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Kazakhstan’s Mysterious Rock Carvings: Tamgaly Tas
By Kamila Zhumabayeva

For more than 100 years, scientists have been trying in vain to unravel the mystery of one of the country’s most-visited tourist sites. Just about 120 kilometers from Almaty, on the right bank of the Ili River, is a set of 60-meter rocky gates: the sacred and mysterious Tamgaly Tas tract.

At Tamgaly Tas, rock carvings and paintings of Buddha, bodhisattvas and different styles of Tibetan scripture can be seen on separate cliffs and boulders.

“There are no exact answers for who were those nameless carvers, to what purpose they left descendants these rock drawings but the intrigue only fuels interest in the mysterious petroglyphs [rock carvings]. Thousands of tourists flock to the tract every year to see Buddhist deities and have a touch of eternity,” states Shopomania.kz project.

Read more:http://www.edgekz.com/kazakhstans-mysterious-rock-carvings-tamgaly-tas/

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Kazakhstan a Good Fit for UN Security Council Seat
By Tom Michael

un-security-council-flagKazakhstan’s role as a leader in Central Asia and, indeed, the entire world gained another dimension this summer as the ambitious but peace-seeking nation was elected to a non-permanent position on the powerful United Nations Security Council for 2017-2018 .

The U.N.’s 193 member countries selected Kazakhstan over Thailand for the prestigious international post in June after a spirited campaign by both nations.
Kairat Umarov for edge

“The election campaign was very competitive, and took many years of hard work, and we feel privileged to be a UNSC member,” Karat Umarov, Kazakhstan’s ambassador to the United States, told EdgeKz.

Also elected to non-permanent positions on the world body’s Security Council were Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sweden. Each of the four nation’s terms are for two years, beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. Italy and the Netherlands had to split the other seat’s two year term after no country was able to secure enough votes to win outright.

Kazakhstan became a member state of the United Nations in 1992, just three months after gaining independence from the Soviet Union. It has been an active and engaged participant in the activities of the U.N. ever since.

Read more: http://www.edgekz.com/kazakhstan-a-good-fit-for-un-security-council-seat/

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From Weight Loss to Weddings: Some Features of Kazakh Comedy and Comedians

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

downloadASTANA – Humor knows no boundaries. Every country has its own army of comedians and satirists whose performances attract a spectrum of viewers – and now, social media allows its millions of users who poke fun at everything a chance at fame by means of a camera and a good sense of humor.

Humor is a reflection of human behavior, according to Dutch psychologist Geert Hofstede. A society’s humor tends to emphasize the most dominant features of its culture, and Kazakh culture is no exception. Beneath the humor and laughs is a rich layer of social narration about the country’s realities.

In Kazakhstan today, the television and film industry produce a variety of original shows and comedies for all tastes. Windy weather in Astana, the behavior of local taxi drivers, funny dances at weddings and the importance of family ties are among the subjects that draw laughs. The fact that people not only know but laugh at modern society’s drawbacks and weak point indicates that humor serves as an instrument to neutralize the power of these clichés and situations.

Read more: http://www.edgekz.com/from-weight-loss-to-weddings-some-features-of-kazakh-comedy-and-comedians/

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Open, Stable and Looking to Future – What World Needs to Know about Oil-Rich Kazakhstan
By Dmitry Lee

Kazakhstan, the biggest country you know nothing or little about, has been in the news recently for a grab bag of reasons: indomitable boxing champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin; gold medal Olympic upsets by its athletes; a massive, $37 billion investment in just one of its huge oil fields; and, in June, the country’s sad taste of terrorism, putting it in a grim fraternity with the other nations that have suffered attacks this summer.
And, of course, underlying it all are the lingering myths from “Borat,” the faux documentary of a decade ago that was for many in the West their first introduction to the quiet giant – and with which Kazakhstan maintains a sort of love-hate relationship.
Amid this tornado of tidbits old and new, Edge Magazine takes aim at what really defines modern Kazakhstan – and what you need to know.

Read more:http://www.edgekz.com/open-stable-and-looking-to-future-what-world-needs-to-know-about-oil-rich-kazakhstan/

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Modern Subcultures Evolve in Great Steppe
By Kamila Zhumabayeva

This writer used to wear bracelets and outfits that supposedly expressed being a hard rock or heavy metal fan. Owning a heavy ironman’s belt showed tribute and admiration of hard rock music and culture that once seemed so daring and cool.
My genuine love of rock, alternative and indie rock music started with the American band Breaking Benjamin on My Space. Then it was Kings of Leon, Linkin Park and The Fray. That was about five years ago. Awesome Tom York, Muse, Florence and the Machine, alt-J and The xx are still enjoyable, while at times my dress is hippie-like.
What is going on in the capital’s trend to establish modern subcultures? Astana Rock Club, the city’s first and only official club, stood at the origins of its underground development. It is the city’s unique place where the spirit of freedom and creativity soars. The main goal is organising, developing and supporting the rock movement and other alternative music areas in Astana, as well as integrating and creatively nurturing the capital’s youth.

