Weekly Roundup

by Nathan Hamm on 7/20/2004

Too tired to say anything else. Going straight into the news.

Afghanistan

Caucasus

Turkestan

  • The big story this week has been the decertification of Uzbekistan by the State Department over human rights issues. I commented on this in many posts, perhaps most substantively here. Many of my concerns are echoed here.
  • Rumors of a plague outbreak in Turkmenistan are getting louder. Like so many things regarding Turkmenistan though, the truth is hard to ascertain. If there really is an outbreak and it gets big, I’m sure the dismissal of 15,000 health care workers in March will be regretted. In response, Russia has banned the import of monkeys, camels, and cats.
  • Fliers calling for the overthrow of Turkmenbashi turned up in Ashgabat.
  • The US will help Tajikistan prepare for elections next year and has called on Kyrgyzstan to set a good example for its neighbors. And finally, the US has urged Kazakstan to ensure a fair election this autumn.
  • Uzbekistan’s economic growth is picking up. For what it’s worth, I don’t find these numbers all that hard to believe.
  • VOA reports on tourism in Uzbekistan–something that could become an important part of the economy were the government to work hard to develop the sector.
  • A Kazak scientist has bred turquoise sheep and expects to have enough in a few years to start producing clothes with the wool.
  • Slate has a dispatch from Kazakstan.

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