WBEZ | Kyrgyzstan http://www.wbez.org/tags/kyrgyzstan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Ethnic tensions still simmering in Kyrgyzstan http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-17/ethnic-tensions-still-simmering-kyrgyzstan-94143 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-17/kyrgz.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last year in June, riots broke out in the city of Osh in southwestern Kyrgyzstan. Ethnic Kyrgyz targeted the city’s minority Uzbek population, destroying Uzbek businesses and homes and killing an estimated 2,000 people.&nbsp;</p><p>A year and a half later, tensions remain high between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks, who make up about 15 percent of the Central Asian country’s population. These tensions are one of many concerns for Kyrgyzstan’s new president-elect, Almazbek Atambayev. Also among them is the unpopular U.S. airbase outside the country’s capital, Bishkek, which is crucial to the American military effort in Afghanistan.</p><p>We get an update on Kyrgyzstan from <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/joshua-foust/" target="_blank">Joshua Foust</a>, a contributor to <em>The Atlantic</em> who blogs about Central Asia at <em><a href="http://www.registan.net/" target="_blank">Registan.net</a></em>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-17/ethnic-tensions-still-simmering-kyrgyzstan-94143 Worldview 11.17.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-111711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-17/kyrgz1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tensions in southwestern Kyrgyzstan between Kyrgyz and the Uzbek minority remain high following a 2010 pogrom that destroyed Uzbek homes and left hundreds dead. There’s also an unpopular U.S. airbase near Bishkek, the country's capital, which is crucial to American efforts in Afghanistan.&nbsp;We explore Kyrgyzstan with <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/joshua-foust/#bio" target="_blank">Joshua Foust</a>, who's a contributor to <em>The Atlantic</em><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/joshua-foust/#bio" target="_blank"><em> </em></a>and blogs about Central Asia at <a href="http://www.registan.net/" target="_blank">Registan.net</a>. Also, on <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em>, we talk to Alicia Huerte Diaz, or “Mama Licha,” as she’s known in Nicaragua.&nbsp;She’s a nurse and midwife for women and children in the country's highlands. And immigrant minorities are growing in Cook County and when a group gets large enough, it can qualify for special assistance to vote in their own language. WBEZ’s Odette Yousef tells us which groups made the cut for 2012.</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-111711 Thriving Kyrgyz drug trade deeply connected to politics http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/thriving-kyrgyz-drug-trade-deeply-connected-politics <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-25/View_of_Osh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The southern Kyrgyz city of Osh sits on one of the main transit routes for Afghan heroin destined mainly for Russia and Western Europe. Osh was at the center of bitter inter-ethnic violence in June which caused the deaths of at least 400 people and destroyed thousands of homes &ndash; mostly owned by ethnic Uzbeks.</p><p>Rayhan Demytrie from the BBC World Service investigates the role the drugs trade plays in Kyrgyzstan&rsquo;s complex power relationships.</p><p><em>This segment originally aired on the program BBC Assignment. </em></p></p> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/thriving-kyrgyz-drug-trade-deeply-connected-politics