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  • The Washington Times

    BURTON: Tajikistan’s clean energy resources

    Tajikistan has been blessed with abundant hydroelectric potential.

  • This Dec. 2012 photo provided by Rick Vukasin shows Vukasin, 65, of Great Falls, Mont., posing with a rare argali sheep known as the "Marco Polo'' that he shot in the Pamir mountains of northeast Tajikistan near Karakul Lake along the Chinese border. Vukasin filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Reno on Feb. 6, 2014 against a Tajikistani guide and Canadian outfitter he accuses of defrauding him by shipping him horns taken from an animal other than the 58-inch long ones he says belonged to the sheep he shot. (AP Photo/Rick Vukasin)

    Hunter sues over alleged fraudulent big game hunt

    A big-game hunter from Montana is suing a Canadian outfitter and a world-renowned hunting guide in Tajikistan he accuses of turning his once-in-a-lifetime adventure of bagging a rare, wild argali sheep known as the "Marco Polo" into a nightmare.

  • Tajikistan blocks US-funded news website

    Tajikistan has blocked a popular U.S.-funded news website, only days after barring access to social networking site Facebook for featuring content allegedly insulting to the Central Asian nation's president.

  • **FILE** Russian President Vladimir Putin walks prior to a Sept. 26, 2012, ceremony of receiving credentials in Moscow's Kremlin. (Associated Press)

    Kyrgyzstan risks regional water fight, as Russia waits in the wings

    A new fight over water is looming between Kyrgyzstan and its energy-rich Central Asian neighbors — and analysts say the likely winner could be Russia.

  • Rockin' in Tajikistan and breaking all the rules, except for drugs and alcohol

    The poorest of the former Soviet Central Asian states and arguably the most culturally conservative, Tajikistan is home to a small but growing rock-music scene in spite of the social pressures to conform and the difficulties finding a working guitar.

  • Iranians nurture ties to Asia to blunt sanctions

    In back-to-back Asian summits this month, Iran's president made sure to carve out special time to look east.

  • **FILE** Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (Associated Press)

    Central Asian film fests blossom amid censorship

    Central Asia's film festival season is in full swing, and as movie buffs in cities like Almaty, Bishkek, Tashkent and Dushanbe sample some of the region's latest cinematic works, the debate on censorship and limited film funding is gaining fresh attention.

  • The Washington Times

    BERMAN AND MCKINLEY: U.S. and Russia in a new standoff

    Tucked away in what is colloquially known as the "post-Soviet space," the tiny, landlocked Central Asian republic of Tajikistan seems like an unlikely strategic prize. Yet a potentially significant geopolitical tug of war is brewing there between the United States and Russia. The stakes of this unfolding contest are high and involve continued Western access to Central Asia and, quite possibly, the political future of at least part of the region.

  • Drug trade, violence tear at Tajik society

    Recent deadly clashes in eastern Tajikistan between government forces and rebels underscore the disruptive influence of drug trafficking throughout the impoverished Central Asian nation, analysts say.

  • Vladimir Putin

    Tajikistan looks to Russia for lease, security

    Longtime allies Tajikistan and Russia are under strained relations over Moscow's lease of three garrisons, as NATO's imminent withdrawal from Afghanistan makes Central Asian bases a valuable asset.

  • Fight over gas and water kindles Tajik-Uzbek rivalry

    Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are rankling Central Asia with a dispute over gas and water that highlights the longtime distrust and rivalry between the two former Soviet republics.

  • Tajik Web users rail against online censorship

    Internet users and providers in Tajikistan are voicing concerns about online censorship after the government lifted a six-day ban on Facebook and several news websites last week.

  • Ex-Soviet states aid U.S. transit

    The United States is relying increasingly on three transit routes snaking through Central Asia, Russia and the Caucuses to ship nonmilitary supplies and fuel into Afghanistan as the deteriorating relationship between Washington and Pakistan closes off border crossings, according to a Senate report obtained by the Associated Press.

  • Tajik Muslims bristle over anti-fundamentalism efforts

    Tajikistan's government is aiming to combat Islamic fundamentalism in an effort that many Tajiks say is counterproductive and interferes with their religious lives.

  • 25 Islamic militants escape from Tajik prison

    A group of 25 Islamic militants serving time on terrorism charges have escaped from a prison in Tajikistan's capital after dramatic assaults that left at least five guards dead, the security services said Monday.

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