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Kazakhstan’s New Digs: A look at development and fashion on the Steppe

by Reid Standish
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When you first enter Fashion Week from the outside, its clear that you’ve entered a different part of Kazakhstan. The sights and smells of Almaty’s congested streets are gone and replaced by perfume, cigarettes and gleaming diamond necklaces. A quick scan across the lobby reveals a major disconnect with the rest of the city. Next [...]

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On Kazakh-language Wikipedia, Crowdsourcing Meets Crowd Mentality

by Myles G. Smith

Over at EurasiaNet, I pointed to the heated discussion over Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’ involvement with the Kazakh government on his user page. Heated, at least, until Wales closed off discussion on the topic of manipulation and bias in his freely-editable Wikipedia page in a curiously unironic rant: I’m closing this discussion because it has reached the [...]

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