Monday 1 March 2004
February 26, 2004
World: U.S. State Department Issues Critical Report On Global Human Rights
The U.S. State Department has released its annual report on human rights around the world. Secretary of State Colin Powell called the report a vital instrument not just for informing the public but for guiding U.S. foreign policy. From Washington, RFE/RL correspondents Jeffrey Donovan and Frank T. Csongos report.
February 19, 2004
Turkmenistan: Flag Day Marked As President Prepares to Show 'Real Turkmenistan' To The World
Turkmenistan today celebrates Flag Day, a holiday that coincides with the 64th birthday of the country's president, Saparmurat Niyazov. This Flag Day comes as Niyazov prepares to launch a new satellite television station he says will show the world "the real Turkmenistan." But as RFE/RL reports, Niyazov's vision of Turkmenistan may not necessarily reflect what other observers are seeing.
February 10, 2004
Central Asia: Report Calls On U.S. To Rethink Its Regional Approach
A new report by a U.S. think tank dissects the key political and military factors at play in the U.S. relationship with the states of Central Asia and lays out a comprehensive approach for long-term U.S. involvement in the region. In an interview with RFE/RL, a co-author of the report explains the study's main findings and recommendations.
February 04, 2004
Central Asia: What Impact Does Falling Dollar Have On Region?
The U.S. dollar has fallen sharply in recent months against other major world currencies, from the euro and the British pound to the Japanese yen. Its value has also dropped against a number of smaller currencies, including those of Central Asia, where the dollar's decline has had a negative impact on people's financial outlook.