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Uzbekistan Proudly Stands for the Principle That Its Corrupt Despot Should Remain Its Despot

Russia’s actions of the last week have reminded the region once again that although the giant slumbers often, when it wakes, bad things happen to the good and the bad alike.

Slavery Unending in Central Asia

Those countries that are working toward Western ideals, however haltingly, are the good ones. The satrapies of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan do not care, and so medieval brutalities are commonplace.

Central Asia’s Past as Perpetual Prologue

Everyone — Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, possibly Timur himself — want a piece of the valley and have legitimate and highly contested claims to it.

Uzbekistan Expands Its Sphere of Influence

Lest it be thought that Karimov and his corrupt regime have no value, they are providing a lesson: the Soviet Union left a great many idiots behind in its wake, and those idiots are unconcerned with anything but their own enrichment.

2013’s Year of Upheaval

2014 will be the year that Europe’s mettle is truly tested.

A Realignment of the -Stans

Today, as Russia and China tussle over the post-American world on the continent, Ashgabat and Tashkent can become secondary beneficiaries of the energy and commerce that will move through the area.

Uzbekistan’s Endless Lost Decade

There is a tragedy here, one that goes even beyond the thousand and one failures of governance that marks this as perhaps the very worst run of the former Soviet Republics.

Karimov’s Family Feud

Lola’s backhanded dismissal of her older sister’s prospects is therefore both a profound familial sin and a sign that Karimov, while very likely suffering from some sort of psychosis, is not completely insane.

Only the UN Could Accept at Face Value Uzbekistan’s Word on Anything

This decision smacks of the sort of constant engagement that treats aspiring democracies as pariahs for the occasional failure and provides cover to totalitarians, on the theory that they’ll be a little less totalitarian.

Freedom House Rediscovers That Uzbekistan Is a Horrible, Horrible Place

The fact that Uzbekistan has only now joined this exclusive list says more about Freedom House than it does about Uzbekistan.