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Elections in Kyrgyzstan on fairobserver.com

I posted a short article on the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan and the outlook for the political system in the republic. I contend that politics in Kyrgyzstan did develop since the revolution in April 2010 and that the contingency has risen. The pluralization of decision making power makes the political game much more complex and the question today is, if politicians can adapt to that (seems like they can) and solve the reform crisis at the same time (seems like they can not). Read more here.

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Zhanaozen: Kazakh Embassy in Germany eager to Preserve Regime’s Reputation

Today (Dec17, 2011) the Kazakh Embassy in Germany sent out an Email with two attachments. The first was a translation of prosecutor general Askhat Daulbaev’s statement on the events in Zhanaozen, the second a translation of Nazarbaev’s comment on the „criminal acts“. I here post Nazarbaev’s comment which in my opinion is an act of political repression disguised as patrimonial care-taking.

To download the text in PDF follow the link: 171211Statement by President Nazarbayev

Average Monthly Salaries in Kyrgyzstan for 2010 and 2011 (first half)

The statistical committee of the Kyrgyz Republic provides fresh data on the average monthly salary in the country for a selected number of professions. The table shows that a job in the education system simply does not pay off. Teachers earn less then two thirds of the average monthly salary in the Republic. So far it remains unclear to what extend the promised increase in salaries for teachers (and doctors) will change the situation to the better.

Akipress Re-Introduces Commentary Feature

The News Agency Akipress, according to statistics the most popular news agency in Kyrgyzstan, established a commentary feature. Readers now can leave their comment and start to discuss the information provided by the agency. Public opinion making as its best (uncontrolled).

In its announcement Akipress informs readers about the forced decision in February 2009 to close the commentary feature on its website. As far as I remember, Akipress had started to delete old comments long before that, making it impossible to go back and get an impression of public discussions in times of the Tulip Revolution, the For Reforms protests or the United Front actions. Back then, commenting on political events was actually widespread:

Opening up the possibility to comment on news is good news and – as first reactions show – welcomed by the public in Kyrgyzstan:

 

Slavoj Žižek and Expertism in Central Asia

Recently I went to Freie University to visit a lecture by Slavoy Zizek. His performance was all one could possibly hope for. And his ideas were very stimulating. His reading of Hegel’s philosophy as the very foundation of the modern idea of contingency (or the necessity for it) came quite unexpected. I never really read Hegel and always felt repelled by the idea of some guiding Weltgeist, something I considered the very end to the idea of contingency. I know, it sounds ignorant but, well, at least I made it to Zizek’s lecture. And Zizek continued his presentation with another killing of god (very funny: god – the bad programmer). With god gone there seems no hope left for a final solution to the problem of contingency. All the more irritating are attempts by capitalism (and before that communism) to fill the gap and present the world as a reality with no choice left but economic rationalization. However, instead of falling into despair because of such gloomy double outcome (no solution to contingency and the stupidity of capitalism), Zizek took the chance to ask for another revolution and called on us to overcome current limits to pure freedom or just ‚thinking‘, as he phrased it. Since we were in the sphere of academia, he finished by claiming that the current Bologna process is a dictatorship, repressively simulating the representation of the capitalist need for technical solutions only. Bologna stands for a world considered to be a cumulation of problems that call for experts to deal with them. In Zizek’s words Bologna turns out to be one face of the new god and another end to the idea of contingency and the contingent making of our world. This comparison awakened the rebel in many of us; well, and it reminded me very much of the world of development aid in Central Asia and the question for development in general and the group of people responsible for its management: the community of experts. Weiterlesen ‚Slavoj Žižek and Expertism in Central Asia‘

New Article – INA Global

„The Changing Media Landscape in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia“

New media and ICT are at the heart of the political and social upheaval that has been rocking the Arab world in recent months – a precedent that was set in a more obscure region in 2010.

Read more here!

Депутаттык Азилдер (page 12/13)

The text says:

To the Executive Head of the Council of Ministries:
You boasted like a young girl
Who wants to find a husband
Apsamat, Apas and Jumgalbek,
Are you really smart at all?
Aren’t you four that made our life
As it is now!

To the Former Executive head of High Council Kulmatov Renat:
He is sitting like a little boy who is guilty of something
He is not looking around and turning back
Calmly sitting, just like a sweet little boy
He even doesn’t dare to say something
But he is not calm inside
Because he knows what the life became like (if he turns around)


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