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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

30 January 2015

Language Politics Back in the Spotlight in Afghanistan

Dari and Pashto, Afghanistan's two most widely-spoken languages, are also the country's two official languages. In parliament, the two tongues vie for power.

24 January 2015

Tajikistan's President Talks About Problems, Parliament Applauds?

Tajikistan's outgoing parliament is good at cheering the president and rubber-stamping his decisions. Don't expect any changes when a new one arrives in March.

A Tajik Bazaar Director Accused of Beating an Orphan to Death Faces Public Fury

People in Tajikistan are questioning human life's worth after a 17-year-old orphan was seemingly beaten to death for stealing just over $70 and some food.

21 January 2015

Georgians Show Solidarity after Family is Massacred in Armenia

Joseph Smith documented a Facebook-organized event held in Georgia in support of Armenia, currently suffering following the massacre of a family by a Russian soldier near a Kremlin military installation.

17 January 2015

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

7 January 2015

Welcome to #TheWildEast and Vocativ.com's Kyrg Republic: A Land That Does Not Exist

Vocativ, "a new type of media company" has released an orientalist documentary about "a part of the world that you didn't know you needed to know about.": Krygyzstan (sic).

5 January 2015

Nationalist Vigilante Group in Kyrgyzstan Targets Chinese Expatriates and Suspected Sex Workers

A vigilante group with apparent ties to Kyrgyzstan's weak government is unrepentant after its members physically intimidated and lectured girls they believed were selling themselves to Chinese businessmen.

4 January 2015

Countdown to Asian Cup 2015 Heats Up in Australia

The temperatures in Australia are soaring a week before hosting the Asian Cup 2015 starting 9 January.

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

30 December 2014

Central Asia's 2014: Lots of Alarms but only a Few Surprises

In 2014 Global Voices' Central Asia team wrote about Sochi, Afghan elections, Tajikistan behaving strangely, a Kazakh currency devaluation, an Uzbek Princess' fall and a volleyball tournament in Taiwan. What?

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