L’Arménie se réveille – Ichkhan Tovmassian

Des grèves, des manifestations et d’autres évènements de protestations ont lieux en Arménie depuis près de 3 semaines et pourtant l’Occident ne vient que de se réveiller.

Se joindre à une cause seulement quand la victoire est proche est bien un signe de plus qu’il ne faut pas chercher de soutiens là où il n’y a que de l’opportunisme.

Peu importe, les arméniens l’ont bien saisis et ne demandent d’ailleurs aucune aide à un quelconque gouvernement étranger, ni politique, ni matériel.

Il s’agit avant tout d’un problème intérieur pour le pays et c’est donc sa propre population qui est résignée à le résoudre. La diaspora faisant bien sûr partie intégrante de cette population même si elle physiquement éloignée.

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姜源:由美国制裁中兴通讯浅议中美之争 – 姜源

美国商务部于4月16日宣布,因中国企业中兴通讯违反了美国对朝鲜和伊朗的制裁条款,禁止美国公司向中国企业中兴通讯销售一系列零部件产品、软件、技术等,期限为7年。
这意味着中兴通讯在2017年3月认罪并签署的和解协议宣告失败,已缴纳的8.92亿美元罚款仍不足以息事宁人,甚至可能还要进一步补缴缓期执行的3亿美元罚款。而更可怕的是,被美全面封杀后,对于严重依赖从美国进口芯片等元器件的中兴通讯来说,无疑是一场灾难。

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Почему Казахстану важен переход на латиницу и как на это реагировать России – Александр Воробьев

Научный сотрудник Института Востоковедения РАН Александр Воробьев считает, что для России важен не столько переход Казахстана на латинскую графику, сколько сохранение русского языка как средства международного общения

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Space science enters new era of aspiration – colonizing planets – Vladimir Legenko & Yuan Jiang

It’s been about a few weeks since the private US firm SpaceX launched the world’s largest rocket. According to the company, its main goal behind such ventures is the colonization of planets on which humankind may find shelter in case of catastrophic events on Earth.

In spite of stating its goals, SpaceX’s latest venture became the subject of extensive rumors. Why was the company launching a rocket that could put into Earth’s orbit not only one, but a whole group of satellites? Such rockets will be able to carry parts for future space stations and would be helpful in transporting cargo for construction of bases on the moon or Mars.

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周磊:帶著少林功夫闖美國 – 姜源

他是少林寺第三十四代弟子,六歲便開始學習傳統拳及格斗技擊術,國際武術散手道聯盟黑帶四段,少林武術段位六段,國家級裁判,並在美國西雅圖創立少林功夫學院。雖然他有很多由功夫帶來的榮譽,然而他更強調習武的平靜感恩之心,並力圖把這份理念和中華傳統文化的精髓傳遞給每一個學生。他就是世界知名武術家周磊。

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Central Asia’s Self-Defeating Anti-Terrorism Efforts – Toni Michel

Central Asia’s states are currently pursuing a “Securitization of Society” – viewing substantial junks of citizen activity outside direct state control exclusively through a security lens. What is needed, however, is a “Societization of Security” by coming to an understanding that inclusive political and economic systems are not only integral to a country’s wealth (as Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have strikingly shown in their book “Why Nations Fail”) but crucial to its security as well.

Read the full article in Fergana News.

Зачем Казахстан обидел Белоруссию – Александр Воробьев

Предложение президента США Дональда Трампа о переносе переговоров по урегулированию конфликта на Донбассе из Минска вызвало неоднозначную реакцию и в России, и в Казахстане, и в Белоруссии, и на Украине. Лидер Казахстана Нурсултан Назарбаев в ходе переговоров с Трампом в Вашингтоне подхватил инициативу и заявил о готовности начать новый раунд консультаций в Астане.

Своим мнением о том, что может стоять за перепалкой столиц, с EADaily поделился научный сотрудник Центра изучения Центральной Азии, Кавказа и Поволжья института Востоковедения РАН Александр Воробьев.

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The Myth of Clans in Central Asian Politics – Toni Michel

Political Science is usually quite good at figuring out the main power players and relevant structures in the political systems of most countries. Those of us who are interested in Central Asia, however, will encounter an utterly incredible mess in the analysis of the political processes in the region. Mostly, the confusion centers around the term “clan” – a term that is so overused that it has been deprived of any clear meaning. This has led to a certain mystification of Central Asian politics around such poorly defined structures with little regard for the differences between clans, tribes and regional elites. So, this week, let us look at what clans really are, what their role is and if they are so special after all.

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