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          The drama of Kazakh Muslims in China: imprisoned, tortured, silenced      Cache   Translate Page      
Kazakhstan is becoming the epicenter of a struggle for religious freedom Read more...
          Kazakhstan Camel Milk Hospital      Cache   Translate Page      
I drink camel milk.There. I said it. It is out there.Now cue of up the parade of responses I have grown so accustomed to getting when I divulge this tidbit of information.There is the have you lost your mind side eye.The are you me
          Xinjiang human rights activist arrested      Cache   Translate Page      
A prominent human rights activist and China critic based in Kazakhstan, has been arrested by Kazakh police and charged with inciting ethnic strife, according to his lawyer.
          Xinjiang human rights activist Serikzhan Bilash arrested by Kazakhstan police, lawyer says      Cache   Translate Page      
A prominent human rights activist and China critic based in Kazakhstan, has been arrested by Kazakh police and charged with inciting ethnic strife, according to his lawyer.

          Putin fa lo sconto sul gas a Kiev e compra bond per 15 miliardi di dollari (presi dal fondo per il Welfare)       Cache   Translate Page      
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L'Ucraina è tornata all'ovile. Dell'incontro avvenuto martedì a Mosca - il presidente ucraino Viktor Yanukovich con Vladimir Putin - per il momento conosciamo soltanto la metà russa, cioè gli aiuti offerti dal Cremlino «per sostenere il budget dell'Ucraina», come ha detto il presidente russo. Temendo le piazze di Kiev pronte a incendiarsi, le cronache non si soffermano su quello che il presidente ucraino ha promesso in cambio.
Putin si è limitato a dire che non si è parlato dell'ingresso nell'Unione doganale con Russia, Kazakhstan e Bielorussia. Ma la generosità dello zar avrà sicuramente un costo altissimo: qual è il patto tra i due? Per prima cosa Yanukovich torna a casa con uno sconto consistente sul gas. Se dopo il distacco da Mosca, nel 2004, l'Ucraina era arrivata a pagare le più alte tra le tariffe europee, sui 400 dollari per mille metri cubi di gas, da oggi è riaperta l'era dei prezzi di favore. Uno sconto sulle forniture di Gazprom di un terzo, Putin lo ha definito «temporaneo»: da gennaio 2014 gli ucraini pagheranno 268,5 dollari.
Ma la scommessa di Putin appare ancor più clamorosa quanto alla seconda parte dell'accordo. Il presidente russo ha detto che investirà in bond ucraini 15 miliardi di dollari - il massimo delle ipotesi che circolavano in questi giorni: li sottrarrà al Fondo nazionale per il welfare, uno dei due fondi sovrani russi costruiti negli anni con i guadagni del petrolio per garantire la stabilità dei conti dello Stato e il futuro delle pensioni, per proteggerle nelle fasi di calo dei prezzi dell'energia. Secondo i dati dei ministero delle Finanze russo, nel febbraio scorso la disponibilità del Fondo per il welfare era di 88 miliardi di dollari circa. Il futuro non è roseo neppure per l'economia russa: si può permettere un investimento così rischioso?
«Prendendo in considerazione le difficoltà dell'economia ucraina - ha spiegato Putin citato dall'agenzia Interfax - legate in buona misura alla crisi economica e finanziaria mondiale, il governo russo ha preso la decisione di convertire in titoli governativi ucraini una parte delle proprie riserve, con l'obiettivo di sostenere il budget dell'Ucraina».
È esattamente quello di cui Yanukovich aveva bisogno, per affrontare i pagamenti in scadenza il prossimo anno - in parte destinati proprio a Gazprom - e per frenare la caduta della grivna. Per Kiev l'alternativa al pronto soccorso di Mosca potevano essere i 15 miliardi in discussione con il Fondo monetario internazionale, che però li vincolava a una serie di riforme: tra queste l'abolizione dei sussidi sul gas alle famiglie, una misura che Yanukovich non si è mai sentito di affrontare.
Ora il presidente ucraino sarà forse nelle condizioni di abbassare le bollette, ma il rischio che si è assunto è altissimo: c'è solo da attendere la risposta dei dimostranti filo-europei all'abbraccio con Putin.
          Radioactive pollution      Cache   Translate Page      
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It seem the destruction to our nature and planet earth get worse and worse. First was Air pollution that i posted about in previous blog post here and now it's Radioactive pollution.
Recently Nuclear accident sends radioactive cloud over Europe is posted by The Guardian link. Also Radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear accident is still leaking into the ocean after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Anonymous Video.

If you care about other people and the planet earth and don't want get sick or get death by pollution, then all people need to take their responsibility!

Some simple thing that can help reduce pollution:
- Governments need to take their responsibility and replace to clean energy
-  The sun is the solution to climate problem Use Solar Panels!
- People need to avoid diesel engine cars & trucks they have higher air pollution
- When you buy a car go for the electric vs motor it is better for environment
- Take the Train or Bus when you travel short distance and why not use a bicycle
- In some large city's transports and gods can be done with Trains 
- Plant many trees and forest, because tress clean the air in city's and removes pollution!

Remember everything we do have consequence!




          Kazakhstan releases Xinjiang rights activist to house arrest      Cache   Translate Page      
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) March 11, 2019
An activist arrested following a relentless campaign for victims of China's repression in Xinjiang was released Monday by a Kazakh court to house arrest pending trial, his lawyer told AFP. Serikjan Bilash, who has led an awareness drive centred on ethnic Kazakh victims of China's crackdown in the region, was arrested in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, and flown to the capital Astana on S
          Russian football team’s roster always depends on future opponents — head coach       Cache   Translate Page      
The Russian team is playing its 2020 Euro Cup qualifying matches against Belgium on March 21 and against Kazakhstan on March 24
          Pope clarifies to Bishop Schneider: God does not positively will a “diversity of religions” but only permits it ...      Cache   Translate Page      
Pope Francis has clarified that God does not positively will a “diversity of religions” but only permits it, Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said. Bishop Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, joined fellow Kazakhstani bishops for their ad limina visit to Rome last week, during which they raised several concerns with the Pope. The bishop told LifeSiteNews that he had a direct exchange with Pope Francis on a declaration signed last month by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Abu Dhabi...
          Cattle! Cuban cancel the name of the ESPN recorded interviews with the qualifications of Kazakhstan-小坂めぐる      Cache   Translate Page      
Cattle! Cuban cancel the ESPN name of the two interviews in the name of Palmer: ha ha ha! Sina sports news Beijing time on November 7th, according to the Dallas Mavericks reporter Tim Cato reported that Dallas has canceled two ESPN famous reporter Mark – Tim – Mike McMahon and stern interview qualification. Today, the […]
          More than 20 provinces announced the college entrance examination time what policies should b-my128.net      Cache   Translate Page      
More than 20 provinces announced the college entrance examination time   what policies should be concerned about? People.com.cn – Guangxi channel — people.com.cn original title: President of Kazakhstan: Trump against the global economy fragmentation commendable   Beijing Beijing, November 26, (Lv Chunrong) 25, Hebei, Hubei 2017 college entrance examination registration work started. Beijing (WeChat public […]
          Groups denounce continuous cyberattacks against independent media in the Philippines      Cache   Translate Page      
Groups denounce cyberattacks against several independent media websites in the Philippines. Photo: Kodao Productions, used with permission. Several media groups in the Philippines marked the World Day Against Cyber Censorship on March 12, 2019, by holding a protest to denounce the ongoing cyberattacks against their websites which they claim are backed by the government. Since … Continua la lettura di Groups denounce continuous cyberattacks against independent media in the Philippines
          

The lichen family Teloschistaceae in the Altai-Sayan region (Central Asia)

   
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Within the Altai-Sayan region, we identified 103 species of Teloschistaceae from 1193 field records supported by herbarium vouchers. The recorded species belong to the subfamilies Xanthorioideae (46 species in 14 genera) and Caloplacoideae (57 species in 17 genera); Teloschistoideae is absent. We divided the 194 surveyed localities into four categories: arid alpine, arid non-alpine, humid alpine, humid non-alpine. Each category has a specific lichen composition and a typical combination of traits. Humid non-alpine localities are mostly inhabited by broadly distributed boreal-montane species; humid alpine sites by arctic-alpine lichens; arid non-alpine habitats are preferred by xerophilous Eurasian species and arid alpine sites by xerophilous Central Asian species with (presumably) large geographic ranges in dry continental Asia. Some arid alpine species have a thick crustose thallus with a very thick medulla and cortex; this morphological trait is confined to the Central Asian group of lichens and is absent from other climatic regions, such as arctic, boreal or oceanic Eurasia. We compared species diversity in the Altai-Sayan region with the Alps. Both regions differ in species and generic composition and the richness is higher in the latter.

