Monday, September 13, 2004

by Nathan Hamm

The Massoud Card, now being played in Afghanistan’s presidential campaign.

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Russia & The West

by Nathan Hamm

Russia’s relationship with the United States and Europe appears to be wildly in flux post-Beslan. While I agree that some of Russia’s critique of the West’s behavior contains some truths, it is wildly overstated either to cynically or genuinely play on public fears that Russia is a passive victim of the machinations of certain wealthy, […]

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Traditions…

by Nathan Hamm

I have no opinion or experience one way or the other, but I am curious as to whether or not Uzbeks really do this: when i was in uzbekistan last year, i met this guy who, after having me over for tea, handed me an invitation to his daughter’s wedding. the invite was in uzbek […]

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A River Runs Through It

by Nathan Hamm

That’s the plan, anyway. On 24 July, the Russian-language newspaper Neitralnyi Turkmenistan described an ambitious construction project to divide Ashgabat into east and west with an 11-kilometer-long man-made river. Slated for completion by 19 February 2006 – the president’s birthday – the 15-meter-wide, 3.5-meter-deep river will draw water from the Karakum Canal. Flanked by fountains […]

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Ruslan Sharipov Freed

by Nathan Hamm

According to unpublished reports, Ruslan Sharipov, the Uzbek journalist and human rights activist, has been freed from house arrest. Sharipov was in a Moscow hospital receiving treatment for an infection on September 1. He is currently applying for political asylum in the United States and being interviewed by the Moscow embassy’s refugee coordinator. Details of […]

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