His guest was Chris Rickleton and they mostly focus on the details of the Kyrgyz election earlier this month—bonus intro on the jail-break in Bishkekwhich Eurasianet has updated information on. Rickleton gets deep into the nuances of Kyrgyz politics and the two think through how the six parties which cleared the threshold to enter parliament will form a government.
Tajik city spells fun, relatively, for afghans
The podcast ends with a discussion of what Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has planned for the final two years of his term. What does a Kyrgyz lame duck look like? There are areas of concern—lack of distinct political platforms among the parties, for example—but also room for optimism.
Flawed as Kyrgyz democracy may be, it is decidedly of a different nature than democracy elsewhere in the region. Tajikistan : Sex never stops selling, even in Tajikistan.
My police protects me?
Last week the government passed new amendments on a prostitution law—upping fines and introducing a potential two week jail sentence to sex workers caught plying their trade in the country. Shafiev digs through the range of responses to these developments by Tajiks—anger but also understanding with regard to sex workers.
Everyone wants to have a good life. After Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev made comments to a Russian paper about incidents along the Tajik and Turkmen borders with Afghanistan, Turkmen authorities pushed back.
Enjoying this article? And indeed there is, not the least of which are recent reports that the Afghan military has chased Taliban militants to an island on the Amu Darya, the river that separates Afghanistan from Turkmenistan. And just because: The New York Times published a story regarding a study that claims the modern dog originated in Central Asia. Friday links.
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