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Uzbek Cotton Elites Require Firm Dialogue from U.S. Business

Judy Gearhart | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Judy Gearhart

Uzbekistan is the world's fifth-largest cotton exporter, yet sales benefit the government elite on the backs of the Uzbek people.

Religious Persecution On the Rise: Minorities Under Threat in the Middle East

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.25.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.

Fashion Revolution Day: A Day to Ask #WhoMadeMyClothes?

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 06.22.2015 | Style
Lee-Sean Huang

April 23 is Fashion Revolution Day -- an opportunity for us to reflect on the welfare of the workers who make the clothes we all wear.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

Russian-Speaking Jihadists

Inna Naroditskaya | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Inna Naroditskaya

While there are tensions between Russia and the U.S., there still must be coordinated communication among data analysts, media producers, psychologists and secret services in these countries, and others, to exchange, share, and collaborate their efforts to stop ISIL.

Top Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015

Gogobot | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel

It is becoming ever easier to travel to remote pockets of the globe. Every year, emerging destinations brimming with travel potential rise in popularity, without the crazy crowds and tourist traps.

Charlie's Journey

Paul Rockower | Posted 02.03.2015 | Travel
Paul Rockower

This man had biked his way across Europe, across Central Asia all the way to China, and was now heading back by the southerly route. He had been on his bike for about two years at that point, and figured he had another two years to go.

Tuberculosis: A Crisis in Eastern Europe and Central Asia That the West Cannot Ignore

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Although new technologies are now available to diagnose TB and test for TB drug susceptibility/resistance, the reality is that less than 50 per cent of the estimated new cases of MDR-TB are diagnosed across the region.

The Golden Journey To Samarkand

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

The poem "The Golden Journey to Samarkand," by James Elroy Flecker, has no doubt launched countless journeys to the ancient Silk Road city in southern Uzbekistan.

Terrific Tashkent

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Uzbekistan is an amazing place with very friendly people. Enjoy Tashkent, explore the city by foot and make an effort to meet some of the locals.

A Visit to the Aral Sea

David Kroodsma | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

The Aral Sea serves as a reminder of how dramatically humans are able to reshape the face of the planet, and what happens when the balance of water is changed.

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.

Ride for Climate: A Bicycle Journey Across Asia

David Kroodsma | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

The real reason we're doing this ride is the same reason we chose careers focused on global environmental issues: We're fascinated by our planet, and we want to explore it in order to better understand it and meet the people with whom we share it.

Adventures in the Crimean Peninsula, a Reminiscence of Time Spent in the 'Gem of the Soviet Union' with the Crimean Tatars.

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Brian Glyn Williams

With the headlines speaking of a Russian invasion of the Crimea, I fear for the ancient Tatars who warmly welcomed me to their communities and hope they don't find themselves again facing repression at the hands of their historic oppressors, the Russians.

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.

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...

Cartwheeling Around the World

Emily O'Dell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

For the past decade, I've been wandering like a dervish around the globe -- trying to see things from a different perspective -- specifically, upside down. While some people fly or sail around the world, I'm trying to cartwheel across this great Earth.

Human Rights and the Failings of U.S. Public Diplomacy in Eurasia

Amy McDonough | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Amy McDonough

If the United States starts treating these issues more consistently, leaders of oppressive regimes in the region will know that they will face increased pressure on the international stage if they do not choose to fully respect the rights and freedoms of their citizens.

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...

Crooners and Their Dictators

Pedro Pizano | Posted 10.19.2012 | World
Pedro Pizano

A celebrity endorsement, whether explicit or implicit, emboldens dictators in their denial of fundamental freedoms to their people. They must pay a price. And those who endorse them with their presence, like Iglesias, should be called out for their disgraceful conduct.

Bomb Destroys 22 NATO Supply Trucks In Afghanistan

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 09.16.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban detonated a bomb on a fuel tanker Wednesday and then opened fire on other NATO supply trucks, destroying 22 ve...

In the United States-Pakistan Impasse the Winner Is: Russia

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The Central Asian exit plan will cost the American taxpayer more than twice as much as the Pakistani alternative.. Worse, the plan's success depends completely on the goodwill of Russia and its mercurial Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

An Honest Customs Declaration Form

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2012 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Everyone arriving back from abroad must complete this Customs Declaration Form. Whether you're traveling with immediate family members or not, you'd...

Re-Learning the Lesson of the United States

William Pierce | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
William Pierce

As we slowly move forward in addressing immigration policy, we must remember our stories because to do otherwise is to deny the lesson of America.

No Love For Uzbekistan: Government Nixes Valentine's Day Shows

AP | Posted 01.24.2012 | Weird News

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Authorities in Uzbekistan are, apparently, unwilling to give love a chance. The Russian news agency RIA-Novosti cited several l...