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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&nb...

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

Claire Robinson | Posted 08.11.2015 | 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 08.05.2015 | 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 ...

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.07.2015 | 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 | World
China Hands

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

2 American Bodies Found In Kyrgyzstan Plane Crash Wreckage

AP | LEILA SARALAYEVA | Posted 05.04.2013 | World

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Search teams on Saturday found the bodies of two American crew members near where their military refueling plane crashed in the...

Crises Also Fade

William Bradley | Posted 05.03.2013 | World
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?

U.S. Military Plane Crashes In Kyrgyzstan

AP | DALTON BENNETT | Posted 07.03.2013 | World

CHALDOVAR, Kyrgyzstan — An American military refueling plane carrying three crew members crashed Friday in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, t...

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.

Actor Romany Malco Visits Troops, Returns a Changed Man

Tamar Abrams | Posted 06.25.2013 | Celebrity
Tamar Abrams

Now back in the US, Romany Malco says he would happily go on another USO tour but he says that the experience in Afghanistan has changed him greatly.

Boston Suspects' Kyrgyz Hometown Shocked

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2013 | World

By Olga Dzyubenko TOKMOK, Kyrgyzstan, April 20 (Reuters) - One trail in the search for clues about why two ethnic Chechen brothers ma...

Unnerved by the Uncertainty of Complexity: The Boston Bombings

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
William Bradley

Even before the wild overnight developments in the Boston bombings -- Russians, Chechens, the Caucuses (sic), Kyrgy-what? -- it was clear that we are culturally unprepared for the complexity of the Boston bombings.

Central Asian Cold Yogurt Soup

Jenny Holm | Posted 10.23.2012 | Taste
Jenny Holm

I first tasted this soup, called okroshka, at a hotel lunch buffet in Kazakhstan, where its cool and tangy flavors played a welcome foil to the heavier meat-and-noodle dishes that predominate there.

Kyrgyzstan To Reopen Case Of Murdered Journalist

AP | Posted 06.09.2012 | Media

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kyrgyzstan's highest court has overturned a murder conviction in the case of a prominent journalist who was shot in the t...

WATCH: Passengers Survive As Plane Catches Fire, Rolls In Kyrgyzstan

Posted 12.28.2011 | Travel

A Russian-made passenger jet skidded off a runway in southern Kyrgyzstan after landing in dense fog in the city of Osh on Wednesday. At least 31 pe...

PHOTOS: Jet Crash Injures 31

AP | Posted 02.27.2012 | World

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- A Soviet-built jet operated by a Kyrgyz carrier broke its wing, overturned and caught fire Wednesday as it tried to land in dee...