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Hal Foster
Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

When someone bent on suicide victimizes strangers who are my friends

I remember the excitement in the email I received from her in June. “Papa and Mama agreed to buy me a car!” 19-year-old Leila, a student at the Kazakh Russian University, enthused. To show off a little, she sent me a photo of herself sitting behind the wheel of a black Honda.I knew her parents didn’t have a lot of money, so I told her I hoped she appreciated their sacrifice for her. She said she did.
 

Chronos and Factsheets
Chronos and Factsheets

Timelines of various important events.

Main points of the MH17 Ukraine crash report

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed mid-July in pro-Russian separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. 

Hal Foster
Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Kazakhstan is close to getting main pieces of its economy-bolstering rail lines in place

Roads, rail lines and air routes aren’t just ways to get from one place to another.
They’re also economic sparkplugs. 

Chronos and Factsheets
Chronos and Factsheets

Timelines of various important events.

NATO and Russia's thorny relations

 Relations between NATO and its former Cold War foe Russia have been difficult and often strained since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of its equivalent Warsaw Pact military alliance in 1991.

Hal Foster
Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Nazarbayev warns of global economic crisis if sanctions against Russia escalate

The West must stop racheting up sanctions against Russia or there will be a new global economic crisis, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has warned.
Painfully aware that the international recession of 2008 brought Kazakhstan’s economy to a standstill, the president is clearly worried that Kazakhstan will be one of the countries that suffers if sanctions against Russia escalate.

Hal Foster
Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

A stand-up comedy routine with Robin Williams – but not the kind I wanted

June of 1998 was an idyllic time for me.
I had passed all of the hurdles for obtaining a Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication at the University of North Carolina, which meant I was only weeks away from obtaining the diploma itself, in August.
I had just been offered my first job as a full-time professor at Sam Houston State University near Houston, a position I would take in September.

Hal Foster
Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Pssst, Sabina, have your Mom read this pitch about why you should model in Tokyo.

Sabina Altynbekova, the 17-year-old Almaty resident whose good looks caused a sensation at last month’s 19-and-under Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships in Taipei.
 

Hal Foster
Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Kazakhstan wooing foreign investors at a breathtaking pace this year

Kazakhstan has been engaged in a whirlwind of activity to increase foreign investment since Karim Massimov returned to the prime minister’s position in early April.
The hard work during those three months has paid off, with international companies and development banks pledging tens of billions of dollars toward creating infrastructure and diversifying the economy.

Hal Foster
Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Thoughts about the obstruction-of-justice conviction in Boston

A Boston jury’s conviction of 20-year-old Azamat Tazhayakov on charges of obstructing an investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 has left some Kazakhs in disbelief.

Hal Foster
Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Remembering two peacekeepers – one Kazakh and one Ukrainian

At times during my journalism career I’ve been amazed to discover that seemingly unrelated stories I’ve done have ended up intertwining.


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