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Kyrgyzstan's bloggers give the local perspective

Flag of KyrgyzstanRight now, with Kyrgyzstan's leadership shuffle and constitutional conflicts, we have few resources so excellent as the blogs written in Kyrgyzstan itself.

Mirsulzhan Namaliev is what you might call “plugged in” to events and politics in Kyrgyzstan.  According to Tolkun, he is currently out there in Bishkek's square covering the demonstrations. 

Tolkun's most recent post in his own blog concerns changes in labor law that open jobs up for what IR statisticians call a “youth bulge”–but actually constitutes a number of people with different viewpoints.  You just can't substitute for a local perspective.  For, he has written Impressions of the First Day of protest (April 11) and also for the Second Day, April 12th.

Kyrgyzstan's bloggers give the local perspectiveKyrgyzstan's Institute for Public Policy has been analyzing the dynamics of protest and governmental resistance with frequency this week. The round table summary report can be accessed here.

Ben Paarman at Global Voices Online also analyzes the demonstrations from a local perspective.  Global Voices Kyrgyzstan thread will take you to the particular instead of the theory, the human voice and not the institutional voice of Kyrgyzstan on a regular basis.

 The demonstrations and constitutional and leadership conflicts remain cause for concern.  Fortunately, through internet bloggers, we have access to the real deal.  Thanks for all your hard work and for offering your insights.

Check the blogroll at right for all kinds of great resources. . . .

Update: Third day of protests, covered by Mirsulzhan, translated by Tolkun, here.

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