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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Asian Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Asian countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 20 programs (20 to 54 minutes). Click for more

Uzbekistan: Islamic Repression

Uzbekistan: Islamic Repression

"Highly Recommended. The worldwide campaign against terrorism has heated up in Uzbekistan. Critics, including worldwide human rights monitoring groups, charge that its government has cracked down unnecessarily hard on fundamental Islamic sects under the guise of insuring public safety. The producers utilize captivating footage to ask viewers to consider if such repression crushes radical movements or actually fosters it. An ally of the U.S., the country has become the target of terrorists, which may well lead to even further governmental actions. The overall quality of the presentation as well as the theme of the program makes it a timely title for many media collections." -School Library Journal
Uzbekistan, Afghanistan's northern neighbor, was the first former Soviet republic to signal its willingness to aid a U.S. military operation against Afghanistan in the days immediately after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Its president, Islam Karimov, who has been the leader of the country since 1991, heads an authoritarian-style regime that is intolerant of opposition groups. Many of the country's 25 million people see him as a savior, squashing Islamic fundamentalism, while some see a darker side to his state controls. There are no avenues for protests and critics question whether the repression has crushed revolutionary Islam or helped create it. Although often criticized by certain international organizations, the strict policies in place have produced beneficial economic results for the country. Produced by ABC Australia. 04/10DE JSCA 20 min.

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