Flavors of Friendship

by Nathan Hamm on 7/24/2006

A quick scan of the wire services’ photos from Central Asia shows off a few touching moments of friendship, such as that seen in a tender moment between a man and his rooster…

[Sadly, there was no story to go with this Reuters photo from Vladimir Pirogov from a cockfight near Bishkek, but back in December we had a brief post on cockfighting in the Ferghana Valley.]

or the kind that exists between two snappy dressers…

Another one of the duo is here.

RFE/RL has a report on relations between Turkmenistan and Iran.

It is also worth noting that Turkmenbashi was one of four presidents of CIS member states who did not show up at the recent CIS summit in Moscow. Pavel Baev and Vladimir Socor have articles at Jamestown about the slow shuffle into irrelevance of the CIS.

Uzbekistan, meanwhile, is interfering in the internal affairs of extending a helping hand to Azerbaijan, warning them against the evils of Counterpart International and the Urban Institute (alternate link). That’s quite a nice gesture, considering Counterpart’s import of radioactive children’s apparel.

“Moreover, it was proved during checking that part of humanitarian aid (children shoes and clothes), delivered to Uzbekistan by Counterpart International office, emitted radioactive gamma-rays at a high level, which considerably exceeded limiting radioactivity, seriously threatening human health. At present, appropriate law-enforcement institutions investigate all relevant materials,” the expert said.

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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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