neweurasia’s Pilgrimage to the “Living King”

In the heart of the Shakh-i-Zinda ensemble, there is a place that is believed to be the last refuge of Kusam ibn Abbas, Prophet Muhammad’s cousin. Initially, the tomb of Kusam ibn Abbas was the starting point of what is now the world-known Shakh-i-Zinda. Today the ensemble is one of the most popular places for tourists. It is really worth a visit to get closer to the historical monument that was built during 11-12th centuries, and consists of a mosque, mausoleum and a little prayer room. But mainly, this is a pilgrimage site for people of Samarkand and other cities…

Roman Catholics of Uzbekistan Celebrate Easter

On Easter Eve Catholics of Tashkent and Tashkent Region, as well as from other regions of Uzbekistan gathered in the Catholic Church of Holy Jesus to celebrate one of the greatest holidays of Christianity, Easter. The ceremony started with a bonfire and candles lighting followed by readings from Old Testament and New Testament in Russian, English, Polish and Korean. The ceremony also included baptism of new Catholics, catechumens who passed at least a year of catechesis studies. The ceremony was led by Bishop Jerzy Maculewicz. There are approximately 2,000-2,500 Roman Catholics in Uzbekistan, concentrated mainly in Tashkent, Tashkent Region, Samarkand…

Nasiba Abdullaeva delivers Daniel Pearl’s message of tolerance

On October 5, 2012, the U.S. Embassy Tashkent observed the 11th Daniel Pearl World Music Days featuring Nasiba Abdullaeva, famous Uzbek singer, and Ofarin dance theatre. This was the third time the U.S. mission to Uzbekistan hosted the annual event with a goal to spread the universal power of music in building tolerance and peace. Daniel Pearl was an American journalist, Chief of the South Asia Bureau of the Wall Street Journal, and kidnapped and severely killed in February 2002 while reporting in Pakistan on alleged links between “shoe bomber” Richard Reid and al Qaeda. Daniel was a talented musician…

UzA: 20 years of excellent… lies

According to official propaganda, UzA, the primary news agency of Uzbekistan, is not only a source of trusted information about processes going on in the country but an organization that “became a competitve actor in the world’s mainstream media.” In this month of February, people affiliated with UzA are supposed to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Right after winning presidential elections in December 1991, Islam Karimov reorganized former UzTAG, Uzbek branch of TASS (Телеграфное агентство Советского Союза — Soviet Union Telegraph Agency), into Uzbekistan National News Agency. Since February 5, 1992, UzA has served as one of the main megaphones of…

The Beam In Your Own Eye

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye?” Matthew 7:3 Official Uzbek media keep downgrading Tajikistan’s Emomali Rahmon regime by reprinting online critical articles written by journalists who are, in fact, perfect “Uzbek state enemies.” Nowadays, apart from finding disadvantages and ‘assisting’ in postponing the construction of the Roghun project in Tajikistan, Uzbek media representatives decided to impose themselves as ready-to-analyze independent online sources on the search for as much information as possible that tells of the Rahmon’s regime’s failures and lies. One of them,…

Occupy Uzbek Embassy!

On January 3rd, 2012, young activists of Birdamlik Peoples Movement of Uzbekistan protested in front of the Uzbek Embassy in Washington, DC. “The kids of our family, some of whose parents are not here with them in the U.S. and who became vistims of the Uzbek regime’s prosecution for being my relatives, are the ones trying to bring international attention to this problem,” Bakhodir Choriyev, leader of Birdamlik who currently resides in the United States, told neweurasia. As a result, some kids are either without one parent or both parents — their relatives are deprived from their right to move…

Uzbek newspaper ‘breaks’ the news about riots in Kazakhstan

Uzbek Novosti Uzbekistana (News of Uzbekistan) newspaper has published an article, entitled “Arab Wind Over the Kazakh Steppe” (issue #51 of December 23, 2011). Author mentions about 15 people killed in riots, as well as emphasizes that use of force “will make the wound deeper.” Experts, some of whom see Ablyazov’s hand in this, and of course through Respublika nespaper, Kanal+ TV channel and Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech). Moreover, the cheesy “how-were-rally-participants-able-to-sustain-for-seven-months?” argument was also used to emphasize Ablyazov’s and Rakhat Aliyev’s participation. To make this short, experts agree with the fact that Kazakhstan is on the threshold of…

Uzbek tabloid suggests ways to avoid censorship

Almost apolitical and owned by a group totaly loyal to President Karimov and his daughter, the most tabloid of all the Uzbek tabloids and most lovable by housewifes and celebrity news followers, Darakchi magazine gives directions of how to access banned websites without keeping visitors’ records, e.g. their IP numbers. Even though this short note is given in the end of the magazine, that is either something editor had not noticed and, relying on his staffers who know nithing but copy-pasting articles from other media, approved it for publication, or the responsible person did not find it as threatening national…

Kim Jong-il and Václav Havel’s deaths: to leave as an inglorious dictator or as a respectable person

Today’s news about North Korean ruthless dictator Kim Jong-il’s death, who actually died on Saturday, December 17, came along with news about a death of another world-known political figure, Václav Havel. Both had their own ways to leading positions in the government — North Korean blue-blooded Kim, son of then leader of North Korea’s Kim Il-sung, and future “Dear Leader” and “Generalissimo”, got into his seat due to his father’s will. Václav Havel, born to a well-known and wealthy entrepreneurial and intellectual family, dedicated himself to the democratization of Czechoslovakia, an active participant of the Prague Spring.

Officials vs. Corruption in Uzbekistan: Bees vs. Honey?

The same day Transparency International issued its annual Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 (CPI) that ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be, and where Uzbekistan is in a group of six most corrupted countries — Uzbek State Property Committee and Prosecutor General’s office hosted a seminar dedicated to UN’s Convention Against Corruption: realities and challenges of its implementation in Uzbekistan. OSCE, which is one of the main financial supporters of this sort of nominal events, was also represented by a guy, who talked about general situation with corruption in the world. One of the main…

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