Friday photo: war on terror and scar on nature

US Air Force’s aircraft C-17 Globemaster is III flying over the small lake near Manas International Airport, where American Transit Center at Manas is located. Transit Center at Manas helps coalition forces in Afghanistan, and as it’s website states, has four missions: Air Refueling, Airlift, Onward Movement of Troops and Humanitarian Assistance. Residents of villages neighboring to airport have often complained about the air and sound pollution produced by the US Air Force jets taking off and landing at the airport.

Authorities lack resources in sending humanitarian aid

Today, when crisis in the South of Kyrgyzstan is still continuing, many international and private organizations, political parties, governmental institutions and ordinary citizen are collecting humanitarian aid to send to the South – to people suffering from a crisis that outbroke on June 11, 2010. However, the government agencies in charge of sending the humanitarian aid to the South are short of resources. They lack manual labor force for loading the aid to trucks and airplanes in Bishkek, and for unloading them in Osh and Jalalabad. Therefore, a group of young online activists organized an online campaign calling people to…

I call it a massacre!

neweurasia’s coordinator for Kyrgyzstan, Tolkun Umaraliev, weighs in on the tragic events currently unfolding in the south. “I am calling all international organizations to help Kyrgyzstan in this crisis. Today, we are suffering the results of previous governments mistakes, who ignored the issue of inter-ethnic tension, and who let the whole generation to be brought up with ethnic hatred,” he writes. “Please, we need your help like never before!”

Podcast: Neal Walker about NHDR and problems of youth in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK. Last Friday, May 28, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kyrgyzstan presented its National Human Development Report (NHDR) by UND entitled as “Successful youth – successful country.” According to organizers, the report is based on the unique sociological survey of youth on the paradigm of human development, on the one hand, and for their views and perceptions, on the other. The report examines the current situation of young people in Kyrgyzstan. According to the experts, who worked on the report, the analysis covers the main aspects of human development such as education, health, employment, values, social activity and communication, safety and…

Ministry of Interior to pay for lost weapons

Our bloggers have already posted that large number of weapons had been lost during the April events in Talas region and around the headquarters of the opposition in Bishkek (‘Media forum’ building). After these facts, the Interior Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has launched a raid “Arsenal” aimed at collecting of weapons which got into the hands of citizen during the April events. Raid “Arsenal” is organized in two stages. Previously, citizens voluntarily returned the arms, and they were exempted from criminal liability. Now, apparently due to the reluctance of citizens to return the lost weapons, the Interior Ministry has announced rewards…

Roza Otunbaeva’s address to nation of Kyrgyzstan

On May 7, a month after the tragic events of April 7, the head of the Provisional Government (PG) Roza Otunbayeva addressed the nation of Kyrgyzstan through television. Roza Otunbaeva started her statement mentioning the bloody April events, which took away lives of 86 people and overthrew the tyranny in Kyrgyzstan. Roza Otunbaeva called it “our common victory, which was achieved due to the great courage, but at great sacrifice.” Roza Otunbayeva also mentioned the new draft of constitution, which will be put to a vote in a national referendum scheduled for June 27, 2010. According to Otunbayeva, a new…

Internet is definitely good for democracy…

…but you are not right when saying that recent revolts in Kyrgyzstan could never have happened without the web! The Newsweek wrote on April 30 about the impact of internet both on building democracy around the world and making the dictators much stronger with easily available information online. Well, I do believe that social media and new internet tools make it easy for people to obtain and disseminate news. But I also do believe that with the help of experienced internet geeks, dictators can strengthen their control over people. And the Newsweek  is right calling it a cat-and-mouse game. I agree with…

Long live May Day, comrades!

Today, May 1 2010, in Bishkek, at the Old Town Square near the monument to Lenin (yes, he’s still there!) the Communist Party of Kyrgyzstan (yes, we still have them!) held a May Day rally of solidarity of workers. According to organizers, the meeting brought together all those “who care about the fate of the Fatherland,” and  as well as those “who [recently] suffered from lawlessness.” The Communists, in the shadow of the monument to Lenin, gave beautiful speeches praising the ideology of communism and socialism. And also, the Communists accused the interim government in “shuffling of staff” and that…

Photo-report: BarCamp Central Asia 2010

Central Asia hosted yet another BarCamp! This time it was in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and was called BarCamp Central Asia 2010. If you still do not know what BarCamp is: BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences (or unconferences) – open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, and political organizing. BarCamps in Central Asia are very popular, especially in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. And needless to say,…

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