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Farangis Najibullah

Rights Watchdog Condemns 'Forcible Return' of Uzbeks from Russia

Amnesty International is accusing Moscow of "lending a helping hand" to torture...

Tajikistan Tightens Up on SIM Cards as Security Measure

Tajikistan's parliament has approved amendments to the country's electronic-communications law that pave...

As Tajikistan Limits Islam, Does It Risk Destabilization?

Nabijon spends nearly 10 hours a day inside his one-room barbershop in...

That Time a Russian OSCE Monitor in Ukraine Got Drunk, Said Too Much

A Russian member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's...

Uzbeks Unpick Cotton To Please No-Show PM

In Central Asia, officials often go to great lengths trying to impress...

Don't Get Married, Pick Cotton, Uzbek Authorities Say

As the cotton harvest kicks off in early September, it's downtime for...

Comedy Troupe Too Risque For Uzbek Stage

Since its arrival on the Tashkent comedy scene two years ago, the...

In The Wake Of Crimea Annexation, Patriotism Reigns In Russian Classrooms

MOSCOW -- It will take some time to revise Russia's history textbooks...

Russia Mulls Fast-Track Citizenship, Sparking Brain-Drain Concerns Elsewhere

Proposed legislation that would give native Russian speakers abroad a fast track...

For One Kyrgyz Mother, A Long Search For Answers -- And Justice

For nearly three years, Gulya, a young mother from southern Kyrgyzstan, has...

Kyrgyz Ask Why Jobs At Home Are Going To Chinese

When jobs are so scarce at home that many people are forced...

Tajik Presidential Hopefuls Struggle Without Support of Migrant Workers

Tajikistan's upcoming presidential election is widely considered to be a ceremonial affair...

A Match Made In A Tajik Matchmaking Agency

Shuhrat Ayomov gave Tajiks something to talk about when he set out...

Turkmenistan's Tourism Dream Stands Empty For Now

AWAZA, Turkmenistan -- Just five years ago, Awaza stood as a tiny...

Postwar Tajik Fatwa Helped Women Start New Lives

It was the onset of winter, still in the early stages of...

Police Mum as Rumors Swirl Around Murder of Tajik President's Brother-In-Law

Two days after the killing of a brother-in-law of Tajik President Emomali...

Kazakh Suicide Bombing Puts Spotlight On Western Regions

If Rahimjan Makhatov had a radical bent, he kept it well hidden....

Bride Kidnapping: A Tradition Or A Crime?

Some 200 people took to the streets in a northern Kyrgyz province...

Frustrations Grow In Tajikistan As Food Prices Spike

For many families in Tajikistan, the traditional breakfast consists of bread, tea,...

Kyrgyzstan Lifts Ban On International Adoptions

Azamat was abandoned by his mother at a Bishkek maternity ward the...

Kyrgyz National Hero Comes Back From The Dead

Just days before his family was to receive the keys to a...

Kazakhstan's Election Campaign That Wasn't

Kazakhstan's upcoming election has all the trappings of a bona fide presidential...

Kazakh Language Exams Test Grammar, Loyalty

Kazakh authorities don’t mince words when it comes to who will occupy...

Kabul Housing Shortage Leaves The Middle Class Behind

KABUL -- Ahmad Saqib spends over three hours a day commuting between...

Tajik Government To Issue List Of Approved Sermon Topics

Tajik authorities will be employing a new tool in their long-running effort...

Kazakh President Rejects Term Extension Idea

Kazakhstan's long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbaev has rejected the idea of extending his...

New Year Brings New Fears In Kyrgyzstan's Troubled City Of Osh

There will be no New Year's fireworks in Osh this year. They...

In Tajikistan, Islamic Names Are The New Fashion

Until earlier this year, one 19-year-old student from the Tajik capital, Dushanbe,...

Some Fear Tajik Opposition Stronghold Could Become Hotbed For Islamic Insurgency

It was just a few weeks ago that Tajik President Emomali Rahmon...

Tajik Officials Keep Sharp Eye On Islamic Teaching

Abu-Umar Ahmadov says most of the eight- to 16-year-old students in his...

Is Kyrgyz Media Providing The Whole Picture?

Stark differences have emerged in how the Kyrgyz media have covered the...

Traumatized Kyrgyzstan Votes on New Constitution

BISHKEK – People in Kyrgyzstan have begun voting on a new constitution...

Kyrgyzstan: The Story Of One Life Upturned By Ethnic Violence

Just days ago, Kholida Ahmedova led a relatively comfortable life along with...

Kyrgyz Interim Government Winds Its Way Through Obstacles

Less than two months after the bloody political upheaval that resulted in...

Forced Sterilization Scare Feeds On Uzbek Distrust

Health authorities in Uzbekistan felt obliged recently to deny the existence of...

Shrinking Glaciers Threaten Tajikistan's Economic Dreams

Like many other farmers in the remote village of Barchid, lying in...

Tajik Islamic Party Puts Face-Lift To A Test

A dark horse has emerged ahead of Tajikistan's national elections that could...

Through A Lens, Darkly: Kyrgyz Official Fired Over Controversial Photo Exhibit

Art and politics can be an explosive combination. That's what Russian-born American...

Debit Cards Costly, At Least For Some Uzbeks

A months-old experiment by Uzbek authorities with other folks' cash has some...

In Central Asia, Unofficial Madrasahs Raise Official Fears

Muhtar Yusupbekov has no regrets about his decision to send his 12-year-old...

Pressure Grows In Kyrgyzstan For Return Of Death Penalty

Kyrgyzstan, the first Central Asian country to suspend the death penalty, is...

In Central Asia, Corruption Undermining Education System

Jovid always dreamed of becoming a police officer, but now he finds...