                Taxonomy: Caloplaca fluviatilis is newly described. New combinations are Pachypeltis insularis, P. pachythallina, P. phoenicopta and Variospora sororicida. Two of Magnusson’s names are newly synonymized: Caloplaca infestans with Pachypeltis intrudens and Caloplaca kansuensis with C. bicolor. In addition to 22 known genera, we define, provisionally, 9 groups of species that may merit recognition as genera. Caloplaca epithallina is provisionally placed in Shackletonia, but we do not formally publish a new combination. Lichenicolous Pachypeltis phoenicopta and Variospora sororicida are less host-specific than originally thought.

                Floristics: Caloplaca pratensis is new to Eurasia, Caloplaca helygeoides (= C. diphyodes auct.), C. monacensis and C. soralifera are new to Asia. 12 species are new to Russia, 9 new to Siberia, 9 new to China, 2 new to Kazakhstan, and 2 new to Xinjiang. Outside the studied region Pachypeltis phoenicopta is new to Europe (Spain, Sierra Nevada) and we report the first reliable record of Pachypeltis insularis from Greece (Mt Olympus).

 


          Kazakhstan suspends Boeing 737 Max flights      Cache   Translate Page      
Kazakhstan's civil aviation committee suspended Boeing 737 Max flights starting from Wednesday, it said in a statement, following two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

          CP of Greece, We denounce the imperialist intervention in Venezuela. Solidarity with the Venezuelan People!      Cache   Translate Page      

We, Communist and Workers Party of the world, decisively denounce the imperialist plans, the undermining tactics and the menaces unleashed by the USA, the EU and their allied governments in Latin America, aiming at overthrowing the legally elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; at subjugating the people of the country into their imperialist interests; and at looting the country’s wealth-producing resources.
After the failed provocation prepared by the USA using the imperialists’ puppet Guaidó on February 23rd in the Colombian borders, under the pretext of “humanitarian aid”, new scenarios are promoted for a coup or even an imperialist military attack, while simultaneously they continue the effort to organize more provocations that will give a pretext for the escalation of the intervention.
We strongly condemn every coup and imperialist military attack scenario of the USA and of their allies!
We decisively state that they will find against them not only the people of Venezuela but also the Communist and Workers Parties, the working class’ and people’s movement all around the world!
We vehemently condemn the statements of John Bolton, National Security Advisor of the USA, according to which the government of the USA follows the Monroe Doctrine that considers the whole of Latin America as their exclusive zone of interest.
Latin America belongs to its peoples!
Loyal to the principles of Proletarian Internationalism we express our solidarity with the people of Venezuela; only the people of Venezuela have the capacity to decide on the internal affairs of its country. We express our solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela, the Communist Youth of Venezuela and other Venezuelan anti-imperialist forces that struggle under difficult conditions to defend the people’s interests.
Down with Imperialism!
People Will Prevail!

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          Boeing 737 MAX 8: US Says 'no Basis' To Suspend Troubled Jet, But 45 Countries Disagree      Cache   Translate Page      

US aviation regulators said there was "no basis" to suspend flights of Boeing's 737 MAX jet after two fatal crashes that prompted several airlines and at least 45 countries to either ground the troubled aircraft or bar it from their airspace. "Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action," the Federal Aviation Administration's acting administrator Daniel Elwell, said. The groundings come after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed on Sunday, six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board, including seven Chinese nationals and one Hongkonger. On October 29 last year, another MAX jet flown by Indonesia's Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea, 12 minutes after take-off, killing all 189 passengers and crew. China's Boeing 737 MAX ban signals challenge to US power in civil aviation As of Wednesday morning Hong Kong time, at least the US, Canada, Panama, Thailand, Mauritania and Kazakhstan permitted airlines to fly the 737 MAX, for now. The United Arab Emirates and New Zealand on Wednesday joined the growing list of countries to ban the MAX jet from their airspace. That came after the European Union followed China's lead in grounding the US aircraft. Hong Kong remained one of the handful of jurisdictions in Asia that had not imposed restrictions on the aircraft. It is unclear if the Civil Aviation Department would change its mind on Wednesday. China's decision to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 driven by safety concerns Indian airline SpiceJet flies the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft between New Delhi and Hong Kong. However, flights have been suspended after India's aviation watchdog ordered a safety assessment of the aircraft. Russia's S7 Airlines, which flies the 737 MAX 8 between Novosibirsk and Hong Kong, was set to continue unless Russia also halted flights of the planes. Turkish Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world, said it was suspending use of its 12 MAX aircraft from Wednesday, until "uncertainty" was clarified. Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, South Korea's Eastar Jet and South Africa's Comair also said they would halt flights. The three US airlines using the 737 MAX - Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines - stood by the aircraft, as calls from members of the US Congress to ban the Boeing 737 MAX from US airspace increased. Republicans Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz joined several Democratic lawmakers in advocating for restrictions similar to those imposed by a growing list of nations. US President Donald Trump also weighed in with a blistering tweet on Tuesday: "Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly." "Pilot are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT," he wrote, referring to the prestigious university. Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019

Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Tuesday said it was too early to announce a meeting with Xi.

"In terms of whether or not we have a date set, not yet," she said at the White House. "We're continuing negotiations with China. When we have an announcement for the two leaders to sit down, we'll let you know."...


          Zheng Saisai unfortunately lost money fighting to show players live life-ca1816      Cache   Translate Page      
Zheng Saisai: unfortunately lost money fighting live show live players Zheng Saisai sina sports news Beijing on September 25th news, the Wuhan Open tennis tournament opener, Zheng Saisai faced the bursting of the Kazakhstan state women Meng shvedova somewhat helpless, although in the second start fighting but failed to regain the first break the disadvantage […]
          Kazakhstan suspends Boeing 737 Max flights      Cache   Translate Page      
Kazakhstan's civil aviation committee suspended Boeing 737 Max flights starting from Wednesday, it said in a statement, following two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

          Kazakhstan suspends Boeing 737 Max flights      Cache   Translate Page      
Kazakhstan's civil aviation committee suspended Boeing 737 Max flights starting from Wednesday, it said in a statement, following two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

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Kazakhstan suspends Boeing 737 Max flights  Reuters

Kazakhstan's civil aviation committee suspended Boeing 737 Max flights starting from Wednesday, it said in a statement, following two fatal crashes involving the ...


          Xinjiang human rights activist Serikzhan Bilash arrested      Cache   Translate Page      
A prominent human rights activist and China critic based in Kazakhstan, has been arrested by Kazakh police and charged with inciting ethnic strife, according to his lawyer.
          Sodomy Laws in the US and around the World      Cache   Translate Page      
A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as crimes. The precise sexual acts meant by the term sodomy are rarely spelled out in the law, but are typically understood by courts to include any sexual act deemed to be "unnatural" or immoral. Sodomy typically includes anal sex, oral sex and bestiality. In practice, sodomy laws have rarely been enforced against heterosexual couples (Wikipedia)


Sodomy arrest sparks controversy… 34 years ago

Michael Hardwick is arrested for sodomy after a police officer observes him having sex with another man in his own bedroom in Georgia. Although the district attorney eventually dropped the charges, Hardwick decided to challenge the constitutionality of Georgia’s law.

