Tuesday, August 24, 2004

War on the Horizon?

by Nathan Hamm

In an interview with a French newspaper, Mikheil Saakashvili warns that Georgia and Russia are close to war. “We are very close to a war (with Russia), the population must be prepared,” he told the Liberation newspaper. Denouncing military aid from Russia to rebels in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia, Mr Saakashvili stressed that […]

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Half a step…

by Nathan Hamm

IWPR reports that Uzbek farmers are being pressured to give up rice in favor of cotton, particularly in Khorezm and Karakalapakistan. Uzbekistan’s beleaguered farmers are facing new difficulties this summer after the authorities moved rice off the list of “strategic crops” grown in the republic. This move should have been a turning point for many […]

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National Review Calls for Karimov’s Overthrow

by Laurence

By Andrew Apostolou http://nationalreview.com/comment/apostolou200408240845.asp “On the other hand, the U.S. cannot be seen to support or underwrite the government of Uzbekistan, a repressive regime that has barely changed since the Communist-era. Uzbekistan is run by the same political machine that took power in the then Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic in the late 1950s — men […]

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Sticking it to the Man

by Nathan Hamm

Dan Drezner points to a NYT article on a crackdown of a different sort in Georgia–one on the traffic police, one of the most feared classes of human throughout the former Soviet Union.

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Real Estate Opportunity

by Nathan Hamm

Kyrgyzstan is selling land around Issyk-Kul (which, contrary to the story is not a Russian word at all, but a Kyrgyz name. Perhaps the Russians called it “Hot Lake” and the Kyrgyz translated it back…), one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. There are some environmental concerns. And, as someone who grew up […]

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Attention for Asia

by Nathan Hamm

US troops in Azerbaijan? Maybe…

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