Nazira RAKHMANKYZY, Film critic
Splash of commercial films in Kazakhstan
Last year, the number of feature films which filmed reached thirty-six in Kazakhstan. We should say that it is an unprecedented figure in the history of Kazakh cinema in the last quarter century.
Chronicle of creative years
The famous British politician Winston Churchill once said, "History will be kind to me because I intend to write it."
Between East and West: Kazakhstan’s Way of Development
Kazakhstan, located between the East and the West, can use its geostrategic advantage. It is important for Kazakhstan, due to its national history, to be in a privileged geopolitical position between the West and the East, and uniting the civilizations.
Modern slaves. Who are they?
When we say about slavery, we habitually recall an ancient slave society or African slaves, who were engaged in heavy bondage on American plantations in the nineteenth century. However, despite the fact that the slave system has already sunk into the past, the world has never stopped using people's labor, similar to slave labor.
Presidential Election in Kyrgyzstan: From Atambayev’s “heroism” to Zheenbekov’s Victory
Last Sunday, Kyrgyzstan held the presidential election through which the Kyrgyz people are going to have their fifth president. Even though the Central Election Commission (CEC) has not yet declared the winner, everyone is considering Sooranbai Zheenbekov as a next president.
Las Vegas Shooting: «Lone wolves» and Media bias are More Dangerous than Immigrants and Muslims
One sunny morning in late March 2016, George Washington University, my alma mater where I did my master’s from Fall 2015 to Spring 2017, hosted an event with Matthew Barzun, then U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Mr. Barzun talked about U.S. foreign policy, explained current and future trends in diplomacy, and shared findings of a quite interesting survey conducted by the Embassy among high school students in the UK on their perceptions of the United States.
Is it possible to establish peace in Syria
For the moment, no one says that war in Syria ended, nevertheless since the beginning of Syria peace talks in Astana, one should admit that the balance on the ground and table has crucially changed. Of course, it is obvious that prospects of peace in Syria is far from some optimists’ overstatements. As for now, Syrian Army holds only 50-60 % of the entire territory. The conflict limitedly continues on several fronts like Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, and İdlib.
The Decisive Step towards Modernization of Public Conscience
The International Turkic Academy team has conducted comprehensive research on adopting a Latin script, studied what it took for several Turkic speaking nations to switch their alphabets to Latin-based ones, and published a monograph on the issue. Our studies showed that a Latin-based alphabet is the common alphabet of turkology. For instance, turkologists rely on the Latin transcription while studying ancient Turkic writings. So did “The Soviet Turkology” led by Baskakov. Turkologists in today’s Russia are still using this method. As New York University Professor Larissa Bonfante writes, the Latin alphabet derives from ancient Etruscan. “Codex Cumanicus” which is considered as an encyclopedia of the Middle Age Turkic people is also written on the Latin alphabet. In the 1926 Baku Assembly, our intellectuals chose the Latin script. In the 1990s, intellectual communities of the Turkic nations came to the same decision.