Author: Maahir Zaidaan

Dushanbe 25/2 (35.71) The social networking activity of “influencer” Ismoil Mahmadzoir is causing a stir within the country’s political and security corridors. His grandfather President Emomali Rahmon is planning his succession, which has triggered quiet maneuvering within elite factions, including Mahmadzoir’s relatives. Nobody is clear about how becomes the next president of Tajikistan. The daughters jockeying for the top job besides the grandson.Video of a bland speech by Tajikistan’s long-time President Emomali Rahmon was posted late last month on Instagram by Buzkashi_1111, a handle created by Ismoil Mahmadzoir, the 25-year-old son of Firuza Emomali, one of the president’s daughters, who…

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The Soviet Union’s collapse 32 years ago led to rapid change, economic collapse, and violence. In Tajikistan, that violence slid rapidly into civil war. Reflecting on the Soviet Union’s collapse 32 years ago and attempting to draw any sort of conclusion is often a matter of perspective. In his new book, “Moscow’s Heavy Shadow: The Violent Collapse of the USSR,” Dr. Isaac McKean Scarborough, an assistant professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University, writes of the collapse from one of the Soviet Union’s most distant peripheries — Dushanbe. In doing so, he highlights a perspective not often taken…

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A year ago Germany deported to Tajikistan an activist from that country’s exiled opposition movement who had been living in Dortmund since 2009. What happened next is a shocking example of what can occur when Germany fails to uphold safeguards in its increased efforts to deport unsuccessful asylum seekers. The Bundestag this month gave police greater powers to carry out deportations. The activist, Abdullohi Shamsiddin, 33, was deported to Tajikistan on January 18 2023. He was detained on arrival by the security services. Two months later he was convicted of trying to overthrow the constitution and jailed for seven years. No credible…

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China respects all countries’ freedom of navigation in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, but firmly opposes any country using this as a pretext to undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said at a plenary meeting of the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly, on Tuesday, replying to several other countries’ representatives’ incorrect remarks on the South China Sea issues. Geng said that China’s territorial sovereignty, maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea have long been formed in the course of a long history,…

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Copenhagen (13/11 – 37.5) When Ranil Wickremesinghe took over as Sri Lanka’s president in July after a popular uprising ousted his predecessor, the South Asian island nation was engulfed in its worst economic meltdown in 75 years. Since then, President Wickremesinghe has managed to a keep a lid on mass protests, improve supplies of essentials and on Monday, secured a nearly $3 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that opens the door to restructuring about $58 billion of debt and receive funding from other lenders. He has done that despite a deeply unpopular government, his own party commanding just one…

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Shi Zhongjun, secretary-general of the ASEAN-China Centre, said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has maintained a dynamic position in the world because of its choice of multilateral cooperation amid global turbulence. The China-ASEAN cooperation, according to Shi, has born fruits through aligning the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 with the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, which has helped improve people’s living standards. Shi said the two sides should enhance efforts in communication, economic integration, innovation-driven growth, and public support. Meanwhile, the center will continue to strengthen bilateral bridges in multiple areas, he added. Source : China Daily

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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7): Vizione Holdings Bhd has secured a RM490 million contract as a turnkey contractor to build three blocks of apartments in the Kota Kinabalu district in Sabah. In a bourse filing on Thursday, the group said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bina Permai Sdn Bhd, was awarded the project — located at Jalan Sepangar Menggatal — by Hardie Development Sdn Bhd. The contract, slated to be completed within 36 months, is not expected to have any effect on the group’s issued share capital and substantial shareholders’ shareholdings, said Vizione. “The (contract) is expected to contribute positively to the future…

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Brussels (3/12) Governments may be doing great while the people suffer. Bombing of the Nordstream 2 pipeline, carrying cheap Russian natural gas to industry and consumers in Europe, is exerting a cascading effect on companies and employment, eventually to be reflected in rising places and sharpening inflation. Russia is steadily experiencing price increases for a variety of goods and services, Russian media report. Is there obviously not a link to the sanctions placed on Russia and the seizure of Russian funds and savings abroad? Punishment for Russia’s “Special Military Operation” to purportedly protect Russian-speaking citizens in eastern Ukraine from state…

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Valencia, Turin, Madrid (28/11 – 25) Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia retained his MotoGP world title with many records; there are nevertheless signs that the Ducati rider will face sterner competition next season. The Italian rider won the 2023 season-ending MotoGP Grand Prix in Valencia on Sunday to clinch his second world title in a row. The protege of Valentino Rossi becomes the third rider to take back-to-back MotoGP titles since the introduction of the class in 2002. Only Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez previously managed to do that. Bagnaia is the first rider to successfully race and defend #1 in the…

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Sarawak is looking to build more tourism facilities and attractions, and hold more international events.  KUCHING: The East Malaysian state of Sarawak is preparing for an anticipated surge in tourist arrivals next year. In line with its growing tourism sector, the state government is establishing a Sarawak-based airline to serve Southeast Asia and East Asian countries. Plans are underway and the government expects its state-owned boutique airline to begin operations by next year. Sarawak is also looking to build more tourism facilities and attractions. PLANS TO PROMOTE SARAWAK’S RICH CULTURE, BIODIVERSITY Recent attractions include a 99m flagpole – the tallest in Southeast Asia…

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