WBEZ | Uzbekistan http://www.wbez.org/tags/uzbekistan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Food Mondays: Chicken diplomacy http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays/food-mondays-chicken-diplomacy-98888 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP100825114158.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The health of a nation&#39;s chicken industry can actually be an economic indicator of sorts. The government of Uzbekistan is forcing its civil servants to accept payment in the form of chickens.</p><p><a href="http://registan.net/index.php/author/joshuafoust/" target="_blank">Joshua Foust</a> has an <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/04/the-annals-of-chicken-diplomacy/255734/">article</a> pondering the issue in the <em>Atlantic</em>. He also <a href="http://registan.net/index.php/author/joshuafoust/">blogs </a>about central Asia.</p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 12:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays/food-mondays-chicken-diplomacy-98888 BBC Assignment: Forced Sterilisation in Uzbekistan http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-17/segment/bbc-assignment-forced-sterilisation-uzbekistan-98307 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/UzbekSterilization.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a government effort to control the population, women in Uzbekistan are being sterilized -- often without their knowledge. Many women have fled the country to escape the practice. The BBC <em>Assignment</em>'s <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/crossing_continents/7334433.stm" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Natalia Antelava</a> details the plight of Uzbek women in her documentary, <em>Forcible Sterilisation In Uzbekistan</em>.</p></p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:30:34 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-17/segment/bbc-assignment-forced-sterilisation-uzbekistan-98307 The Savitsky Collection: A rare chapter of art history survives in the desert of Uzbekistan http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-07/film-%E2%80%98desert-forbidden-art%E2%80%99-tells-story-remote-museum-uzbekistan-and-its <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-07/Igor Savitsky, Photo by Militza Zemskaya.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The recent documentary film <a href="http://www.desertofforbiddenart.com/" target="_blank"><em>Desert of Forbidden Art</em></a> tells the story of how 44,000 pieces of rare Russian art wound up tucked away in a museum in the middle of the Uzbekistan desert.&nbsp;</p><p>Shortly after the 1917 Russian Revolution, a failed artist named Igor Savitsky began collecting works by some of the Russian avant-garde’s greatest, but largely unknown, painters.&nbsp;He took the artworks -- many of which are considered masterpieces -- to Nukus, a remote city in the Karakalpak region of Uzbekistan. Savitsky figured correctly that Nukus’ isolation would keep the Soviet censors away. &nbsp;The painters themselves, however, were not so lucky.&nbsp; Many spent years in Stalin’s gulags and died penniless.</p><p><em>Worldview</em> film contributor Milos Stehlik discusses the colllection's incredible story with the documentary film’s <a href="http://www.desertofforbiddenart.com/about" target="_blank">co-directors</a>, Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 17:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-07/film-%E2%80%98desert-forbidden-art%E2%80%99-tells-story-remote-museum-uzbekistan-and-its Worldview 10.7.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-10711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-07/crimson-autum-ural-tansykbaev-1931.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thousands of Polish people in the U.S. will vote this weekend in Poland's general elections. Among their presidential choices is a prominent Chicago suburban radio host. WBEZ’s Lynette Kalsnes reports. Also, in 2010, a plane carrying Poland’s president and Polish dignitaries crashed in Smolensk, Russia, killing all on board, including Chicago sculptor Wojciech Seweryn. When trying to reclaim the remains, family members like Seweryn’s daughter, suburban resident Anna Wojtowicz, were sent locked coffins. Wojtowicz tells us about her thwarted efforts to get a full account of what happened in Smolensk. Then, the documentary film <a href="http://www.desertofforbiddenart.com/"><em>Desert of Forbidden Art</em></a> tells of how an entire chapter of art history wound up in an unkempt museum in the Uzbekistan desert. Shortly after the 1917 Russian Revolution, a failed artist named Igor Savitsky began collecting works by some of the Russian avant-garde’s great unknown painters. We’ll speak with the film’s co-directors.</p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-10711