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Preparing for steppe winters is a Kazakh household tradition

By Assel Satubaldina

Kazakhs recalling their childhood often remember preparations for winter started well before December came to the nation. In many households, it has been a tradition to arrange for the season of scarcity well in advance. Traditions such as sogym (preserving meat throughout the winter season) trace to the times when Kazakhs were nomads traversing the

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Kazakhstan’s nuclear disarmament efforts advance, as ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

By Assel Satubaldina

If you think of a country with a vast experience in nuclear non-proliferation, Kazakhstan will certainly be on the list. The Central Asian nation, with a territory nearly the size of Western Europe and a population of 18 million, voluntarily dismantled its nuclear arsenal that it had inherited following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Young researcher eager to discover mysterious world of science

By Dmitry Lee

Being a scientist is often considered to be having an unconventional lifestyle. Constant researching, sleepless nights and chasing the unknown are typically the routine. Is anyone really up to the challenge? Is it a skill or rather a calling? EdgeKz sought answers to those questions in an interview with 30-year-old Yerbol Burashev, a researcher at

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Positive US-Kazakh Relations to Continue under Trump

By Tom Michael

When Erzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakhstan’s new ambassador to the United States, met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in April to present his credentials, Trump was unequivocal in his optimism about the U.S.-Kazakh relationship. The American president presented Kazykhanov with a letter praising Kazakhstan’s peaceful society and its global leadership in nuclear non-proliferation. He

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Summer in Astana: Sun Fountain and Water Parks

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

ASTANA – The phrase “Endless Summer” can be used to describe some of the Kazakh capital’s entertainment spots for residents and guests. While certain ones are only open in warm weather, others offer a touch of summer during long, cold days the rest of the year. Above Oasis Beach Club Photo Credit: weproject.kz One summer-only

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Challenging Mountains, Experienced Guides Make Kazakhstan Top Climbing Destination

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

ASTANA – Incredible views, impressive peaks and breathtaking scenery. Kazakhstan’s unique and diverse nature has something to offer both for sophisticated professionals and curious beginners. Mountaineering and climbing activities The country has four mountain regions, including the Zailisky Alatau ridge, Dzungarian Alatau range in Almaty region, Altai Mountains in East Kazakhstan region and Karatau Mountains

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Nauryz – Eternal Holiday of Reconciliation and Hope

By Dana Omirgazy

Nauryz is probably the nation’s most important holiday, even more significant for Kazakh people than Independence Day. The greatest spring holiday of Persian- and Turkic-speaking nations symbolises awakening and renewal of nature, unity of people and beginning of the New Year. The oriental New Year has been celebrated by many cultures for more than 5,000

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Astana Gets the Attention, But Life is Sweet in the Kazakh ‘Auls’

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

Kazakhstan is quickly emerging onto the world stage for many reasons, including its nuclear nonproliferation work, its service as a bridge between East and West as well as its contributions to international security and energy. Much of that attention is focused on its two major cities: Almaty, Kazakhstan’s former capital, major population metropolis and business

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EdgeKZ Talks Terrorism, Foreign Policy and the Future of Kazakh Research with Think Tank Head

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) was established in 1993, only two years after the country became independent, and has been Kazakhstan’s leading research center ever since. The institute focuses on strategic aspects of foreign policy, social and political processes in modern Kazakhstan and economic security and distributes its work in a number of

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Kazakhstan’s Mysterious Rock Carvings: Tamgaly Tas

By Kamila Zhumabayeva

For more than 100 years, scientists have been trying in vain to unravel the mystery of one of the country’s most-visited tourist sites. Just about 120 kilometers from Almaty, on the right bank of the Ili River, is a set of 60-meter rocky gates: the sacred and mysterious Tamgaly Tas tract. At Tamgaly Tas, rock

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