Saturday 1 May 2004
April 27, 2004
Central Asia: Is Uzbekistan The Source Of Regional Extremism?
aftermath of bomb blast in Tashkent Mounting concerns about extremism in Central Asia are focusing increasingly on Uzbekistan -- the country where most extremist acts are committed. RFE/RL reports on possible explanations for Uzbekistan's rising role as the hub of Central Asian terrorism.
April 22, 2004
Tajikistan: Human Trafficking A Growing Concern
Central Asia is becoming a major region of origin for human trafficking. Thousands of young women are either abducted or lured away from the country every year and sold into the sex trade. The problem is of particular concern in Tajikistan, which is still struggling to recover from a five-year civil war that has left many people desperate to find economic prospects abroad.
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 07, 2004
Tajikistan: Former Opposition Planning To Renew Coalition
The United Tajik Opposition (UTO) was a principle player in Tajikistan during the 1992-1997 civil war. The grouping of Islamic and democratic forces disbanded not long after the 1997 peace agreement, but with elections to parliament due next February, some of the same groups that made up the UTO are planning to renew the coalition with an eye on seats in parliament.
April 02, 2004
Tajikistan: EU Decreasing Aid, Says Situation Slowly Improving
The European Commission today announced an 8 million-euro ($9.7 million) humanitarian aid grant for Tajikistan -- 2 million euros less than last year. RFE/RL spoke with the bloc's top aid official in the country to look at what EU assistance has achieved there -- and what is still needed.
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.
March 15, 2004
Tajikistan: Relations With Moscow Appear To Have Reached New Low
Tajik-Russian relations appear to have reached their lowest level since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Tajikistan has been making unprecedented demands of Russia lately, including the gradual removal of Russian border guards from the Tajik-Afghan border. RFE/RL looks at this shift in policy and the possible reasons behind it.
March 15, 2004
Central Asia: EU Commissioner Begins Rare Tour Of Region
Chris Patten, the European Union's external relations commissioner, today embarks on a rare tour of Central Asia. The visit will take in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan -- bypassing Turkmenistan, which the EU views as undeserving of closer ties. EU officials say Patten will bring a "balanced message," urging greater political and economic reforms, while also recognizing the growing importance of the region in EU foreign policy thinking.
March 10, 2004
Tajikistan: Former Interior Minister In Dushanbe To Face Trial For Treason
Tajikistan's former Interior Minister Yakub Salimov has been formally charged with treason and attempting to overthrow the government. The charges date back to the days of the Tajik civil war and its aftermath, and the trial process to come promises to open many old wounds.