A Rule of Thumb

by Nathan Hamm on 8/13/2004

I had a rule of thumb for deciding what violated Uzbekistan’s legal code. If I could think of it, it was probably illegal. (Came up with this with one or more volunteers).

Turkmenistan seems to actually be heading that direction with each passing day. The latest I’ve heard is that nas is now forbidden in public. I mean, c’mon? If toothless old men can’t have nas, is it really Central Asia? Is life really worth living anymore?

At the same time, the stuff is nasty (is there really chicken crap in it? I’d never heard that.). I only know one Peace Corps Volunteer who tried it and he was already messed up (born in France, lived there till 11 and certainly wasn’t a good representative for his people, as nice as he was). The guy bought used tennis shoes in Thailand for God’s sake. Back onto the train of thought. The stuff is disgusting and very bad for you, so this might not be a horrible new law, but still…

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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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