November 19, 1997 |
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev is in Washington to sign two agreements allowing Western companies to export oil from his country. One agreement, a $6-billion project of BG of Britain, Agip of Italy and Texaco Inc. of New York, allows those companies to develop the Karachaganak field near Kazakhstan's northern border with Russia. The other involves Mobil Corp., Agip, BG, British Petroleum, Shell Oil Co., Norway's Statoil and France's Total, said Mobil spokesman Dave Dickson.
November 7, 1997 |
About the nicest thing anyone can think to say about this evolving new capital is that the howling winds roaring in from the steppe 330 days a year sweep out pollution and replace it with dust. There are also the advantages of swarms of mosquitoes in summer and minus-40-degree days in winter that compel civil servants to stay inside at their desks rather than lollygag outdoors, smoking and wasting the taxpayers' money.
December 25, 1996 |
OK, so he built towers of human skulls from Baghdad to New Delhi. If Soviet history portrayed Tamerlane as nothing but a bloodthirsty conqueror, so what? In this long-forgotten capital of his 14th and early 15th century empire, history can be--and is being--rewritten. Tamerlane is back--on equestrian statues proclaiming "My Strength Is in Justice." In a bizarre revival, post-Soviet Uzbekistan has repackaged the Mongol tyrant as an enlightened prince and national role model.
April 23, 1995 |
Week after week, an 83-year-old Frenchman meets with President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan to offer him the same advice: Take power. Alexei A. Moskovich, Moscow-born but French-raised, has been an author, a soldier and the vice mayor of Paris. Before becoming one of Nazarbayev's top advisers, Moskovich had also advised Gen. Charles de Gaulle.
April 23, 1995 |
President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev is in the midst of a coup to take unfettered control of this enormous, oil-rich country in Central Asia--a region of five nations that broke free of the Soviet Union only to grow increasingly dictatorial themselves. Since becoming president in 1991, Nazarbayev has been the driving force behind capitalist economic reforms.
March 12, 1995 |
President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, accepting a ruling by the Central Asian republic's highest court that voting last year was rigged, dissolved Parliament and told a hastily called news conference that new elections will be held in two to three months. He said he has appointed a new government to be headed by Prime Minister Akezhan Kazhegeldin.