Melons Are Uzbekistan's Favourite Road Trip Snack
Across the Central Asian nation, melons are stacked high by the roadside in amber, mustard yellow, and bright green. The ideal food when driving in desert heat.
Uzbekistan's Dictator Is Dead – What Happens Next?
Gods don't foresee their own demise, so the death of Islam Karimov has left a power vacuum with a range of colourful candidates.
Stephen M. Bland
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Tragedy in the Skies: The Fateful Final Journey of FC Pakhtakor Tashkent
In August 1979 FC Pakhtakor Tashkent's first-team squad perished in a mid-air collision. The crash was a tragic accident, but there is an inevitable whiff of Communist Party cover-up about the events that day.
This Ukrainian Cookbook Is Part Family History, Part Dumpling Heaven
“Cookbooks don’t have to be about recipes from a chef,” says Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine & Beyond. “I like recipes because of the stories they might tell about a culture and all these things our grandmothers used to make.”
Skateboarding Makes Afghan Girls Feel Free
In Afghanistan, the Skateistan school uses skateboarding as a tool for empowerment in a country worn by 30 years of conflict.
India Isn't the Only Country Tampering With Women's Wombs
And it's often for more reasons than misguided attempts at population control through the most brutal means possible.
I Took a Trip Down Tajikistan's 'Heroin Highway'
And learned how it was helping to keep the country together.
The Toxic Uzbek Town and Its Museum of Banned Soviet Art
The autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan is home to a load of artworks outlawed by Joseph Stalin.
Fish Are Finally Returning to The Shrunken Aral Sea
There's hope yet for Kazakhstan's beleaguered fishermen.
Is Central Asia on the Verge of a Water War?
A new kind of conflict is rising in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
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