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Stories about Turkmenistan

1 May 2015

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.

20 March 2015

Turkmenistan's Islam: Between Religion and State

Will the Turkmen government's attempts to nationalise Islam and shut its citizens off from the wider world backfire?

12 March 2015

Access to Grani.Ru and Other Censored News Websites Restored by Digital Activists

RuNet Echo

As part of Operation Collateral Freedom, activists used the technique known as mirroring to duplicate the nine censored sites and place their copies on the servers of large Internet companies

30 December 2014

Central Asia's 2014: Lots of Alarms but only a Few Surprises

In 2014 Global Voices' Central Asia team wrote about Sochi, Afghan elections, Tajikistan behaving strangely, a Kazakh currency devaluation, an Uzbek Princess' fall and a volleyball tournament in Taiwan. What?

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?

3 July 2014

Five Things You Need to Know About Turkmen Weddings

If you were thinking of choosing Turkmenistan as a wedding day destination, you should know one thing - when it comes to celebrating a marriage, Turkmen do not mess around.

6 March 2014

Attack Leaves Three Turkmen Border Guards Killed. But Who Killed Them?

A recent attack on a border patrol along the Afghan frontier left three Turkmen border guards dead. Netizens in the country argue about who attacked the border guards and why.

13 February 2014

Did Turkmenistan Get Cold Feet Before the Sochi Winter Olympics?

Warm-wintered Turkmenistan failed to send a singe athlete to this year's Winter Olympics. The only representative the republic sent to Sochi was its sport-loving president.

23 January 2014

Goodbye Alexandros Petersen, Prodigious Guide to China in Central Asia

The Bridge

On January 17, a Taliban suicide bomb attack killed sixteen people at a Kabul restaurant. Among them was Alexandros Petersen, an enlightening commentator on Eurasian affairs and a riveting storyteller.

31 August 2013

Turkmenistan's National Cycling Day: Traditionalists, Penny-Pinchers and President-Pleasers

If you are a citizen of Turkmenistan, you had better be ready to don the Lycra and mount a bicycle: September 1 has been slated as National Cycling Day.

12 August 2013

Turkmenistan's “Book of the Soul” Facing Difficult Times

Turkmenistan's first president once suggested reading his "Book of the Soul" three times could guarantee a person's place in heaven. Now the book's place in public life is under siege.

22 July 2013

Turkmenistan's Internet Blues

Cyber-optimism is is in short supply in repressive Turkmenistan, and it is not difficult to see why.

5 July 2013

Turkmens Appalled, J Lo Performs for Their President's Grand Birthday

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov got a fine 56th birthday present at the end of last month in the form of a concert starring Jennifer Lopez held at Turkmenistan's $2 billion...

27 June 2013

The End of Dual Citizenship in Turkmenistan?

Being a Turkmen citizen is big on drawbacks and small on benefits, which is why many Turkmen citizens took advantage of a 1993 agreement between Turkmenistan and Russia that enabled...

10 May 2013

VIDEO: Turkmenistan's Pop Music Makes Love, Not Politics

In Turkmenistan, pop musicians tread a difficult path between carving out a distinctive image for themselves and ensuring they don't fall foul of the state.

3 May 2013

From Russia with No Love .. for Central Asia

Migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus are the usual victims of racist sentiment in Russia. Aware of deepening anti-migrant feelings, many of Moscow's politicians promote right-wing policies. But there...

5 March 2013

Turkmenistan: With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends?

People in Turkmenistan and Turkmen dissidents in exile are unhappy about the fact that criticisms of the country's political regime come from various 'foreign experts,' while Western policymakers and politicians...

16 February 2013

Lies, Damned Lies, and Turkmen Statistics

When it comes to statistics, the Turkmen government remains committed to the time-honored Soviet principles of book-cooking, data fudging and avoiding the uncomfortable truth at all costs. 'Good' statistics, such...

24 January 2013

Turkmenistan: Human Rights? What Human Rights?

In Turkmenistan, which ranks among the world's "worst of the worst" human rights abusers, the very existence of such rights is seen as 'fiction'. Some netizens blame Ashgabat's repressive regime...

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