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By Jeanette Winter

Luis likes to learn, yet quickly his apartment in Colombia is so jam-packed with books there is slightly room for the kin. What to do? Then he comes up with the suitable solution--a touring library! He buys donkeys--Alfa and Beto--and travels with them through the land, bringing books and interpreting to the youngsters in far flung villages. attractive! whole with an author's notice in regards to the genuine guy on whom this tale relies.

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Unfortunately, the same formula for group cohesion prevents Uzbekistan from becoming a cohesive nation of laws and equal rights. Uzbekistan owes its statehood to a Soviet reorganization of Turkistan in 1924. Further reforms in 1929 and 1936 created the current configuration of central Asian republics. Even as Soviet planners were elevating Uzbekistan’s stature to a titular nationality (a nationality with its own named republic), however, other policies were created to weaken the Uzbeks and frustrate any tendency to real nationalism.

This came to an end in June 1945—barely a month after the war’s end—when Moscow ordered the immediate restoration and increased production of cotton in Uzbekistan. Raw cotton from Uzbekistan clothed the Russian and Soviet armies for the better part of a century. q 2/12/04 3:05 PM Page 63 Uzbekistan’s Economy grew, Uzbekistan’s cotton fields were constantly expanded, and new lands were pressed into service. Uzbekistan’s controlling resource, water, made it all possible. Water installations were steadily rebuilt, enlarged, and extended so that in the 1970s, water developments in Uzbekistan consumed most of the water budget for the entire USSR.

In place of the old system, most kolkhozniki (collective farmworkers) are now simply going without. Throughout the villages of Uzbekistan, there are telephones that do not work, cars that will not run, and people who never travel, simply because the kolkhozniki operate in a virtually cashless economy. Their stories, therefore, are not told in the economic statistics with which we are so familiar in the postindustrialized West. q 2/12/04 3:05 PM Page 60 60 Uzbekistan live with their families in a dozen larger cities.

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