Kyrgyzstan is back in the news this week, as ethnic tensions have erupted into sectarian violence between the Kyrgyz and the Uzbeks. For those interested in world geopolitics, Salon published an excellent article several months ago.
The peril for America is compounded by one simple fact: While Washington backed Kyrgyzstan’s now-deposed dictator, Russia -- American’s chief rival in the region -- supported the triumphant forces of change. The fallout, in the months and years to come, could be considerable.
When small countries make the headlines, the media focus tightly on events of the day. But there is always a back story. This article provides that story, based on two decades of my conversations with leaders and ordinary people in Kyrgyzstan.
However, most visitors come to Neatorama to escape from world crises; for them, the article offers the morsel pictured at the top: sheep entrails dressed as a snake. It is a elaborately constructed and visually stunning concoction that would put the Scottish haggis to shame. I have been unable to find a recipe or instructions for this particular Kyrgyz feast item, but did discover that in some areas of Central Asia the common cold is treated by bathing in a tub of hot water and sheep entrails. And perhaps after bathing with them, one can divine one's future by pondering the entrails before consuming them - a remarkably versatile food item.
http://www.salon.com/news/kyrgyzstan/index.html?story=/news/feature/2010/04/09/guide_to_kyrgyzstan_uprising. Photo credit Eugene Huskey.