“John and Mary Doe,” who joined in Hardwick’s suit against Michael Bowers, the attorney general of Georgia, maintained that the Georgia law “chilled and deterred” them from engaging in certain types of sex in their home. But in 1986, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruling by a 5-4 vote that states could continue to treat certain types of consensual sex as criminal acts.

Apparently, Justice Byron White had characterized the issue not as the right to privacy in one’s own bedroom, but rather as the right to commit sodomy. Viewed in this narrow manner, it was no surprise that he was unable to find such a clause in the Constitution. Justice Lewis Powell, who also voted to uphold the law, later called his vote a mistake.

In June 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law under which two men had been arrested for having consensual sex at home. The 6-3 Lawrence v. Texas decision reversed the infamous 1986 Bowers decision and finally dealt a death blow to sodomy laws throughout the country.

In its landmark ruling Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws —sometimes referred to as “crimes against nature” laws — are unconstitutional. But 12 states continue to keep such laws on their books. Of 14 states that had anti-sodomy laws, only Montana and Virginia have repealed theirs since the Supreme Court ruling, while anti-sodomy laws remain on the books in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.



You may believe anti-sodomy laws are not harmful because they can’t be enforced. But they are an important symbol of homophobia for those who oppose LGBT rights. What’s more, the laws create ambiguity for police officers, who may not be aware they are unconstitutional.

If a policeman looks it up, he will see that sodomy is a violation of Louisiana state law, for example, according to Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.

Sodomy Laws around the World

In the recent years, sodomy related laws have been repealed or judicially struck down in all of Europe, North America, and South America, except for Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

There have never been Western-style sodomy related laws in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, or Vietnam. Additionally, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were part of the French colony of 'Indochine'; so if there had been any laws against male homosexual acts in those countries, they would have been dismantled by French colonial authorities, since male homosexual acts have been legal in France and throughout the French Empire since the issuing of the aforementioned French Revolutionary penal code in 1791.

This trend among Western nations has not been followed in all other regions of the world (Africa, some parts of Asia, Oceania and even western countries in the Caribbean Islands), where sodomy often remains a serious crime. For example, male homosexual acts, at least in theory, can result in life imprisonment in Barbados and Guyana.

In Africa, male homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan, and some parts of Nigeria and Somalia. Male and sometimes female homosexual acts are minor to major criminal offences in many other African countries; for example, life imprisonment is a prospective penalty in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda. A notable exception is South Africa, where same-sex marriage is legal.

In Asia, male homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; but anti-sodomy laws have been repealed in Israel (which recognizes but does not perform same-sex marriages), Japan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and Thailand. Additionally, life imprisonment is the formal penalty for male homosexual acts in Bangladesh, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Qatar.





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          Snow-white landscapes of Sor Tuzbair      Cache   Translate Page      
Sor Tuzbair is a solonchak (salt marsh) located in the Mangystau region in the south-east of Kazakhstan. Almost the entire territory of this region is covered with saline and deserts, water sources are absent. This is a picturesque area combining three colors: white – salt, limestone, clouds; blue – the sky; yellow-brown – the color […]
          Landscapes of the Northern Tian Shan      Cache   Translate Page      
The Tian Shan is a mountain system located in Central Asia in the territory of five countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region), Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It is one of the highest mountain systems in the world with more than thirty peaks over 6,000 meters high. Let’s look at the landscapes of the northern […]
          Summer in the Dzungarian Alatau      Cache   Translate Page      
The Dzungarian Alatau is a mountain range located on the border of the Almaty Region of Kazakhstan and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, between the Ili River and Lake Alakol. The mountains are named for the nearby desert. The length of this picturesque range is about 450 km, the width varies from 50 […]
          Almaty – the view from above      Cache   Translate Page      
Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of about 1.8 million people. From 1991 to 1997, it was the capital of the country. The city is located in an intermountain depression at the foot of the mountains of Zailiysky Alatau in the extreme south-east of the republic. The following photos of Almaty […]
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Out with the old, in with the new! May you be happy the whole year through! Happy New Year 2019! Picture: In the steppes of Kazakhstan by Ludmila Zhizhenko.
          Pristine Beauty of the Dzungarian Alatau      Cache   Translate Page      
The Dzungarian Alatau is a mountain range located in the northeast of the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, between the Ili River and Lake Alakol. The range extends from the west-southwest to east-northeast along the state border of Kazakhstan and China. The length of the range is about 450 km, the width – 50-90 km. The […]
          The Largest Catholic Cathedral in Kazakhstan      Cache   Translate Page      
The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima located in the city of Karaganda is the largest Catholic cathedral in Kazakhstan. The height of the towers – 40 meters. Cologne Cathedral in Germany was taken as the basis for the design of the cathedral in Karaganda. Construction continued from 2004 to 2012. Today, it […]
          Nga thử thành công lá chắn bảo vệ thủ đô Moskva      Cache   Translate Page      
Nga khai hỏa tên lửa bảo vệ thủ đô Moskva trong thử nghiệm “Một đơn vị tên lửa phòng không thuộc Lực lượng Không gian Vũ trụ Nga đã tiến hành thành công một vụ thử tên lửa đánh chặn mới tại bãi thử tên lửa đạn đạo Sary Shagan ở Kazakhstan”, Sputnik ngày 29/8 […]
          Dubai Authorities Making Investment in Caspian Shores      Cache   Translate Page      

Chief of the Dubai Ports Authorities, DP World, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem recently paid a visit to Kazakhstan, investing in new infrastructure projects in the Caspian Sea ports and logistics sector of the Central Asian state.

The post Dubai Authorities Making Investment in Caspian Shores appeared first on IFP News.


          BAIN IN, GORDON OUT      Cache   Translate Page      
SCOTT BAIN’S outstanding form for Celtic in 2019 has been rewarded with a place in the Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino. However, there was bad news for Craig Gordon whose miserable year continued with international boss Alex McLeish leaving him out. The 36-year-old Hoops keeper, who has made [...]
          Activist Accused of Inciting Hatred Helped Kazakhs Flee China’s Camps      Cache   Translate Page      
Serikzhan Bilash, who was instrumental in documenting China’s vast detentions of Muslim minorities, now faces charges in Kazakhstan
          Kazakhstan: Рolice detain, fine journalist covering Zhanaozen rallies      Cache   Translate Page      
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           В Казахстане появится публичный реестр осужденных за коррупцию госслужащих      Cache   Translate Page      

Transparency Kazakhstan получил ответ от Агентства РК по делам государственной службы и противодействию коррупции, в котором ведомство выразило готовность создать публичный реестр лиц, осужденных за коррупцию в Казахстане.


          Казахстан секса хочу - Fuckbook Kazakhstan Знакомства для      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Steven Fletcher: Scotland striker absent as he 'manages injury' - McFadden      Cache   Translate Page      
Steven Fletcher is not in Scotland's squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers in Kazakhstan and San Marino because he is "managing an injury", says assistant coach James McFadden.
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          Evaluating Board Effectiveness for Advancing Autonomy: A Strategy for Newly Autonomous Universities in Kazakhstan      Cache   Translate Page      

This paper presents an instrument for board evaluation specifically designed for the evolving context of higher education reform in Kazakhstan. It adopts a self-study approach, drawing on best practices in governance.


