Information Clearing House 29 August, 2010: Weekend Update – America’s Corruption Racket in Central Asia

29 August, 2010 — Information Clearing House

America’s Corruption Racket in Central Asia
By Scott Horton
This is the third time this summer that the United States has been slammed with credible charges of corrupting foreign governments in Central Asia.

PowerPoints ‘R’ Us
By Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D., is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve
I have been assigned as a staff officer to a headquarters in Afghanistan for about two months. During that time, I have not done anything productive. Fortunately little of substance is really done here, but that is a task we do well.

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Russia, China, Iran: U.S. Buildup In Central Asia, Caucasus By Alexander Shustov

12 August, 2010 — NovostiStrategic Culture Foundation

US armed forces in Central Asia – built to last

This story by Alexander Shustov, political scientist and expert on Central Asia, Strategic Culture Foundation was published in International Affairs magazine

- Both check points are of geo-strategical importance – first in case of a war between the US and Iran…In addition to Central Asia, the US plans to deploy its forces in the Southern Caucasus – in particular early warning radars in Georgia. It is expected that besides the radars, the Pentagon may locate a land military base and a naval base in Georgia with 25,000 servicemen.

- Even a brief look at the deployment of US military objects shows that it almost fully repeats the geography of “the Eurasian Balkans” of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who gave this geopolitical region a decisive role in fighting Russia on “the Grand Chessboard”. By locating its special forces troops, surveillance equipment and other forces in Central Asia and in the Caucasus after the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan in 2011, the US will ensure its military presence right on Russia’s “belly” near the northern border of Iran and the western border of China. Here the Americans plan to deploy an intelligence network which will ensure control over the situation in the most important points of Eurasia.

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Kyrgyzstan Destined To Become Another Narco-State? Oriental Review Editorial

18 April, 2010 — Oriental Review

[Note: The translation is a bit rough but I think you get the point. Creative-i]

On April 13 the prominent US research center STRATFOR published an analytical brief ‘Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Insurgence’. The main idea was spinning around the recent bloody riots in Kyrgyz’s capital Bishkek culminated with 84 dead, more than 1500 injured and the expulsion of the former President Bakiev and his corrupt family members. The report clearly states that the Russian authorities are behind the scene of the upraising in that remote and pauper Central Asian republic, once a part of the Russian Empire. Despite such allegations are apparently making credit to the emerging new Russian abilities in their traditional area of influence, few facts still contradict…the assumption of the Russian involvement and ‘success’ there.

Kyrgyzstan-01.jpgFirst, Kyrgyzstan is indeed a country of unique geopolitical location. It encircles Fergana valley – a heavily populated oasis at the core of Central Asia, shared with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Besides the vital Russian interest to control Fergana as the first outpost defending vast and open deserts and steppes on the way to the Volga, all Chinese moves in Uyghur Autonomous Region can be easily monitored from Kyrgyz Tien Shan highlands as well. Perhaps that is the main reason why the USAF installed Manas military base few kilometers away from Bishkek soon after the start of NATO operations in Afghanistan in 2001. The base is still operating there in full fledge as the ‘US military transit centre’.

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URUK Net 4 April, 2010: US Special forces 'tried to cover-up' botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan

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URUK Net 4 April, 2010: US Special forces ‘tried to cover-up’ botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan

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Strategic Culture Foundation online magazine latest publications 21-25 March, 2010

Strategic Culture Foundation

Aleksandr SALITZKY
Vladimir TATSIY
China’s Accelerating Economic Growth (II)
“ China’s huge package of economic stimuli continues to draw attention worldwide. The investments into manufacturing assets in 2009 totaled 22 trillion yuan, a 30.1% hike compared to 2008 The super-ambitious investment plan intended to keep the Chinese economy crisis-free is being implemented with the active involvement of the country’s banking system. State banks play the central role in the process”

OAS without US. An Alternative
“The Mexican city Cancun has recently played host to the 23-rd summit of… the Rio Group. The summit meeting took a sensational decision to set up yet another regional organization, – Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeos (CELAC), or a Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. A future organization will basically differ from the OAS in that it will not comprise the United States and Canada… The more obsessed the Empire is in fighting enemies all over the world, the more frequently that obsession backfires. Prospects for setting up CELAC, – an alternative Organization of American States without the USA, may result in the isolation of the United States proper on the American continent…”

The Afghan dilemma
“The formation of a coalition government with Taliban is unlikely: they will likely to insist on changing political regime and on the establishment of the Islamic emirate. Anyway the authorities will have to negotiate with Taliban leaders who are defining the fate of the movement and the military situation in the country… It is the Afghan government which should negotiate with Taliban while other parties concerned including the US should only create conditions for that. London is especially active. It was the UKs authorities organized talks between Kabul and Taliban in October 2008 in Saudi Arabia… The settlement of the Afghan issue depends on many states including Afghanistan neighbors and here we see different interests. Moscow supports the North of Afghanistan, Tashkent supports Afghan Uzbeks headed by General Dustom, Iran supports Shiites (Khazar tribes) and Pakistan is close to Pushtu people. Teheran is concerned with the US pressure and Islamabad does not mind having a friendly regime in Kabul and being able to restrain India. Beijing is not showing its interests regarding the situation in Afghanistan…”

