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Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border

UN Women | Posted 02.20.2017 | Women
UN Women

Cross posted from Bubuaisha Kurbanova and Nodira Avezova have lived next to each other for more than 15 years. Kurbanova, 49, is a school...

Dozens Dead After Turkish Cargo Jet Crashes Into Kyrgyzstan Village

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home

BISHKEK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 37 people, most of them resident...

7 Wondrous Women: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.27.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

High-achieving women attract far more public criticism than their high-achieving male counterparts. Women are victims of sexual assault 91% of the tim...

Little Is Being Done To End Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnapping Crisis

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home

With existing laws doing little to stop the widespread abduction of women, one-third of Kyrgyzstan’s marriages are non-consensual. Experts say the g...

Suspected Suicide Car Bomber Attacks China's Embassy In Kyrgyzstan

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.30.2016 | Home

BISHKEK (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishek on Tuesday, killing himself and wo...

Taking Aim at Russia's 'Underbelly'

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 03.10.2017 | Home
Jonathan Marshall

Two hundred years after the "Great Game" for domination of Central Asia began with the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813, Washington is maneuvering to incr...

Workers Struggle for Their Rights in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.03.2017 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Because Russia has workers rights on paper only, workers are scared to complain, fearing they will be fired. Better dwindling pay than none at all.

Skiing in Kyrgyzstan

Sara Davidson | Posted 02.25.2017 | Travel
Sara Davidson

She flew to Kyrgyzstan to go boarding in uncharted mountains, and to make a film about villagers who were trying to create a winter sports center to bring much-needed income to their town. On the first day , however, she had a car accident that broke her back in three places and stopped the film in its tracks. Ultimately, it set the stage for a different film.

To Ski in Kyrgyzstan

Sara Davidson | Posted 02.24.2017 | Travel
Sara Davidson

She flew to Kyrgyzstan to go boarding in uncharted mountains, and to make a film about villagers who were trying to create a winter sports center to bring much-needed income to their town. On the first day, however, she had a car accident that broke her back in three places.

This Is Why You Never Tell A Horse Penis Joke In Kyrgyzstan

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.04.2016 | Weird News

A visiting mine worker's joke comparing food to a horse penis left a bad taste in the host country's mouth. Michael Mcfeat of Scotland was arrested in...

Tourists, Please Stay Away From Kyrgyzstan... Or Not!

Claire Robinson | Posted 08.10.2016 | Travel
Claire Robinson

As I share on my blog about all the colorful and peaceful locations I discovered in Kyrgyzstan, I keep having this dilemma in my head: 'stop showing them how beautiful it is, tourism is going to ruin it!'

The Least Crowded Theme Parks in the World

Natalie Kalin | Posted 08.05.2016 | Entertainment
Natalie Kalin

Take it from , founder of the Theme Park Guy -- an elaborate website that details his travels to worldwide theme parks--that empty parks are the place to be. Here he advised us on 8 of the world's emptiest theme parks.

U.S. Human Rights Awards Set Off Diplomatic Brawls With Venezuela, Kyrgyzstan

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of State this week honored a human rights activist jailed in Kyrgyzstan and a group of lawyers in Venezuela with its...

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
John K. Herr

Alas! how dreary would be the world if America were not exceptional. It would be as dreary as if there were no Washingtons. There would be no torch of liberty, no shining city on a hill, no Channing Tatum.

Bridging the Hope Gap: Why Life Skills Matter

Bill Reese | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Bill Reese

How do they regain their balance, build up their confidence, and imagine a brighter future? There are no simple answers, of course. But we do know programs that give young men and women a sense of empowerment and hope are making a real difference in lives and communities everywhere.

Another Nation To Adopt A Russian-Style 'Gay Propaganda' Law?

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

* Law has won first of three readings in parliament * Backers say it is needed to protect family values * Gay community ...

Another Nation Considering Russian-Style 'Gay Propaganda' Law

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(Fixes spelling in headline) By Olga Dzyubenko ALMATY, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The United States has condemned Kyrgyzstan fo...

Reflections from Halfway Across Asia

David Kroodsma | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

I'm writing this from a hotel by the Bibi Fatima hot springs about 1,500 feet up the side of the Wakhan valley. Across the valley, on the other side of the Panj River, I can see Afghanistan and the Hindu Kush mountains.

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Central Asian Hydroelectric Water Wars Heat Up

John C.K. Daly | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
John C.K. Daly

Given the discrepancies between downstream Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan's agrarian needs and upstream Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan's dreams of hydroelectric prosperity and export sales, tensions can only increase.

Kyrgyzstan: Winter on the Steppe

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel
Patrick McGinnis

Despite having grown up in chilly Maine, I don't think I've ever experienced the kind of cold that is January in Kyrgyzstan.

Muslim Leader Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Harris Zafar | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Harris Zafar

There is no wonder that people continue to lose faith in religion due to the actions of leaders across the religious spectrum. But does the misconduct of these disgraced individuals reflect poorly upon the religion they serve?

Marching West: Regional Integration in Central Asia

China Hands | Posted 01.13.2014 | Home
China Hands

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

Crises Also Fade

William Bradley | Posted 05.03.2013 | Home
William Bradley

Perhaps Obama should be more careful about what he calls a "red line." Dictators are not impressed by empty threats. Would there be support for a multi-national effort to secure chemical weapons stores?

As Power of Media Rises, the Deadliest Year for Journalists

David Hoffman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Media
David Hoffman

May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day. While we pause to honor those journalists who have been killed or imprisoned, it is important to realize the growing role media play in global politics and the changes that are redefining what it means to be a journalist.