A Kazakh journalist strips naked for the truth

Guljan Yergaliyeva, former editor of Svoboda Slova, hard-hitting critic of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, and human rights advocate imprisoned in 2006 for supporting Altynbek Sarsenbayev — is now stripping on YouTube, reports neweurasia’s Tomyris. “It has always felt claustrophobic wherever I’ve worked – radio, TV, press,” Yergaliyeva says. “The only thing left is the Internet.”

First Central Asian SICamp held in Kyrgyzstan

Translator’s note: The first Social Innovation Camp in Central Asia was held in Issyk-Kul on May 27-29, 2011. During these 3 days over 80 participants generated ideas of creative web-projects and simultaneously ran them. Here is a special reportage from the venue. Translated from sergey’s post (RUS). Watch the video or read the transcript below. Aibek Baratov (SICAMP CA 2011 Coordinator): The main goal of SICAMP CA is to bring together young people and active people of different age groups in general from all across Central Asia. These are mainly representatives of four Central Asian republics – Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan…

Making Business in CA: You Never Know

In connection to my previous post regarding making business in Kyrgyzstan, I would like to share this video that went viral via social networks and blogs.   It’s a commercial of one of the Russian companies that offer their assistance for western businesses to enter Russian market.  They position Russian market as “you never know” market, where rules are never set in stone.  I thought that if you replaced the word  “Russia” with “Kyrgyzstan”, “Kazakhstan” or any other CA country name, the video would still be relevant.  Enjoy!

Turkmenistan’s singers caught in a vicious circle

Turkmen authorities have sentenced two popular young singers, Maksat Kakabayew, a.k.a. Maro, and Myrat Owezow, to prison sentences, the first to two years in prison, the second to two years in a labor colony. It appears that the pair of singers, and indeed, singers in general, have run afoul of official ideology and the government’s vision of morality. Explaining why Kakabayew and Owezow were even on trial to begin with is difficult because they haven’t violated any crimes per se. The Chronicles of Turkmenistan has been covering their cases, but the information it’s collected (here and here) doesn’t cast much…

Why was Hizb ut-Tahrir protest in Brussels the biggest?

During Karimov’s recent visit to the European Union (EU) and NATO in Brussels, the protests by human rights activists in front of the European Commissions’ headquarters in the Berlaymont building were (relatively) well-covered by the media, who followed up on Karimov’s visit and on the situation in Uzbekistan in general. At the same time, yet completely ignored by the media, Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) Europe held a demonstration right in front of the Uzbek embassy. One thing that immediately caught the eye was that HuT’s demo clearly had a larger attendance than the human rights picket at the Berlaymont, where there…

Zoroastrianism in Tajikistan

Re: Alpharabius’ comment to my boss Schwartz’s chapter on religion for Cyber-Chaikhana, here’s a rather patriotic YouTube video with this interesting remark by the user about Zoroastrianism in Tajikistan: A Tajik can be an adherent of any religion such as Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, or he can be an Atheist or Agnostic. But regardless of his religious beliefs, his cultural Identity is Zoroastrian. Zoroastrianism is embedded in his culture and identity for thousands of years and good thought, good words and good deed is the pride of every Tajik.

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