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          Comment on Living With Kids: Amber Folkman by julie      Cache   Translate Page      
I can so relate to Amber. We are an expat family (French and British nationals) living in Kazakhstan who can't think of living anywhere else than overseas. Although our now 6 year old daughter was born in Uganda, all she has known is Kazakhstan, claims she is from Kazakhstan and is trilingual (more fluent in Russian than her mother tongue French). The idea of taking her away from here breaks my heart. Being a TKC has many challenges, but so it is for adults. I identify myself as a Third Culture Adult and would struggle to settle back ''home'' after spending half my life overseas. I can also relate to you Amber about loving the local craft. I always bring back a suitcase full of fabric and baskets from my trips in Asia, the latest being India. Philippines is next on my list of places to visit. Thank you!
           Almaty Governor from Kazakhstan visits Phuket      Cache   Translate Page      

PHOTO: Almaty Governor Mr Batalov Amandyk Gabbasovich presents Phuket’s Governor with an ideal gift The Governor of Almaty city in Kazakhstan dropped in on Phuket’s Governor today for discussions on tourism, investment and culture exchange as a new Sister City. This morning Phuket’s Governor Phakkaphong Tavipatana welcomed Almaty Governor Mr Batalov Amandyk Gabbasovich from Kazakhstan […]

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Liputan6.com, Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang - Sebelum 2016, Gulnur Turdumanet, suami dan ketiga anak-anaknya tinggal serta bermatapencaharian sebagai peternak dan penggembala di perbukitan kawasan Gurun Gobi di Turugart, Wuqia County, Prefektur Otonomi Kizilsu Kirgiz, Wilayah Otonomi Xinjiang-Uighur barat jauh.

Meski memiliki aset berupa hewan-hewan ternak yang setidaknya berjumlah belasan, Gulnur mengaku bahwa kehidupannya dulu cukup sulit.

"Rumah kami hanya berupa gubuk tanpa sanitasi. Untuk air, kami memanfaatkan salju yang mencair," kata Gulnur yang kini telah menetap usai menyetujui program relokasi pemerintah ke sebuah permukiman di Turugart Port, sekitar 200 km dari perbatasan China - Tajikistan.

Pada Minggu 24 Februari 2019, rombongan belasan jurnalis dari Indonesia dan Malaysia diberikan kesempatan oleh otoritas China untuk mengunjungi Turugart Port dengan didampingi oleh belasan pejabat Tiongkok di Xinjiang. Otoritas menyajikan kami tentang perkembangan pembangunan di daerah tapal batas terbarat China --di mana matahari terbit dan tenggelam lebih lama dari wilayah-wilayah lain di Tiongkok.

Gulnur Turdumanet dan Nurbek Bay, sepasang saudara etnis Kirgiz di Turugart, Wuqia County, Prefektur Otonomi Kizilsu Kirgiz, Wilayah Otonomi Xinjiang-Uighur (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Gulnur mengaku, setelah pindah ke permukiman relokasi di Turugart, "Tingkat kehidupan saya meningkat secara besar," lanjutnya melalui penerjemah.

"Di flat (relokasi) yang disediakan, sudah ada listrik, air, internet, dan kamar mandi. Dan kehidupan kami sangat meningkat sekali," lanjutnya.

Flat itu bak rusun di Kemayoran. Gedung bangunan tak tinggi, hanya berlantai empat. Sekitar 8 - 10 gedung tergabung dalam satu klaster/kompleks. Gedung-gedung itu membentuk perimeter melingkar, di tengah sisi dalam difungsikan sebagai lapangan serbaguna untuk komunitas.

Sementara dengan masing-masing lantai memiliki dua rumah. Satu rumah memiliki luas sekitar 81 meter persegi.

Permukiman relokasi etnis Kirgiz di Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

"Biaya rekening cukup murah," katanya. Untuk listrik misalnya, pembelian token 50 yuan (sekitar Rp 100 ribu) bisa digunakan untuk dua sampai tiga bulan.

Gulnur mengatakan, ketiga anaknya juga menerima pendidikan di institusi pendidikan setempat. Bungsu bersekolah di SD dekat kantor pemerintah desa, sementara dua anak tertuanya, bersekolah di SMA di dekat kantor pemerintah Wuqia County.

"Semua biaya sekolah ditanggung pemerintah," kata Gulnur.

Di Tapal Batas

Itulah secuil gambaran mengenai kebijakan pemerintah China yang dinikmati oleh keluarga Gulnur dan beberapa warga lain di permukiman relokasi di Turugart Port, Wuqia, hanya 200 km dari perbatasan China - Tajikistan.

Warga di permukiman relokasi di Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Pada 2016, pemerintah China mulai membangun permukiman relokasi (re-settlement) yang diperuntukkan bagi warga lokal yang tinggal di "rumah gubuk (hut)" atau "rumah bata (mudhouse)" di wilayah tersebut.

"Demi membantu warga lokal untuk meningkatkan kehidupan dan produksi mereka, pemerintah telah berinvestasi banyak," klaim seorang pejabat Xinjiang, China.

Pada 2016, pemerintah China dan Xinjiang mulai membangun permukiman relokasi (re-settlement) yang diperuntukkan bagi warga lokal yang tinggal di rumah gubuk  atau rumah bata di wilayah Turugart, Wuqia.

Populasi di Wuqia County sendiri berkisar antara 50.000 - 60.000 jiwa, dengan "ratusan hingga ribuan" di antaranya adalah keluarga Kirgiz yang tinggal di permukiman relokasi lain serupa seperti di Turugart.

Warga lokal itu, jelas seorang pejabat departemen diseminasi informasi Partai Komunis China di Xinjiang, adalah kelompok etnis minoritas Kirgiz yang tinggal di wilayah perbukitan di area Gurun Gobi di Turugart.

"Mata pencaharian tradisional mereka adalah berternak," kata pejabat itu, "seperti domba, kambing, sapi dan unta, dengan jumlah yang bisa mencapai belasan hingga puluhan."

Para etnis Kirgiz itu menerapkan gaya hidup semi-nomaden dengan berpindah-pindah untuk kemudian menetap di tempat yang subur dan memiliki mata air, terutama di perbukitan kata pejabat itu dengan menambahkan, "tapi yang Anda lihat, wilayah ini seutuhnya gurun."

"Meski beternak, perekonomian mereka tak sejahtera. Wilayah ini (Wuqia) mengalami musim dingin, sehingga hewan ternak bisa mati dan akibatnya mereka bisa kehilangan mata pencaharian. Rumah mereka juga bisa terancam tertimbun longsor salju. Bayangkan kerugian yang harus mereka alami."

Permukiman relokasi etnis Kirgiz di Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Pembangunan permukiman relokasi di Turugart pada 2016 adalah salah satu dari "program pemerintah China untuk mengentas kemiskinan di wilayah terpencil" lanjut pejabat itu.

Keluarga yang setuju untuk direlokasi oleh pemerintah membayar sekitar 10.000 yuan untuk sebuah flat di Turugart lengkap dengan air, gas, penghangat, listrik, layanan TV dan internet. Namun, setiap rekening harus dibayar sesuai penggunaan.

Sekarang, total 136 keluarga yang berada di permukiman relokasi di Turugart, Wuqia itu "memiliki toko, membuka bisnis kecil, atau bekerja di sektor lain," jelas pejabat itu.

Suami Gulnur Turdumanet, selaku kepala keluarga misalnya, mengaku kini bekerja sebagai "pegawai pos perbatasan China - Tajikistan, juru masak di sebuah kantor pemerintah, pekerja di sektor industri lokal, atau membuka toko makanan," di komunitas permukiman kini mereka tinggali.

Bagi yang membuka toko dan bisnis di Turugart, Wuqia, para pelanggan mereka "biasanya adalah warga lokal atau warga Turkmenistan di Irkeshtam, 200 km dekat perbatasan China - Turkmenistan.

"Beberapa keluarga juga punya dokter kontrak untuk keperluan medis mereka," kata seorang pemandu dari pemerintah lokal Turugart Port.

"Gaya hidup komunitas peternak Kirgiz di sini semua sudah berubah secara dramatis sesuai dengan sistem sosialis China, kepemimpinan Partai Komunis (China) dan mereka semua sekarang sudah hidup bahagia," klaim seorang pejabat untuk Partai Komunis China di Xinjiang.

