Exotic Football in Kyrgyzstan

There were the semi-finals of the 2009 AFC President’s Cup past week in Bishkek. The two-time champions “Dordoi-Dynamo” hosted the Group C games, which also includes such exotic countries as Bhutan’s Yeedzin FC, Myanmar’s Kanbawza and Cambodian outfit Phnom Penh Crown FC. Our football team lost the Cup last year to the Tajik team “Regar-TadAZ”. Anyway, the matches of “Dordoi-Dynamo” were the most spectacular and professional. We won and we will take part in the final games of the 2009 AFC President’s Cup! Ole-ole-ole!

The “Nato of the East” comes to Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fifth largest city and birthplace of Boris Yeltsin, is not unfamiliar with controversies or media attention. Throughout its history, the city has experienced a number of rocky events including the murder of the last Romanovs and the U2 spy plane incident in 1960. Now it can add to the list the 2009 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. neweurasia’s Edwin Yeo reports live from the event!

Neweurasia goes to Kyrgyz boot camp, gets butt kicked for new military ID card

Recently I’ve been in the military garrison in Balykchy city. Ministry of Defence established a training centre which serves Bishkek, Chui, Talas, Naryn and Issyk-Kul regions. This year the centre accepts third time the recruits to serve a new type of military service: recruitment mobilization reserve. This type of service has started in Kyrgyzstan this year. Any draftee can pass it. The recruits should pay in the special account of the Ministry of Defence 120 units of account (it is 12 000 soms or about 280 USD) and choose the convenient time of service. The recruits will pass military trainings…

Dilnaz Akhmadieva: “I am happy!”

An enigmatic beauty of our showbiz, who has recently headed a production center, and now is working on releasing this autumn two of her albums, and, without making loud statements, plans further to conquer the US.

But despite her tough schedule, our star had time to meet with neweurasia and answer our questions.

Incendiary Images from Xinjiang

“This Flash file doesn’t seem to be working.  :(  I miss Kashgar.”  So went the cryptic comment on a recent photopost by Ben depicting a cattle slaughter in East Turkestan.  Curious, I set about tracking down the person behind the comment, who only went by the name “Photojournalist.”  I soon discovered the remarkably talented David Degner.

How expensive is your city?

This past July, Mercer released the results of its latest survey, in which Almaty slipped back down to the 44th rank from 2007’s high of 30th. It is now barely ahead of the monstrous megapolis Mumbai (48). Mercer’s next report is due later this summer, but we at neweurasia want to hear from you first. Are you living in one of Central Asia’s teeming (or not-so-teeming) metropolises? How expensive do you find living there? Leave a comment below!

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