Central Asia

21 May 2010
The Do-Gooders and the Despot's Daughter Premium

One AIDS charity has tarnished itself by its association with Gulnara Karimova. But it could still salvage the whole sorry mess.

19 May 2010
The Needle and the Damage Undone Premium

TOL Reports: Along one of Central Asia’s main drug-trafficking routes, a Kyrgyz doctor helps addicts survive under one roof.

By Hamid Toursunov
13 May 2010
The Persistence of a Police State Premium

Interviews with refugees from Andijan reveal that the authorities continue to harass and terrorize their loved ones back home.

13 May 2010
Ignoring Andijan Premium

TOL Talk: Five years after the Andijan massacre, Europe still treats Tashkent with kid gloves.

By Jeremy Druker
11 May 2010
Jumping off a Sinking Ship

Kyrgyzstan’s native-language schools are dying of neglect, while its Russian schools face a crush of new students.

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By Hamid Toursunov
7 May 2010
A Fork in the Road Premium

Kyrgyzstan could go in a few directions. Luckily, the interests of Bishkek, civil society, and foreign donors seem to coincide.



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