Tentang warga yang tidak bersedia direlokasi, seorang pejabat mengatakan, "Pindah ke sini sukarela. Jika mereka mau dan punya uangnya, mereka bisa pindah (ke permukiman serupa)."

 

Simak video pilihan berikut:

 

Secuil Inisiatif Belt and Road di Turugart, Wuqia

Permukiman relokasi etnis Kirgiz di Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Dalam konteks yang lebih luas, pembangunan infrastruktur dan 'program pengentasan kemiskinan' yang dilakukan oleh pemerintah China di wilayah perbatasan barat --seperti Turugart, Wuqia-- merupakan cara bagi Beijing untuk membuat wilayah itu secara infrastruktur, ekonomi, hingga sosial "menjadi lebih layak" sebagai "gerbang terdepan" kebijakan 'Inisiatif Belt and Road' dan kebijakan 'Keterbukaan China' yang turut menjangkau wilayah Negara-negara 'Stan', Asia Tengah, Eropa Tengah dan Eropa Timur.

"Kami ingin menjadikan Xinjiang sebagai gerbang utama keterbukaan China kepada dunia, terutama, negara-negara Asia Tengah, Asia Barat, hingga Eropa," kata seorang pejabat diseminasi informasi Partai Komunis China di Xinjiang.

Negara-negara 'Stan' merujuk Kazakhstan, Kirgiztan, dan Tajikistan (eks-Soviet) serta Pakistan dan Afghanistan (Asia Tengah), dengan masing-masing berbagi perbatasan langsung dengan Tiongkok.

China menjadi 'pemain utama' di belahan Bumi paling tengah yang menjadi pertemuan Benua Eropa dan Benua Asia itu, dengan komoditas utama yang dipertukarkan berupa minyak, gas dan mineral (yang mana Xinjiang kaya akan ketiga sumber daya alam itu), energi non-migas, infrastruktur, alutsista militer hingga produk pangan dan rumah tangga.

Permukiman relokasi etnis Kirgiz di Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Tajikistan dan Kirgiztan misalnya, pada 2018, telah menandatangani berbagai proyek kerja sama dengan China di sektor infrastruktur (rel kereta) dan energi (pipa gas yang melintasi China-Kirgiztan-Tajikistan-Turkmenistan).

Salah satu timbal balik yang diterima China adalah masuknya produk-produk pangan negara-negara tersebut ke wilayah Xinjiang barat yang sejatinya tandus dan tak cocok untuk agraria --mengingat letaknya di tengah Gurun Gobi.

Dalam toko di Turugart, Wuqia misalnya, terdapat banyak produk yang China impor dari 'Negara-negara Stan' tersebut, beberapa dari Eropa Timur dan Tengah seperti Polandia dan Rusia, serta segelintir dari Asia. Produk itu mulai dari makanan, minuman, barang-barang kebutuhan hidup sehari-hari, hingga, cinderamata.

Salah satu barang yang dijual di toko di Turugart, Wuqia County, Prefektur Otonomi Kizilsu Kirgiz, Wilayah Otonomi Xinjiang-Uighur (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sementara Pakistan diketahui menerima suplai alutsista militer dari China, termasuk salah satunya jet tempur. Sedangkan negara-negara seperti Kirgiztan dan Turkmenistan diketahui telah menerima suplai serupa sejak beberapa tahun lalu.

Namun, ketika negara-negara Asia Tengah memperkuat hubungan dengan Beijing saat mereka bersaing untuk menerima bagian dari Inisiatif Belt and Road yang membentang dari China ke Eropa, pinjaman dari Beijing menggelembung di semua negara kecuali Kazakhstan, yang menerima investasi langsung dari berbagai negara, dan Uzbekistan --Nikkei Asian Review melaporkan.

Tajikistan dilaporkan menyerahkan tambang emas ke China pada April 2018 sebagai imbalan US$ 300 juta dalam pendanaan untuk membangun pembangkit listrik.

(Di ufuk) Pembangkit listrik panel surya di Turugart, Wuqia County, Prefektur Otonomi Kizilsu Kirgiz, Wilayah Otonomi Xinjiang-Uighur (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sementara Kirgiztan dilaporkan memiliki kontrak dengan bank China yang dikelola pemerintah untuk pembangkit listrik di ibukota Bishkek yang mencakup klausul yang memberi Beijing kendali atas aset berjangkauan luas jika negara itu gagal membayar. China juga diperkirakan menuntut konsesi dalam negosiasi untuk pendanaan pembangunan kereta api.

Risiko tersembunyi dalam proyek-proyek Belt and Road terungkap setelah Sri Lanka pada tahun 2017 memberi China hak pengoperasian ke pelabuhan Hambantota selama 99 tahun ketika negara pulau itu berjuang untuk membayar hutang.

China bertujuan untuk menjadi kekuatan dominan di Asia Tengah untuk menurunkan harga perolehan sumber daya, kata Andrei Grozin, yang mengepalai departemen Asia Tengah di CIS Institute seperti dikutip dari Nikkei Asian Review.

Beijing juga berencana untuk berinvestasi dalam proyek-proyek infrastruktur dan pertanian di negara-negara bekas Soviet seperti Ukraina yang mencari integrasi dengan Uni Eropa, meningkatkan pengaruhnya di Eropa Timur ketika pertentangan antara Moskow dan Washington tumbuh.

Ukraina dan China menyetujui US$ 7 miliar dalam proyek bersama di komisi antar pemerintah pada akhir 2017. Pembangunan jalan raya dan basis ekspor biji-bijian mengalami kemajuan.

"Sebuah faksi pro-China diam-diam muncul di wilayah itu," kata seorang pejabat tinggi Ukraina seperti dikutip dari Nikkei Asian Review.


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  • The first all-female spacewalk is scheduled to occur on March 29 outside the International Space Station.
  • Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will work together in spacesuits while female mission controllers on Earth provide support.
  • NASA said the historic first "was not orchestrated to be this way" and is a result of scheduling changes and the changing makeup of its agency.
  • The goal of the spacewalk is to upgrade the space station's power system with new batteries.

NASA is about to stumble into human spaceflight history with the first-ever all-female spacewalk.

Spacewalks, formally called extravehicular activities or EVAs, are routine yet risky operations. During a spacewalk, a pair of astronauts put on bulky spacesuits, step outside the International Space Station (ISS), and work together in the unforgiving vacuum of space.

On March 29, NASA plans to have two female astronauts — Anne McClain and Christina Hammock Koch — perform a spacewalk to replace some old batteries. Meanwhile, two women on the ground in Mission Control — lead flight director Mary Lawrence and spacewalk flight controller Jackie Kagey — will lead support of the operation and guide the astronauts every step of the way.

There have been more than 210 spacewalks over the space station's 18-year history, and two female crew members have lived aboard the ISS several times before. But this will be the first all-female, women-led spacewalk operation ever conducted. Plus, this one happens to be scheduled during Women's History Month.

Kristen Facciol, a female aerospace engineer, astronaut trainer, and mission controller, will also be involved.

"I just found out that I'll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal [McClain] and @Astro_Christina [Koch] and I can not contain my excitement!!!!" Facciol tweeted on March 1, later adding that she hopes "this will be the norm one day."

For its part, though, NASA says the historic first is a scheduling accident.

"It was not orchestrated to be this way," Stephanie Schierholz, a NASA representative, said in a statement to Business Insider, noting that this particular spacewalk was originally slated to take place in the fall of 2018. And given the ongoing hiring strategy of NASA, all-female spacewalks may not be rare for long.

Why the first female spacewalk is likely a coincidence 

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The goal of the upcoming all-female, 6.5-hour mission — along with another spacewalk happening on March 22 — is to replace critical yet aging batteries outside of the space station.

