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Russia, China, Central Asian states reinforce co-operation against Islam

M.S. Ahmed

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14252004-07-01

The presidents of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan met in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, on June 16 to reinforce their alliance against Islamic activism in the region...

Book Review

History repeats itself in Central Asia with minor variations

Ahmad Musa

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14232003-03-01

Endgame: Britain, Russia and the Final Struggle for Central Asia by Jennifer Siegel. Pub: I. B. Tauris & Co., London, 2002. Pp: 284. Hbk: $29.50.


Uzbek deaths highlight war on Islamic activism in Central Asia

Mukhtar Kudratov

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14232002-09-01

It was a grisly reminder of the Uzbek government’s brutality in dealing with Islamic activists. The bodies of two Uzbek prisoners who had died under torture while in police custody were handed back to their families on August 8 for burial.

Special Reports

Central Asian oil and gas: the real reason for the US’s war on Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 01, 14222001-11-16

While America has couched its ‘war’ on Afghanistan in the language of morality, more sinister motives are at work: desire to control the Caspian Sea’s oil and gas, as well as the destruction or removal (‘neutralisation’) of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.


Welcome spring, the season for jihad in Caucasia and Central Asia

Crescent International

Safar 22, 14222001-05-16

When Moscow celebrated the 56th anniversary of the Allied victory over Germany in the second world war on May 9, there was no mention of its latest military challenge, the fighting in Chechnya, stepped up by the Chechen mujahideen on the arrival of spring...

Special Reports

Mariam Hamza’s tragedy highlights plight of poisoned Muslims worldwide

Mahmoud Ahmed Shaikh

Muharram 19, 14191998-05-16

From Bangladesh through Central Asia to Iraq, tens of millions of Muslims have been poisoned, many terminally, as a result of pollution from nuclear dust, pesticides and arsenic in water wells - all at the hands of western governments, international aid agencies and Russia, as the dominant power in the former Soviet Union.


Uzbekistan, too, discovers the bogey of fundamentalism

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14181998-03-01

The bogey of Islamic fundamentalism is so popular these days that even Uzbekistan seems to have discovered its utility. Last month, Uzbek foreign minister Abdulaziz Kamilov not only alleged that his government...


Uncle Sam’s globe-trotting habits

Zia Sarhadi

Rabi' al-Thani 28, 14181997-09-01

Uncle Sam’s globe-trotting habit is taking him to Central Asia this month; for military exercises. As if the region needed American ‘peacekeeping’ efforts, some 500 troops from the US 82nd airborne regiment will participate in what are dubbed as exercises in the spirit of ‘Partnership for Peace.’


The scramble for Central Asia’s black gold

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 25, 14181997-06-01

There are more than 200 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and perhaps 50 trillion cubic metres of gas in Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Basin. Such riches could keep the lights burning in the west for a long time.


Moscow, Central Asian warlords, use the bogey of Taliban to maintain grip on region’s resources

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Hijjah 23, 14171997-05-01

Old habits dies hard. This time-worn refrain is as applicable to Russia today as it was when it existed in its communist mutation. Moscow has traditionally used the bogey of non-existent threats to maintain its grip on countries that it perceives as falling under its sphere of influence.

Special Reports

Reckless military set Turkey on road to needless turbulence

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Qa'dah 23, 14171997-04-01

With Greece, Armenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia, China and others engaged, to varying degrees, in attacking Turkish interests or blocking Turkish influence in Europe and Central Asia, Turkey is not short of enemies.


China to contain Islamic revival in Xinjiang

Crescent International

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14161996-04-01

China has succeeded in securing the full support of its Central Asian and Russian neighbours to contain the growing tide of Islamic revivalism in its north-western autonomous region of Xinjiang...

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