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Men's Hair Takes Centre Stage in Battle Over Legitimacy of Political Islam

James Dorsey | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
James Dorsey

The Muslim world's battle over the legitimacy of political Islam has expanded to the soccer pitch as proponents and opponents of interpreting the faith politically seek to impose their public morals with men's hairstyles and facial hair taking centre stage.

Agricultural Corruption in the Former Soviet Union: Unsexy But Lucrative

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.06.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Vegetables. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com Like savvy business tycoons, leaders in the former Soviet Union who use their positions to grab much of t...

Asian Development Bank's Money vs. Its Mouth

Jessica Evans | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Jessica Evans

At last week's Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, high level officials highlighted key human rights messages. The Bank...

The Price of Silence

Judy Gearhart | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Judy Gearhart

Urgent action to press the Uzbek government to respect civil society and end forced labor is vital. We call for principled engagement that holds the Uzbek government accountable for its crimes. We call on governments and international organizations to take a firm, public stance against the Uzbek Government's mass use of forced labor and repression of civil society.

The Widespread Problem of Domestic Abuse in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

It is hard to find accurate statistics about domestic violence in the former Soviet Union, but the few that are available show a problem that is much worse than in the West.

The Unexpected: Six Surprising Destinations

Natalie Compagno | Posted 03.14.2016 | Travel
Natalie Compagno

Now is the perfect time to cruise the Nile, prices are low and Egyptians are always friendly and eager to show the world their ancient and modern culture. To get even further off the tourist track head way south along the Nile to Nubian territory.

How U.S. Sidelines Some of the Corrupt in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Stock Photo. FreeImages.com/Evgenia Pronina Most residents of the former Soviet Union hate the corruption that prevents everyone but a tiny mi...

How to Shop the World's Best Markets Like a Pro

Spot | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Spot

There's perhaps no better way to get to know a place than by logging time in its markets, swapping stories with the vendors, and running your hands over items filled with heritage and history.

The World Bank's Role in Uzbek Slavery Lights Up Washington D.C.

Joanna Ewart-James | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Joanna Ewart-James

On International Human Rights Day, Walk Free and International Labor Rights Forum, both members of the Cotton Campaign coalition, projected striking images of Uzbekistan forced labour onto the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C.

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
Gogobot

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 third...