Here’s a video from Oxfam about one of their rural water projects in Takistan. A bit on the PR-side of things but it’s morally worthwhile.
Video from Ferghana.ru. Viewer discretion is advised. You can see more videos on the right hand column of the link.
…from YouTube user saveosh using Google Maps. I should note that he views the situation as outright ethnic cleansing by Kyrgyzs against Uzbeks. At the moment neweurasia cannot comment on his assessment of the situation, but it’s a useful overview nonetheless to at least see the general picture.
Metro 2033 is a remarkable new computer game set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow. The premise is so cool I’m surprised no one thought of it before: during a nuclear war in the very near future, 40,000 residents of Moscow take refuge in the city’s vast subway system. The game starts 20 years later. The stations have become villages; indeed, several have united around ideologies — the Communist “Red Line“, the Neo-Nazi “Fourth Reich“, the Capitalistic “Commonwealth of the Ring Line“, and the Hellenistic “Polis” at the center and in which some semblance of regular civilization persists. The denizens must not…
Videos by Gulasal Kamolova for neweurasia. Viewer discretion is advised: Crowd gathers by burning building Bringing the wounded to safety (1) Bringing the wounded to safety (2) Crowd watching events from afar
Here a little video about the white-band patrols shot from our apartment.
Editor’s note: The interview begins at 1:30 minutes. By the way, Mirsulzhan also runs the Central Asian Free Market Institute. The video also explores the role of the web, especially Twitter.
Analyst Marko Papic discusses key intelligence questions to be answered after Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s government is toppled during a revolt in Bishkek.
I’ve seen with my own eyes such people in the main square today. This picture was taken from the personal blog of Elena Skochilo; the rest can be seen here and on Demotix. Plus, the video above shows gunfire exchange between the military and protesters, culminating in the destruction of a military vehicle.
Large and violent protests have erupted in Talas and Bishkek, reportedly due to anger toward fuel prices and the president himself. Yesterday demonstrators in Talas briefly took the local governor hostage while another 500 surrounded the local police headquarters. They have also attacked special forces police and the White House itself. neweurasia’s Kyrgyz division has stunning video, photographs, and commentary of the incidents.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan. neweurasia’s Schwartz, who was an editor of Thinking-East.net at the time, reflects upon what the revolution meant not only for the country, but for himself as a journalist. “Conceptually-speaking, clearly something more complicated, interesting, and powerful was going on than just ‘mere’ journalism,” he writes. “Thus was my first encounter with citizen-based new media, face-to-electronic-face, spontaneous, and history-making.”