Kinda slow today…

by Nathan Hamm on 6/13/2005

So, check out the following:

  • Jodi has a summer reading list featuring Asian books. I recommend this, this, this, and this as well.
  • Branching out a bit beyond our normal boundaries, what does legendary American journalist finest living actor Sean Penn have to say about Iran? This, apparently. (I guess if you wanted something serious, you could go here or here.)
  • I would happily swap the weather we’re having here now for this
  • T-Moor on Bibikhanim’s mosque.
  • An ancient town has been unearthed in Afghanistan.
  • Russia: World-class beggar
  • I have an Uzbek doll somewhat similar to these. Not that I want to part with it (it’s quite dear to me), but I wonder how much it’d fetch.
  • Carpetblogger had an absolutely wonderful post about travel to Turkmenistan that has disappeared. It’s a shame because it included a… Well, you know that big golden statue of Turkmenbashi that rotates to face the sun? And that other one depicting the earthquake that killed his family and him (I think) emerging from the shattered earth? Well, Carpetblogger had a picture of some Turkmenbashiana that I’d never seen before–a ridiculously enormous copy of the Rukhnama. She even pointed out how it was much better promotion than that aliens and volcanoes religion’s book has ever had.

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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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