Central Asia

Challenging Norms to Put a Roof Over Their Heads

Samira Sarifkhodjaeva | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Samira Sarifkhodjaeva

Sitting in her a cheerful garden full of cherries, peppers, and herbs you would never know that Shamsikhon Kholova's life was ever any different. But it was. Six years ago, she and her six children lived in a one-room, mud brick house with a leaking ceiling...

Nine Tips If You're Planning to Visit Central Asia

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Central Asia; it's perhaps the lesser known segment of the continent to many travellers. If this is your first travel experience of the "five 'Stans" (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), there will be some guaranteed surprises along the way. Here are nine tips to bear in mind before you head to this incredible part of the world...

World Water Day: Water for Life in Tajikistan

Samira Sarifkhodjaeva | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Samira Sarifkhodjaeva

Climate change, inefficient water delivery systems, and intensive agriculture are making it more and more difficult to get clean water. As the world observes World Water Day on March 22, we need to consider what we need to do to solve water problems in Central Asia and the rest of the world. It's up to all of us.

Building Futures for Women in Central Asia

Samira Sarifkhodjaeva | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Samira Sarifkhodjaeva

So far, my biggest challenge has been the traditional approach of society to women. I believe that many women do not realize their dreams simply because our society cannot accept that women earn more than man and women can be active in the public sphere.

Asia-Pacific Is Leading the World on Carbon Emissions Trading

Adam Matthews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

This article is co-authored with Terry Townshend who is Head of Policy at GLOBE International It is not well know that Kazakhstan -- a nation whose l...

A Prison within a Prison: the Solitary Confinement of Kazakh Poet Aron Atabek

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

Hooded and handcuffed, sixty year old poet Aron Atabek shuffles around a dimly-lit room. The guards accompanying him prevent any communication with hi...

Human Rights, Hashtags and the UK's Policy Towards Central Asia

Eleanor Blatchley | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Eleanor Blatchley

It's clear that the biggest priority of all with regards to Uzbekistan is securing the safe passage of UK military equipment from Afghanistan back through Uzbek territory. In February the UK agreed to gift £450,000 of military kit to the country to secure such passage. Defence minister Philip Hammond said he was confident the kit would not be used for 'internal repression'. But even if this supposed confidence is not misguided, what message does it send that a government which just a few years ago was under strict arms embargoes from the EU and US on human rights grounds (for massacring hundreds of its own citizens in Andijan in 2005) is now enjoying military gifts from the UK?

Economic and Industrial Modernization are Driving Economic Growth in Kazakhstan

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Since 1991, Kazakhstan's economic and political evolution is nothing short of remarkable. The country is now at a pivotal moment in its young history in that it is ready and eager to engage with international investors in embarking on the next step of its societal and economic modernization.

Syria and 'The Great Game'

Amira Mohsen Galal | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics
Amira Mohsen Galal

The UN Security Council meeting on Syria in February 2012 should have made it clear that none of the members of the committee care for the suffering of thousands of people paying the price in Syria; it should also tell us that the game is ongoing and seems to be escalating.

PICTURES: Passengers Saved By A Miracle As Plane Flips Over In Crash Landing

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK

The story behind these dramatic pictures of an upturned aeroplane that crash-landed in Osh, Kyrgyzstan is less tragic that it first appears. All o...