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The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum on October 1 was more than simply an internal Spanish or European matter. It sent a powerful and damaging message to those living in countries and territories across the...
Kazakhstan, a nation rich in hydrocarbons, is grappling with a gasoline shortage that has enveloped the entire country, including the capital, Astana, and the southern metropolis of Almaty.  
South Korean officials have established an agency to deepen the country’s trade ties with Central Asian states. The initiative signals South Korea’s intent on raising its economic profile in Central Asia.  
Kazakhstan’s planned transition to the Latin alphabet raises complex questions. While alphabets may not be important in and of themselves, they play an important role in helping define a nation’s place in the world.  
Kazakhstan’s long-awaited transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet may be on the verge of happening.  
Kazakhstan’s banking sector is having trouble finding that light at the end of the tunnel.   A cycle of crises is spurring a merger trend among banks. In 2017 alone, eight banks have completed or are in the course of going through this process...
In the months before his arrest, Kazakhstani journalist Zhanbolat Mamay knew something was up.   Writing on his Facebook account on December 6, he reported finding his car, which was parked outside his home in Almaty, with a window and side...
Putting horse milk to better use has been 86-year-old Toregeldy Sharmanov’s life mission.   Under the aegis of the Kazakh Academy of Nutrition, of which he is president, Sharmanov has created the first chocolate bars, ice cream and yoghurt made...
When people ponder the history of Central Asia, they tend to have two ideas in mind – that the region has long been the subject of great power rivalry, known since the 19th century as the ‘Great Game,’ and that prior to that, for over 2,000 years,...
First, there was a media report hinting at shadowy links between foreign-funded charities and terrorism in Kazakhstan. Then, the taxman came knocking.   The tax inspections served as a prelude to legal action against two non-governmental...