Sabina Altynbekova, a volleyball player from Kazhakstan, has been hounded – on the court and off – for her model-quality looks. The 17-year-old and her parents are pushing back to help her shape a future not dependent on her good looks.
Should EU and US sanctions hit Russian energy exports, Kazakhstan will suffer collateral damage via their participation in a regional oil pipeline consortium, according to Oil & Energy Insider.
Even with Kazakhstan's giant Kashagan oil field down, the prospects look up for oil and gas in the Central Asian country, Graeber writes.
The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize was wisely given to the body trying to rid the world of chemical weapons. But who will divert the scientists who know how to make such weapons into peaceful pursuits?
This week's round-up of Good Reads includes the case for growing meat with stem cells, Thailand's draconian defamation laws, Kazakhstan's new role in the war against terrorism, a lamp that is changing villages in Kenya, and why it really doesn't matter if you don't take Algebra II.