Wednesday 1 July 2009
June 30, 2009
Kashgar: Life In An Ancient Silk Road City
Kashgar is an ancient Silk Road trading hub located more than 4,000 kilometers west of Beijing, in China's autonomous Xinjiang region. Its old city has survived, and remains an important Islamic cultural center for the Uyghurs, the Turkic ethnic group living in Xinjiang. But Kashgar's rich Central Asian heritage is being threatened by an ambitious government redevelopment plan that some say has a hidden agenda. Here's a look at life today amid Kashgar's old streets.
June 25, 2009
Iranian Women On The Front Lines
Iranian women have taken a highly visible role in the public protests since the contested June 12 vote. Hundreds of thousands have turned out to support reformist candidate Mir Hossein Musavi, while others voted mainly to say “no” to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who they see as setting back the cause of women’s rights in Iran.
June 23, 2009
Georgian Artists At The Prague Biennale
The Prague Biennale, an international exhibition featuring some 200 artists, pays special attention this year to young painters from Georgia. The 11 featured Georgian artists are united not by style or specific themes, but by a high degree of engagement with political and social issues in their rapidly changing country.
June 22, 2009
Nazarbaev's 20 Years In Power
Nursultan Nazarbaev has led Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest and richest country, for 20 years without interruption. For some, Nazarbaev is an autocrat who has suppressed freedom and democracy, but for many he remains a guarantor of prosperity and stability.
June 16, 2009
In Pictures: June 15 Protests Turn Deadly
Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Tehran on June 15 against what many are calling a stolen election. The protests turned violent as demonstrators clashed with members of the Basij militia. At least seven people were reported killed and many others wounded.
June 13, 2009
The Vote And Its Aftermath
Iran's government has declared President Mahmud Ahmadinejad the decisive winner in the June 12 vote, described as one of the most important elections in the Islamic Republic's history. The election reportedly drew a turnout of more than 85 percent. After the announcement of Ahmadinejad's victory, thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Musavi took to the streets, angrily protesting what they said was massive election fraud.
May 31, 2009
Moldova's Cupcui Orphanage
Thirty-seven children live in the run-down state orphanage in the Moldovan village of Cupcui. But only one of them is actually an orphan. Many children in Moldovan state institutions have been placed there by their parents, motivated by grinding poverty, alcoholism, or other family problems and encouraged by a paternalistic state. A project spearheaded by UNICEF and the European Union to reunite children with their families, when possible, or place them in foster homes, hopes to change that.
May 29, 2009
Moscow Children's Home No. 19
Millions of migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus have sought work in Russia, but as jobs dry up, many are returning home. The wave of return migration has meant a rising number of children left behind. Ahead of International Children's Day, RFE/RL visited Moscow Children's Home #19, where many sons and daughters of migrant workers have been taken into care.
May 12, 2009
Political Humor Across The Region
In countries across RFE/RL's broadcast region, satire plays a special role for writers and artists seeking to shed light on repression, corruption, and violence. These editorial cartoons offer a cross-section of perspectives on issues from energy politics to press freedom.
May 09, 2009
Victory Day Celebrations In Former Soviet Union
In Russia and other post-Soviet states, the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 is marked on May 9, a day later than the rest of the world since it was early morning in Moscow when Germany's official surrender was signed outside Berlin. While Victory Day is marked with grand military spectacle in Moscow, other former Soviet states also have their solemn remembrances.
April 10, 2009
An Easter Meditation: Lithuania's Hill Of Crosses
The Hill Of Crosses is a place of pilgrimage and devotion for Catholics in Lithuania and throughout the Baltic region. During the Soviet era, many of the thousands of crosses there were destroyed by Communist authorities or looted for scrap material. But since Lithuania declared independence in 1990, the Hill of Crosses has become not only a tourist attraction, but also a national symbol.