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February 08, 2019
German Tech Firm's Turkmen Ties Trigger Surveillance Concerns
A German company that produces electronic-surveillance tools has sold equipment to Turkmenistan's Communications Ministry, according to sources, raising fears that the authoritarian Central Asian state is deploying the technology to suppress dissent.
January 31, 2019
Struggling Turkmenistan To Privatize Transport Sector, End Science Funding
Turkmenistan says it will privatize much of the state-owned transport system and gradually end funding for the nation’s Academy of Sciences as it looks to bolster its struggling economy and save money amid a continuing slump in its energy sector.
January 17, 2019
Central Asia Should Protect Rights As It Seeks Investment, HRW Urges
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging Central Asian leaders who are seeking greater regional cooperation and international investment in an effort to boost economic growth to place human rights at the top of their agenda.
January 16, 2019
Twenty Families To A Room As Afghans Flee Fighting
Thousands of families, who have fled fighting in Afghanistan's northern province of Faryab, are struggling to find shelter in the neighboring province of Jawzjan. They say up to 20 families are being squeezed into each classroom at a local school.
January 15, 2019
Turkmenistan Said To Register Reservists As Tension Mounts On Afghan Border
Turkmen authorities have launched a campaign to register army reservists -- nearly all men under 50 -- amid concerns about militants in neighboring Afghanistan, according to a Defense Ministry source and accounts by citizens.
December 29, 2018
Emperor Nero Of Turkmenistan Sees Out 2018
Turkmenistan's president was all smiles when he appeared on state television ahead of the New Year to perform a dreamy new song. But for the country's citizens, there is not much reason for happiness these days. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL.)
December 17, 2018
Majlis Podcast: An Eventful Year In Central Asia (And What It Means For 2019)
The new-look Uzbekistan under President Shavkat Mirziyoev continued to be the dominant story coming out of Central Asia in 2018 and Tashkent's new political posturing has also sent ripples throughout the region.