Central Asia news: Interview
14.11.2010 17:05 msk
Nearly all serious political issues in Kyrgyzstan are raised during the demonstrations, the number of which under new government increased by few times compared to the Bakiev’s rule. People rush into streets, not even clearly understanding what the peaceful demonstration is all about, how to behave, and how to form the requirements. Aziza Abdirasulova, the prominent Kyrgyz human rights activist and head of Kylym Shamy NGO, shared with Ferghana.Ru about major mistakes of the protesters, police performance during the protests, peculiarities of today’s meetings, special women’s task forces, new law and sponsored attendance of the meetings.
18.01.2010 22:58 msk
Over the past decade and a half, the regimes in Central Asia have with the help of labels such as ‘extremist’ and ‘terrorist’ practically exterminated all opposition. “But by imprisoning and torturing thousands, the dictators in Central Asia are creating a time bomb of discontent”, says the Danish journalist Michael Andersen, “and unfortunately, the West is looking the other way”. Andersen who has covered Central Asia for many years, has just finished his latest film ‘The Myth of Religious Extremism in Central Asia’. The film will be shown on the channel Aljazeera English from this Wednesday, and can also be seen on the channel’s website. Fergana.ru interviews Michael Andersen about his latest project. “The heroes of the film are the incredibly courageous human rights defenders and journalists who stand up to the regimes, often risking their own lives”, says the Danish journalist, “I think we all know who the villains are”.
02.06.2009 11:26 msk
US mission to NATO invited six European journalists from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Iceland, Georgia, and Russia to Afghanistan. International observer Arkady Dubnov (Vremya Novostei) represented Russia. On his return to Moscow, Dubnov told Ferghana.Ru what he had seen on the route from Kabul to Kandahar to Bamian and back to Kabul. The expert said that in his opinion, the ultimate moment when failure of the Americans' efforts would become final was close: resistance was too strong, Western values were too alien, and so were the Americans themselves. Even the loyal Afghanis wanted to see the last of the Western occupiers, Dubnov said.
27.06.2008 14:22 msk
Fabrizio Vielmini, North Italian journalist and political scientist, was one of the participants in the international conference, "Afghanistan, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Central Eurasian Security and Geopolitics" that took place on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan on June 11-12. An expert from Piedmont, Italy, and an expatriate in Central Asia since 2002, Vielmini advances unusual views on the processes underway in the region. Ferghana.Ru approached Vielmini for comments on events in Afghanistan, NATO actions there, and Russia's potential involvement in the process of a settlement.