Call for applications: School of Peacemaking and Media Technologies in Bishkek

School of Peacemaking and Media Technologies on the basis of the “Network of Social Mediators” Public Foundation is happy to announce a competition for the new Camp for Media Innovations among the officially registered print media and online media outlets of the Kyrgyz Republic. The project is financed by the Media Support Program of Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan and the National Endowment for Democracy and aims at strengthening overall potential of the local media by teaching for contemporary tools of creating content and technical modernization. During six days 20 selected participants will undergo the training on creating and distributing multimedia…

Invitation to Central Asian artists from the 55th Venice Biennale

The Central Asian Pavilion at the the 55th Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), curators Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom would like to invite artists to submit proposals of works to be hosted at the exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation, it has been at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends. The 55th Venice Biennale will take place from June to November 2013. The exhibition’s working title “Winter” is inspired by Abay’s poem. This project aims…

Media training opportunity with the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology

The School of Peacemaking and Media Technology announces the start of a new competition for a training session among local Kyrgyz- and Uzbek-speaking journalists, who represent print and online media in Osh, Jalalabat and Batken oblasts of south Kyrgyzstan. In order to be eligible, participants must be younger than 35 years old. The training is organized with an aim to encourage open discussions on peacemaking-related matters, teaching local journalists the tools of building ‘bridges’ between conflicting parties and important techniques of identifying activists that are ready for dialogue. The five-day training is a unique initiative. We plan to invite international…

Uzbek slavery in Kazakhstan

Translator’s Note: Translated from Jamil’s post (RUS). On March 14, 2011, Mukhiddin Khojimuradov suggested to his compatriots Khairulla and Sunatullo Yuldashevs from Chinaz region of Tashkent oblast that they move to Kazakhstan’s city of Turkestan, where they could earn decent money. When the four young men reached the place, the only job they were offered was at the car washing station; their employer refused to pay for their labor, reports the Initiative group of independent rights activists of Uzbekistan (IGIRAU). They never signed contracts and their passports had been taken away; they had effectively become slaves, who were constantly beaten…

NewEurasia’s TEDx-Bishkek diary (photos, tweets, quotes, oh my!)

Translator’s Note: Originally written by neweurasia’s Nuraika (RUS) TEDxBishkek. As we had previously announced, last Saturday was the day of TEDxBishkek – the first event of this kind and scale in Bishkek. The actual event took place at Vefa Center last Saturday, but its pre-inception spirit had already been hovering around by Friday. The opening ceremony was held in «Цех», the creative, colorful, a bit crazy atmosphere of which is especially appealing to similar occasions.

Election updates from Kyrgyzstan (October 4th, 2011)

Local media are still actively discussing the stalemate situation around 8 contested presidential candidates. Around 50 people went protesting in front of the Central Election Commission today (October 4th) to back those who had previously been removed from the rally based on the CEC decision of September 20-24. Since then most active and relatively popular among those 8 candidates – Toktayim Umetalieva, Nariman Tuleev and Tursunbai Bakir Uulu – have literally been squabbling with CEC for a right to go for a presidency race. The issue boils down to September 20, when CEC finds most of the supporting signatures of…

High-speed rail or high speed lie? The debate over the new Afrosiyob train

Translator’s note: This post is based upon Mashrab’s original from Russian. It is not a literal translation. Only a few weeks ago, the National information Agency (UzA) — the country’s main propaganda engine — declared the implementation of a new high-speed train: “The chair of the national railway stock company ‘Uzbekiston Temir Yullari’ Achilbai Ramatov and others have recently stated that the large-scale reforms led by President Islam Karimov were bringing fruitful results. The national leader pays great attention to the development of transport and communications infrastructure. A high-speed train system ‘Afrosiyob’ was built within tight deadlines to connect Tashkent…

Journalism trainings to be held in Astana and Almaty

“Legal Media-Center” Public Foundation invites journalists for trainings in Astana and Almaty. The initiative is supported by OSCE Center in Astana and is aimed at increasing the journalists’ professional level. The international standards of journalism and their practical application will be taught. The first training is called “Access to information and accreditation: international practice”. It is going to take place in Astana on the 12-13th of September at the conference-hall of the “Imperia G” Hotel. Taras Shevchenko, the Director of the Media-Law Institute in Kiev, Ukraine, invited to be the main speaker at the event. Another training “Acceptable limitations on…

Turkmenistan wisely following the path of Uruguay

Translator’s note: Translated from Abulfazal’s post (RUS), which I thought would be appropriate re: Annasoltan’s Top Story. Turkmenistan is actually not the first country to computerize its first graders: in 2009, it was Uruguay, where each elementary school pupil received a free laptop from the state. Turkmenistan, however, is the first among Central Asian states to care for its future Einsteins and Newtons. Until now, no country within the region has come up with a similar initiative. Resource-rich Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan prefer to spend money on army enhancement, confining only a small portion of funds to academics by granting a…

Who benefits from the fratricidal war in Kyrgyzstan? (Part II)

Translator’s Note: The following piece has been translated from Solomon Tihonov’s post. If you have comments/questions directly to the author, please refer to the original (RUS). It has now been more than year since the tragic events in the south of Kyrgyzstan that have shocked not only Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, but also the whole world. That was at least the case with the global media that have propagated all over the continents about ‘the inhumane atrocities of one ethnic group against another’. Tashkent’s “grip” Politically strong Uzbeks right by the side could have caused negative effect…

The first days of Ramadan: Uzbekistan’s Muslims arrested and tortured

Translator’s Note: Translated from Mashrab’s post (RUS). The first days of Ramadan in Uzbekistan have started with large-scale arrests of the believers, reports Surat Ikramov, the Chairman of the Initiative Group of Independent Human Rights Defenders (IGIHRD).The arrests have been reported in Bukinskiy rayon of Tashkent oblast. According to IGIHRD’s press-release, Rano Shokirova, a mother of five from Bukinskiy rayon, appealed to their organization for help. She told that on July 25, her husband Holmurod Shokirov, a religious person, had been arrested and taken to the militia station of Bukinskiy rayon and had been kept in the temporary isolation unit.…

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