September 29, 2001 |
U.S. Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton is in the Uzbek capital for talks on terrorism, an official at the U.S. Embassy said. "He is now in Tashkent to discuss the issue of fighting terrorism," the official said. In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Bolton was coordinating with Central Asian governments on the U.S. campaign against terrorism. He said Bolton would visit other countries but declined to name them or say how long his mission would last.
January 11, 1998 |
Stealing up on the abandoned building from behind, the narcotics police burst in on a grubby opium den. Two men are slumped glassy-eyed against the wall on makeshift mattresses. As usual, the dealers who supply them are nowhere to be found. "We could put these small-time guys in jail for a year or two, but what good would it do?" says one officer, Akbar Alimzhanov, who lets the men off after a stern chat. Opium addiction is spreading rapidly in Osh, the heart of a drug boom in Central Asia.
October 7, 2001 |
In the war against terrorism, the United States will become involved in economic development in Central Asia and in building closer economic ties with Russia, marking a new chapter for the world economy. Russia's quick support for U.S. policies and military needs in the wake of Sept. 11 has "defined" a new relationship between the two nations, Condoleezza Rice, national security advisor to President Bush, told a Washington meeting of the U.S.-Russia Business Council last week.
May 12, 1991 |
Even as the Baltic States and the Ukraine demand independence from the Soviet Union, there exists a deep ambivalence--and confusion--among the population of Central Asia about what continued association with Moscow might mean. For years, the "stans," the five mainly Muslim republics of Central Asia--Kazakistan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizia, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan--have been the most docile of the 15 republics that make up the Soviet Union.
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February 8, 1992
Turkmenistan. Tajikistan. Uzbekistan. Even a few months ago these remote provinces of the late Soviet empire would have been unlikely to draw the personal attention of the American secretary of state. This coming week, however, James A.
September 9, 1992 |
The leaders of Tajikistan told the world Tuesday that the departure of President Rakhman Nabiyev would not hurt democracy in the poor and volatile former Soviet republic. "The Parliament and government of the republic of Tajikistan state with full responsibility that the voluntary resignation of the president . . . in no way signifies that we will turn away from the path of creating a democratic, secular state," an official statement said.
May 8, 1992 |
Forming a Revolutionary Council, a coalition of democrats and Muslim activists declared Thursday that power in this Central Asian republic has passed into their hands, and supporters by the thousands shouted, "God is great!" The whereabouts of Rakhman Nabiyev, a former Communist hard-liner elected president last fall, were unknown.
April 7, 2012 |
It has a smoky, bitter taste, a deeply unpleasant odor and bears a close resemblance to black gobs of tar. Pricey tar, mind you: 10 grams (a month's supply) will set you back $80. The substance, called shilajit, is an ancient ayurvedic medicine. On websites, you'll read that it has anti-anxiety, "rejuvenating" and aphrodisiac properties and is a panacea for many ills, from diabetes to bronchitis - and, further, that it was praised by Aristotle, prized by Genghis Khan and was the closely guarded secret weapon of Soviet cosmonauts and Olympic athletes.
July 5, 2004 |
His democracy watchdog group had just been ordered out of neighboring Uzbekistan by an authoritarian president who seemed fearful the American billionaire might foment a revolt. But George Soros wasn't pulling any punches. "Unfortunately, the Uzbek government is very repressive," the controversial Hungarian-born philanthropist told reporters here in the Kyrgyz capital in April. "It has 7,000 people in prison for political offenses.
March 24, 2002 |
The Soviet Union's demise a decade ago sent ethnic Russians streaming out of Central Asia's steppes, leaving behind war, shriveling salaries and neighbors suddenly resentful of their erstwhile colonizers. But many more quietly stayed behind. Some couldn't afford the journey to Russia. Others saw little point in leaving these sunnier lands they have called home all their lives for Russia's frigid expanse.