Read more:http://www.edgekz.com/modern-subcultures-evolve-in-great-steppe/

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The Family Financial Crisis: How Kazakh Households are Fighting a Global Slowdown

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

The devaluation of the national currency, the tenge, hurt many families in Kazakhstan. To deal with the devaluation, many people have overhauled their family budgets, a process now often discussed when family and friends meet over tea or beer. People are full of advice on how to save money, or when and how to get second or side jobs.
All these discussions make me think of two families I know. These two families differ in their consumption habits, despite having approximately equal incomes. The fathers in these two families had the same position in the same company, and, therefore, very similar salaries, but they lived very differently. I always compared them to two small states, where the wives were ministers of finance, spending family/state revenue so differently.
We’re going to delve into the reasons behind these differences, but first, I’d like to let some members of these families speak for themselves.

Read more:http://www.edgekz.com/the-family-financial-crisis-how-kazakh-households-are-fighting-a-global-slowdown/

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Gorky State Academic Russian Drama Theatre Celebrates 115th Anniversary

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

Astana is not known internationally for its theatre life, but that reputation could change. One of the capital’s theatres is celebratinga three-digit anniversary, which shows its theatre life is not young and has every right to be amongitssignificant features.

Gorky State Academic Russian Drama Theatre, in the heart of the old part of the city on the right bank, is attracting viewers for the 115th season. One of the oldest theatres in Kazakhstan, it was established in the end of the 19th century.

“Over the past 115 years, the theatre has gone through a lot. Recent decades have seen the ups and wins of the creative troupe. Today, Gorky Theatre is one of the pillars of the cultural world in Kazakhstan. There are more than 20 current productions in the repertoire of the theatre. Famous directors with the creative team are doing a more attractive and competitive repertoire. This is proven by festivals and competitions, tours and most discussed performances. In the new theatre season, we offered you more new premieres and many viewers’ favourite plays of past seasons,” notes the theatre’s website.

Read more: http://www.edgekz.com/gorky-state-academic-russian-drama-theatre-celebrates-115th-anniversary/

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New Mayor in Town: Almaty’s Contingency Plan
By Dmitry Lee

With the rise of Astana, Kazakhstan’s new capital, and the hype surrounding the city’s EXPO 2017, heaps of international projects and Abu Dhabi Plaza, the tallest sky scraper in Central Asia, what will happen to Kazakhstan’s former capital?
The largest city by population, Almaty accommodates almost 1.5 million of the country’s 17 million people and some of its largest corporations, like telecommunication companies and banks. If Astana is often referred to as the administrative capital, Almaty is still considered by many to be the financial heart of the country – but for how long?
Although the two major cities are only separated by a one-and-a-half hour flight, important businesses are slowly moving to the capital, closer to the decision makers, and soon Almaty could slip in growth. The question is – is there a contingency plan?

Read more: http://www.edgekz.com/new-mayor-in-town-almatys-contingency-plan/

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Balkhash: Father or Natural Phenomenon
By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

An ancient Kazakh legend says a rich man named Balkhash had a daughter – beautiful Ili. Once, he held a feast and promised to give her to the winner of the groom contest as a wife. Ili, however, loved a shepherd, Karatal, and helped him win. When Balkhash chose not to give Ili to Karatal, the young lovers ran away. As the angry father couldn’t catch them, he turned the couple into rivers, then made himself as a lake between them.

This gorgeous legend tells the story of a lake and the rivers it divides. The legend is mystic, but no more so than Lake Balkhash: it is separated by a strait into two distinct parts; the western portion is fresh, the eastern half, saline.

Read more:http://www.edgekz.com/balkhash-father-or-natural-phenomenon/

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Kazakhstan’s Enhanced Partnership with EU Strengthens its Global Peace, Economic Goals
By Tom Michael

In a sign of its expanding international influence, Kazakhstan late last year entered into an historic agreement with the European Union, marking the first time a Central Asian nation has formally aligned economically and strategically with Europe to such an extent.

The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement – signed December 21 during a ceremony in the Kazakh capital of Astana – covers 29 areas of cooperation, ranging from politics to investment, trade, infrastructure, innovation, culture, sports, tourism, law enforcement and more. The large parts of the agreement provisionally entered into effect May 1, with its full entry into force dependent on the ratifications by national parliaments of the 28 EU member states.

http://www.edgekz.com/kazakhstans-enhanced-partnership-with-eu-strengthens-its-global-peace-economic-goals/
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