Hundreds of thousands of Central Asians graduated from high school this week. But due to economic hardship, many of the region's best and brightest won't be going on to college. Instead, they will work as migrant laborers to provide for their families.
The family members and relatives-by-marriage of Central Asian presidents often rise swiftly to power and wealth. Often, just as quickly, they fall in disgrace -- sometimes forced into exile, if not murdered.
A new draft law in Kazakhstan would allow some men to take a second, third, or even a fourth wife. With a return to Islamic traditions in Central Asia, polygamy is on the rise.
Weeks after a cyberattack knocks out a handful of RFE/RL websites, the company's president says the official response to a similar outage in Central Asia hints at "deliberate interference."
They're known in Central Asia as "the books that won't be read" -- ponderous tomes written by the region's heavy-handed leaders. In the latest chapter, authoritarian Uzbek President Islam Karimov has published a book on morality and power.
Hasan Sadulloev, a powerful Tajik businessman and the brother-in-law of President Emomali Rahmon, has not been seen in public for nearly two weeks.
A meeting between the Tajik and Kazakh presidents could signal a new regional alignment at the expense of Russian and Uzbek influence.
Is integration of the Central Asian states a realistic goal? The idea, or something like it, was floated again this week.
The cutoff is likely to hurt the region's poorest states, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which traditionally consume lots of Kazakh wheat.
Tajik authorites have taken the independent Imruz (Today) radio station off the air, citing "technical problems."
Police in Tajikistan arrested some 20 women in central Dushanbe today who had gathered to protest the imminent demolition of their homes.