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Speak Up for success

Speak Up for success

09.07.2014 23:47 msk Business Central Asia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Russia Tajikistan Turkmenistan Turkey, Republic of Uzbekistan

Speak Up is part of the largest language school network in Poland, which belongs to the international capital group Empik Media & Fashion. In 2012 revenues of the Group were about PLN 3.2 billion (over 1 trillion USD). The language school division is represented by Learning System Group (LSG) which operates 115 schools with more than 100.000 students. LSG is the leader in teaching foreign languages in Central and Eastern Europe. Being listed in Warsaw Stock Exchange since 1997, EMF has become one of the leading distributors of language courses, media, clothing, cosmetics and children’s products in Central Europe. It includes well-known brands as Hugo Boss, River Island and Esprit. Our school has been recognized in the prestigious Book of Lists 2012 , taking first place in the category of number of students and offer. Speak Up specializes in teaching English to adults using a unique method that combines the most modern multimedia tools with classes conducted by highly qualified instructors. There are Speak Up schools all over Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.

Slain journalist Alisher’s daughter Zulaykho: “My father was a journalist!”

26.10.2013 13:06 msk Ferghana Valley Human Rights Central Asia Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan


Alisher Saipov, a well-known journalist, was killed with three gunshots on this day six years ago. He would have turned 32 this September. Alisher was different from his colleagues thanks to his sharp words; he raised pressing issues in lives of not only Kyrgyzstan’s population, but also those in Uzbekistan. During the last year he lived, he was publishing the Uzbek-language newspaper called Siyosat (Politics), which earned fame instantaneously. A lot was written about Alisher after his assassination: some were infuriated by the killing, some rushed to accuse him of ungrounded misdoings. On this day, we decided to write about Alisher’s now 6-year-old daughter—Zulaykho.

Russians Worried about Spread of Cancer-Causing

Russians Worried about Spread of Cancer-Causing "Sucking Tobacco" from Central Asia

14.10.2013 19:57 msk Analytics Central Asia Uzbekistan

“Sucking tobacco,” or nasvai is green, oil-covered, smelly little pellets – or, sometimes, powder – that has for centuries been popular in Central Asia where Muslim clerics disapproved of smoking as a “satanic” Western habit. Following the influx of Central Asian labor migrants to Russia, dirt-cheap nasvai has become popular among average Russians and schoolchildren, while doctors warn about its carcinogenic effects.

Hendrick, Joshua: Gulen. The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World

Hendrick, Joshua: Gulen. The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World

14.09.2013 13:14 msk Books Religious life Central Asia Turkey, Republic of

Following the demise of the Ottoman Empire in 1925, the country that has emerged on its ashes—the modern Turkey—has chosen the republican form of governance. Mustafa “Ataturk” Kemal ruled with an iron hand for a little over a decade and worked hard to eradicate any form of monarchy in the country’s governance and its religious basis; those who shared Ataturk’s ideals followed suit. However, the political reforms and societal changes that occurred in the country following World War II have paved way for pluralism of not only political nature, but of religious as well. Professor Joshua Hendrick has spent a lengthy period of time to research into one of such societal phenomena—the Gulen Movement, which has a profound impact on the Turkish society’s life at so many different levels, and has eloquently told about it in his book entitled “Gulen. The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World.”

Catherine Fitzpatrick: Uzbek nation entitled to all rights as others, but not right to extremism

Catherine Fitzpatrick: Uzbek nation entitled to all rights as others, but not right to extremism

31.05.2013 00:26 msk Human Rights Politics Religious life Migration Interview Central Asia Uzbekistan

The US-based independent expert on Eurasia and Russian translator Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick answered Fergana editor-in-chief's questions. The interview was on the recent arrest of another former Uzbek citizen in the United States, Fazliddin Kurbanov. The expert is certain that there were most serious justifications for Kurbanov's arrest and there can be no excuse for terrorism and extremism. Catherine also believes that the several isolated incidences of arrests of Uzbek nationals is not a reason to speak of trends at all.

