Central Asia

by Vladimir Rozanskij | AFGHANISTAN - CENTRAL ASIA

The Qosh Tepa mega-project launched by the Taliban to divert the waters of the Amu Darya is causing alarm in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, which would lose up to 15% of their current water resources in a context already marked by a serious crisis. The knot of the absence of political relations with the Taliban government. The spectre of a future water war if the 285-kilometre-long project is completed.

by Vladimir Rozanskij

In a domino effect of Russian claims on Crimea, in addition to Nagorno-Karabakh also in other places that have remained unresolved since the time of the Soviet regime, border disputes are being rekindled. Kyrgyzstan's threat to Tajikistan: 'if you do not renounce your claims we will reveal new controversial documents'.

| 22/09/2023

Today's headlines: clashes continue in Manipur, 10 injured yesterday; In Laos, the debt trap with China may be bigger than imagined; Dust and volcanic gases in the Philippines cause school closures; In South Korea, video game champions might get exemption from military service; Still no agreement for Nagorno-Karabakh after the capitulation of Armenian militias under fire from Azerbaijani army; African countries abandon the rouble for the Chinese yuan in purchases from Russia.

| 22/09/2023
by Vladimir Rozanskij

A law to defend the memory of citizens who suffered persecution under Lenin and Stalin, between 1918 and 1953. Kyrgyz historians speak of at least 40,000 people. A move by President Sadyr Žaparov (himself accused of authoritarianism) who seeks to present himself as the author of a 'great national reconciliation.

| 21/09/2023

Today's headlines: Monsoons hike vegetable costs in Malaysia; Two environmental activists released in the Philippines; India is proposing a bill to reserve some seats in Parliament for women;  Saudi Arabia, the talks with the Houthi representatives for peace in Yemen were positive; In Russia, the Chinese yuan is increasingly used; Moldova is implementing a "war mobility" project.

| 20/09/2023

Today's headlines: prisoner exchange between the US and Iran; Former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra could be granted parole at the end of February; Indonesia reassesses plans to relocate its citizens for Chinese industries; Beijing asks consulates in Hong Kong to share information on personnel; In South Korea, free therapy for teachers.

| 19/09/2023
by Vladimir Rozanskij

After the bloody events of January 2022 and the early presidential and parliamentary elections, and after a hasty amendment to the country's constitution, no substantial improvements in the government of Kazakhstan.

| 18/09/2023
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