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Here’s John Kerry’s First ‘Gaffe’ As Secretary Of State

[credit provider=”AP”] John Kerry has suffered his first gaffe as the new U.S. secretary of state, inventing the nation of “Kyrzakhstan.”In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr. Kerry last week praised U.S. diplomats working to secure “democratic institutions” in the Central Asian country, which does not exist.
Here’s John Kerry’s First ‘Gaffe’ As Secretary Of State
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Iran To Invest $10 Billion In Kyrgyzstan

[credit provider=”AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Kyrgyzstan%20Iran&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1342099775&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=44b4b63ae1bc455faafea851df7b5f08&dbm=PY2009&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Iran wants to invest $10 billion in Kyrgyzstan and launch direct Tehran-Bishkek flights, reported the Times of Central Asia, a sign of warming relations between the Islamic Republic and the young Kyrgyz government. Kyrgyzstan installed a new government in December after eight months of turmoil following the ousting of […]
Iran To Invest $10 Billion In Kyrgyzstan
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In A Bid To Win Over The People Of This Key Central Asian State, The US Is Literally Sending Cowboys

[credit provider=”Google Maps” url=”https://maps.google.com/”] The American relationship with the Eurasian state of Kyrgyzstan is vital for its operations with Afghanistan.US troops entering or leaving Afghanistan (of which there are still 900,000 a year) head through the Transit centre at Manas, a base on the outskirts of capital city Bishkek’s Manas […]
In A Bid To Win Over The People Of This Key Central Asian State, The US Is Literally Sending Cowboys
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Kyrgyzstan’s ‘Eternal Flame’ War Memorial Was Turned Off Because Of Unpaid Bills

[credit provider=”Flickr/Travlr”] Kyrgyzstan’s “Eternal Flame” isn’t really eternal. The light was turned off by Kyrgyzgas on Wednesday over an outstanding bill of $9,400, the AP reports.”Eternal Light in the capital of Kyrgyzstan is switched off due to nonpayment of debt at KGS 440,000,” Deputy Director General of Kyrgyzgas OJSC, Eugene […]
Kyrgyzstan’s ‘Eternal Flame’ War Memorial Was Turned Off Because Of Unpaid Bills
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In Kyrgyzstan, Traffic Cops And Secret Police Are At War

The mysterious death by hanging of a jailed Bishkek traffic cop has highlighted concerns that a new government campaign against corruption may be fueling a dangerous rivalry between two of the country’s most secretive and powerful agencies: its police and its secret services. In the process, sceptics worry, the anti-corruption […]
In Kyrgyzstan, Traffic Cops And Secret Police Are At War
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WELCOME TO EURASIA: The 7 Countries You Need To Be Watching

[credit provider=”AP/ITAR-TASSS?Sergei Zhukov/Presidential Press Service”] It’s likely you’ve never heard of half of the prospective members of Vladimir Putin’s plans for a “Eurasian Union”.However, if the plan goes ahead, you’ll need to get familiar with them quick.
WELCOME TO EURASIA: The 7 Countries You Need To Be Watching
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OOPS: Kazakhstan (Accidentally) Sent Radioactive Coal To Kyrgyzstan Orphans

[credit provider=”eastcolfax via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3858147546/”] Kyrgyzstan has arrested seven government officials for allowing imported radioactive coal to be delivered to several schools, an orphanage, and a nursing home in the country, The Telegraph reports.The coal is from the Kulan mine in neighbouring Kazakhstan and was bought by a Kyrgyz state energy […]
OOPS: Kazakhstan (Accidentally) Sent Radioactive Coal To Kyrgyzstan Orphans
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Kyrgyzstan’s Biggest Gold Mine Is On Strike

[credit provider=”ukk via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3152951160/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Kyrgyzstan’s largest gold mine stopped production on Tuesday after 1,400 workers went on strike, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reports.Strikers at the Kumtor mine are demanding an increase in contributions to the state social-security fund for 1993-2010 by Centerra Gold Incorporated, the Canadian company that […]
Kyrgyzstan’s Biggest Gold Mine Is On Strike
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More Than 1,300 Kyrgyz Prisoners Have Sewn Their Lips Shut In Protest

[credit provider=”Zsolt Bugarszki/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/zsoolt/2090098213/”] More than 1,300 prisoners have sewn their lips together in protest at conditions in the post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan prison system, the BBC reports.The group are part of a wider group of around 7,000 that is on hunger strike. RFE/RL reports that the prison authorities have announced their […]
More Than 1,300 Kyrgyz Prisoners Have Sewn Their Lips Shut In Protest
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Take A Look At The Growing Hip-Hop Scene In This Tiny Central Asian Country

[credit provider=”David Trilling/Eurasianet” url=”http://www.eurasianet.org/node/64825″] Two skinny teenagers in oversized sweatshirts bound onto stage, each in matching New York Yankees caps, nodding their heads in time as they call to the crowd: “Put your hands in the air! We want to hear maximum noise!”On a recent Sunday afternoon, nearly 200 paying […]
Take A Look At The Growing Hip-Hop Scene In This Tiny Central Asian Country
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Kyrgyzstan’s Nationalized Companies Are Up For Sale

[credit provider=”AP”] Kyrgyzstan’s president-elect, former prime minister Almazbek Atambaev, is pushing ahead with the privatization of companies and other assets nationalized after the April 2010 revolution.Revenues so far have been modest, but two large and highly controversial assets – a stake in mobile telecommunications company Megacom and Zalkar Bank, the […]
Kyrgyzstan’s Nationalized Companies Are Up For Sale
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Almazbek Atambaev Will Probably Be Kyrgyzstan’s Next President

[credit provider=”yeva m / Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5050186678/”] Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev looks set to win outright in the first round of the country’s October 30 presidential elections.But even before polls closed, rival candidates said they may challenge the result as allegations of vote buying and misuse of state resources surfaced. […]
Almazbek Atambaev Will Probably Be Kyrgyzstan’s Next President