Sunday 1 February 2004
January 29, 2004
Kazakhstan: Nazarbaeva's 'All Together' Party Moving Forward Quickly
On 27 January, Darigha Nazarbaeva, the eldest daughter of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, predicted her Asar party would win half the seats in parliament in elections later this year. Asar has experienced a meteoric rise since last September, when Nazarbaeva decided to turn the social movement into a political party. RFE/RL examines Asar's rapid rise to the forefront of Kazakhstan's political scene.
January 29, 2004
Saudi Arabia: Hajj An Ancient Muslim Duty With Modern Trappings (Part 1)
Nearly 2 million pilgrims are in Saudi Arabia this year for the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. RFE/RL reports that increasingly, modern transportation and ancient piety are combining to make the hajj both a worldwide unifying force for Islam, and a security and management challenge for the Saudis.
January 22, 2004
Kazakhstan: Is The Glass Half Full Or Half Empty? Journalist Struggles With 'Semi-Free' Status
An independent journalist in Kazakhstan was released from jail last week and declared "semi-free" by the authorities. RFE/RL was not clear on the meaning of "semi-free" and looked into the matter to find out just how free the journalist really is.
January 20, 2004
Kazakhstan: UN Report Highlights Poor State Of Water Resources
The United Nations Development Program has released a report on the state of Kazakhstan's water. The document warns that the poor quality of the country's water resources could lead to a deterioration in people's health and that insufficient supplies could become a major factor hampering the country's economic development.
January 16, 2004
Kazakhstan: Journalists Concerned About Effects Of Draft Media Law
A draft media law was adopted by Kazakhstan's lower house of parliament last month and could soon be passed by the upper house. If adopted, the law would place a new set of restrictions on journalists. Kazakhstan's embattled independent media say the adoption of the law could severely hinder their ability to critically report on events in the country.
January 14, 2004
Central Asia: Shanghai Group Opens Secretariat In Beijing Tomorrow
Foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will open the organization's secretariat tomorrow at a ceremony in the Chinese capital, Beijing. Analysts tell RFE/RL that the event could have lasting significance for the members -- Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
January 09, 2004
Kazakhstan: Putin Visit To Focus On Baikonur, CIS, Oil Resources
Russian President Vladimir Putin begins a two-day visit to Kazakhstan today. Several bilateral agreements are to be signed during his visit, including two extending and specifying the terms for Russia's continued use of the Baikonur cosmodrome.