Friday 19 January 2018
January 16, 2018
Democracy 'Retreating' As Trump 'Abdicates' U.S. Role
Democracy is “under assault and retreating” around the world, with the United States “abdicating” its traditional role as a champion of democratic ideals in the past year while Russia and China “increase repression at home” and “export their malign influence" abroad, Freedom House says.
January 12, 2018
Banned From Going West, Russian Cops Vacation In Turkmenistan
he Russian Interior Ministry has reportedly issued a list of approved travel destinations for its employees for 2018. They still can't vacation in the United States or the EU, it seems, but much of the former Soviet Union is still in play.
December 31, 2017
The Lasting Legacy Of Central Asia's Writers: The Soviet Era
For centuries, the majority of Central Asia's people were illiterate. That changed during the 20th century, when written texts were made accessible to the masses. But it also necessitated the development of alphabets and the codification of languages. Regional authors were to play a key role in the process. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL.)
December 30, 2017
The Lasting Legacy Of Central Asia's Writers: The Founding Fathers
Central Asia's great writers continue to play major roles in defining the national characters of the region's peoples. Qishloq Ovozi takes brief look at some of the Central Asian writers and poets whose names are known to the people of Central Asia from childhood, but might not be so well known to those outside the area.
December 14, 2017
Analysis: A Second Year Of Shortages In Turkmenistan
For the second straight year, people in Turkmenistan are reporting shortages of basic goods such as flour and eggs. Turkmenistan has been suffering for more than two years from the greatest economic crisis the country has seen in its 26 years of independence. And besides the food shortages, there is information that the ranks of the country's unemployed are about the swell. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL.)
December 13, 2017
CPJ Says Number Of Jailed Journalists Hits Historic High
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide has hit another new record, which it says reflects a "dismal failure by the international community to address a global crisis in freedom of the press."
December 12, 2017
Jailed Turkmen Animal Rights Activist Visited By Daughter After Days Held Incommunicado
The daughter of a jailed Turkmen animal rights activist has brought her mother warm clothing, making the first visit permitted by the authorities since police stormed Galina Kucherenko's apartment and arrested her.