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…

Podcast: Christian Als and why he likes to show reality

Danish photographer Christian Als visited Kyrgyzstan. The goal of his visit is to take photos of different places of Kyrgyzstan for his personal project. Sam Baratliev, one of Kyrgyz photographers and author at Graphy…, was his guide and translator. Sam invited Christian to Children’s Media Center in Bishkek, where Christian made a master-class presentation for amateur photographers in Bishkek. Alina, Bishkek blogger and beginning photographer, wrote in her blog her expressions about this meeting. “I am a Danish photojournalist born in the countryside outside Copenhagen. Most of my work centers on ‘concerned photography’ and I am constantly drawn to social, political…

Podcast: Kyrgyz “revolution 2.0″ through the eyes of foreigners

I happened to be far from my country, Kyrgyzstan, when the recent bloody events happened in its capital city Bishkek. I was taking part in an event called YouthExchange 2010 that was held in Budapest, Hungary, and was about internet, new media, and populism. Though I was thousand miles away, I tried my best to follow the developments in my home country. I was closely watching the foreign media, both Russian and western, which, to a great surprise, almost had a same message, and also new media tools like Twitter, YouTube, and online forums. It must be noted people did…

Where’s the march? Atambaev seems to back down

Yesterday, July 29 2009, Almazbek Atambaev, who lost presidential elections and called elections illegal, and his supporters attempted to organize open-ended demonstrations and march towards the center of the city. However, they were stopped on their way by law enforcement bodies, who effectively dispersed the crowd and took into custody dozens of people. Leaders of the United Peoples Movement, where Atambaev is a member, later stated they would march to Balykchy city of Issik Kul oblast on July 30 2009, where many of their supporters are being held in custody. When I arrived the Social Democratic Party’s headquarters at 9:45 am today,…

Podcast: Interview with Joanna Lillis

Joanna Lillis – a journalist working for Eurasianet.Org and Al-Jazeera television, is always in the heart of all major developments in Kazakhstan, where she’s been living for 3 years already. We talk about her first impressions about Kazakhstan and how they changed over these years.