Cross-Blog Survey: 2007 in Retrospect

As the year 2007 comes to a close, we at neweurasia thought it would be fun to pose the question: What was the most important event of the year? When historians update the textbooks fifty years from now, what are they going to remember about 2007? After you read the entries below, head over to the interactive poll to decide for yourself which event of 2007 was the most notable. Guest Contributors Martha Brill Olcott at Central Asian Voices highlights a number of important developments in 2007, with the unifying theme of merging the new with the old: Kazakhstan returned…

Best Central Asia Blog 2007

Over the next month, TOL and neweurasia are accepting submissions for the Best Central Asia Blog Awards. There are several prizes to be won, and the overall winner will get to go to the next Global Voices conference in 2008. The announcement and submission page (in Russian) is now live at www.neweurasia.net/bestblog. Over the following weeks, we will try to spread the word about this competition in the Central Asian blogosphere, soliciting as many submissions as possible. The winners will be announced by the jury in mid-January. The translation of the announcement into English can be read after the jump.…

BarCamp – Riga, 2008

Post translated by Arseny In February next yar a new BarCamp event for the bloggers from EU and former Soviet Union will be held in Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Activists, enthusiasts and professionals of the new media will bring themselves together in order to tell each other about their projects, problems and news – and, certainly, to get to know each other. This is a unique opportunity for everyone, who is interested in citizen journalism, blogging, podcating, social networking and in the concepts of new media and Web 2.0, to learn more, to present themselves and to establish…

neweurasia news: Survey winners and podcast

First off, thanks to all those of our readers who took the time to fill in our survey. The three lucky winners have been notified and the gifts are on their way. The feedback we received from you guys was great and it helped us to define more clearly what we are about and where are heading towards in the future. The second bit of news: Even if you’re not a Kazakh speaker, check out neweurasia’s first-ever podcast on our Kazakh language blog. Askhat, the blog’s editor, interviewed Özgecan, one of our volunteer contributors on the English Kazakhstan blog.

Опрос для читателей neweurasia

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Tajikistan: Shrinking glaciers, Corruption and Iranian investments

Tajikistan is in the limelight of ecologists. Scientists are raising concerns about the climate change in Tajikistan which results in melting of glaciers and in accordance with their statements in fifty years the whole Central Asian region will be left with no water. One of the biggest glaciers is shrinking at fast pace. Significant loss of glaciers in Central Asia began around the 1930s, and become more dramatic in the second half of the 20th century and continue into the 21st century. Glacier area was reduced by 25–30 per cent in the Tien Shan, by 30–35 per cent in the…

Rising Voices Seeks Micro-grant Proposals for Blog Outreach

Our friends at Global Voices and their outreach unit Rising Voices launched a call for project proposals for the first round of microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media outreach projects: As the internet becomes more accessible to more people, as computers become cheaper, and as software applications move from the desktop to the web, the so-called digital divide seems to be narrowing. In its place, however, we see a participation gap in which the vast majority of blogs, podcasts, and online video are being produced in middle-class neighborhoods in major cities around the world. Examples of potential…

Tajikistan: Ban on nouveau riche show-off

The new cultural reforms – ban on lavish weddings and funeral ceremonies – in Tajikistan proposed by President Emomali Rahmon caused lots of discussions around the world. Most of the world news agencies reported on that and bloggers got concerned about the state inference into the private lives of the people. There is a hot discussion taking place on the English language Tajik blog regarding this topic. Please, join. Ataman Rakin thinks that these ‘lavish festivities are not because of ‘Islam(ic tradition)’. In his opinion, ‘it’s traditionalism, recently worsened by consumerist pressure and also by the nouveau riche show-off complex.’…

3rd Annual Satin Pajama Awards

Thanks to all those casting their votes for neweurasia in the “Best Weblog about the CIS” category! neweurasia won by a spectacular margin of one vote (total: 75 votes, 21%) ahead of Steady State (total: 74 votes, 21%). This could duly be called a dual win. But the winner has to take it all – i.e. the Satin Pajamas. Should we really receive the prize, we’ll announce an internal neweurasia award for the month’s best post and pass the piece of sleepwear on to one of our authors!

AFOE Satin Pajamas Awards

A Fistful of Euros, a “venue for informed commentary on European politics and culture from a pan-European perspective”, is awarding its annual Satin Pajamas Awards. Thanks to Nathan’s nomination, we’re listed as one of the contenders in the category “Best weblog about the CIS”. If you think neweurasia deserves to win its first-ever weblog award, then cast your vote for us. However, there is strong competition: Registan.net, Siberianlight, Oneworld, TOL’s Steady State and Neeka’s Backlog, among others, deserve many votes as well, especially since many of these blogs are essentially one-man (-woman) shows. We will announce the winner here by…

Voices from Tajikistan

The Tajik economy is suffering of a high level of corruption which makes hinder the investment climate. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Evan Feigenbaum said about it after his visit to Tajikistan. Together with the corruption problem he mentioned the “continued lack of democracy, rule of law, and press freedoms. Later, his words about corruption were supported by the report of the US Ambassador to Tajikistan Jacobsen. The high level of corruption makes suffer the economy and consequently it influences on the whole population. Despite the constant reports of the government about the success…

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