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Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List
December 30, 2019

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's Khorazm dance, Kyrgyzstan's kalpak, and Turkmenistan's carpets all notched spots on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List
What Happened at the Kyrgyz President’s End of Year Press Conference?
December 27, 2019

What Happened at the Kyrgyz President’s End of Year Press Conference?

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s president discussed hot topics -- corruption, development, free speech -- at his second annual press conference.

A Look Back at 2019 in Central Asia
December 26, 2019

A Look Back at 2019 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2019?

What the Censorship of Kyrgyzstan’s Feminnale Really Means
December 21, 2019

What the Censorship of Kyrgyzstan’s Feminnale Really Means

By Colleen Wood
A feminist art exhibition in Bishkek became another episode in Kyrgyzstan’s culture wars.

After Exposing Corruption, Media Under Pressure in Kyrgyzstan
December 14, 2019

After Exposing Corruption, Media Under Pressure in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Individuals implicated in massive corruption exposed in a recent joint investigation by  RFE/RL’s Radio Azattyk, OCCRP, and Kloop have hit back with a lawsuit.
Atambayev’s Allies Face Long Sentences as Corruption Trials Close
December 10, 2019

Atambayev’s Allies Face Long Sentences as Corruption Trials Close

By Catherine Putz
There’s no shortage of corruption to dig into in Kyrgyzstan, but the pursuit of justice is often directed by politics.

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets
November 28, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets

By Colleen Wood
A bombshell investigative report mobilized people to protest corruption and demand reform in Bishkek. 
Singing, Dancing, and a Little Plov: Central Asia’s Got Talent
November 13, 2019

Singing, Dancing, and a Little Plov: Central Asia’s Got Talent

By Colleen Wood
Politics and economics are not the only relevant spheres of integration in Central Asia; a new TV show makes regional cooperation tangible to the masses.

Kazakhstan Sinks in Freedom of the Net 2019 Report
November 06, 2019

Kazakhstan Sinks in Freedom of the Net 2019 Report

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan's drop marked one of the largest declines over last year's report, following a year of disruptions and arrests.

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain
October 31, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain

By Colleen Wood
A Kyrgyzstani lawyer won a prestigious UN award for his contributions to combating statelessness in his country, but will his efforts stick?

Kyrgyz News Site Kloop Interrupted by DDoS Attack
October 30, 2019

Kyrgyz News Site Kloop Interrupted by DDoS Attack

By Catherine Putz
Last week Kloop and OCCRP published a damning report about the giving away of land in a prized public park to Bishkek’s rich and well-connected.
Navigating Between Academia and Activism in Central Asia
October 17, 2019

Navigating Between Academia and Activism in Central Asia

By Colleen Wood
Human dignity and scholarly integrity are critical when it comes to researching and intervening in human rights activism.

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