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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

17 November 2014

Kyrgyzstan's First President Dreams of Returning to His Homeland. He Should Keep Dreaming.

Kyrgyzstan's 70-year-old former president Askar Akaev, overthrown in 2005, is among the most gifted academics in his country's history. He was also unquestionably corrupt. Should he be allowed home?

14 November 2014

Not Even Tajikistan's All-Powerful President Can Stop Forced Military Recruitment

In Tajikistan, President Emomali Rahmon's writ is law. But his decree to stop the practice of oblava - forced military recruitment - seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

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.

7 October 2014

Central Asia's First Ladies: Heard But Not Seen?

Are the wives of Central Asia's authoritarian presidents the power behind the throne or just highly placed women subject to the same raw deal as many others in the region?

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