Weekly Roundup

by Nathan Hamm on 7/6/2004

Hamid Karzai won this year’s Philadelphia Liberty Medal and I was on the scene. Check out my earlier post for pictures and audio.

Now, for the rest of the news.


  • Russia is pushing back against US & NATO influence in Central Asia. One surprising tactic under consideration is democracy promotion [though I cringe at what Russian democracy promotion looks like–ed.]. (HT: Laurence)
  • RFE-RL’s Central Asia Report has an interesting story on the possibility of the Mahalla system as a foundation for democracy in Uzbekistan. As an added bonus, they say that Turkmenbashi is down in the dumps.
  • Kazak camels are facing great risks from a particularly poisonous variety of black widow.
  • VOA looks at some of the new security measures put in place in Uzbekistan since the March bombings. (HT: Laurence)
  • Rumors of a plague outbreak in Turkmenistan have been creeping about. Turkmenistan, of course, denies everything. The original source of the rumor was Gundogar, an opposition website.
  • Have President Nazarbayev and his daughter had a falling out? IWPR reports that the rift may be a ploy to bring opposition votes over to a party that will bow to the President’s will.




There seems to be little news on the election front. MPRP supporters say they won and want a revote. The opposition says “no way, we won” and the vote has been delayed pending a court decision.

So, much more interesting are the following:

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