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Breaking Stereotypes: Astana Motorcyclists

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

In Stereotypes are very strong things. Expecting to meet a real biker, this writer wondered what he would look like. The preconceived notion was he would be driving his huge black motorcycle with a lot of details glinting in the sun, wearing a natural skin jacket and jeans and have long hair and a beard.

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With Two Weeks to a Decision, Kazakh Olympic Hosting Bid Stands Strong

By Tom Michael

When Kazakhstan first announced it would bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, some international observers didn’t quite take the nation’s proposal seriously. They do now. The vast, affluent yet still relatively obscure Central Asian nation’s quest to host the Games in seven years has deeply impressed Olympic watchers and led some

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Astana Landmarks and Astana Day Celebration Events

Astana’s Landmarks and Schedule of Events for July 4-6 Celebrations of Astana Day Astana is Kazakhstan’s shiny, new world-class capital and each year city residents, officials and organizations celebrate this unique place. This year is no different. From July 4-6 organized celebrations will be held around the city at some of Astana’s most iconic landmarks.

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Kazakh Public Gives Eurasian Integration Mixed Reviews

By Dmitry Lee

The citizens of three countries; Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia woke up in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) right after the new year’s celebrations on Jan. 1. The official view and hope for that union is that it will improve the economies of the three countries, facilitate trade and logistics between memberstates and increase the employment

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Kazakhstan’s Top Summer Destinations

By Dmitry Lee

Whether you like hiking, swimming, fishing or horseback riding, are just interested in Kazakhstan or have visited the country at least once in your life, you no doubt know the nation has a number of unique summer vacation destinations. EdgeKz has compiled a list of the most exciting locations to visit from May-September. Burabai Burabai

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Kazakhstan Making Strides in Disability Access, Acceptance

By Michelle Witte

Kazakhstan began 2015 by ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Jan. 20, the most recent and potentially most important in a series of steps taken since independence to improve the lives of the country’s disabled population. The ratification of the convention “will provide the 627,000 disabled persons living in

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American Vice Dean Brings Background in Chinese Studies, Extractive Industries to Nazarbayev University

By Michelle Witte

At Astana’s Nazarbayev University, Vice Dean of Research of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Elizabeth Van Wie Davis and the rest of its diverse international staff are pulling together to build something new – “the national Kazakh university,” as she describes it. The school, which has been tasked with developing a new, Kazakh

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Oil Prices Not Expected to Debilitate Kazakh Economy, Say Experts

By Tom Michael

Over the past two decades, few countries on earth have experienced the highs and lows of fluctuating oil prices like Kazakhstan. The Central Asian nation, owner of the second-largest oil reserves among former Soviet Union countries, saw a period of dazzling economic growth between the mid 1990s and late 2000s thanks in greater part to

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Beshbarmak: Five Finger Food

By Michelle Witte

Traditional Kazakh cuisine developed within the constraints of a nomadic life spent crossing landscapes that could not always be described as bountiful. Nomadic Kazakhs were completely reliant on their animals, and this is reflected in their food, which is rich in meat and dairy products. “Kazakhs led a nomadic life. It was necessary to face

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Kazakhstan Increases Role in Regional Stabilization as U. S. withdraws from Afghanistan

By Tom Michael

Throughout the United States’ 13-year war in Afghanistan, the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has been a reliable partner, offering assistance ranging from transit routes for U.S. troops, to airspace for non-lethal U.S. supply missions and money to help educate a generation of Afghan children whose lives offer a new promise for their war-torn country.

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