Monday 26 April 2004
April 26, 2004
Central Asia: Nations Set To Sign Deal On Continent-Wide Highway Network
Asian countries are set to sign an agreement at a UN meeting this week in Shanghai that eventually foresees a 140,000-kilometer network of highways linking all parts of Asia. The goal is to forge economic and cultural connections the way the ancient Silk Road opened up remote, land-locked societies centuries ago.
April 23, 2004
Western Press Review: Political Transition In Kyrgyzstan, NATO And The 'Greater Middle East,' And Armenia's Genocide
Prague, 23 April 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Among the topics addressed by some of the world's leading dailies today are the potential for democratic transition in Kyrgyzstan, a new role for NATO in the "Greater Middle East," the 89th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks, and how trans-Atlantic relations affect common responses to global crises.
April 20, 2004
World: Is Raising State Salaries Enough To Combat Corruption?
In a bid to stem corruption, Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree raising the salaries of government ministers, as well as thousands of lower-level state employees. Is the wage boost likely to have the desired effect, and what are the most effective strategies for keeping a nation's civil servants honest?
April 14, 2004
Kyrgyzstan: Kulov's Supporters Attempting To Keep His Name In International Spotlight
It's been four years since Feliks Kulov was initially arrested on charges of abuse of power. It marked the beginning of the Kyrgyz opposition leader's travails, troubles that would see him tried twice and put in jail, where he remains today. Now, the Justice Ministry is denying reports Kulov is soon to be freed. The announcement comes as supporters are planning another march to draw attention to Kulov's plight and demand his release.
April 09, 2004
Kyrgyzstan: Prime Minister Narrowly Survives Confidence Vote
Kyrgyzstan's prime minister narrowly avoided being dismissed yesterday in a confidence vote in the upper house of parliament. Some deputies accused Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev of financial abuses, but others said the move was precipitated for purposes of pre-election positioning, with both parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for next year.
April 07, 2004
World: Freedom House Report Highlights Countries With Democratic Deficits
The U.S.-based pro-democracy organization Freedom House has issued a report that examines the problems and hurdles facing democratic development in 30 countries. The report concludes that Uzbekistan is one of the most repressive countries in the world. It also says democratic efforts in Kyrgyzstan have stalled, as they have in Armenia and Ukraine. Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are described as having authoritarian systems.
March 24, 2004
Central Asia: 'World TB Day' Observed Amid Concerns Of Epidemic
World Tuberculosis Day is raising attention about one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world. In the next 20 years, an estimated 1 billion people will be infected with TB, and some 36 million will die of the disease.
March 18, 2004
Central Asia: EU Commissioner Wraps Up Regional Visit
EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten ends tomorrow his five-day tour to Central Asia after meeting the presidents of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. During the visit, the first to the region by a European commissioner since 1996, Patten stressed that a sustainable and fruitful relationship requires tangible steps in the four republics to consolidate civil rights and the rule of law.