Ýowşan Annagurban

July 28, 2011. During March’s Norouz celebrations in Tehran, when Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s received a two-seater airplane from his Iranian counterpart, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Jumageldi Mulkiyev made some odd scenes...

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RFE/RL correspondant Yovshan Annagurban arrived at Ashgabat International Airport early one October morning in 1997 planning to fly to Prague to participate in a journalism training seminar at RFE/RL’s headquarters...

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“Protection and support around me” is what his father probably said when he gave him the name Galkan (Shield). A soldier is a man who returned from war handicapped, soul which sought protection from his children...

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I saw this little girl on a frosty winter day in front of the bridge to Ashgabat's Peace district. After that moment, she never left my eyes. It was early morning and people were rushing to work...

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The sun once rose from the west, And to the east it set, A Turkmen rode a mule instead of horse; Which turned out to be a kicker...

God's invisibility

| Poems

God's invisibility's a blessing,
So much to bring about doubt that He is real.
Lest He, too, disappear,
He, too, besoiled by fear,
“I am not that I am, or so now I feel,”
The Divine would be shamed to confessing.

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It seems by sweeping away my belief, And showing me men as they are, God seeks to leave me with only relief, When He takes my soul from afar.

I would like to thank all of you for coming here. I would also like to apologize for the sad story about my homeland.

Turkmenistan, though rich in oil and gas reserves, is one of the poorest countries...

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A former victim of the Turkmen judicial system says that it is the beginning of the hunting season for new prisoners.

As in previous years, marking an end to the holy month of Ramadan, the president of Turkmenistan again pardoned thousands of prisoners...

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