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A US congressional subcommittee is opening a wide-ranging investigation into the Defense Departments fuel contracting practices at the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan. The investigation, to be conducted by the National Security and Foreign
For the past two months, Uzbek authorities have maintained what amounts to an economic blockade of Tajikistan, holding up at the Tajik-Uzbek border an estimated 1,000 freight cars loaded with construction materials, fuel and other commodities.
Vladimir Kozlov, leader of the unregistered Alga! party, was given a 10-day prison sentence on March 26 after taking to Almatys central pedestrian thoroughfare, Zhibek Zholy (nicknamed Arbat), to hand out leaflets about Mukhtar Dzhakishev, the
Some state employees are feeling squeezed as Tajikistans government presses ahead with a plan to construct a massive hydropower dam. Teachers, for example, are quietly complaining about being compelled to contribute to the Rogun project. Unable to
The Georgian government has developed a new strategy for re-engaging with -- and ultimately re-incorporating -- the separatist territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and is working to gain international support and funding for its plan.
Jonibek Kadamjayov 3/09/10 The deteriorating relationship between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan is giving rise to violence along the countries shared frontier. Adding to the tension, Tashkent has unilaterally closed one of the largest border crossings
An electronic media feeding frenzy is taking a bite out of Sting, the British rocker and self-styled defender of the environment and the downtrodden. In recent days, British newspapers and blogs have savaged the musician for playing a concert in
Yevgeny Zhovtis, a leading human rights activist in Kazakhstan who is currently serving a jail sentence for vehicular manslaughter, thinks the worlds leading democracies are turning a blind eye to authoritarianism. In a statement presented February
Not only has Seoul emerged as an important commercial partner for Tashkent, South Korean leaders are heaping praise on Uzbek President Islam Karimovs management style...In addition to a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, the Uzbek
President Nursultan Nazarbayevs administration in Kazakhstan has received a diplomatic boost from Russia, as Astana strives to convene a summit of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe member states. Nazarbayev traveled to Moscow for