Dec 8

It’s “funny-sad” not “funny-haha”

From a WikiLeaks wire comes this great quote from Kazakhstan’s First Vice President Maksat Idenov: “As it’s always been, it’s about big money. Capitalism — you call it market economy — means huge money. Listen,

Jun 16

Ethnic Cleansing

The ethnic cleansing going on right now in Kyrgyzstan is breaking my heart. If you want to see some pictures, this link comes from NPR. The idea of hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks fleeing

Sep 9


A new torture that the administration is putting on us students is a “Service Immersion” in the spring, in between our quarters and before spring break.  I’m actually a bit bitter about these immersions:

Dec 18

‘Tis the season to be militant and conformist

One of my friends from the Peace Corps is living in the US now after getting married to an American and obtaining her visa. Yesterday we finally got to talk after playing phone

Nov 20

An Unlikely Proposal

Hi S.! How’re you doing? I’m sorry about the mail before the last mail! One American comrade had sent it to me and I decided to send it to you! Do you remember you

Jan 24

Uzbeksistan Has More than Torture to Worry About

From the RFE/RL today: Dozens of women recently took to the freezing streets in eastern Uzbekistan in the first public demonstration in Andijon since security forces fired on protesters eight months ago. In May, Andijon’s