Latest posts by Zukhra Iakupbaeva
21 February 2015
Living next to Russia and being dependent on oil have made life difficult for Kazakhstan, which is about to re-elect its 74-year-old leader ahead of schedule.
13 January 2015
Radical group ISIS released footage today of what it says is a Kazakh child assassinating two agents of Russia's Federal Security Service. Should we believe it?
11 December 2014
A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.
25 November 2014
Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.
21 November 2014
Central Asia has no recorded cases of Ebola yet, but while citizens of one country in the region are avoiding bananas, scientists in another are striving for a vaccine.
5 November 2014
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
21 October 2014
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
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.
22 September 2014
South Korea is an unheralded but important partner to the post-Soviet states of Central Asia, serving both as a destination for Central Asian migrants and a source of regional trade.