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Dossier November 2014

The Great Game

The history of Turkmenistan is strongly marked by its geographical position. The country is in fact located at the crossroads of that network of routes commonly known as the ‘Silk Road’ that linked Beijing to the Mediterranean Basin. The Silk Road has been, over the centuries, the most important transit and transportation corridor of ideas…

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Turkmenistan. From the Silk Road to the gas pipeline

Turkmenistan is a landlocked country along the Silk Road, in one of the most inaccessible and remote territories of Central Asia. Its desert, steppe and multicolour mountains resembling a lunar landscape make the country look one of the most melancholy places of the region. According to a tradition dating to the 11th century, the term…

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The transition process

Like the majority of the Central Asian republics, Turkmenistan experienced a troubled and difficult transition process after gaining independence. In the aftermath of the USSR’ s implosion, the communist-inspired oligarchies became democratic overnight. This led to the establishment of despotic and nepotist regimes commonly known as ‘sultanistic regimes’. As far as Turkmenistan is concerned, the…

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The changing of the guard

After the death of Niyazov in 2006,’free’ elections were held to elect his successor. Former Health Minister, Berdymukhamedov, strongly supported by the then head of the Presidential Security Akhmat Rejepov, was elected President of Turkmenistan on 11 February 2007 with 89.2% of the vote. Berdymukhamedov’s victory was certainly facilitated by the way of sorting the…

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Advocacy

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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