They Wanted to Travel To Syria to Wage Violent Jihad

" Three New York City residents -- two with Uzbekistan citizenship, and one a citizen of Kazakhstan -- plotted to travel to Syria to join ISIS militants and 'wage jihad,' the Justice Department announced on Wednesday", according to Fox News. One
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NASA Data Find Some Hope for Water in Aral Sea Basin

new study using data from NASA satellite missions finds that although the long-term water picture for the Aral Sea watershed in Central Asia remains bleak, short-term prospects are better than previously thought. NASA reported the study’s findings in a February 14 news release. The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest (more...)

Passport to Earth

International travelers are familiar with the vast rules and regulations known as customs, but in the era of international extraterrestrial agreements, even space travelers need their papers. Since the launch of the first component of the International Space Station from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1998, more than (more...)

Supporting Small Businesses and Building the New Silk Road

This blog post by Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Europe and Eurasia Christopher Smart originally appeared July 23 on the U.S. Department of the Treasury website. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Supporting Small Businesses and Building the New Silk Road By: Christopher (more...)

“Conversations With…” NGO Leaders From Belarus

On Monday, August 5, at 5:30 p.m. -  "Conversations With..." Panel Discussion & Reception with ten Belorussians who are in Philadelphia participating in the Community Connections Program, "The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in the Resolution of Social Issues." IVC - the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia - was selected to administer this U. (more...)

Bukharian Flavor Enlivens Queens

Take the “E” subway line east from Times Square in New York City and within 30 minutes you’ll find yourself in Forest Hills, Queens, a neighborhood known for its thriving community of Bukharian Jews. Forest Hills and the nearby neighborhoods of Rego Park and Kew Gardens have

Kazakh Film Festival Gets Warm Reception from U.S. Audiences

By Lauren Monsen Staff Writer

Kazakhstan, a country of nomads for millennia, has a vibrant film culture that has come a long way since its Soviet-era beginnings. U.S. audiences recently had a chance to see this for themselves, thanks to a November 14–20 film festival presented at different

Space Station Crew Returns to Earth

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer

The Expedition 33 crew returned to Earth November 19 from the International Space Station, landing the Soyuz spacecraft in northeast Kazakhstan after 127 days in space. Commander Suni Williams of NASA, Russian Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko, and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan

U.S. Appreciates Kazakhstan’s Nonproliferation Collaboration

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr.
Staff Writer
As technology changed and new risks emerged, President Obama understood the need to reduce nuclear risks by calling for a world free of nuclear weapons and the means for making arms reduction happen, a senior U.S. diplomat says. Three steps toward achieving that (more...)

FREEDOM Support Act 20th Anniversary

The Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Act — also known as the FREEDOM Support Act (FSA) — was signed by President George H.W. Bush on October 24, 1992, to enable a consolidated U.S. approach to providing assistance to Eurasian countries following

U.S, European Satellites Work Together for Weather

A new satellite launched by a European group has taken its place in a polar orbit around Earth, and scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are readying themselves for the new data the craft will provide for weather forecasting models. The European Organisation for the (more...)

Kazakh Nomad Treasures Reveal Ancient Networks

Bronze winged ibexes, above, meant to adorn a large cauldron, are among a trove of intricate ornaments and utilitarian objects wrought by nomads in ancient Kazakhstan. The ibexes are 17.5 centimeters high and 23 wide, and date from the fifth to the third century B.C. This and more

“Ambassador” for U.S. Contemporary Dance

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Recognizing that many in the general public find modern dance intimidating, Seán Curran says he wants to be “an ambassador for the dance form.” “I’d explain that contemporary dance is not this big scary thing you might like but don’t understand,” he said in a (more...)

Kazakhstan Independence Day: Clashes & Blood

At least 11 dead and more than 70 injured in the western Kazakh town of  Zhanaozen a day after clashes between striking oil workers and police on Friday. The town square has been occupied by oil workers for more than six months in a dispute over better (more...)

Amb. Kelly on Referendum to Cancel Election in Kazakhstan

The United States wishes to voice its grave concern about the ongoing efforts in Kazakhstan to cancel presidential elections and to replace them with a referendum that would allow the president to remain in office until 2020. We recall the situation in 1995 when presidential elections (more...)


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