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Turkmenistan Joins List of World's Worst Religious Freedom Violators

Chris Rickleton

according to Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking on July 28 at the rollout of the latest annual International Religious Freedom Report, last year Ashgabat plumbed new depths in its persecution of the faithful.

The United States Department of State has added Turkmenistan to its shortlist of especially worrying religious freedom offenders, calling the reclusive Central Asian nation a Country of Particular Concern for the first time. Turkmenistan has never been regarded as shining example of religious tolerance. Some of the countrys heavily monitored mosques are even inscribed with folk wisdom from the book of the soul, which was written by the countrys eccentric first president, Saparmurat Niyazova pertinent metaphor for the ever-watchful eye the state casts over worshippers. But according to Secretary >>

Uzbekistan's feuding first family and the mystery of the president's missing daughter

Shaun Walker

In an exclusive interview, Islam Karimov Jr voices his fears for the once-ubiquitous Gulnara Karimova, who fell out of favour with her dictator father.

The murky, Shakespearean world of Uzbekistans ruling family has never been easy to track from outside. The dictatorship of Islam Karimov, the only president the country has ever had, is second only to North Korea's in the secrecy stakes. But in recent months, the family's extraordinary feuds have begun to seep into the public space. Karimov, now 76 and heading into an election year with no named successor, has been able to keep the country in a state of cowed submission, but his own family has proved more complicated. His two socialite daughters, Lola and Gulnara, who led glamorous >>

Is Turkmenistan the Next Central Asian Tiger?

Nicola Contessi

The country has been authoritarian and isolationist, but its reforms are beginning to show promise.

While we are long accustomed to hearing about the prowess of Kazakhstans oil-driven economy, or Uzbekistans assertiveness as the self-anointed regional leader, Turkmenistan rarely makes any news, except in the negative. Indeed it has a reputation, earned mainly under former President Separmurad Nyazov, as an authoritarian fortress insulated from the outside world. However, Turkmenistan is shaping into a country whose potential is unparalleled in the region, thanks to a series of fortunate measures adopted in recent years. Ashgabat is seeking to develop today its energy and transport potential >>

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