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Abishovs family

Landmine Victims: Struggle for Safety in Post-Conflict Azerbaijan

The Abishov family is among the many Azerbaijani families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones to landmines. As more lives are claimed by landmines planted due to the occupation of Azerbaijani lands, urgent international support is essential to address this ongoing problem.

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Kalbajar Museum of History and Ethnography in 1991

The Martyr Museum of Azerbaijan—Kalbajar History and Ethnography Museum

Kalbajar's History and Ethnography Museum was once one of the most visited museums in Azerbaijan. However, after the Armenian armed forces occupied Kalbajar in 1993, the museum was destroyed and looted.

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Lachin resident

The Revival of Lachin City—The Joy of Returning Home

Lachin, which was occupied by Armenian Armed Forces in 1992, was returned to Azerbaijan in August 2022. Now, rebuilding work continues in the city. Lachin residents, who were forced to leave their hometown 30 years ago, are returning home.

Music people Naqsh-e Jahan Iran

How Did Iranian Folk Music Become Viral in India?

Iranian folk music is always at the forefront of global top charts; find out why it did in 2023.

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Number of wooden mosques in Georgia’s Adjara district

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$150-$300

The fine for graffitiing on administrative buildings in Tbilisi, Georgia

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5000km

The annual journey Omid, the Siberian Crane takes

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16kg

The weight of the Lelo Burti ball

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The number of contenders Azerbaijani film Hadis was chosen from to be shown at 2023 Annecy International Animated Film Festival

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Politics & Economy

Uzbekistan to Increase Rare-Earth Production

Uzbekistan's President Mirziyoyev prioritizes developing the rare-earth mining sector, leveraging vast reserves and partnering with the EU, US, and UK to reduce reliance on Russian resources.

Politics & Economy

President Ilham Aliyev Calls for Armenian Constitutional Reform to Aid Lasting South Caucasus Peace

Recent weeks have seen some hopeful signs of diplomatic work that is quietly edging the South Caucasus closer to lasting peace. However, some key pitfalls remain as Aliyev told TURKPA yesterday.

Politics & Economy

"The visa-free regime between Georgia and the EU will be reviewed and, possibly, suspended," - EU Ambassador Pawel Herczynski

EU Ambassador Pawel Herczynski announced that the EU will review and may suspend Georgia's visa-free regime due to the new "foreign agents" law, impacting citizens' travel and cooperation.

Saiga Steaks: Kazakhstan to Cull Thousands of Once-Endangered Antelope as Numbers Rebound
Central Asia, Stories

Saiga Steaks: Kazakhstan to Cull Thousands of Once-Endangered Antelope as Numbers Rebound

Due to the once-endangered saiga antelope population increasing tenfold, the Kazakh government plans to cull 337,000 to protect farmers from agricultural damage caused by the animal’s grazing habits.

Uzbekistan’s Tourism Villages
Central Asia, Stories

Uzbekistan’s Tourism Villages

Uzbekistan’s tourism village scheme is highlighting best practice in community-based tourism by supporting the rural tourism industry, with one village, Sentob, winning the 2023 UNWTO award for Best Tourism Village.

Are Glamping Yurts Yet Another Cultural Appropriation in The West?
Central Asia, Opinion

Are Glamping Yurts Yet Another Cultural Appropriation in The West?

Traditional housing used among many Central Asian nations today is utilized as an eco-friendly glamping option in the Western world. This is not the first instance when the heritage of the oppressed and underrepresented ethnic groups is used for profit. Yet who is to say what makes it cultural appropriation?

Caspian Region Gets New UNESCO Listings
Caucasus, Central Asia, Culture

Caspian Region Gets New UNESCO Listings

On September 18, Unesco unveiled 27 new World Heritage features including three in the Caspian Region countries, plus the extension of another in Azerbaijan.

How Kazakhstan Is Reviving the Aral Sea that the Soviet Union Destroyed
Central Asia, Stories

How Kazakhstan Is Reviving the Aral Sea that the Soviet Union Destroyed

Kazakhstan is leading the charge in reviving the Aral Sea, which while once a vital ecosystem, now remains a stark reminder of environmental consequences.

In Kazakhstan, the Fight Against Animal Cruelty is Far from Over
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In Kazakhstan, the Fight Against Animal Cruelty is Far from Over

Despite new laws regarding animal abuse, incidents continue to make headlines in Kazakhstan, but what more is being done to prevent these horrific acts of cruelty?

Opinion

Kazakhstan: Will The New Amendments to the Law “On Mass Media” Infringe Media Freedom Even More?

RFE/RL’s lawsuit against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, a potential ban on foreign media, and discrimination against journalists—Kazakhstani media’s troublesome reality.

Opinion

The Latest Misogynist Remarks from Kazakh Politicians

As the government in Kazakhstan is reviewing a new bill with harsher sentences and penalties for domestic violence, Kazakh politicians continue to shock the public with their misogyny.

Opinion

Zhana Adamdar: Tokayev’s New People?

The rally against violence organized by the youth movement Zhana Adamdar on 25 November received a lot of backlash from Kazakhstan’s civil society and activists, calling the movement pro-governmental and the rally performative activism.

Jamilya Maricheva

ProTenge’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief Found Guilty of “Spreading False Information”

Investigative journalist, founder, and editor-in-chief of the independent media ProTenge Jamilya Maricheva was fined for her January post on Telegram expressing support for Radio Azattyq’s journalists.