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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

20 August 2014

Take a Lyrical and Visual Trek Through the Back Streets of Almaty, Kazakhstan

Dennis Keen's beautifully written blogs have exposed English speakers to some inaccessible elements of Central Asian culture. So, why is he now waxing lyrical about Soviet-era manhole covers?

11 August 2014

Kyrgyz President Gatecrashes (New) Turkish President's Party

As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became Turkey's first popularly elected president, he had a surprise guest to help him celebrate. Kyrgyzstan's president Almazbek Atambayev became an overnight Twitter celebrity in Turkey.

7 August 2014

Central Asia's Rulers View Turkish “Soap Power” with Suspicion

In recent years Turkish serials have amassed a worldwide following. In Central Asia, however, government officials are reluctant to give them air time.

#BooksForRasul: What Jailed Azerbaijani Human Rights Defenders Need Most? Books.

A former political prisoner invites people to send books to Azerbaijani activist Rasul Jafarov, who has been arrested and will be spending his 30th birthday in jail.

6 August 2014

Try Being a Female Journalist in Kyrgyzstan. Your Male Sources Hit on You. All the Time.

Kyrgyz journalist Asel Kalybekova explains the pressure female professionals - whether journalists, accountants or government secrataries - face to respond to sexual advances by officials and co-workers.

5 August 2014

Another Tajik Blogger Speaks Out For Alexander Sodiqov

Fifty days and counting since Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov was arrested by authorities in Khorog, Tajikistan. Sodiqov has been released but not acquitted. Here, another Tajik blogger defends his name.

31 July 2014

All Aboard! This is Landlocked Kyrgyzstan's Train to the Coast!

The train to the seaside is a time-honored tradition in countries across the world. Even countries like Kyrgyzstan, that don't have a sea.

30 July 2014

Tajik Blogger: “We Must Prove our Professionalism and Close the Case Against Alexander Sodiqov”

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Global Voices community member Alexander Sodiqov has been released from jail, but still faces wrongful charges of treason. This blogger - his former student - hopes for Alexander's swift release.

28 July 2014

‘Boyfriend No, Only Volleyball': Kazakh Sportswoman Ignores Marriage Proposals After Going Viral

Sabina Altynbekova, a 17 year-old volleyball player representing Kazakhstan at youth level has been thrust into the global spotlight after playing for her country in a tournament in Taiwan.

25 July 2014

Tajikistan Still Blocking Popular Russian Social Network

Tajikistan's government takes its role as public morals guardian - and protector against anti-government slander - very seriously. Russian social network Odnoklassniki joined YouTube on the blocked list July 18.

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