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Kyrgyzstan: Bride-Training TV Show Divides Audiences Click Here to Open in a New Window

A reality TV show on a state broadcaster in Kyrgyzstan is raising hackles for what detractors assert is its demeaning depiction of women and their role in society.
 

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Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders Click Here to Open in a New Window
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Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia. News from what are patronizingly known as the “stans” rarely makes it into mainstream news outlets, except in connection to Islamic terrorism, authoritarianism, and ethnic and religious tensions.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: Rural Residents Cope with Water Woes Click Here to Open in a New Window
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In Kyrgyzstan’s southern Batken Region there is a village called Beshkent, where 12,000 people depend on water delivered by irrigation channels called aryks. These channels are vulnerable to contamination from animals, debris and trash.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: Teenager Suicide Sparks Scrutiny of Internet Click Here to Open in a New Window

The recent suicide of a teenager in Kyrgyzstan has ignited a moral panic about the dangers of the Internet, and has prompted lawmakers to consider restricting the online activity of youngsters.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: Life Sentence Reinstated for Uzbek Activist Click Here to Open in a New Window

Any hope that authorities in Kyrgyzstan might show leniency toward jailed activist Azimjan Askarov was squashed on January 24, when a court reinstated his life sentence. Rights advocates expressed dismay at the verdict, calling it a violation of Kyrgyzstan’s international commitments.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: Spooks Declare War on President’s Facebook Critics Click Here to Open in a New Window

Kyrgyzstan’s security services are dropping the gloves for a fight against Facebook-using keyboard warriors who are taking pops at apparently thin-skinned President Almazbek Atambayev. Social media users do not know whether to laugh or cry.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: Political Mystery Lingering Into Election Year Click Here to Open in a New Window

As Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev enters his last year in office, mystery lingers over who will succeed him, and how much power that person will end up wielding.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: Referendum Sails Through with Push From Students Click Here to Open in a New Window

Voters in Kyrgyzstan backed amendments to the constitution that will see the prime minister given greater powers, and introduce language defining marriage as being specifically between a man and a woman.
 

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All-Woman Brewery Brings Craft Beer to Kyrgyzstan Click Here to Open in a New Window

Tucked away in an unlikely spot, wedged between a domino club popular with Turks and a Soviet-built apartment block, is a treat for beer-lovers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: Anatomy of an Unconvincing Scandal Click Here to Open in a New Window

A writer named Kate Cohen, posting on a little-known website, recently uncovered shady business practices that subsequently created a riptide of political scandal in Kyrgyzstan.
 

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Cargo Plane Crashes in Kyrgyzstan Click Here to Open in a New Window
A Boeing 747 cargo jet owned by a Turkish airline and en route to Istanbul from Hong Kong crashed into a village near the capital, Bishkek, killing at least 30.
Turkish Cargo Plane Crashes Into Village in Kyrgyzstan, Killing Dozens Click Here to Open in a New Window
The plane was approaching the airport in Bishkek, the capital, when it struck a cluster of houses.
London Rolls Out the Blood-Red Carpet for Kleptocrats Click Here to Open in a New Window
Britain has allowed its capital to become a playground for oligarchs and their ill-gotten gains. Only a Magnitsky law can quell the corruption.
Suicide Bomber Wounds 3 in Kyrgyzstan Click Here to Open in a New Window
The Foreign Ministry of China has condemned the bombing at the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, and has urged the Kyrgyzstan government to investigate thoroughly.
Suicide Bomber Attacks Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan Click Here to Open in a New Window
Three people were wounded in the assault, which the Central Asian country’s government called “a terrorist act.”
Moscow Warehouse Fire Kills at Least 17 Migrant Workers Click Here to Open in a New Window
Most of the warehouse’s workers were from Kyrgyzstan, and a Kyrgyz representative in Moscow said all of the victims were young women.
Turkey Says Airport Bombers Were From Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Uzbekistan Click Here to Open in a New Window
Officials have blamed the Islamic State for the attack in which dozens were killed, and raids and arrests have been carried out across the country.
Addicts in Kyrgyzstan Fight to Break Heroin’s Grip, Armed With Stones Click Here to Open in a New Window
Rocks have helped men from a conservative culture talk about addiction, making them an integral element in one clinic’s treatment strategy.
Review: Seán Curran Company in a Cross-Cultural Exchange Click Here to Open in a New Window
Mr. Curran’s “Dream’d in a Dream” features music played by the Ustatshakirt Plus ensemble from Kyrgyzstan.
Kazakhstan’s Currency Plunges Click Here to Open in a New Window
Financial analysts say the currencies of Kazakhstan’s neighbors in Central Asia will likely fall, as well.





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