Monthly Archive

September 2016

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 20 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

With Kleptocrats Untouchable, America Goes Big on Another Strategy: Taking Their Stuff Instead

Accused of involvement in stealing billions from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, Prime Minister Najib Razak did what autocratic leaders around the world do when scandal is in the air. He cleare... read more..


As former PM mysteriously shuts firms that made him millions... So has Mr Blair finally found a conscience? Forget it! says DAVID HENCKE

Tony Blair’s most famous catchphrase was ‘Education, education, education’. Now, it really ought to be ‘Money, money, money’. Ever since he stood down as Prime Minister in 2007, he and Cherie Blair... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Mortgage Rallies Continue Despite Protest Fears

Mortgage holders picket a bank in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a demand for their loans to be refinanced following the dramatic fall in value of the national currency, the tenge.In a reprisal of impromptu r... read more..

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Central Asia Energy-Water Development Program

Central Asia is endowed with water and an abundance of rich and varied energy resources — hydropower, oil, gas, and coal. These resources can support increased agricultural production and have the pot... read more..

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The Eccentric Autocrat Who Spent Billions Inventing a City

KAZAKHSTAN is a country with two capitals—one political, one cultural. This dichotomy was born of the president’s sudden decision a generation ago to up and move the capital from the ancient city of A... read more..



Joanna Lillis is a freelance journalist specializing in Central Asian affairs who has been based in Kazakhstan since 2005. In 2015, Kazakhstan remained a consolidated authoritarian regime. The im... read more..

Events and opinions

Central Asian children cast as IS executioners

According to various estimates, there are 4,000 Central Asians fighting with various groups in Iraq and Syria Following a series of defeats on the battlefield and a loss of control over strategic cit... read more..

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Last Soviet boss standing, Kazakh leader still lacks heir

As he laid flowers recently at the grave of Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov, neighbouring Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev could have been forgiven an extra pause for thought. After Uzbekist... read more..


Uzbekistan: US, Netherlands Seeking US$ 1.4 Billion from Telia in Karimova Case

US and Dutch authorities are seeking a record US$ 1.4 billion settlement from Nordic telecommunications firm Telia Company to resolve allegations of large-scale bribery during the company’s entry into... read more..

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Central Asian Children Cast as ISIS Executioners

ISIS often features Central Asia’s children in its propaganda videos, labeling them “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Following a series of defeats on the battlefield and a loss of control over strategic citi... read more..


Just what IS Blair's game? As he shuts £60m money-making empire the question is: Is he set for a comeback?

Tony Blair set the stage for a potential political comeback last night with the shock announcement that he is shutting down his secretive money-making empire. After nine years of raking in millions o... read more..

Events and opinions

Ashforth's Angles: owned in Kazakhstan

There is nothing special about Taraz, who runs in a 0-80 handicap at Pontefract (5.40) but there's plenty out of the ordinary about the four-year-old's owner, Nurlan Bizakov, all the way from Kazakhst... read more..

Events and opinions

Don’t bet your shirt in the output sweepstake

The Opec and IEA reports this week pretty much buried any remaining hopes of substantial market rebalancing this year. Opec knocked some 200,000 b/d off the forecast fall in 2016 non-Opec productio... read more..

Events and opinions

Did playing hockey with Medvedev get Kazakhstan’s PM fired?

Prime Minister Karim Massimov has been ousted by Kazakhstan’s leader after a flurry of social media activity. There is more to this than meets the eye. Kazakhstan has seen a political upset at the hi... read more..

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Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev may appoint grandson in succession plan: Report

A weakening economy has triggered top-level changes in oil-rich Kazakhstan by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev is apparently planning "transition" of power th... read more..

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Kazakhstan’s government reshuffle: latest shift in upper ranks

The latest shift in Kazakhstan’s highest echelons of state power has almost immediately led to speculations concerning the eventuality that the head of state, now 76, but apparently still in good heal... read more..

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A Post-Karimov Uzbekistan

Succession plans are a serious political vulnerability for the ageing leaders of Central Asia. With the death of President Islam Karimov announced in Uzbekistan on 2 September, cloak-and-dagger intrig... read more..

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From Soviet Socialist Republics to Independent States: A Story of Central Asia

A Series of five articles covers 25 years of independence of all Central Asian republics. All five articles are included in this one piece of writing to give a background of Soviet Socialist Republics... read more..

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Central Asia: countries enlightened feudalism

Middle Ages in Central Asia - it's not the Middle Ages in Europe. While in Europe, blaming the Inquisition, burned at the stake scholars and their books in the quiet of the Asian palaces worked hundre... read more..

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What's behind Kazakh PM's publicity comeback?

After months of media silence, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov recently launched a major PR drive. Many analysts are linking the PM's move to the government's new media policy - and a strategy to ... read more..

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