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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.

What of Persian and the Lingua Franca of the New Century?

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 09.06.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

What of the sway of Persian, or for that matter, any other language in today's world? It is language capable of 'selling' to an increasingly aware world-population that will be triumphant in the 21st century.

From Totalitarianism to Turbines: The Unending Struggle for Power in Central Asia

Derek Henry Flood | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
Derek Henry Flood

The deadly June crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan highlights the extreme fragility in Central Asia's inherently flawed post-independence nation-state structures. However, the five republics are being simultaneously courted by the U.S. military.

We're Now Number 77 in Income Inequality (Tied With Turkmenistan)

Gar Alperovitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gar Alperovitz

The top one percent of American taxpayers increased their share of the nation's total pre-tax adjusted gross income from 10 percent in 1980 to 23.5 percent in 2007. These are not routine numbers.

UN: Israel's Rescue/Relief Hospital in Haiti is an Illegal Outpost

Paul Korda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Korda

Editor's Note: The following post is satire. Israel has erected a state-of-the art field hospital in Haiti hours after a devastating earthquake shook...

Tank Warfare: Alaska PR Initiative Targets Polar Bears

Martin Luz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Martin Luz

The latest entrant in the "sponsored-ideas" derby is the state of Alaska, which announced a $1.5 million, 2-year program to kill polar bears... er... sorry, the stated goal of RFP No. 505 is to: