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Central Asia is progressing in UN Human Development Index
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Central Asia is progressing in UN Human Development Index

Despite many challenges, it seems some measure of progress is being made across Central Asia. In numerous international metrics systems, the states of Central Asia often trend together toward the lower rungs of the rankings. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, for instance, sees all five Central Asian states come in among the bottom third globally. Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, meanwhile, sees only Kyrgyzstan land within the top 100 nations, and only North Korea and Eritrea scoring worse than Turkmenistan.

Inside Kyrgyzstan’s battle for the seat of chief Mufti
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Inside Kyrgyzstan’s battle for the seat of chief Mufti

The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan has been engulfed in numerous scandals for over a decade now. Current Mufti Maksat azhi Toktomushev, for instance, recently has been accused of not having proper education to be chief Mufti and has been appointed thanks to his powerful connections with high officials, using intimidation and pressure.

16-03-2017, 02:26