Gas shortage in Southern Kyrgyzstan ahead of winter

The most efficient mass media tool in southern Kyrgyzstan these days is word of mouth, rumors and hearsay to be specific. Some of those are “new attacks will be launched after Ramadan ends” and “Uzbek young men left for Afghanistan and will soon return with arms to retaliate”. While absolutely discredited and demoralized local police urges residents not to believe such rumors, the approaching cold days followed by a mountainous country’s winter are no rumor in devastated Osh. Another reality local residents faced this week, just before the long awaited by many Eid ul Fitr weekend, was the cut-off from…

Central Asian Uncle Sam contest extension/Конкурс “Центральноазиатского Дядюшки Сэма” продлен!

The contest announced last week to Sovietize/Islamify Uncle Sam is being extended to this Sunday, May 17, midnight (GMT). Please focus on trying to put a Central Asian “spin” on the image.  Focus on the religious and ethnic heritage of the region. Please do not include any text in your image. neweurasia will provide our own slogans to accompany it. Send it to me as a jpg file. Good luck! *** Объявленный на прошлой неделе конкурс “Русифицировать”, “Советизировать” или же  “Исламизировать” Дядюшку Сэма продлен - высылайте свои творения до полуночи (по Гринвичу) этого воскресенья, 17 мая. Пожалуйста, в своем рисунке расвивайте центральноазиатскую тематику.…

Contest announcement: Russianize this famous American icon!

To all graphic artists: The neweurasia network is launching a new recruitment and advertisement drive.  We need the image of America’s most famous icon, Uncle Sam, to be “Russianized”, “Sovietized”, or “Islamified”. The winning image will first appear on the new neweurasia website.  It will then appear on pdfs and posters that we will be spreading throughout the online and offline worlds. Deadline: – Midnight (GMT) this Sunday! Prize: – €50 / ≈$70 – “Uncle Sam image by…” credit on all reproductions Keep in mind that hundreds of thousands of people will see this image and associate it with both…

Every Citizen is a Reporter: World Press Freedom Day 2009

Today is World Press Freedom Day, an annual day of advocacy for the freedom of the press, as well as commemoration for journalists who are suffering restriction and imprisonment, or have made the ultimate sacrifice, for the sake of the free flow of information. “As they investigate sensitive issues, unveil disturbing truths and question policies, journalists find themselves in the firing line of those directly or indirectly exposed by their reports,” writes the World Association of Newspapers (ENG, RUS).

Central Asia panel in Philadelphia

CROSSROADS OF EMPIRES: THE FUTURE OF CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS La Salle University’s Diplomat-in-Residence Program, Spring 2009 Co-sponsored with the History Department and the Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium. Tuesday March 31, 2009, 12:30-2:00 pm Women and Democracy in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan Ambassador, Mrs. Aksoltan Ataeva Ph.D. (Turkmenistan, invited) Ambassador, Mrs. Byrganym Aitimova (Kazakhstan, confirmed) Dr. Gulnar T. Kendirbai, Columbia University (confirmed) Wednesday April 1, 2009, 12:30-2:00 pm Democracy, Development and Security in Central Asia Ambassador, Mr. Meret B. Orazov Ph.D.  (Turkmenistan, invited) Ambassador, Mrs. Byrganym Aitimova (Kazakhstan, confirmed) Ambassador, Mr. Sergey I. Kislyak (or Ambassador Vitaly Churkin U.N., invited) Dr.…

TOL and neweurasia seeking Russian Editor

TOL and neweurasia are seeking to hire a Editor for its “Building Blogging in Central Asia” project.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone with journalism skills and experience in the post-Soviet space. neweurasia is a citizen journalism portal for Central Asia with more than 100,000 visitors every month.  Now setting off into the third year, we are looking to strengthen our editorial position with an Internet-savvy and professional individual with solid journalism experience. The Editor will be part of neweurasia’s international team scattered across Central Asia, Europe and the United States and will play a pivotal part in developing…

Rising Voices Seeks Micro-Grant Proposals for Health-Related New Media Outreach

Текст на русском здесь. Application Deadline: June 1, 2008  Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, in collaboration with the Open Society Institute Public Health Program’s Health Media Initiative, is now accepting project proposals for the third round of microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media outreach projects focused especially on public health issues involving marginalized populations. Ideal applicants are dynamic NGOs or individuals who:

Steppe III is out – along with Blog Guide

The third issue of Steppe Magazine, Central Asia’s first glossy magazine devoted to the arts, culture, people, history and landscape of the region, has just been published. This time, neweurasia teamed up with the editors of the magazine and contributed a Guide to Central Asian Blogs. As a bonus to our readers, you can download the article here. Let us know what you think! Furthermore, we have started compiling an online Central Asia Blog guide at neweurasia.net/steppemagazine. If you think your blog should be included there, please let us know! [inspic=1,leftclear,,0] Of course, the “rest” of the current Steppe is…

Vote on the Most Important Event of 2007!

Well, 2007 has come and gone, and to commemorate the new year, neweurasia recently asked its contributors and friends to survey the events of 2007 and evaluate which of them will go down in history as the most important. Now you can tell us what you think by voting below for which event or development was most crucial for the region as a whole. [poll=2]

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