Misuse of National Flag Causes a Stir in Tajikistan

tj_flag1-200x200An image of a Tajik flag used to collect trash has angered social media users in the country.

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Ukrainian TV Show Angers Tajiks

tj_oir-200x200A popular Ukrainian travel series has recently aired an episode about Tajikistan. Many Tajikistanis then turned to social media to curse the video.

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Social Media in Tajikistan’s Election: A “Milestone” or Just “Noise”?

thumbelections-200x200There was an unprecedented amount of social media buzz around the recent presidential polls in Tajikistan. There is little agreement, however, about whether the buzz made any real difference.

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Tajikistan Votes in “Imitation” of Presidential Elections

tj_rahmonvotes-200x200Today’s elections in Tajikistan will extend the two-decade-long presidency of Emomali Rahmon for another seven years. The vote does not have even a modicum of suspense.

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Why Rahmon Will Win the Elections Tomorrow: “Beer Shop” Explanation

It is official now: most voters arriving at the polling stations tomorrow to vote in Tajikistan’s presidential elections will have no idea that they have options other than the incumbent president. Media have done a great job in debunking the illusion that there multiple candidates in this year’s elections.


ASIA-Plus has interviewed people in Dushanbe, asking them which candidates they know of. Is anyone really surprised that Emomali Rahmon is the only candidate everyone recalls? What one can find surprising, however, is that although most people interviewed did not know of other candidates, they were still going to vote on the election day.

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November 5, 2013 · 12:53