The ISS has a three-person crew that rotates roughly every six months, and spacewalks require two astronauts to buddy up for safety.

But the spacewalks initially planned to take care of the battery fixes hit multiple delays. First, the launch of the new batteries aboard a Japanese-built cargo ship was pushed back by two weeks. Then the launch of NASA astronaut Nick Hague — who was slated to perform the spacewalks in October — and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin failed, forcing the two men to do an emergency landing.

Read more: A Russian rocket failed with 2 people on board, and the moment was recorded on video. Here's what it shows.

A safety system blasted their Soyuz space capsule off the doomed rocket, then parachuted the crew back to Earth uninjured. Hague and Ovchinin will attempt to launch to the space station again this Thursday, but this time they're also flying with with NASA astronaut Christina Koch.

That means the three US astronauts who will be on the space station for the rescheduled battery replacement are Hague, Koch, and McClain (who launched on December 3) — one man and two women.

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Hague and McClain are slated to perform the first of the two spacewalks on March 22, then Koch and McClain will do the second on March 29 — the all-female outing.

All-women coincidences will be increasingly likely going forward, given the future composition of NASA's new batches of astronauts and its human spaceflight division.

"All three NASA astronauts who will be on the space station are from the 2013 astronaut class that was 50% women. And the most recent class of flight directors was 50% women," Schierholz said.

Why NASA needs a battery swap

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The space station is powered by four sets of expansive rectangular solar cells. But because the football-field-size laboratory stays afloat by zooming around Earth at 17,500 mph (it circles the planet about once every 90 minutes), it's in darkness roughly half the time.

To keep the power flowing during orbital night, batteries store up excess solar energy. But those batteries are now more than 12 years old, and not getting any younger.

NASA is in the midst of replacing four sets of 12 batteries — one per set of solar cells. The newer batteries are lithium-ion types store about twice the energy, so six will be swapped in instead of 12. The spacewalks this month will mark the second set of replacements, according to CBS News.

A robotic arm moves the batteries into position for the spacewalks, but the fine coordination of human hands is required to unbolt the old batteries and swap in the new ones. Hague, Koch, and McClain will also attach adapter plates to enable the reduction from 12 to six batteries.

Training for a spacewalk

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Astronauts practice for months and even years ahead of such operations.

"We train for spacewalks in a giant pool that's called the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. It's a pool that's large enough to fill a full-scale mockup of the International Space Station," Koch said in a NASA video.

Training is so intense because spacewalks, though routine, are very risky. In fact, NASA officials often say that donning a suit and working in the vacuum of space is "one of the most dangerous things we do as a program," primarily because there is very little to protect an astronaut if anything goes wrong.

Spacewalks can go south for a number of reasons. If an astronaut makes a incorrect move, he or she can poke or cut a spacesuit, allowing air to escape. Micrometeoroid debris — such as pieces of asteroid and comets, or space junk like flecks of paint and bits of metal — also pose a grave threat. Plus, there's a risk of mechanical problems or failures; during a July 2013 spacewalk, for example, a water leak threatened to drown Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano in his helmet.

Read more: A space junk disaster could cut off human access to space. Here's how.

christina hammock koch astronaut sokol spacesuit nasa AP_19051316275400Koch and McClain, for their parts, appear more than ready to risk these and other dangers in order to maintain humanity's ongoing presence in space.

During Koch's interview to be an astronaut, she said one person on her interview committee was a personal hero: Peggy Whitson, the NASA astronaut who's spent the most time in space. Koch said Whitson — who has performed 10 spacewalks and seen her share of close calls — asked a memorable question about Koch's love of rock-climbing.

"She looked at me, and she said, 'when you rock climb, have you ever been scared?' And I felt like she was seeing right to my soul when she asked that question," Koch said. She confirmed that she has indeed been scared.

"That's when I found that ... turning that fear that you might be having into focus is so important," Koch added.

How to watch the first all-female spacewalk live

NASA TV plans to broadcast Koch and McClain's spacewalk starting at 6:30 a.m. EDT on March 29. You can watch the operation live at that time using the embedded YouTube player below.

The operation should last nearly seven hours, beginning with Koch and McClain depressurizing an airlock. They'll then open the hatch, step outside, make their way to the truss with the batteries, and get to work.

NASA's broadcast should show live views from cameras on the space station as well those from the astronauts' helmets. Radio communications between Koch, McClain, and Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston will also be heard.

 

But NASA says the historic all-female spacewalk depends on the successful launch of Hague, Koch, and Ovchinin on Thursday. If there are any delays or issues with that launch, NASA would inevitably delay its two upcoming spacewalks once again.

The new crew members — a combination of space station Expeditions 59 and 60 — are scheduled to launch to space from southern Kazakhstan at at 3:14 p.m. EDT on March 14 (12:14 a.m. local time on March 15). About seven hours later, they hope to meet up with McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and space station commander Oleg Kononenko, a Russian cosmonaut. NASA TV (above) also plans live-broadcast the launch and docking attempts.

McClain, for her part, has consistently embraced her role as a model for women in science and working mothers — she even included her 4-year-old son in a NASA photo shoot before flying to the ISS.

"I think that my career and perhaps me being on the International Space Station can really show women and girls and everybody that hey, we're not just sitting at the table, we're leading the table. And there's no excuses: You can accomplish whatever you want to," McClain said during a live broadcast of a phone call to the space station on International Women's Day. "You just got to throw your hat in the ring. You've got to get out there and do it."

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[Kazakhstan], Mar 13 (ANI): Human rights activist Serikzhan Bilash’s lawyer Aiman Umarova on Wednesday said that her client was arrested by Kazakh Police and charged with allegedly inciting ethnic strife.

Bilash is the co-founder of Atajurt, an organisation that has publicly lobbied for the closure of Xinjiang camps in China’s far west, according to a report by CNN.   

The situation in Xinjiang has drawn harsh criticism from across the globe.

According to a report by the US government, as many as two million Uighurs, and other Muslim minorities are estimated to have been imprisoned in huge detention centres in China's far west.

Bilash was arrested on Saturday in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty. He is currently under house arrest in the country’s capital Astana.

The activist could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. 

According to experts, over one million Uighurs, as well as the members of The Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Hui Muslim minorities, have been detained in internment camps where they are forced to undergo forceful re-education or indoctrination.

Beijing, however, has refuted such claims, outlining that only people who have committed minor offences when involved in terrorist activities are made to go through vocational training at “vocational education institutes.” (ANI)


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Liputan6.com, Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang - Sebelum 2016, Gulnur Turdumanet, suami dan ketiga anak-anaknya tinggal serta bermatapencaharian sebagai peternak dan penggembala di perbukitan kawasan Gurun Gobi di Turugart, Wuqia County, Prefektur Otonomi Kizilsu Kirgiz, Wilayah Otonomi Xinjiang-Uighur barat jauh.

Meski memiliki aset berupa hewan-hewan ternak yang setidaknya berjumlah belasan, Gulnur mengaku bahwa kehidupannya dulu cukup sulit.

"Rumah kami hanya berupa gubuk tanpa sanitasi. Untuk air, kami memanfaatkan salju yang mencair," kata Gulnur yang kini telah menetap usai menyetujui program relokasi pemerintah ke sebuah permukiman di Turugart Port, sekitar 200 km dari perbatasan China - Tajikistan.

Pada Minggu 24 Februari 2019, rombongan belasan jurnalis dari Indonesia dan Malaysia diberikan kesempatan oleh otoritas China untuk mengunjungi Turugart Port dengan didampingi oleh belasan pejabat Tiongkok di Xinjiang. Otoritas menyajikan kami tentang perkembangan pembangunan di daerah tapal batas terbarat China --di mana matahari terbit dan tenggelam lebih lama dari wilayah-wilayah lain di Tiongkok.

