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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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Kazakhstan Poised for Rare Earth Boom

By Colin Berlyne

Rare earths are hard-to-find elements and minerals essential to the production of the high-tech gadgets that drive the world’s economy. And Kazakhstan is soaring up the league of producers to become one of the most important rare earth suppliers in the world. The term “rare earths” refers to 17 chemically similar elements which are vital

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The Coolest Ride Around: Almaty Opens Central Asia’s Newest Subway

By Colin Berlyne

It took 23 years to give the 1.4 million inhabitants of Almaty their first subway, but it was worth the wait. The first 8.56 km stretch of track and first seven passenger stations of the new rapid transit underground rail system opened in December 2011 and Almaty residents tell EdgeKz Magazine they are excited to

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