German airbase in Uzbekistan: Illegal market for German goods

German airbase in Uzbekistan: Illegal market for German goods

08.05.2013 22:03 msk Business Politics Central Asia Uzbekistan

The Strategic Military and Transport Base of the Federative Republic of Germany is located in the Uzbek town of Termez near the Afghan border; its maintenance costs several tens of millions of euros a year. The Germans use this civilian airport as a “trampoline” into Afghanistan since late 2001. The base houses several hundreds of servicemen who provide logistics for dispatching and receiving aircraft with cargo and troops. The exact amount of money the German government spends on the base is unverifiable. On the other hand, the base does not only mean expenditures. Since early this year, the base has turned into a source of significant side income for the German soldiers and officers.

Islam Karimov and the Goldfish

Islam Karimov and the Goldfish

18.03.2013 09:59 msk Analytics Ferghana Valley Politics Central Asia Afghanistan Uzbekistan

Several Uzbek mass media outlets unexpectedly started beating the war bells over the last several days. Alert! The motherland is in danger! Russian and Central Asian mass media outlets echoed said concerns in reprinted articles with hints of dysphoria. This time around the chief alarmist is Ubaydullo Hakimov, supposedly a “former law enforcing agency officer” and “currently a security expert.” “An unidentified analyses department officer” at the Uzbek national security service sings along: “Hey, get up! We are facing an unexpected danger! Damned IMU shall attack us any minute from beyond the Pamir Mountains! As soon as snow on mountain slopes melts and mountain paths reveal themselves, the hordes of armed cap-a-pie militants will stream into the Fergana Valley!”

Sait Nursi and Fethullah Gülen: Religious and educational activities between Turkey and Central Asia 20 years after the end of the USSR

Sait Nursi and Fethullah Gülen: Religious and educational activities between Turkey and Central Asia 20 years after the end of the USSR

27.01.2013 23:40 msk Analytics Religious life Central Asia

The so-called "Turkish schools" and lyceums came to Russia and CIS countries in early 1990s. Some of them were closed for various reasons and others continue thriving to date, having achieved fame and respect in the field of education. Fergana's editor in chief had a lengthy interview with the well-known researcher of Turkish Islamic groups, Mr. Bayram Balci, on the principles and ideas behind the movements inspired by Fethullah Gulen and Said Nursi. The interview also sheds light on the two-decade-long experience the schools gained in Central Asia.

Taliban comeback: Afghanistan anticipating and United States preparing while the CSTO watches

Taliban comeback: Afghanistan anticipating and United States preparing while the CSTO watches

26.04.2012 00:44 msk Analytics Central Asia

A World economics and world politics club has discussed the situation in Afghanistan and implications for the Central Asia in order to identify some of the most likely regional scenarios following the scheduled withdrawal of the NATO troops from Afghanistan after 2014. The meeting attended by Zamir Kabulov, the Russian President’s special representative for Afghanistan and by Nikolay Borduzha, the secretary general of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization)has been moderated by Fedor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of the “Russia in global politics” magazine.

Security forces speak of illegal network of extremist organizations in place in the Central Asia

09.12.2011 20:56 msk Politics Central Asia

Special security services of the CIS-member states acknowledge the presence of extremist organizations within the Central Asia. «We have to acknowledge the existence of illegal extremist organizations, active in the countries of Central Asia. Recent events in the north and south of Kazakhstan, as well as in the Rasht valley of Tajikistan have shown evidence of extremists’ intrusion from outside and creation of organized groups within the countries of Central Asia”, said Moldiyar Orozaliev, deputy chairman of the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center, during consultations between representatives of security services and practical units combating terrorisms and extremism in the CIS-member states within the Central Asian region, held in Bishkek on the 9th of December.

OSCE PA Takes Up Discussion of Torture and Other Assaults on Human Rights in Its Member States

OSCE PA Takes Up Discussion of Torture and Other Assaults on Human Rights in Its Member States

12.07.2011 10:24 msk Human Rights Central Asia

On July 6-9, parliamentarians from OSCE member states gathered together for the annual conference of its Parliamentary Assembly, which was held in Belgrade. Among several agenda items, some of them strictly dealing with the usual OSCE bureaucratic protocol, the human rights situation in countries of the former Soviet Union was featured prominently. Uta Zapf, OSCE PA’s Rapporteur on Belarus held a special briefing on the post-election crackdown in that country, where she invited Belarusian and Russian civil society activists. Kimmo Kiljunen, OSCE PA’s Representative on Central Asia, addressed the plenary session and later spoke at an NGO briefing about the results of the work the International Independent Commission for Inquiry into the interethnic violence which took place in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010. Joining him at the briefing were NGOs and an anti-torture activist who urged eradication of torture in the OSCE area.

