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World AIDS Day: Zero Infections in Turkmenistan?

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

The health diplomacy challenge here, as in many countries in the region, is to instigate a meaningful and ongoing dialogue between government and health authorities, which builds public confidence in the health system, one based on scientific evidence and the respect for human rights that consciously engages with civil society representatives and the wider community.

Should U.S. Facilitate Tourism in Turkmenistan?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

Rehabilitation at Gonur Depe was undertaken in the interest of enhancing tourism. But should the U.S. enable "tyranny tourism" and other works of "cultural preservation" benefiting a notorious dictatorship in Turkmenistan?

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.

Visiting 10 Real-Life Locations From FX's 'Archer' | Posted 11.12.2014 | Travel

Despite being an animated series (perhaps encouraged by that fact), Archer and his team at the International Secret Intelligence Service often travel to various high-flying locations around the world to practice spycraft.

Religious Persecution Makes Migrants Out Of Millions

Religion News Service | Brian Pellot | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday (July 28) that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list...

Follow the Money: Three Energy Export Congressional Hearings, Climate Undiscussed

Steve Horn | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-posted from DeSmogBlog In light of ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia, Ukraine and hotly contested Crimea, three (yes, three!) U.S. Congre...

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.

The Door To Hell Is Possibly The Creepiest Place On Planet Earth

Posted 11.26.2013 | Green

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, scientific pursuits don't always go according to plan. And sometimes, a pit to hell may open up right beneath you...

China Stakes Out Silk Road Riches as Deal Maker Xi Charms Central Asia

Barry D. Wood | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Barry D. Wood

Two years ago then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled her own Silk Road initiative, which called for integrating Afghanistan into the booming economies of the broader region. That integration remains problematic and as Xi's low-key tour suggests it is likely to occur only with China playing the leading role.

Cow Jams in Uzbekistan: Adventures in Mongol Rally Land, Episode 3

Leon Logothetis | Posted 10.13.2013 | Travel
Leon Logothetis

Welcome to Turkmenistan, where we get lost (again) as we head from London to Mongolia to raise funds for charity during the Mongol Rally. In the thi...

Treasure Hunting in Turkmenistan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

J-Lo isn't the only one who went to Turkmenistan this summer. I was there too -- but unlike J-Lo, I didn't walk away a million dollars richer. But I did uncover something in the desert far more valuable -- and priceless -- than any sum of money.

Jennifer Lopez Sparks Controversy With Her Latest Performance

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 08.30.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday" to the leader of Turkmenistan during a show, but her representative said she wouldn't have perfo...

Kimmel Grills Turkmenistan Prez On Public FAIL

Posted 05.03.2013 | Comedy

The president of Turkmenistan is in the middle of a PR disaster after publicly falling off a horse. Surprisingly, he agreed to an interview with Jimmy...

WATCH: Turkmen President Falls Off Horse During Race

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.01.2013 | World

Turkmenistan's equestrian-mad President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov suffered a spectacular fall from his horse after a race, according to Internet vide...

WATCH: Stateless Gay Man Finds Himself In Limbo In The South Pacific

Posted 12.18.2012 | Gay Voices

An ethnic Armenian gay man has been living what has been described as the real-life version of "The Terminal" in American Samoa. As CNN reports, M...

How The Internet Is Restricted Across The World

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 02.13.2013 | Technology

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Envoys in Dubai signed a new U.N. telecommunications treaty Friday that a U.S.-led delegation says endorses great...

Turkmenistan President's Re-Election 'Typical Faux Democracy'

AP | ALEXANDER VERSHININ | Posted 04.14.2012 | World

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov won a new five-year term by capturing 97 percent of the vote, elec...

Man Goes To Jail For Dog In Turkmenistan

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 12.01.2011 | World

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has long despised stray animals roaming the streets of Ashbagat. But the president's hatred of...

PHOTOS: Abandon All Hope: Visiting 10 Entrances To Hell

Andrew Burmon | Posted 11.29.2012 | Travel

Grandma may be breathless over her trip to the Holy Land and your cousin may want to go snowboarding at Heavenly, but most people receive more persona...

Border Tensions Sit Uneasy With Enviromental Challenges

Leyla Aliyeva | Posted 11.25.2011 | Home
Leyla Aliyeva

The international community - political as well as scientific - needs to understand that without true international dialogue, the scope for environmental action is dramatically limited. But with that dialogue comes unlimited opportunity that goes far beyond the future of one species.

10 Fascinating Forbidding Places

Shermans Travel | Posted 11.29.2011 | Travel
Shermans Travel

The same impulse that drew 16th-century explorers into uncharted oceans may compel today's intrepid travelers to ignore State Department travel warnings.

As Central Asia Fragments, Could English Be the Answer?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 11.15.2011 | World
Cleo Paskal

On Christmas Day, 1991, five new countries were born. This year Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan turn 20. A lot has changed.

Russia Slams EU Plans To Support Caspian Pipeline

AP | By PETER LEONARD | Posted 11.13.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Russia lashed out Tuesday at an offer by the European Union to broker talks between energy-rich former Soviet nations Azerbaijan and Turkmen...

To The Gates OF Hell And Back In Turkmenistan

Grif Peterson | Posted 10.19.2011 | Travel
Grif Peterson

For nearly half a century, the Darvaza Gas Crater has been burning day and night.

The Mongol Rally: Entering Turkmenistan for Dummies

Grif Peterson | Posted 10.13.2011 | Travel
Grif Peterson

Before disembarking, the first mate announced that the doctor would like to inspect all the Americans. There were 8 of us, too many for the doctor to be bothered with.