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Nation Prepares for Gold: Kazakh Athletes Head to London

By Alex Walters

The pressure on Talgat Ermegiyaev is nearly as great as that on Kazakhstan’s Olympic athletes. The dynamic former Culture and Sports Minister this year accepted the chairmanship of the Kazakh Sport and Physical Culture Agency. His mission? To assemble a well-trained team of top athletes to bring home medals from the Summer Olympic Games in

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Kazakh Wines: “Sun in a Glass”

By Colin Berlyne

Kazakhs love their wine, and they have been drinking it for more than 1,300 years. However, the modern winemaking industry in Kazakhstan is surprisingly young. The earliest modern day experiments took place on collective farms in the Almaty, Shymkent and Taraz regions in the 1930s. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin had begun deporting hundreds of thousands

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The Nazarbayev Center and its Director

By Colin Berlyne

For Kanat Saudabayev, running the new Nazarbayev Center in Astana is the culmination of a lifetime’s work. The center, recently launched, is the country’s premier institution for the political and humanitarian development of Kazakhstan internationally and domestically and for the preservation and studies of the nation’s history of statehood. Secretary of State Saudabayev is uniquely

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Southern Kazakhstan: Exploring the Wonder of the Ancient

By Alex Lee

Living and working in bustling metropolises in Kazakhstan or abroad, life moves at unprecedented speeds. Smart phones and iPads give us instant access to information and people. And we live in a world of entertaining diversions where a minute of silence makes us feel uneasy. So it is easy to forget the value of history

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Folk Ensemble Shares Kazakh Culture

By Colin Berlyne

If there is a cultural capital of the world, New York City is as close as it gets – and for music, dance and entertainment, Carnegie Hall is its greatest temple. So when the Kulansaz Folk Ensemble of Kazakhstan concluded its performance with a standing ovation from the audience at Carnegie Hall last year, they

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