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.”
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…
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!
New video footage of the 2008 gunfight in Ashgabat and its morbid aftermath has been released on YouTube, neweurasia’s Annasoltan reports. Included among the footage is a video that “gives some insight into the Turkmen Islamist worldview,” she explains. Viewer discretion is advised.
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…
We recently ran an interview with a very promising young Kazakh film-maker, Daulet Tukaev. His film “Скажи” has been turning heads in Kazakhstan, and for good reason. There’s some lovely cinematography. Watch it!
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…
I’ll let the song speak for itself. (KANYKEI – Kara Chan / КАНЫКЕЙ – Кара Чан)
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.
For those English readers curious about WikiLeaks, here’s the first part of an enlightening interview on Dateline. I’ve previously written about Central Asian reactions to the whistle-blower site.