2012 is over — and good riddance! NewEurasia’s Schwartz introduces the new team and the new direction, and wishes for a brighter 2013.
Speaking frankly, I’m not just glad 2012′s over, I’m relieved. Wow, what a tough year it’s been for NewEurasia, both in front and behind the computer screen. I guess you can say we went through our own private little Mayan apocalypse, although it happened well before 21 December. But I’m happy to report that we appear to have pulled through, and with a new team to boot!
First, I’d like to introduce everyone to our new Managing Editor, Sanjar Rakhmatov. He’s been on board for about a month now, and has breathed new life into our content flow. Next up, I’d like to introduce our new Country Editors for Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Hammurabi, Loki, and Khayyam, respectively. For the moment, they’re mostly busy on the Russian side of our network, although English readers will have already become acquainted with Khayyam.
Dedicated readers will have noticed our gradual shift toward more arts and culture-related coverage. This is part of an ongoing experiment in our format, and indeed, our evolution as an organization. Along those lines, I would also like to take a moment to thank our donors for their ongoing support and patience. Our organization is small and fairly avant garde, so sometimes things can get messy. Still, we continue to progress, and I look forward to the future!
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By the way, be sure to check out our, ahem, seasonal “classical”, “Why Ded Moroz is infinitely more badass than Santa Claus”. ;-)Share
Schwartz is NewEurasia's Editor in Chief. In 2004, he co-founded our predecessor site, Thinking East (http://www.thinking-east.net), with Ben Paarmann and Oliver Dams. He was also the editor of the book, "CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia", and has published academically on Central Asia's mediascape. Check out his personal blog @ http://schwartztronica.wordpress.com.