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Kazakhstan: the media matters

Kazakhstan: the media matters

Conflict between journalists and the Minister of Culture and Information Mr. Ermukhamet Ertsybaev has been a constant theme since May of 2006, when journalists protested the Minister's “authoritarian methods”.  Last month, protest erupted again when Mr. Ertsybaev had television journalists from the station ERA ejected from a March 2 event.  By Monday, March 5, journalists were calling for Mr. […]

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Dateline, Astana: EurAsEC meeting minutes

Dateline, Astana: EurAsEC meeting minutes

The Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), met today in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.  They met in order to analyze their work, celebrate successes, and most of all, to formulate policy for 2008. The meeting was opened by Russia's Prime Minister, Mikhail Fradkov, who gave the opening remarks.  Mr. Fradkov suggested that there were many integration […]

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Africa Quick Hits

Your faithful scribe is leaving the country for about a week and as a consequence I may not be able to blog. I thus want to leave you with a lot of links from South Africa and Africa generally to take you to the weekend. I’ll be back next week. According to The New York […]

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Uzbekistan: Umida Niyazova trial April 19th

Umida Niyazova will be on trial in Uzbekistan April the 19th.  According to Ferghana.ru News Agency: Umida Niyazova is charged with illegal border crossing, smuggling, manufacturing or distribution of subversive literature with the help of financial or other aid, received from religious organizations and also from foreign states, organizations and citizens. Ms. Niyazova is a […]

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Police Dissent in Zimbabwe?

Reports of dissent within Zimbabwe's security forces represent hope for change in Mugabe's regim Hints of police dissatisfaction are not new — back in December and January similar rumors circulated. Here is what I wrote about the possibility of police backlash then: [The recent revelation] represents an interesting development inasmuch as Mugabe relies on both […]

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South Africa v. England in the Cricket World Cup

As I type South Africa is running down England in their World Cup Cricket Super Eight match. This is the game I have been waiting for since the Super Eight fixtures were announced, and as the weeks have passed it grew more and more clear that the South Africa-England competition would be huge and probably […]

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Turkmenistan Update: or, natural gas update

Turkmenistan Update: or, natural gas update

Currently,  Turkmenistan's President Berdymukhammedov is visiting Saudi Arabia to arrange for oil and gas cooperation.  Before that, he entertained OSCE representatives who proposed aid in environmental, educational, political and economic venues. More diplomatic envoys over gas exports but little else about Turkmenistan whatsoever: President Berdymukhammedov has said that long-term gas export agreements with China, Russia, and Iran […]

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Identity & Culture; Scholarship & Public Policy

Identity & Culture; Scholarship & Public Policy

A recent article in Perspectives on Politics discusses the study of ethnic, religious, national, and other kinds of collective identity.  Specifically, Abdelal, et al note that political scientists use words like "ethnicity", "religious group", and "national identity" without regard to analytic rigor.  They present six different methods to ascertain group affiliation and bring scholarship back to earth.  Nevertheless, I found myself […]

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HRW most recent addition to Uzbekistan exit list

HRW most recent addition to Uzbekistan exit list

As of Friday, April the 13th, Human Rights Watch cannot remain in Uzbekistan, because its director has “exceeded her authority” and “worked outside the charter”.  The new permitting regime was tightened after the Andijan Massacre.  Many NGOs, press organizations, businesses, and military personnel have been asked to leave.  Throwing the foreign rascals out, by date: June 6, […]

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Kazakhstan's strategy to diversify trade

Kazakhstan's strategy to diversify trade

Kazakhstan-India trade turnover has gone from USD 120 to 210 million–a 74% increase, from last year to the year before. Kazakhstan is working hard to develop further bilateral trade ties with India.  Though such trade naturally includes petroleum market trade, Kazakhstan is developing an attractive trade diplomacy for other industries, including special economic zones (SEZs) […]

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Kyrgyzstan's bloggers give the local perspective

Kyrgyzstan's bloggers give the local perspective

Right 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 […]

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Casual Friday: When RAPTORS ruled Eurasia

Casual Friday: When RAPTORS ruled Eurasia

After a week of writing on environmental disaster, I thought it might be fun to consider a global environmental event that doesn't impinge upon anyone's social conscience: the long-ago ages of the dinosaurs. On March 24, 2007, LiveScience reported the finding  of two new species of dinosaurs in Mongolia.  One species ranks "as one of […]

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A Rose By Any Other Name . . . Would Apparently Anger Some White South Africans

A couple of weeks back I wrote about controversy over the renaming of the South African town of Louis Trichardt.  It seemed obvious to me that a country that had so long seen the majority population trampled under the foot of the white minority ought to have the fairly fundamental right to reclaim the naming […]

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The Aral Sea Disaster, part 4: Since 1991, some progress & plenty of hot air

The Aral Sea Disaster, part 4: Since 1991, some progress & plenty of hot air

As noted in part 1 of this series, the Aral Sea is the endpoint of an exotic watershed, with water-rich areas upstream and an arid downstream.  Throughout the world, exotic watersheds are usually more heavily populated downstream.  In general, international law gives downstream human security priority over upstream ownership‚ in other words, people have a […]

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U.S. Democracy Promotion Report

U.S. Democracy Promotion Report

The U.S. Department of State issued a new report April 5, called “Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record.”  Unlike the Congressionally-mandated annual report on human rights, this one goes to Congress with a focus upon democracy promotion. RFE/RL has an interview with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Erica Barks-Ruggles (wonder […]

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