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Ashley Cleek

Peace Corps Pulling Out of Turkmenistan

It’s the end of an era. The Peace Corps will close all...

Turkmenistan Prepares First Census in Almost a Generation

How many people live in Turkmenistan? For years it’s been anyone’s guess....

Berdymukhamedov Takes Turkmenistan to the Movies

It’s not every day that a new movie is made in Turkmenistan....

Uzbekistan Confiscates Bunyan and Bibles

Authorities in Uzbekistan are searching private homes for what they consider incendiary...

Uzbekistan Detains Market Photographers for “Pursuing a Strategic Goal”

Two independent journalists have been detained in Uzbekistan’s capital for taking photos...

Suffering in Uzbekistan, MTS Returns to Turkmenistan

A bit bruised and on vastly inferior financial terms, Russian cell operator...

Uzbekistan: Asylum Seeker Fears Deportation From Norway

"Rustam" fled Uzbekistan six years ago for what he thought was a...

For Russian Mobile Giant, Uzbekistan is Hard-Knocks Déjà Vu

If you’re Russian mobile operator MTS, finding yourself threatened by another hostile...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

While the European Union claims it does not see any political or...

Uzbekistan: Foreign Business Exodus Continues

For all its promises of easy riches, Uzbekistan is having a hard...

Turkmenistan: Telecom Dysfunction Prompting Russian Provider’s Return?

Though adept at Internet censorship and all-around snooping into private lives, Gurbanguly...

Uzbekistan’s Karimova Hypes Link to Bill Clinton

Time again for a Gulnara Karimova reality check....

Uzbekistan & China: Economic Ties Eclipse Rights Abuses

As Uzbek President Islam Karimov prepares to visit to China this week,...

Turkmenistan: Rebuilding After the Explosion that Never Happened

Stricken almost a year ago by a massive arms explosion that reportedly...

Turkmenistan Signs TAPI: Now What?

After almost a generation of endless speculation, Ashgabat has finally signed an...

Uzbekistan Wraps Capital in New Red Tape

The city of Tashkent is making it easier for police to sort...

Turkmenistan: It’s Murdering Cats and Dogs

A woman in Turkmenistan has sent an open letter to President Gurbanguly...

Uzbekistan: Police Reportedly Regulating Sex Market

In April, officials in Uzbekistan announced a high-profile, nationwide crackdown on prostitution....

Uzbekistan: President’s Daughter Promises 1,000 Circumcisions

Uzbek officials are still ordering women to be forcibly sterilized, but Tashkent...

Uzbekistan Promises Wealth, Delivers Chickens

Uzbek President Islam Karimov hopes to lure big spenders to Tashkent with...

Uzbekistan: Activist Again in Psychiatric Ward

Human rights activist Elena Urlaeva has been admitted to a psychiatric clinic...

Uzbekistan: GooGoosha Using Islamic Art as Opening Act

Gulnara Karimova, culture warrior....

Is Uzbekistan Stepping Up Tajikistan Blockade?

Uzbekistan appears to be expanding its de facto economic blockade of Tajikistan,...

South Korea Deports Uzbekistan Refugee, Says Human Rights Lawyer

Another Uzbek refugee has been deported from South Korea, according to a...

Uzbekistan to Cut Tajikistan-Bound Gas

Relations between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are about to grow a little colder....

Uzbekistan Goes After Islam with Clothing Ban and Cameras

Authorities in Uzbekistan are increasing their surveillance of Muslims, while showing greater...

Uzbekistan: An Activist’s Desperate Plea from Tashkent

In an email to supporters, journalists and friends, one of Uzbekistan’s few...