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

The high profile arrest in Dushanbe, the excellentof the founder of a Tajik-Iranian clinic with ties to the national security leadership has President Rakhmon's supporters crying out for a conspiracy to change the course of local politics. Underlying the measure was a book containing criticism of various regional authorities, but also theses on the superiority of some citizens over others on the basis of ethnic-religious characteristics.

| 06/09/2023

Today's headlines: Aung San Suu Kyi has been refused outside doctor; Two giant pandas from Edinburgh Zoo will return to China by the end of the year; The president of Taiwan on official visit to eSwatini; Israel blocks the export of goods from Gaza; The border markets between Tajikistan and Afghanistan reopen; The Ukrainian Orthodox Churches adopt the Gregorian calendar instead of the Julian calendar.

| 05/09/2023
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The denunciation of 200 activists from the five countries of the region gathered in Almaty thirty years after the independence of the ex-Soviet republics. In the face of the heavy economic crisis resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the social consequences of climate change, repression against any critical voice of governments is growing.

| 04/09/2023
by Vladimir Rozanskij

According to data provided by Mexico in one year, the number of migrants trying to enter the United States illegally from Central Asia has doubled. Many are workers who have Russian passports and are fleeing to avoid being drafted and ending up on the front lines in Ukraine.

| 24/08/2023

Today's headlines: Tokyo bracws for impact from Hong Kong and China's seafood import ban after Fukushima waters release began this morning; North Korea fails in second attempt to launch spy satellite; Indian bishops' applaud Chandrayaan-3 moon landing; Vietnam's famous Halong Bay kissing rocks in danger of collapsing; Burmese junta sentences a singer to 20 years for a critical video posted on social media.

| 24/08/2023
by Stefano Caprio

In Putin's mind, the flight of the Americans from the Afghan capital triggered the spring of the 'great revenge'. Russia now regularly invites Kabul's representatives to Moscow for consultations, despite the fact that the Taliban are still considered an unwelcome 'terrorist organisation'. And the other former Soviet countries are also in solidarity with the Kremlin in officially condemning the Afghan government, at the same time considering it a necessary partner.

| 19/08/2023
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