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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

26 November 2014

A Mother that Claims to Have Killed Ten Taliban Militants has Become a National Hero in Afghanistan

A woman in Farah province, Afghanistan, has shot to fame after she avenged the death of her son and fired on Taliban militants from the checkpoint where he was killed.

25 November 2014

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

24 November 2014

Kyrgyzstanis Skeptical about Government Biometric Data Drive

Over two decades' worth of state intrigue and corruption has forced Kyrgyz citizens to be cynical about anything the government wants them to do, especially if it involves submitting fingerprints.

11 November 2014

Georgian LGBT Organisation Requests ‘Hate Crime’ Label for Brutal Murder

The death of a transgender citizen has brought discussions about LGBT rights back to the fore in Georgia, a conservative country where persons of non-traditional sexual orientations suffer stigma.

10 November 2014

Georgian Social Media Users Make Light of Political Power Struggle

A power struggle is simmering in Georgia, but citizens - who have seen worse things happen in over two decades of independence - are inclined to see the funny side.

6 November 2014

Residents of Tbilisi, Georgia Are Out to Reclaim the Sidewalks From Selfish Drivers

Bad parking is legendary in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. An online civic movement is seeking to do something about the problem.

5 November 2014

Uzbekistan's Controversial Cotton Harvest ‘Feeds the Regime, not Citizens’

Another violent and exploitative cotton season wraps up in Uzbekistan. The harvest's front line, from teachers and schoolchildren to doctors and nurses, will be the last to see the profits.

31 October 2014

Tajikistan Still Debating the Good and Evil of Halloween

The holiday of Halloween is back on the government's agenda in Tajikistan, meaning citizens in possession of a pumpkin should beware.

21 October 2014

Kyrgyzstan's Historical Matriarch Makes a Bid for an Oscar

The seven figure budget of Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains may not raise eyebrows in Hollywood, but in Kyrgyzstan the film has divided movie-goers and spurred an Oscar charge.

9 October 2014

Eating Central Asian Plov in New York and London

Plov, a Central Asian meat, rice and carrot staple, is becoming a delicacy in London and New York, where regional culinary traditions are pleasing locals and expatriates alike.

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