View Central Asia through the eyes of journalist Igor Rotar (photo-essay)

26.04.2011 10:40 msk Central Asia

Центральная Азия
Igor Rotar: Working in the States, I commonly answer numerous questions about the Central Asia asked by my American friends and ex-Russian citizens because I have long lived in the Central Asia and written a lot about it. These answers have come together in some kind of an essay that sums up at least a part of my impressions and perceptions, designed primarily for those who live far away from this region but keen to learn more about the Central Asia which experiences currently a difficult transition from the Soviet past towards the unclear and just vaguely outlined future.

Adeeb Khalid: To speak of “Islam” as a homogenous phenomenon is analogous to speaking of  “Christianity”  as a single whole

Adeeb Khalid: To speak of “Islam” as a homogenous phenomenon is analogous to speaking of “Christianity” as a single whole

05.03.2011 19:07 msk Religious life Central Asia

How do we explain the political motivations of Muslims? Today when so much of the news concerns conflicts based in and around Muslim societies, the temptation is great to simply see all the causes of those conflicts and all motivations of the actors involved as emanating from Islam itself. The motivations of Muslims are then seen as simply internally defined having no connection with the world that they are part of. Then we can safely proceed to the conclusion that all Muslims are alike because they all take their inspiration from the same scriptures, and they all represent a danger to “us.” This is the path taken by Mikhail Kalishevskii in his recent article on this site, and this is the argument of many commentators from the right (and not just the right) in Europe and North America. Simplification has its virtues, but does it help us understand a reality that is much more complex than such arguments make it seem? Can the actions of Muslims really understood only with reference to their religion? Can the most extreme expressions be taken as proof of the basic essence of global community? I raised some of these questions in my recent book, Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia (University of California Press, 2007), and present some of my arguments below.

International Crisis Group: The infrastructure of Central Asian countries is steadily disappearing

International Crisis Group: The infrastructure of Central Asian countries is steadily disappearing

11.02.2011 13:14 msk Analytics Central Asia

The infrastructure in the republics of Central Asia is steadily disappearing: the roads, power plants, hospitals, and schools and the last generation of Soviet-trained specialists who have kept this all running. These are conclusions, presented in the report of International Crisis Group (ICG): "Central Asia – Decay and Decline". In the opinion of authors, collapsing infrastructure could bring down with it enfeebled regimes, creating enormous uncertainty in one of the most fragile parts of the world.

Come out of the shade. The photographers from Central Asia and Southern Caucasus are invited to participate in

Come out of the shade. The photographers from Central Asia and Southern Caucasus are invited to participate in "Documentary photography"

03.11.2010 15:16 msk Arts Central Asia

Open Society Institute announced new project for the photographers from Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Pakistan and South Caucasus. The photographers, selected as program finalists, will receive the grant in the amount of 3.5 thousand US dollars; in addition, they will be presented the equipment and software for creation of multimedia projects, led by worldwide known mentors (professional photographers). "Documentary photography" is interested in the projects, covering the rights and life conditions of people from Central Asia and South Caucasus. The details are available in Ferghana.Ru article as well as interview with Valery Kaliev, the funding recipient (2009) and photo correspondent of Karaganda-based Novyi Vestnik.

