Central Asia news
09.06.2014 12:12 msk
The Birdamlik political opposition movement hosted a convention in St. Louis, USA, late April, and stirred a fair amount interest in the movement. We have written many articles on the founder of the movement, Mr. Bakhodir Choriyev, and his ideas for a nonviolent regime change in Uzbekistan; we have also posted the platform of the movement and Mr. Choriyev statement on the launch of a “velvet” revolution in Uzbekistan on our website. All these publications drew sympathy and a few smiles, for such plans seemed unfeasible. After all, what kind of velvet revolution in Uzbekistan could one talk about? But Mr. Choriyev convened like-minded people and the supporters of the democratic movement from Russia, Kazakhstan, Europe, Canada and the USA to the city of St. Louis, where he currently resides. The topic of nonviolent [civil] resistance seems to be gaining traction, and we decided to get to know Mr. Choriyev better.
04.11.2013 23:22 msk
The president of Uzbekistan has long been called, behind his back of course, “Father.” To be sure, not an “Uzbekbashi,” like the previous president of Turkmenistan was called “Turkmenbashi” (“The head of all Turkmen”) or “Yelbasy” (“The leader of nation”) like the Kazakhs call their president. Uzbek subjects seem to feel more intimate and almost family-type ties with their head of state. It, therefore, turns out that all citizens in the country are essentially Islam Karimov’s sons and daughters. Like any father, he feeds and brings them up, punishes and forgives, and there is no way the can do without he for well over 20 years now. It is high time they grew up and start their own lives, but they just cannot bring themselves to breaking that painful dependence on almost saint father. To be fair, the daddy is not burning with the desire to open his arms and release his children. For a long time, those very 20 years to be specific, Islam Karimov’s fatherly belt did not land on his biological children only. The two daughters of his were allowed to do whatever they wished, just like any capricious princesses.
20.09.2013 22:11 msk
«I am an Uzbek woman originally from Tashkent. I used to work as a journalist, and I left my homeland like so many others not because I wanted to do so, but because I had to. I enjoyed reading the articles posted on Fergana by readers, political experts and journalists about the possibility of “velvet” revolution in Uzbekistan. I share the general sentiment of the readers’ opinion. However, I did not see in any of those articles the main reason as to why neither a “velvet,” a “color,” a “sunny” or any other kind of revolution would occur in Uzbekistan. The reason, as I see it, is the geopolitical interests of the most powerful countries on Earth—the USA, Russia, and China. The fact that Uzbek people will not rise up on their own is a no-brainer. First of all, lack of a strong person; of a leader with a defined program, a stage-by-stage plan of eliminating the current governmental authority; program on restoring the economy that was destroyed long ago; and, most importantly, an agenda on changing the Uzbek mentality...»
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