Dispute Dogs Kyrgyz Poll Ahead Of Results Announcement

Opposition leaders in Kyrgyzstan were threatening major street protests and maintaining that...

Dispute Dogs Kyrgyz Poll Ahead Of Results Announcement

Opposition leaders in Kyrgyzstan were threatening major street protests and maintaining that...

Seeds Of Child Labor Lie Deep In Uzbek Cotton Industry

Students in Uzbekistan's Ferghana Province are busy these days working on an...

Afghan Private Schools Seen As Sign Of Hope, Optimism

Maftah is the first private school in Afghanistan's northern Parwan Province. But...

Turkmen Sackings Hint At Possible Relaxation Of Media Restrictions

Nearly every morning, a postman delivers fresh newspapers to Arslan's house in...

Turkish Schools Coming Under Increasing Scrutiny In Central Asia

Saidjon, a 15-year-old student at Dushanbe's Haji Kemal Tajik-Turkish boarding school, is...

Tajikistan's Former Soviet Nuclear Sites Pose Threat To Nearby Villages

The first Soviet atomic bomb, tested in 1949, was made from Tajik...

In Afghanistan, Traditional Values Still Threaten Women's Rights

Shakila commutes two hours every day from Kabul to her work in...

Breaking Taboo, Afghan Director Tackles Subject Of Rape In New Film

"All doors were locked. There were many men. I begged them not...

Turkmenistan Redenominates Currency, Further Dismantles Niyazov Personality Cult

Turkmenistan has redenominated its national currency, the manat, cutting off three zeroes...

Tajik Cleric Says Textbooks Misinterpret Islam

A prominent Tajik cleric and politician has accused the country's education officials...

Turkmen Voters Doubt Elections Will Make Any Difference

It was only one week prior to Turkmenistan's parliamentary elections when Gozel,...

Tajiks Adjust To Life Without 'Daddy'

Six-year-old Hangoma is letting her imagination run wild to fill the hours...

Acid Attack On Afghan Schoolgirls Causes Fear, Anxiety Among Parents

Afghan education authorities say they are facing a difficult task of convincing...

Arrests. Beatings. Torture. All Part of Job Description For Uzbek Rights Activists

It has been nearly six months since Uzbek human rights activist Mutabar...

Official Iranian Glee Over 'Failure Of Global Capitalism' Ignores Painful Realities

With much of the world grappling with government bailouts and other fallout...

Tajik Mullahs Enlisted To Battle HIV/AIDS

Tajikistan has a new calling in mind for its Islamic clerics. At...

Despite Petrodollars, Iranians Struggle To Make Ends Meet

Sitting atop the world's second-largest gas and oil reserves, Iran earned an...

Tajik Public, Press Break Decade Of Silence

When an influential brother-in-law of President Emomali Rahmon mysteriously disappeared in April,...

Uzbekistan: EU Maintains Strategy, Despite Worsening Rights Situation

Norboy Holjigitov, a former oppositionist and human rights activist serving a long...

Turkmenistan: Wireless Internet Offer Hints At End To State Monopoly

Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has become the first company, foreign or domestic,...

Tajikistan: Plot Thickens Around Banker's Disappearance

A month after the suspicious disappearance of wealthy banker Hasan Sadulloev --...

Central Asia: Economic Hardship Forces Graduates To Join Migrant Laborers

Mirodil dreams of going to university one day. But not yet....

Central Asia: Ambition Often The Downfall Of Powerful Presidential Relatives

He started out as a village gas-station attendant. He rose to become...

Afghanistan: Popular TV Channel Attacked As 'Immoral,' 'Un-Islamic'

A popular Afghan television channel, known for its Indian soap operas and...

Iran: Russia, China Unlikely To Welcome Tehran Into SCO

After meeting Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe last week, Iranian Foreign...

Iran: Magazines Shut Down Over 'Immoral' Coverage Of Hollywood Celebs

Iranian authorities have closed down nine, mostly lifestyle, magazines this week for...

Iran: Fashionistas Push Back Against Strict Dress Code

Ali Mohammadi -- or Ali M., as he likes to be called...

Kyrgyzstan Calls On Russia To Stem Tide Of Racial Attacks

Tair Jankirbayev loaded goods in a warehouse in Moscow. Like many of...

Tajikistan: Energy Shortages, Extreme Cold Create Crisis Situation

A crippling shortage of energy, combined with severe weather conditions, have left...

Iran: Protests Lend Momentum To Students' Struggle

They may not be quite like the heady student protests of years...

Questioning IranÆs 'Urgent Need' For Nuclear Energy

Over the past week, senior Iranian officials have repeated the claim that...

Central Asia: Tajikistan's Much-Needed Electricity Stalled In Uzbekistan

When the Tajik and Turkmen presidents met in Dushanbe last month for...

Tajikistan: Is President Rahmon's Government Anti-Islamic?

More than 300 makeshift mosques have been closed recently by authorities in...

Tajikistan: Staying Home For The Holidays

Lola is a college teacher and mother of three in the Tajik...

Kazakhstan: Opposition Left To "Find Whatever Space Is Possible"

Experts say the August 18 elections that created a one-party parliament in...

Tajikistan: Are Concerns About 'Islamic Extremism' Justified?

The Tajik authorities have taken yet another step in their campaign against...

Turkmenistan: The Human Toll Of Ashgabat's Evictions

Authorities in the capital of Turkmenistan launched an ambitious policy of urban...

Tajikistan: Authorities Exclude Miniskirt, Hejab On Campuses

Just days after Tajikistan's president ordered a ban on students' use of...

Afghanistan: School Closures in Balkh Province Leave Teachers, Students Stranded

One of the brightest success stories in post-Taliban Afghanistan was last year's...