Monday, August 29, 2016


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Kazakh Prime Minister's Hashtag Fail

The Kazakh prime minister's call for Twitter users to list the country's achievements since independence has not gone as planned. More

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Abuses Uncovered

Seitkazy Mataev, chairman of the Kazakh Union of Journalists of Kazakhstan (file photo)

Kazakh Journalist Union Chief Hospitalized For Second Time During Trial

The head of the Kazakh Journalists' Union and chairman of the National Press Club has been hospitalized for the second time since a trial began against him last week for on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Among Uzbekistan’s top officials, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev is seen as a “fist” not a “brain.”

Who Could Replace Uzbekistan’s Ailing President?

Uzbekistan is on edge after learning that Uzbek President Islam Karimov has been hospitalized after suffering what his younger daughter says was a cerebral hemorrhage. Who would, or could, replace the only leader the country has had since it became independent in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991? More

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Balkans Without Borders

People pay their last respects to the Bytyqi brothers -- Ylli, Agron and Mehmet -- whose bound bodies were found in a mass grave in 2001.

Bytyqi Brothers' Slaying Casts Pall Over U.S.-Serbian Relations

The visit to Belgrade of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden has brought the 1999 execution-style killings of the Bytyqi brothers -- three Albanian-Americans who left the United States to fight in Kosovo -- back into focus among Serbian media. It's a crime that won't go away. More

Turkey Notebook

According to some estimates, since the coup attempt 77,000 public servants have been suspended, 5,000 fired, 19,000 detained, and more than 11,000 people arrested.

Turkey's Anti-Gulen Clampdown Rages Out Of Control

The clampdown on suspected supporters of U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been accused of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, has reached unprecedented scope. Reportedly even some friends of Gulen supporters have been detained. More