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Revisiting Kazakhstan's Village of Kalachi, Where Residents Are Plagued by a Mysterious Sleeping Sickness

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.01.2015 | Weird News
Van Winkle's

In March, a story out of Kazakhstan caught the world's attention. In the tiny, remote village, hundreds of residents were falling asleep "without war...

Israel is Perceived by Expats as the Most Dynamic Country Worldwide

Malte Zeeck | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Malte Zeeck

Yes, you read it right; Israel was rated by expats as the most dynamic country in the world. It even left the USA and Brazil, countries widely known for their fast and energetic culture, far behind. I bet you were not expecting this, right?

One Third Of The World's Saiga Antelope Population Died This Month. Nobody Knows Why.

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green

Endangered, adorable Saiga antelope are dying off at a terrifying rate in Kazakhstan -- and nobody knows why. More than a third of the world's pop...

Leaving on a Jet Plane: 10 Countries That You Should Move to This Year

Malte Zeeck | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Malte Zeeck

Do you feel that your summer vacation is always too short? Are you sick of the rainy weather at home or are you just bored with your everyday routine? If so, why not consider moving abroad?

Are Low Oil Prices Here to Stay?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It's often said that you can't get economists to agree on anything. Well, oil economists certainly can't agree on future prices, with commentators suggesting anything from $20 to $200. Seldom has there been such a discrepancy in forecasting, though the median forecasts seem to be somewhere between $60 and $70.

Ryan Grim

How Confucius Explains The Hillary Clinton Controversies

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

As the stack of investigative stories around Hillary Clinton, her family's charity and her work as Secretary of State continues to climb higher and hi...

The Eurasian Union: Putin's Answer to the EU

Christopher Atamian | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

Armenia, which all told would probably prefer to be part of a progressive Western alliance, joined under strong pressure from Russia.

The Charlie Hebdo Murders: An Attack on Religious Liberty, Not Free Expression

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The thugs who cut down a dozen Charlie Hebdo are the international descendants of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations.

U.S. Releases 5 Prisoners From Gitmo

AP | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Five men who were held for a dozen years without charge at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to the Central As...

I'm With Stupid: Genetically, It's the Same Thing as a Chihuahua

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

On that note, if you are thinking about getting a wolf and you have children, you might want to make sure the wolf gets enough to eat.

Green Roadmap; Not Silk Road: Kazakhstan's (renewed) Role in World Affairs

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.

Putin's Latest Nightmare -- Great Game 2.0 in Central Asia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

The stop-start nature of Russia's energy deals with Central Asian countries combined with traditional fears of Russian encroachment stemming from centuries of Russian occupation, has caused many Central Asian countries to view China as a more stable and consistent economic partner.

Astana Opera on New York's Cultural Radar Screen

Shai Baitel | Posted 12.26.2014 | Arts
Shai Baitel

New Yorkers are in the enviable position that, sooner or later, everyone will come and visit the city. We do not have to travel the world - even though many of us love to do so - to learn about different cultures because the world comes to us.

Olympic Plan to Bar Discrimination in Host Cities Is Just Lipstick on a Pig

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

Forgive me if I'm not popping the champagne. In reality, this is nothing more than a publicity ploy to quiet critics some of whom, by all accounts, are buying it hook, line and sinker.

Photographer Risks Nuclear Radiation To Capture Haunting Post-Soviet Landscapes

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

In a haunting legacy of the Cold War, the remains of secret military cities still scatter the lands that were once part of the Soviet Union. Award-win...

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

The Unintended Consequences of America's Foreign Policy

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

The implications of America's empty threat of sanctions and false line drawing have not been lost on Russia or China. It appears that this is also the beginning of an era of decreased involvement of US on the world stage, especially in the East.

The Ukraine Crisis and the 'Balance of Power'

Amir Madani | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Amir Madani

The wise manipulation of a balance of power strategy, with care to avoid direct hostilities and a clear preference for diplomacy over force of arms, could in the end prove useful in dealing with Ukraine, but only if such diplomacy is based on a search for fair compromise.

Wisdom From My Mother

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Jennifer Kamara

In the spirit of honoring mothers every day, not just on mother's day, I asked individuals from around the world to share with me, wisdoms from their mothers. Not surprisingly, they confirm how unrelenting and influential our mothers are globally.

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

Putin's Real Agenda?

Mark Siegel | Posted 05.20.2014 | World
Mark Siegel

There is cold method to the seeming madness of Putin's Ukraine gambit. Under the pretense of protecting ethnic Russians (from non-existent discrimination) Putin is moving to consolidate some of the lost power of the former Soviet Union.

Obama Consults Spain, Kazakh Leaders On Ukraine

AP | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has spoken with the leaders of Spain and Kazakhstan about the crisis in Ukraine. The calls o...

PANTY PROTEST: Russian Women Fight Lace Lingerie Ban

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 02.18.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — A trade ban on lacy lingerie has Russian consumers and their neighbors with their knickers in a twist. The ban will outlaw any underw...

Drop The Stan? Kazakh Leader Is Thinking About It

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | World

ALMATY, Feb 7 (Reuters) - President Nursultan Nazarbayev may drop the 'stan' from Kazakhstan to distinguish his booming oil-rich nation from the res...

Marching West: Regional Integration in Central Asia

China Hands | Posted 01.13.2014 | World
China Hands

As the United States continues its pivot to the Pacific, China seems to be turning westward.