Gulnur Turdumanet dan Nurbek Bay, sepasang saudara etnis Kirgiz di Turugart, Wuqia County, Prefektur Otonomi Kizilsu Kirgiz, Wilayah Otonomi Xinjiang-Uighur (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Gulnur mengaku, setelah pindah ke permukiman relokasi di Turugart, "Tingkat kehidupan saya meningkat secara besar," lanjutnya melalui penerjemah.

"Di flat (relokasi) yang disediakan, sudah ada listrik, air, internet, dan kamar mandi. Dan kehidupan kami sangat meningkat sekali," lanjutnya.

Flat itu bak rusun di Kemayoran. Gedung bangunan tak tinggi, hanya berlantai empat. Sekitar 8 - 10 gedung tergabung dalam satu klaster/kompleks. Gedung-gedung itu membentuk perimeter melingkar, di tengah sisi dalam difungsikan sebagai lapangan serbaguna untuk komunitas.

Sementara dengan masing-masing lantai memiliki dua rumah. Satu rumah memiliki luas sekitar 81 meter persegi.

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"Biaya rekening cukup murah," katanya. Untuk listrik misalnya, pembelian token 50 yuan (sekitar Rp 100 ribu) bisa digunakan untuk dua sampai tiga bulan.

Gulnur mengatakan, ketiga anaknya juga menerima pendidikan di institusi pendidikan setempat. Bungsu bersekolah di SD dekat kantor pemerintah desa, sementara dua anak tertuanya, bersekolah di SMA di dekat kantor pemerintah Wuqia County.

"Semua biaya sekolah ditanggung pemerintah," kata Gulnur.

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Itulah secuil gambaran mengenai kebijakan pemerintah China yang dinikmati oleh keluarga Gulnur dan beberapa warga lain di permukiman relokasi di Turugart Port, Wuqia, hanya 200 km dari perbatasan China - Tajikistan.

Warga di permukiman relokasi di Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Pada 2016, pemerintah China mulai membangun permukiman relokasi (re-settlement) yang diperuntukkan bagi warga lokal yang tinggal di "rumah gubuk (hut)" atau "rumah bata (mudhouse)" di wilayah tersebut.

"Demi membantu warga lokal untuk meningkatkan kehidupan dan produksi mereka, pemerintah telah berinvestasi banyak," klaim seorang pejabat Xinjiang, China.

Pada 2016, pemerintah China dan Xinjiang mulai membangun permukiman relokasi (re-settlement) yang diperuntukkan bagi warga lokal yang tinggal di rumah gubuk  atau rumah bata di wilayah Turugart, Wuqia.

Populasi di Wuqia County sendiri berkisar antara 50.000 - 60.000 jiwa, dengan "ratusan hingga ribuan" di antaranya adalah keluarga Kirgiz yang tinggal di permukiman relokasi lain serupa seperti di Turugart.

Warga lokal itu, jelas seorang pejabat departemen diseminasi informasi Partai Komunis China di Xinjiang, adalah kelompok etnis minoritas Kirgiz yang tinggal di wilayah perbukitan di area Gurun Gobi di Turugart.

"Mata pencaharian tradisional mereka adalah berternak," kata pejabat itu, "seperti domba, kambing, sapi dan unta, dengan jumlah yang bisa mencapai belasan hingga puluhan."

Para etnis Kirgiz itu menerapkan gaya hidup semi-nomaden dengan berpindah-pindah untuk kemudian menetap di tempat yang subur dan memiliki mata air, terutama di perbukitan kata pejabat itu dengan menambahkan, "tapi yang Anda lihat, wilayah ini seutuhnya gurun."

"Meski beternak, perekonomian mereka tak sejahtera. Wilayah ini (Wuqia) mengalami musim dingin, sehingga hewan ternak bisa mati dan akibatnya mereka bisa kehilangan mata pencaharian. Rumah mereka juga bisa terancam tertimbun longsor salju. Bayangkan kerugian yang harus mereka alami."

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Pembangunan permukiman relokasi di Turugart pada 2016 adalah salah satu dari "program pemerintah China untuk mengentas kemiskinan di wilayah terpencil" lanjut pejabat itu.

Keluarga yang setuju untuk direlokasi oleh pemerintah membayar sekitar 10.000 yuan untuk sebuah flat di Turugart lengkap dengan air, gas, penghangat, listrik, layanan TV dan internet. Namun, setiap rekening harus dibayar sesuai penggunaan.

Sekarang, total 136 keluarga yang berada di permukiman relokasi di Turugart, Wuqia itu "memiliki toko, membuka bisnis kecil, atau bekerja di sektor lain," jelas pejabat itu.

Suami Gulnur Turdumanet, selaku kepala keluarga misalnya, mengaku kini bekerja sebagai "pegawai pos perbatasan China - Tajikistan, juru masak di sebuah kantor pemerintah, pekerja di sektor industri lokal, atau membuka toko makanan," di komunitas permukiman kini mereka tinggali.

Bagi yang membuka toko dan bisnis di Turugart, Wuqia, para pelanggan mereka "biasanya adalah warga lokal atau warga Turkmenistan di Irkeshtam, 200 km dekat perbatasan China - Turkmenistan.

"Beberapa keluarga juga punya dokter kontrak untuk keperluan medis mereka," kata seorang pemandu dari pemerintah lokal Turugart Port.

"Gaya hidup komunitas peternak Kirgiz di sini semua sudah berubah secara dramatis sesuai dengan sistem sosialis China, kepemimpinan Partai Komunis (China) dan mereka semua sekarang sudah hidup bahagia," klaim seorang pejabat untuk Partai Komunis China di Xinjiang.

Tentang warga yang tidak bersedia direlokasi, seorang pejabat mengatakan, "Pindah ke sini sukarela. Jika mereka mau dan punya uangnya, mereka bisa pindah (ke permukiman serupa)."

 

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Secuil Inisiatif Belt and Road di Turugart, Wuqia

Permukiman relokasi etnis Kirgiz di Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Dalam konteks yang lebih luas, pembangunan infrastruktur dan 'program pengentasan kemiskinan' yang dilakukan oleh pemerintah China di wilayah perbatasan barat --seperti Turugart, Wuqia-- merupakan cara bagi Beijing untuk membuat wilayah itu secara infrastruktur, ekonomi, hingga sosial "menjadi lebih layak" sebagai "gerbang terdepan" kebijakan 'Inisiatif Belt and Road' dan kebijakan 'Keterbukaan China' yang turut menjangkau wilayah Negara-negara 'Stan', Asia Tengah, Eropa Tengah dan Eropa Timur.

"Kami ingin menjadikan Xinjiang sebagai gerbang utama keterbukaan China kepada dunia, terutama, negara-negara Asia Tengah, Asia Barat, hingga Eropa," kata seorang pejabat diseminasi informasi Partai Komunis China di Xinjiang.

Negara-negara 'Stan' merujuk Kazakhstan, Kirgiztan, dan Tajikistan (eks-Soviet) serta Pakistan dan Afghanistan (Asia Tengah), dengan masing-masing berbagi perbatasan langsung dengan Tiongkok.

China menjadi 'pemain utama' di belahan Bumi paling tengah yang menjadi pertemuan Benua Eropa dan Benua Asia itu, dengan komoditas utama yang dipertukarkan berupa minyak, gas dan mineral (yang mana Xinjiang kaya akan ketiga sumber daya alam itu), energi non-migas, infrastruktur, alutsista militer hingga produk pangan dan rumah tangga.

Permukiman relokasi etnis Kirgiz di Turugart Port, Wuqia County, Xinjiang (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Tajikistan dan Kirgiztan misalnya, pada 2018, telah menandatangani berbagai proyek kerja sama dengan China di sektor infrastruktur (rel kereta) dan energi (pipa gas yang melintasi China-Kirgiztan-Tajikistan-Turkmenistan).

