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In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and partners for its energy industry, only for two to present themselves at the same time. Sort of. As chance would have it, they are sworn rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. The...
The president of Turkmenistan has approved changes to the constitution downgrading the role of parliament in favor of a revived People’s Council, canceling a minor token gesture toward democratization adopted a decade ago. At the same time,...
Turkmenistan has merged two key ministries in the latest of a series of cost-cutting measures undertaken to lift the economy out of the doldrums.  While declining to publicly acknowledge that it has a problem, Turkmenistan evidently continues...
Turkmenistan’s investment climate is so poor that even companies in one of its closest ally nations decline the opportunity to work there. A senior executive at Belaruskali, a Belarus-owned global player on the potash fertilizer market, announced on...
In a plush shopping center in Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat, a brand new cafe bearing the name “Starbucks” has sent tongues wagging with its authentic-seeming decor and 15-manat Frappuccinos . Predictably, however, it isn’t the real deal. Social...
As soon authorities in Turkmenistan declared last week that the country would be a liquor-free zone for the duration of the upcoming Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, distressed drinkers stormed their local stores. The ban took effect on August...
Turkmenistan loves sports, so this unusually despotic nation’s attempt to garner some positive international press ahead of next month’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat warrants an apt metaphor. Announcing the opening of its first...
Turkmenistan’s president has added to his increasingly idiosyncratic repertoire of public personae with a turn as a deadly gun-toting, knife-wielding commando.  Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov performed his routine of one-handed pistol shooting and...
Turkmenistan’s economy may be steadily slipping down the tubes, but President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has once again regaled his increasingly desperate population with a self-regarding exercise in singing and keep-fit antics. State television on...
The cult of personality devoted to Turkmenistan’s late and mercurial President Saparmurat Niyazov began to be chipped away gradually in the years after his death in late 2006. All the same, the sight of his image in gold-leafed glory could still be...