Dushanbe Isn’t Cairo, But Is It Getting Closer?
Feb 4, 2011
Uprisings in the Middle East have led many to discuss expiration dates for Central Asia’s dictators, speculating on which is next to fall. Though there’s no surprise American’s are angry to learn their government does business with people who reportedly boil their opponents alive (Uzbekistan) or routinely jail religious minorities and keep a neo-Stalinist visa regime (Turkmenistan), in our region only Emomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan makes Time magazine’s list of “Top 10 Autocrats in Trouble.”
As Time points out, both Egypt and Tajikistan have long-lasting dictators who have built careers out of repressing Islam and political opposition. Both regimes are saturated with corruption.
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