The Culture of Sugar: Divide et Impera

Few days ago neweurasia reported about sugar deficit in Uzbekistan. Let me inform you, that this artificial deficit is not about to stop even at +40 heat for a few weeks, if not months, to come. Instead of selling sugar for its regular price, UZS 2,500-3,000, authorities prefer having huge queues, crying babies, spontaneous fights among buyers and policemen to control the order. Why would authorities hire policemen to control the process of selling of this particular product? Is it a part of their creating-new-jobs-state-program? neweurasia sources accross the country report that in the Fergana Valley (Fergana, Andijan, Namangan regions…

Jewish Synagogue in Bukhara

If you are in Bukhara, make sure you visit the Bukharan Jews synagogue not far from Lyab-i-Havuz. It’s one of the oldest Bukharan synagogues with the copies of the Torah as old as few centuries. There’s one that is approximately 1000 years old, according to the guard of the religious site. There are few more synagogues in Bukhara but this one is, probably, the most interesting and has a longer history than others. Nowadays there are approximately 25-30 Bukhara Jews families of what was approximately 40,000 back in the end of 1980s. Nonetheless, the synagogue witnesses crowds on big religious…

Uzbek emerging rap star expresses attitude toward drag stage persona Conchita Wurst

It’s interesting how sometimes people from societies, where homosexuality is criminalized and LGBT communities are at high risk, after becoming ‘famous’ in their little stupid circles, claim they are expressing people’s opinion. MC Doni, a newcommer for Black Star Inc. label, released his single dedicated to his beard. The song is focused against drag stage persona Conchita Wurst, Austrian female singer with a beard who won Eurovision Song Contest 2014. MC Doni’s version of Conchita MC Doni, who’s ethnic Uzbek from Uzbekistan (just like Timati, the founder of Black Star Inc.) where male homosexuality is punished with imprisonment up to…

Sugar Deficit: Back in U.S.S.R.

Uzbekistan is facing another deficit issue: sugar. If a week ago it was available for a regular price, approximately 2,500-3,000 Uzbekl sums, nowadays the price has risen to 3,200 in stores and 5,000 at bazaars. Why to pay more? When you buy it at a store, you should wait in a queue for at least 30-40 minutes, and — surprise — you won’t get more than two (!) kilograms per person. Plus, you have to buy it outside of a market itself, on a specially-arranged territory. Moreover, a police guy controls everything to make sure people don’t fight or kill…

Sumalak festival 2014

Uzbek authorities try to make the country more attractive to foreigners. But problems potential tourists face, including the difficulty of the Uzbek visa, horrible border control service etc. At the end of April, Uzbekstourism and their partners organized an annual Sumalak Festival. The main target group of this event is diplomatic corps and foreigners who work in Uzbekistan. It was quite an event with beautiful dances, delicious food, fashion show and exciting athmosphere. By visiting this event I became more sure that Uzbekistan could do much better than just 1 million tourists per year. Let’s hope Uzbektourism (i.e. central government)…

Moynaq: The Graveyard of Ships and Hopes

neweurasia reports from the place which was called “the worst place on earth” by The Sunday Times Magazine in 2010. We are in Moynaq, once an important sea port, which witnessed one of the planet’s most severe environmental disasters, the Aral Sea shrinkage. According to data collected, one of the world’s four largest lakes till mid 1960s, the Aral Sea has shrunk to just 10 % of its original size. Here are some pictures of what Moynaq ‘seashore’ looks like today.

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