Eat Your Heart Our Norah

by Nathan Hamm on 12/29/2003

Eat Your Heart Our Norah and Other Tales from the Orient

With comparisons to Norah Jones, Katie Melua is making it big in Britain. Not bad for someone born in Batumi, Georgia. Check out her site
for samples. I just picked up the album at Tower and it’s pretty good.
The comparisons to Norah Jones are fitting, but Katie is also much
easier on the eyes by leaps and bounds.
In bad news from Georgia, the country’s largest independent television
station was hit in a grenade attack. Buried at the bottom of the story is some good news though: Ajaria will take part in the presidential elections this Sunday.

This seems like a good idea: Kazakstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev is considering a Caspian oil organization to counter OPEC.
On the one hand, it’d be nice to have a counter to OPEC’s might, but I
don’t know if I like the idea of Russia’s nascent markets getting back
into the price-fixing game.
Eurasianet has some analysis on US and Russian competition
in the Caucasus with the astute observation that in the next few
months, we’ll see how much pressure either side is willing to exert to
get its way in the new Great Game.
As what is surely an important part of its 20-year plan, India is seeking to boost trade ties with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan, and Azerbaijan.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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