Wednesday 10 December 2008
December 03, 2008
Tajik Children Get Used To Life Without 'Daddy'
Not all of the 1 million Tajik men who've gone abroad for work left behind wives and young children. But many did, and struggling families are finding that the direct and indirect costs of such migrant lifestyles are higher than they imagined.
December 01, 2008
Uzbekistan Closes Border With Tajikistan, With No Explanation
The Uzbek government has closed all border checkpoints with Tajikistan without any explanation. A Tajik government official told RFE/RL's Tajik Service that it was not informed by Uzbek officials about the closure, which began on November 27.
November 20, 2008
Millions of people across the postcommunist world rely on the money sent by relatives working abroad. But as Western markets strain under the global financial crisis, migrant workers and the families who depend on them are also feeling the pinch, from Central Europe to Central Asia.
November 11, 2008
Should Afghanistan Talk To The Taliban?
Delegates from Central and South Asia have gathered in Dushanbe today -- together with a senior official from the U.S. State Department -- for talks on how regional cooperation can improve Afghanistan's security situation. Hosted by Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon, the gathering includes representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.
November 10, 2008
Tajik Students Returning From Cotton Harvest
Tajik students have begun returning from the cotton harvest, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports. The cotton-harvest season takes place from September-November each year and many thousands of Tajik university and secondary-school students are obligated to leave school and participate in the harvest.
November 09, 2008
In Unusual Effort, Tajik Clerics Target 'Imported' Hijabs
In an unprecedented move, Tajikistan’s Council of Islamic Clerics has called on Tajik women to swap their “foreign-made" hijabs for traditional Tajik clothes. Some Tajiks say the independent religious body has obviously come under government pressure to join its ongoing campaign against the Islamic head scarf.
November 07, 2008
Obama Victory Sparks Hopes For Change In U.S. Policy In Central Asia
During the Soviet era, America and freedom were synonymous for many in the Soviet Union and elsewhere behind the Iron Curtain. That feeling increased even more after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Central Asians welcomed their independence as mainly the result of the successful standoff between the Free World led by the United States, and the Totalitarian World led by the Soviet Union. But the "pragmatism" of U.S. policy has left many hoping such idealism will return to how Washington approaches Central Asia.