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Central Asia: What Will US Foreign Policy Toward the Region Look Like? Click Here to Open in a New Window

A few days after the arrest of a leading opposition politician in Kyrgyzstan, the US State Department replied to a reporter’s query about the incident with a circumspect statement.
 

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Kazakhstan: Pre-Soviet History Packed with Political Mines Click Here to Open in a New Window

Sitting in a modest, domed brick mausoleum, a bust of the partisan Nurmagambet Kokembayev smiles Buddah-like as he gazes out upon the snow-laden steppe of central Kazakhstan. It betrays nothing of the turbulent historical period he lived in, an epoch that is still a sensitive spot for the Central Asian nation’s leaders.
 

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The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: Kyrgyzstan’s “War on Terror” Click Here to Open in a New Window
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Nate Schenkkan is the Project Director for Nations in Transit at Freedom House and a veteran host of The Central Asianist Podcast. EurasiaNet is excited to support The Central Asianst, which offers a unique take on developments in Central Asia, featuring top experts and journalists from around the world.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: Showdown Deepens Between Government and Opposition Click Here to Open in a New Window

The crowd that gathered on Bishkek’s Ala-Too Square on February 27 was modest, belying the gravity of the latest political crisis gripping Kyrgyzstan.
 

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Kyrgyzstan: A Haven for Reporters amid Love and Strife Click Here to Open in a New Window

In a rough neighborhood for journalists, Kyrgyzstan is a relative safe haven. Over the years, reporters from various parts of Central Asia have made their homes there — often for safety and professional growth, other times for more personal reasons.
 

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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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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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