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Kyrgyzstan: Social Entrepreneur Finds Foothold in Tien Shan Foothills
Early on a summer morning, customers begin to filter on to the shaded patio in front of Fat Cat Karakol. By noon, the sun will hang high overhead in the surrounding Tien Shan Mountains, but it is still early — and loud. The cafe faces a noisy street.
Kyrgyzstan: On the Night Shift, Looking for Some Economic Daylight
With the fall of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan earned independence but lost countless sources of employment, as factories and other employers shuttered in quick succession.
Tajikistan Dreams of Regional Electricity Grid Rebirth
Brutal winter weather in the late 2000s delivered a knockout blow to Central Asia’s unified power grid. Now, almost a decade later, tentative efforts are underway to promote a comeback of the network.
Kyrgyzstan: Kneeling Incident Poses Challenge for Higher Education Initiative
An initiative to expand higher education opportunities in Central Asia is experiencing a bumpy start.
Kyrgyzstan: Lineage Associations and Informal Politics
As Kyrgyzstan constructs a modern national identity, a social institution long considered to be a vestige of the past – lineage identity – continues to exert significant influence over the process. This fact needs to be recognized and addressed.
Russian-Speaking LGBT Community Shows Pride
Vulnerable to persecution in Russia and other states in Eurasia, Russian-speaking members of the LGBT community are starting to make their voices heard in the city with the largest Diaspora population in the United States, spreading a message of tolerance and inclusion.
Kyrgyzstan: Most Competitive Presidential Race in Country’s History Taking Shape
When Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister and presidential contender Sooronbai Jeenbekov was serving as governor of the southern Osh region from 2010 to 2015, he became an object of ridicule by some functionaries in the regional government, like Tologon Keldibayev.
India, Pakistan Extend Reach of SCO to Half the World
After years of speculation about their accession, India and Pakistan have finally been admitted as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, broadening the geopolitical potential of the grouping, and partially watering down the dominance of Russia and China. The move could also help ease tension between the two South Asian rivals, some experts and officials suggest.
Kyrgyzstan: Tree-Chopping Divides Greens and Urban Planners
Without warning, city workers descended on a leafy street recently in Kyrgyzstan’s capital to begin chopping down trees.
Kyrgyzstan: Movie Teaser Sparks Morality Debate
A recently released minute-long music video promoting an upcoming movie in Kyrgyzstan has provoked a swell of indignation about a perceived surge of impropriety among young women. The controversy is but the latest episode in a simmering public debate over conservative and progressive values.
The Case for Xenophilia
A writer walks across the globe and total strangers help him stay healthy and safe.
Bomb Defused in St. Petersburg as 8 Held in Connection With Metro Attack
The news added to an already tense atmosphere the second-biggest city in Russia, which until Monday had been spared from any major terrorist attacks.
St. Petersburg Bomber Said to Be Man From Kyrgyzstan; Death Toll Rises
Kyrgyz officials said Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, was a member of the Uzbek minority in the southern city of Osh who had received Russian citizenship in 2011 through his father.
Cargo Plane Crashes in Kyrgyzstan
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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