The Culture of Sugar: Divide et Impera

Few days ago neweurasia reported about sugar deficit in Uzbekistan. Let me inform you, that this artificial deficit is not about to stop even at +40 heat for a few weeks, if not months, to come. Instead of selling sugar for its regular price, UZS 2,500-3,000, authorities prefer having huge queues, crying babies, spontaneous fights among buyers and policemen to control the order. Why would authorities hire policemen to control the process of selling of this particular product? Is it a part of their creating-new-jobs-state-program? neweurasia sources accross the country report that in the Fergana Valley (Fergana, Andijan, Namangan regions…

Jewish Synagogue in Bukhara

If you are in Bukhara, make sure you visit the Bukharan Jews synagogue not far from Lyab-i-Havuz. It’s one of the oldest Bukharan synagogues with the copies of the Torah as old as few centuries. There’s one that is approximately 1000 years old, according to the guard of the religious site. There are few more synagogues in Bukhara but this one is, probably, the most interesting and has a longer history than others. Nowadays there are approximately 25-30 Bukhara Jews families of what was approximately 40,000 back in the end of 1980s. Nonetheless, the synagogue witnesses crowds on big religious…

Sugar Deficit: Back in U.S.S.R.

Uzbekistan is facing another deficit issue: sugar. If a week ago it was available for a regular price, approximately 2,500-3,000 Uzbekl sums, nowadays the price has risen to 3,200 in stores and 5,000 at bazaars. Why to pay more? When you buy it at a store, you should wait in a queue for at least 30-40 minutes, and — surprise — you won’t get more than two (!) kilograms per person. Plus, you have to buy it outside of a market itself, on a specially-arranged territory. Moreover, a police guy controls everything to make sure people don’t fight or kill…

The Mausoleum of The Great Founder of the Naqshbandi Order

Here’s a photo report on neweurasia visiting the mausoleum of Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari, the founder of one of the largest and most influential Sufi Muslim orders, the Naqshbandi. Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari (1318–1389) was born in the village of Qasr-i-Hinduvan (later renamed Qasr-i Arifan) 12 kilometers away from Bukhara. That’s where his mausoleum stands nowadays. The Memorial complex is became a place of pilgrimage for thousands of locals and foreigners. Wahyudi, from of the group of Indonesians visiting the mausoleum that day, told me that he’d been preparing for this trip almost his whole life. “it’s a dream come true.” The…

Eat Plov @ Central Asian Plov Center… And Enjoy Your Life

What could be a better meal option on a warm weekend day in Tashkent? Plov, sure thing! If you happen to visit Tashkent, make sure you try Uzbek plov (aka pilaff). There are many speculations about which plov is more delicious (yes, spoiled Uzbek people dare to compare plovs from different regions of thri country) but I simply offer you a quick tour to Central Asian Plove Center which is located near Tashkent TV Tower, Yunusabad District. The organization itself moved few times before settling down there. But traditions and quality never changed since then.

Energy Loss Reduction project receives more funding to scale up ongoing activities

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved additional financing of US$ 18 million for the Energy Loss Reduction Project in Tajikistan. The project assists in reducing the commercial losses in the electricity and gas sectors, and lays the foundation for the improvement of the financial viability of the electricity and gas utilities in a socially responsible manner, WOrld Bank’s press-service reports. The Energy Loss Reduction Project was initially approved in June 2005 and was funded by an International Development Association (IDA) credit and grant of US$ 19 million, and a US$ 8 million grant from the Government of…

Minors in worship places in Tajikistan: nothing really changed?

After Tajik President Emomali Rahmon signed into law a bill “On the responsibility of parents for their children’s upbringing and education” in August, 2011, citizens of the poorest country in Central Asia have mixed feelings — it’s good to make sure their kids will be prevented from going to places where future extremists and fundamentalists are raised. On the other hand, why does the government puts all the religious organizations in one melting pot as if they are going to ‘share’ their negative practices with each other? To remind, the bill that bans minors from attending religious places of worship,…

365 & 24/7: Uzbeks in exhile protest and keep Uzbek diplomats ‘busy’

Seems like Uzbek diplomats oversees do not enjoy their holidays. One of the most recent spoiled holidays for Uzbek authorities and foreign service officers was a protest infront of the Uzbek Consulate General in Istanbul on September 1, 2011, which is celebrated as Independence Day in Uzbeistan. The protest, which was organized by People’s Movement of Uzbekistan (PMU), gathered some fifty human rights activists to express their negative attitude towards gross human rights violations and totalitarian political regime. This time PMU activists made Uzbek Consulate staffers stay in their offices and hide behind curtains, take pictures and videotape the disagreement…

World Bank launches new Country Partnership Strategy with Uzbekistan

On December 6, 2011, the World Bank Group’s Board of Directors approved a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Uzbekistan, providing the framework for World Bank Group assistance to Uzbekistan between 2012 and 2015, World Bank press-service reports. The new Strategy proposes a program linked to Uzbekistan’s development vision of reaching high middle-income status by mid-century. It was developed based on a broad dialogue with the Government of Uzbekistan and consultations with all development partners, including civil society organizations, academia, business communities, professional associations, and multilateral and bilateral donors. Through implementation of the CPS, the World Bank intends to help…

Üzbegisztán Magyarországon: “Köszönöm” for invitation?

Hungarian President Pal Schmitt is in Uzbekistan on a three-day visit: he arrived in Tashkent on November 6 with an official visit, accepting the invitation of Uzbek President Islam Karimov. According to official information, the Hungarian leader is expected to hold bilateral talks on the highest level during the visit, and sign a joint declaration outlining the prospects of Uzbek-Hungarian cooperation. A range of intergovernmental and interagency documents are anticipated to be inked to cover political, trade-economic, investment, scientific and technical aspects of bilateral interaction, Uzbek President’s press-service reports. As Uzbek MFA’s Jahon information agency reports, Hungary, during it’s Presidency…

Want your family to live forever? Pick the right country!

Esquire-Russian analyzed UN’s World Population Prospects (2010 revision) and The Economist data and came up with a map that shows a forecast of the extinction of various nations based on the so-called net replacement rate – the average number of girls, delivered by an average woman in a lifetime in a particular country and survived until the end of the reproductive period at these levels. According to the map, countries which has less than millennium to exist are marked in brown. “Light browned” nations will live in the 3000-3299 years period. “Milky” identifies those who live from 3300 to 3999…

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