by Vladimir Rozanskij | UZEBKISTAN - TURKMENISTAN

President Šavkat Mirziyoyev has called for a year of celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Magtymguly's birth, extolling his special contribution to the history and literature of all Turkic peoples. A film is also to be produced and an exhibition of artistic works illustrating the bonds of friendship and fraternity between the Uzbek and Turkmen peoples is to be held in Tashkent.

by Vladimir Rozanskij

Scholar Anna Matveeva's analysis of the fast-growing authoritarian trend in all five countries of the region: from the "January of Blood" in 2022 in Kazakhstan to the increasingly harsh restrictions on freedom of information in Kyrgyzstan. More than changes in the political system, it is the variants of "modernizing the economy" of the Asian giants that are imposing themselves.

| 10/01/2024

Turkmen follow their own calendar with a 12-year cycle. Addressing the people, president-son Serdar Berdymukhamedov extolled the successes of the past year, starting with the inauguration of the futurist city of Arkadag dedicated to the president-father.

| 05/01/2024
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Discomfort in the organisation of parties: young people forced to participate in hours of rehearsals, although the duration has been reduced compared to the past. Events recorded to avert live 'incidents'. A holiday extolled since Soviet times, to reduce the influence of Muslim leaders who claimed adherence to the Islamic calendar.

| 29/12/2023

Today's news: Japan's new Industry Minister wants to revive microchip production; Tehran executes child bride Samira Sabzian; India - the world's former second largest sugar importer - risks having to import this raw material from 2025 due to climate change;. Fighting continues in Gaza UN postpones (again) Security Council vote on truce; Joint patrol operations on the border between China and Laos.

| 20/12/2023

Today's news: Prison system in Israel is collapsing, over 3,000 more inmates since October alone; International troops on the southern side of the inter-Korean border will rearm in response to the North's increasing military activism; In Pakistan artificial intelligence used to create a rally by former premier Imran Khan, now in prison; Myanmar's civil war has caused more than 2.6 million new internally displaced persons.

| 19/12/2023

Today's news: To protect women from abuse, Afghan Taliban locks them in prison; Over19,000 Palestinian casualties in Gaza, Israeli army mistakenly kills three hostages while Tehran executes "a Mossad agent"; Record number of bullying cases in Seoul schools; Tokyo sanctions Russian entities for war in Ukraine; Iranian woman to serve 13 years in prison for social posts regarding the killing of her son in protests over Mahsa Amini.

| 16/12/2023
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