Protests? What protests? The continuing lack of plurality in Tajikistan

News has emerged of a number of connected protests in / relating to Tajikistan. However, if at first glance this appears to be a tiny step towards practicing the freedoms (of speech, to gather in public etc) nominally guaranteed to citizens under Tajik law, don't get your hopes up. Leading the story on 23 September, Radio Free Europe/Radio …

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It’s hard to be a punk in Tajikistan (repost)

Ostensibly about punk and heavy metal cultures in Tajikistan, the article I'm reposting today from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting also serves as a fascinating insight into the ways that individuals and states respond to change from the outside. Think about the conscious choices that individuals who have adopted punk or heavy metal are …

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