Thursday 31 January 2008
January 17, 2008
New Curbs Target Islamic Students
Students and staff at one of Tajikistan's leading Islamic universities are being forced to shave their beards, don ties, and abandon "foreign" styles that include Islamic-style head scarves. Like previous curbs on personal and religious rights, the move came out of the blue.
January 16, 2008
IAEA Seeks Answers To Radioactive Seizure
The UN nuclear agency is still waiting for Bishkek to reply to a request for more information on a recent seizure of radioactive material. Experts say it appears unlikely smuggling was involved, but the case is a wakeup call to the threat of nuclear proliferation from former Soviet areas.
January 13, 2008
Left Out In The Cold
Heavy snow. Deadly avalanches. Impassable roads. And temperatures below -20 Celsius. Tajikistan is suffering through a fierce winter, made even worse by crippling energy shortages and high prices for food and fuel. The dire situation is leaving already beleaguered Tajiks feeling less-than-warm thoughts about the authorities.
December 11, 2007
UN Opens Regional Diplomacy Center In Turkmenistan
Central Asia is rich in history, oil, and gas -- and troubled by security risks, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, and extremism. In response to those threats, the United Nations this week launched a center for diplomacy in Ashgabat intended to help the region tackle its challenges before they spiral out of control.
November 14, 2007
Tajik Officials Call Dushanbe Explosion A Terrorist Act
November 14, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A man was killed in an explosion early today near a government building in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, in an incident the authorities are treating as a terror attack, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.
November 11, 2007
UN Refugee Chief Visits Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Antonio Guterres (file) (epa) November 11, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has arrived in Kyrgyzstan on his first visit to Central Asia since he started as the head of the UN's refugee agency in 2005.
November 03, 2007
Central Asia Looks To Build New 'Silk Roads'
The $18.7 billion program will result in new roads and rail links. (RFE/RL) November 3, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Eight member countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program have agreed to a strategy to improve Central Asia's transport infrastructure.
November 02, 2007
Tajikistan's Much-Needed Electricity Stalled In Uzbekistan
November 2, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- When the Tajik and Turkmen presidents met in Dushanbe last month for a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, they announced that Tajikistan was going to import electricity from Turkmenistan to help to solve its winter energy crisis.