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Carpet sellers, Bukhara  
   

Carpet sellers, Bukhara

Welcome to the cultural holocaust

August 26th 2004
Events conspired against our planned route through Central Asia… Turkmenistan was in the midst of a lover’s feud with Azerbaijan and closed their embassy in Baku. An Iranian visa was out of the question since my British imperialist kin were turning the Shiite holy city of Najaf into the next Stalingrad. Sealing another border tightly shut. We decided to take the boat across the ... read more
Asia » Uzbekistan

Uzbekistani Flag Russia conquered Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after World War I was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic set up in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain... ... read more
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