannot be reached for comment, nor has it posted any explanation on its website. Among its two million customers, speculation is already bubbling that this is a secret government shut down, reports neweurasia’s Annasoltan.
Translation of Avicenna’s post (RUS) Neweurasia has been trying to verify rumors regarding how difficult it is for Uzbeks to obtain a visa to travel to Turkmenistan, and the month-long ordeal I went through in my unsuccessful attempt to attend a close friend’s wedding is the proof. From the middle of October to the middle of November, I personally had to deal with many of the alleged problems faced by aspiring visitors to sunny Turkmenistan.
The huge OSCE summit kicks off today in Astana, and neweurasia’s there to cover it. We’ve got bloggers inside the Pyramid with forthcoming posts. Meanwhile, my colleague, Yelena Jetpysayeva, the managing editor for our Russian site, is Tweeting like a madwoman @ http://twitter.com/#!/mursya. You can also watch the event live via YourVision (hyperlink provided in this post).