04/25/15 I drank camel’s milk, looked inside a yurt, purchased a hat and held a Kazakh eagle at the ethno-village “Zheruik” on Saturday afternoon.
04/25/15 Saturday in Kazakhstan was an official “Day of Silence” with regards to electioneering. No official campaign events were allowed on the day before Election Day. I went instead with a group of media for a tour of three electric train and passenger car manufacturing and assembly plants in a special economic development zone outside Astana.
[A campaign poster for Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev is displayed in a downtown Astana storefront window with the Baiterek tower reflected in the background.]
04/24/15 I’m back in Kazakhstan in the county’s capital of Astana to cover the snap presidential election which was to have been held in 2016 but was moved forward by a year.
04/14/15 “Turkey’s Voice For Women” was a special event to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women. It was hosted by the Embassy of Turkey with designs by Turkish fashion designer Cemil Ipekçi at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC on Tuesday evening.
[Ambassador Kiliç and Amelia Wolf]
04/06/15 Max Scherzer (0-1), making the first start of his $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals, was in total control of the home opener versus the New York Mets with a no-hitter into the sixth. Costly errors though allowed the Mets to beat the Nats 3-1 on Monday afternoon. This despite a homer by Bryce Harper – his 3rd opening day homer in 3 years.