Salah satu timbal balik yang diterima China adalah masuknya produk-produk pangan negara-negara tersebut ke wilayah Xinjiang barat yang sejatinya tandus dan tak cocok untuk agraria --mengingat letaknya di tengah Gurun Gobi.

Dalam toko di Turugart, Wuqia misalnya, terdapat banyak produk yang China impor dari 'Negara-negara Stan' tersebut, beberapa dari Eropa Timur dan Tengah seperti Polandia dan Rusia, serta segelintir dari Asia. Produk itu mulai dari makanan, minuman, barang-barang kebutuhan hidup sehari-hari, hingga, cinderamata.

Salah satu barang yang dijual di toko di Turugart, Wuqia County, Prefektur Otonomi Kizilsu Kirgiz, Wilayah Otonomi Xinjiang-Uighur (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sementara Pakistan diketahui menerima suplai alutsista militer dari China, termasuk salah satunya jet tempur. Sedangkan negara-negara seperti Kirgiztan dan Turkmenistan diketahui telah menerima suplai serupa sejak beberapa tahun lalu.

Namun, ketika negara-negara Asia Tengah memperkuat hubungan dengan Beijing saat mereka bersaing untuk menerima bagian dari Inisiatif Belt and Road yang membentang dari China ke Eropa, pinjaman dari Beijing menggelembung di semua negara kecuali Kazakhstan, yang menerima investasi langsung dari berbagai negara, dan Uzbekistan --Nikkei Asian Review melaporkan.

Tajikistan dilaporkan menyerahkan tambang emas ke China pada April 2018 sebagai imbalan US$ 300 juta dalam pendanaan untuk membangun pembangkit listrik.

(Di ufuk) Pembangkit listrik panel surya di Turugart, Wuqia County, Prefektur Otonomi Kizilsu Kirgiz, Wilayah Otonomi Xinjiang-Uighur (Rizki Akbar Hasan / Liputan6.com)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sementara Kirgiztan dilaporkan memiliki kontrak dengan bank China yang dikelola pemerintah untuk pembangkit listrik di ibukota Bishkek yang mencakup klausul yang memberi Beijing kendali atas aset berjangkauan luas jika negara itu gagal membayar. China juga diperkirakan menuntut konsesi dalam negosiasi untuk pendanaan pembangunan kereta api.

Risiko tersembunyi dalam proyek-proyek Belt and Road terungkap setelah Sri Lanka pada tahun 2017 memberi China hak pengoperasian ke pelabuhan Hambantota selama 99 tahun ketika negara pulau itu berjuang untuk membayar hutang.

China bertujuan untuk menjadi kekuatan dominan di Asia Tengah untuk menurunkan harga perolehan sumber daya, kata Andrei Grozin, yang mengepalai departemen Asia Tengah di CIS Institute seperti dikutip dari Nikkei Asian Review.

Beijing juga berencana untuk berinvestasi dalam proyek-proyek infrastruktur dan pertanian di negara-negara bekas Soviet seperti Ukraina yang mencari integrasi dengan Uni Eropa, meningkatkan pengaruhnya di Eropa Timur ketika pertentangan antara Moskow dan Washington tumbuh.

Ukraina dan China menyetujui US$ 7 miliar dalam proyek bersama di komisi antar pemerintah pada akhir 2017. Pembangunan jalan raya dan basis ekspor biji-bijian mengalami kemajuan.

"Sebuah faksi pro-China diam-diam muncul di wilayah itu," kata seorang pejabat tinggi Ukraina seperti dikutip dari Nikkei Asian Review.


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By James M. Dorsey

A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud,Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneInand Tumblr

Recent Chinese pressure on Myanmar to approve a controversial dam project and the arrest in recent days in Kazakhstan of a human rights activist suggest that China in a seemingly tone-deaf pursuit of its interests is forcing governments to choose between heeding increasingly anti-Chinese public sentiment and pleasing Beijing to ensure continued political and economic support.

Apparent Chinese disregard of public opinion, whether as a matter of policy or because of haphazard insensitivity, is compounded by the powering of anti-Chinese sentiment in several countries as a result of commercial terms of China-funded Belt and Road projects that favour the use of Chinese rather than local labour and materials.

The Chinese approach risks anti-Chinese sentiment meshed with social and economic discontent exploding into popular protests that could prove destabilizing. It potentially could complicate Chinese efforts to ensure that the Muslim world continues to refrain from criticizing China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in the strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang.

Chinese pressure on various countries aimed at imposing its will strokes with China’s adoption of a more aggressive diplomatic posture that has seen its diplomats employ blunt, undiplomatic language and repeatedly break with diplomatic protocol.

As a result, increasing Chinese pressure on Myanmar to revive the suspended Myitsone dam project in ethnic Kachin state is putting the government between a rock and a hard place.

The government is being forced to choose between ignoring popular concerns that the dam would disrupt the traditional economy of the Kachin in a region wracked by ethnic insurgency and cost Myanmar control of the Irrawaddy River, its most important waterway, or risk the ire of China on which it depends politically and economically.

China has reportedly offered in return for the dam to support Myanmar that has been condemned by the United Nations, Western countries and some Muslim nations for its repressive campaign against the Rohingya, some 700,000 of which fled to Bangladesh in 2017.


China’s state-controlled Global Times newspaper recently quoted Xiamen University Myanmar expert Fan Hongwei as saying that “the abrupt suspension of such a significant project has blurred political trust between China and Myanmar.”

Former Myanmar President Thein Sein in 2011 suspended the US$3.6 billion dam project in response to a campaign that brought together conservationists, scholars, and political activists including Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Activists assert the dam, if built as previously designed, would flood 600 square kilometres of forestland in northern Kachin state and export 90 % of the power produced to China.

Myanmar is not the only country that has recently experienced Chinese attempts to force it to act in ways that could have unintended consequences.

Kazakh police, despite widespread public criticism of the crackdown in Xinjiang, last weekend raided the office of Atajurt Eriktileri, a group that has reportedly documented more than 10,000 cases of ethnic Kazakhs interned in China and arrested activist Serikzhan Bilash.

Activists suspect that the raid was the result of Chinese pressure aimed at squashing criticism of the crackdown in Xinjiang.

Similarly, Russian leaders are facing mounting public anger in the Lake Baikal region and the country’s Far East at their alleged connivance in perceived Chinese encroachment on the region’s natural resources including water.

A petition by prominent Russian show business personalities opposing Chinese plans to build a water bottling plant on the shores of Lake Baikal attracted more than 800,000 signatures, signalling the depth of popular resentment and pitfalls of the Russian alliance with China.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi sought to put a good face on differences with China over his country’s demand that the focus of the China Pakistan Economic Project (CPEC), a US$45 billion plus crown jewel of the Belt and Road, be shifted from infrastructure and energy, to poverty alleviation, job creation and agriculture.

China has acknowledged Pakistan’s demand but suggested that the refocussing would happen in good time.

Mr. Qureishi asserted this week had CPEC had entered its second phase but provided few details. The minister said agreements on the second phase that would involve the creation of four economic zones would be concluded at some unspecified date in the future.

China notably refrained in recent months from contributing to a financial bailout of Pakistan that was achieved instead with the help of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who have committed some US$30 billion in funding and investments.

Pakistani and Chinese officials have gone out of their way in recent months to deny any dent in what they have described as an all-weather friendship.

“There is no threat to CPEC. Our government considers it a game changer,” M. Qureishi insisted this week.

China’s deputy chief of mission in Islamabad, Lijian Zhao, insisted in an interview last year and in a series of tweets that China “always supported & stood behind @Pakistan, helping #develop it’s #infrastructure & raise #living standards while creating #job.”

Ultimately, the proof will be in the pudding. Indications so far are that China is digging in its heels on the assumption that its political and economic clout will allow it to get its way. Its an approach that ignores potential black swans and does little to garner soft power.

Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and co-host of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies podcast. James is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title and a co-authored volume, Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa as well as Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa and recently published China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom




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