The author, with the scarf her mother bought her from a nonprofit for women with disabilities in Kazakhstan. (Photo by Marat Garafutdinov)

Ethical travel: How to shop for souvenirs with a conscience

Foreign travel wouldn’t be the same without a few souvenirs. But how you choose to spend abroad can have a huge impact on the place you’re visiting.
Jul 2, 2013
An oil worker shows the scar where he says he was shot by police during protests in Zhanouzen last December (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

More blood for oil in Kazakhstan

I spent my first night in Kazakhstan at a punk show in the hills surrounding the capital, Almaty. There were 22’s of local beer, calf tattoos, bikes, a guy named “Joy” bragging about his small family farm and French Screamo music. It could have been a late summer evening in Seattle – well, minus the […]
Sep 25, 2012
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Kazakhstan’s punks reflect global millennial sub-culture

It could have been Olympia. Audio/Visual Postcard by Jessica Partnow, Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill Zombie Fest could have taken place in a sunny mountain meadow somewhere in the Northwest. It just so happened it was in Kazakhstan. But that didn’t change the homebrew hairstyles and patched jean jackets, the unhinged, angsty music, or the […]
Sep 11, 2012