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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

17 May 2015

The Poetical Is Political as Tajik Wordsmith Declares ‘Death to Afghanistan’

'I do believe, that whoever wishes death to Afghanistan, cannot have any love for Tajikistan.'

16 May 2015

Afghan Rapper Escaped Teen Marriage by Singing About It

Sonita Alizadeh is now living and going to school in the US, and she’s still making music about social justice in Afghanistan.

Mr. Bureaucrat, Russia's ‘Wrinkled’ Young Women Would Like a Word

RuNet Echo

In response to a sexist outburst by a ranking government official, young women have started posting selfies with the hashtag #WrinkledWoman while scrunching up their faces to lampoon the remark.

13 May 2015

Human Rights Abuses in Azerbaijan: We Can’t Stay On The Sidelines Anymore

Global Voices Advocacy

Arzu Geybullayeva calls on Western leaders to speak out on political prisoners in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the European Games.

Ten Years on from Andijan Massacre, an Uzbek Pleads for Freedom

"I am not a terrorist. I have never done anything like that."

7 May 2015

Did a Journalist Save a Chechen Teenager from Marrying a 57-Year-Old Police Captain? No.

RuNet Echo

Last week, we reported that a journalist had succeeded in preventing a Chechen teenager from being married against her will. It now appears the marriage will go through, after all.

Tajikistan: Pristine Nature and the Echo of History

Some people do not even know Tajikistan exists. They are missing out.

How a Schoolboy ‘Son’ of Tajikistan's President Extracted a Massive Bribe from a Citizen

"I bet that he is the scion of some other official, because we could never afford to educate our children at this school."

1 May 2015

How a Russian Journalist Ruined a Chechen Wedding

RuNet Echo

How an independent Russian journalist averted the forced marriage of a 17-year-old Chechen girl to a high-ranking, 57-year-old police official.

Turkmenistan Singer Gives Apple a Sales Boost

Once you hear this Central Asian ode to the iPhone, you won't be able to un-hear it.

30 April 2015

In Eastern Turkey, Walking in the Shadow of Genocide

The Bridge

Widely commemorated globally, the centenary of the Armenian genocide was largely ignored inside Turkey—which makes missions like historian Ara Sarafian's tour of Turkey's Kurdish region all the more important.

26 April 2015

‘There Is a Word Missing in the History of the Armenian Genocide: Justice’

Only five Latin American countries have recognized the Armenian genocide, among them Argentina, where a journalist tells the story of her grandparents harrowing escape.

25 April 2015

Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorated in Egypt

Although Egypt does not recognise the Armenian Genocide, Egyptian Armenians marked the genocide's centennial in Cairo. Bloggers weigh in on the history and contribution of the community to modern-day Egypt.

Millions of People Around the World Commemorate the Armenian Genocide

Millions of Armenians and supporters around the world commemorated the Armenian Genocide Centennial.

24 April 2015

Relive New York City's Persian Parade

The Tajik flag - similar in appearance to the Iranian flag - was everywhere at this year's Persian parade.

Watch Serj Tankian's ‘100 Years’ Commemoration Video for the Armenian Genocide Centennial

Serj Tankian produces a somber video commemorating the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides of the 20th century.

Were Turkmen Dissidents Wrong to Publish a Video of Schoolgirls ‘Turning Up the Love’ on Their YouTube Channel?

In deeply traditional, highly repressive Turkmenistan, schoolgirls dancing along to Western songs is akin to a crime against the state.

23 April 2015

Remembering Armenian Genocide's 1.5 Million Victims ‘Is a Moral Obligation’

Global Voices attended the conference dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian genocide which was held in Yerevan on April 22.

21 April 2015

Lebanon Celebrates its Armenian Heritage in Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

Lebanon was among the nations that welcomed Armenian refugees fleeing the genocide of 1915 and is now celebrating their rich contributions to Lebanese culture.

20 April 2015

Yerevan Prepares for the Armenian Genocide Centennial

April 24 marks the centennial of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire. Forget it not.

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