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
Manageable chaos for Central Asia
“It is becoming more clear why in addition to its military base at Manas international airport near Bishkek, the US is going to have a military training center in Batken region of Kyrgyzstan… a new US military base in the heart of Asia is first of all needed in case of military confrontation between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and not to meet the current tasks of the Afghan campaign…”

Iran’s nuclear policy and non-nuclear Middle East
“In 1995 the participants of the Conference dedicated to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) approved a resolution to create in the Middle East a special zone free from the weapons of mass destruction. The resolution was accepted by all countries of the region, including Israel. However, today, the fact that Israel has nukes puts a major obstacle on the way to nuclear disarmament of the Middle East (Israel became a nuclear state with the help of France, Great Britain and the US). Despite the fact that the UN General Assembly approves resolutions on non-nuclear state of the Middle East, no progress on the issue can be seen so far…”

EU Failure in Brdo
“The heavily advertised EU-Balkan summit in Brdo, Slovenia, was plagued by scandals… The Brdo summit was the opening of the political year for the Balkans during which the West hopes to suppress the Bosnian and Kosovo Serbs’ residual resistance to the onslaught of the new world order…”

A US spy forces India to rethink
“The Indian public is shell-shocked by the United States move to strike a deal plea bargain in juridical parlance between its Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] and David Coleman Headley, who played a key role in the planning of the terrorist strike in Mumbai in November 2008 in which 166 people were killed… The Headley saga underscores the geopolitical reality that the US-British-Pakistani axis to engage the Taliban in Afghanistan holds lethal potency for Indias strategic interests…”

Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 14-20 February, 2010

19 February, 2010 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
Central Asia: Growing Conflict Potential
“The contours of the same scheme and conflict mechanism are easily discerned in all the recent clashes involving Kurds in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan… The Xinjiang drama unfolded in the summer of 2009 under a similar scenario…”

Why there is no pro-Russian lobby in the United States, and does Russia need one?
“Of all countries that “matter” to the United States, Russia is perhaps the only one that doesn’t systematically lobby its interests in Washington… in the absence of a pro-Russian lobby, no U.S. public figure ever paid a price for signing an arrogant anti-Russian letter or voting for a Russia-bashing resolution – or for simply making a gratuitous derogatory comment about Russia and its leadership…”

William BOWLES (United Kingdom)
Capitalism cut adrift (I)
“There has been much talk expended over the years on the degree to which the media—and hence culture—is central to maintaining the capitalist system. Leading the charge have been Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, so much so that they now more resemble sainted objects than social/political analysts, but then this is nothing new for the left, who unfortunately for the most part are happy to let others do the thinking for them…”

Pentagon Bracing for a Snap Offensive Against Venezuela
“…Obama’s Administration needs to get rid of Chavez already in 2010… The corresponding plan is akin to those Germany had at the early phase of World War II – the US will rely on Venezuelan fifth column, Columbian ultra-right paramilitary groups, and its own special forces which are already launching raids in Venezuela’s border regions…”

Is the US Perpetually Rudderless? An Enduring Gift of the Founding Fathers
“…Government in the US is condemned to rudderlessness. Bad regulations remain on the books; the public struggles to pin down which authorities are responsible for bad laws; political gridlock frustrates anyone trying to pursue reforms; serious discussion of how to deal with modernity is hamstrung; Congress dodges issues in favor of demagogy…”

America godfathers South Asian amity
“The resumption of India-Pakistan talks happens to be a US foreign policy enterprise… with solid American and NATO security guarantee gratuitously made available, Pakistan will have no further need for an “all-weather friendship” with China, which always stood in the way of a close US-Pakistan strategic partnership… Washington could also focus on the business that can be garnered in India’s 100-billion dollar market for weapons without Pakistan feeling apprehensive about the Indian arms build-up…”

A rocky beachhead: Instability in Georgia puts US geostrategic plans at risk, observes Eric Walberg

georgia-protest.jpgThe bloom has officially faded on Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s 2003 rose revolution. The 13 opposition parties in this nation of 4.7 million are united and determined, and began their latest series of demonstrations 9 April, when as many as 100,000 demonstrated in Tbilisi, capturing the nation’s mood of frustration and, increasingly, contempt for their oversize, fanatically pro-American president. They have vowed to persist with a campaign of civil disobedience until he resigns.

Saakashvili’s allies are abandoning him in droves, with former parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze one of the protesters. Arrests last month of members of her Democratic Movement for a United Georgia, accused of seeking to overthrow the government by force, burned any remaining bridges for her. Reflecting the broad sentiment, she said Saakashvili lost all credibility as president when he launched war against Russia last August and that any negotiations would be only over the transition of power. Former prime minister Zurab Noghaideli’s Movement for a Just Georgia organised a protest in his hometown of Batumi.

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