Other news


Media headlines

The Guardian Uzbekistan's feuding first family and the mystery of the president's missing daughter, 18.07.2014

Hurriyet The making of Turkey’s Gezi protests, 10.07.2014

Al Jazeera Uzbek leader remains jailed in Kyrgyzstan, 09.07.2014

EurasiaNet Uzbekistan: Minorities Taking Advantage of New Russian Citizenship Rules, 09.07.2014

Asia Times Karimov and Nazarbaev: 25 years on top, 27.06.2014

HRW UN Human Rights Council: Rights Defenders Behind Bars in Uzbekistan, 24.06.2014

Pakistan Observer Operation Zarb-i-Azb, 23.06.2014

Al Jazeera Can a homegrown university in authoritarian Kazakhstan incubate reform?, 20.06.2014

Middle East Online Thousands protest in Vienna against Erdogan visit, 19.06.2014

The Economist Pensions in Central Asia: Old and cold, 19.06.2014

Long War Journal US drones strike in North Waziristan, kill 6 'militants', 19.06.2014

RFE/RL Whereabouts Of Man Detained By Tajik Authorities Remain Unknown, 17.06.2014

NEWEUROPE About some trans-border problems in Central Asia, 16.06.2014

New York Times Afghans, Looking Ahead to U.S. Withdrawal, Vote With Guarded Optimism, 15.06.2014

Mining Global Centerra Gold Receives Approval from Kyrgyzstan for 2014 Mine Plan, 13.06.2014

Eurasianet Tajikistan’s Cash Cow: Enough Milk to Go Around?, 13.06.2014

RFE/RL Google Services Inaccessible In Tajikistan, 13.06.2014

The Guardian Suspected US drone strike kills 10 militants in north-west Pakistan, 13.06.2014

Carnegie.Ru Uzbek Terrorism: Myth or Reality?, 12.06.2014

Express Tribune Uzbek al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Karachi airport siege, 11.06.2014

oDR Turkmenistan – where everything in the garden looks rosy, 06.06.2014

Global Post Russian company chief detained in Uzbekistan, 20.05.2014

HRW Exposing the Andijan MassacreMarch, 13.05.2014

Vice News Afghan Asylum Seekers in Turkey Are Sewing Their Lips Together in Protest, 10.05.2014

Eurasianet After Gazprom Takeover, Southern Kyrgyzstan Marks 24th Day Without Gas, 07.05.2014

TOL The Lost Sounds of Maqom, 07.05.2014

Forum 18 UZBEKISTAN: Another 5 year prison term for sermons in mobile, 04.05.2014

Eurasia Review UZBEKISTAN: IN CENTRAL ASIA, PATRIOTIC RUSSIAN SYMBOL CLAIMED BY UKRAINE SEPARATISTS IS REVIVED, 30.04.2014

Vice News The Toxic Uzbek Town and Its Museum of Banned Soviet Art, 26.04.2014

Diplomat How Chinese Think About Terrorism, 19.04.2014

Interfax Beijing: Islamists control regional drug trafficking routes, 17.04.2014

Carnegie.Ru Will the Crimean Tatars Become Russia’s Headache?, 07.04.2014

Eurasianet Kazakhstan: Ex-Premier Makes Comeback in Choreographed Reshuffle, 03.04.2014

Guardian Sardar Ahmad: a courageous journalist who delivered exceptional coverage, 22.03.2014

Terror revisits Afghanistan Frontier Post, 21.03.2014

Carnegie.Ru The Russian Intervention in Crimea: Erdogan’s Dilemma, 15.03.2014

CNN Canada pulls out of Kabul as NATO winds down Afghan operations, 14.03.2014

TOL A Lesson in Uzbek for Milos Zeman, 13.03.2014

Al Jazeera The Long Arm of the Dictator, 13.03.2014

IWPR In Central Asia, Caution and Concern on Ukraine, 13.03.2014

Central Asia Online IMU units hide out in Badakhshan Province, 12.03.2014

Al Jazeera Turkish teen injured in protest dies, 11.03.2014

Eurasianet Uzbekistan’s Dictator Micromanages Officials’ Travel, 11.03.2014

The News York Times Frustration With Afghanistan, 05.03.2014

Al Jazeera Afghanistan elections: The myth and reality about ethnic divides, 04.03.2014

Washington Post 5 questions on Xinjiang separatists, Uighurs and the knife attacks at Chinese train station, 03.03.2014

Eurasianet Report: Military Aid To Central Asia Having Little Effect, 01.03.2014

Politico Magazine The Narcostate, 28.02.2014

EUCAM Is the EU downscaling political engagement in Central Asia?, 28.02.2014

US Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, 28.02.2014

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