Events and opinions

oficialwhitehousA focus on promoting transparency and fighting corruption rather than China-bashing will be more successful in the long run.

digitalrevolutionReport says hackers detected online protest-sniffing software in Kazakhstan

djikhadkzThree men received prison sentences of between seven and eight years.

abishevdefProsecutors made little secret of the fact that the case was pursued on political grounds.

naz handRecent events suggest Kazakhstan is preparing for snap elections. For parliament or the president?

Roza OtunbayevaThe first woman to lead a Central Asian country discussed China, her successors’ rivalry, and regrets from her time in office.

naz lavrPresident Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan gave a speech on 5 October in which he declared that the Central Asian nation’s education system will be reformed, and “expenditures on education, science and healthcare [will be increased] from all sources up to 10% from the GDP within 5 years.”

jailThe leader of Kazakhstan’s unregistered Alash People's Social Democratic Party, Syrym Abdirakhmanov, has been arrested on a series of criminal charges, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.

trampmisterytrips"The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier." – George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara, 1905.

uztrampTashkent, Uzbekistan - For the first time in a generation, Tashkent has an outward-looking foreign policy.