KYRGYZ ELECTIONS AND THE DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY


Mizgin's Desk Reports:

What's happened to all the defenders of democracy?

Surely you remember them? They were the ones crying foul in the immediate aftermath of the 12 June presidential elections in Iran. The defenders of democracy twitterized the ensuing protests, including some twitters from questionable sources. This leads one to wonder how much outside support for a Moussavi-faced regime change had to do with actual democracy, particularly since the same defenders of democracy, just a week before the elections, were calling for the vaporization by nuclear weapons of the very same protesters.

As the twitters tweeted out over the results in Iran, another presidential election rounded the corner in another part of the globe--on 23 July in Kyrgyzstan. In the absence of massive twitterers in the case of the Kyrgyz presidential elections, we had to rely on more mundane sources of information, like the NY Times:

The leading opposition candidate in Kyrgyzstan essentially withdrew from the presidential race on Thursday even before voting had concluded, asserting that widespread fraud had assured the incumbent’s victory.

The candidate, Almazbek Atambaev, a former prime minister, called on the public and international organizations to reject the election as unlawful. Mr. Atambaev instructed supporters who were working as observers at polling and vote-counting stations to leave, and he demanded that a new election be organized.

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Mr. Bakiyev has accused the opposition of airing phony charges of vote-rigging in an effort to explain away its lack of popularity. Voting on Thursday, he declared that the voting would be fair, saying that the Kyrgyz people cared about democracy.

As noted in the piece, the OSCE monitored the election process in Kyrgyzstan and published their observations:

The observers noted instances of obstruction of opposition campaign events as well as pressure and intimidation of opposition supporters. The shortcomings observed contributed to an atmosphere of distrust and undermined public confidence in holding genuinely democratic elections.

Election day was marred by many problems and irregularities, including ballot box stuffing, inaccuracies in the voter lists, and multiple voting. The process further deteriorated during the vote count and the tabulation of results, with observers evaluating this part of the process negatively in more than half of observations.

The VOA has more:

He [OSCE spokesman Jens-Hagen Eschenbächer] said observers noted incidents of ballot box stuffing, multiple voting, and even vote buying. In addition, he said, OSCE representatives were not allowed to monitor the vote count.

"The observers were not allowed to be present and monitor the count. There were two cases for examples where the ballots were not counted at all and just packed," he said. "The form was filled in with the result but the votes were not counted. We had three observer teams who saw people in front or near polling stations handing out money in exchange for promises to vote for a candidate," he added.

Why did the great defenders of democracy fail to twitterize this obviously questionable election? Could it be they remain on tenterhooks with regard to the extension of the lease to the US of Manas Airbase?

“You know what this is for,” Emilbek Kaptagaev recalled being told by the police officers who snatched him off the street. No other words, just blows to the head, then all went black. Mr. Kaptagaev, an opponent of Kyrgyzstan’s president, who is a vital American ally in the war in nearby Afghanistan, was found later in a field with a concussion, broken ribs and a face swollen into a mosaic of bruises.

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The United States has remained largely silent in response to this wave of violence, apparently wary of jeopardizing the status of its sprawling air base, on the outskirts of this capital, which supports the mission in Afghanistan. Indeed, the Obama administration has sought to woo the Kyrgyz president since he said in February that he would close the Manas base.

In June, President Obama sent a letter to Mr. Bakiyev praising his role in Afghanistan and the campaign against terrorism. Mr. Bakiyev allowed the base to stay, after the United States agreed to pay higher rent and other minor changes.

The lack of criticism of Mr. Bakiyev underscores how the Obama administration has emphasized pragmatic concerns over human rights in dealings with autocratic leaders in Central Asia.

Kurmanyek Bakiyev came to power after the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)-sponsored "Tulip Revolution", from Pepe Escobar at Asia Times in 2005:

One thing is already certain: the Tulip Revolution will inevitably be instrumentalized by the second Bush administration as the first "spread of freedom and democracy" success story in Central Asia. The whole arsenal of US foundations - National Endowment for Democracy, International Republic Institute, Ifes, Eurasia Foundation, Internews, among others - which fueled opposition movements in Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine, has also been deployed in Bishkek. It generated, among other developments, a small army of Kyrgyz youngsters who went to Kiev, financed by the Americans, to get a glimpse of the Orange Revolution, and then became "infected" with the democratic virus.

Practically everything that passes for civil society in Kyrgyzstan is financed by these US foundations, or by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). At least 170 non-governmental organizations charged with development or promotion of democracy have been created or sponsored by the Americans.

The US State Department has operated its own independent printing house in Bishkek since 2002 - which means printing at least 60 different titles, including a bunch of fiery opposition newspapers. USAID invested at least $2 million prior to the Kyrgyz elections - quite something in a country where the average salary is $30 a month.

For more on the neoconservative NED, check RightWeb. Among the neoconservative luminaries directing the great defenders of democracy at the NED are former senator-turned Turkish lobbyist Richard Gephardt; Obama's "special representative" for the current Af-Pak disaster, Richard Holbrooke; former PNAC member Vin Weber; and Mr. "End-of-History" himself, Francis Fukuyama.

That should be enough to scare anyone's socks off right there but wait--there's more. There are other great defenders of democracy working to secure US hegemony in Kyrgyzstan and the rest of Central Asia. Among those is the Fethullah Gulen movement.

A year ago, Gulen, who's resided in the US since 1998, petitioned the Federal District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania to obtain a permanent residency card which had been denied by both the USCIS and Administrative Appeals Office. Apparently, the USCIS believed that the CIA was funding, at least partially, some of the global Fethullahci activity, from Turkish daily Milliyet:

Among the reasons given by the US State Department's attorneys as to why Gülen's permanent residence application was refused, is the suspicion of CIA financing of his movement.

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"Because of the large amount of money that Gülen's movement uses to finance his projects, there are claims that he has secret agreements with Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkic governments. There are suspicions that the CIA is a co-payer in financing these projects," claimed the attorneys.

[ . . . ]

Among the documents that the state attorneys presented, there are claims about the Gülen movement's financial structure and it was emphasized that the movement's economic power reached $25 billion. "Schools, newspapers, universities, unions, television channels . . . The relationship among these are being debated. There is no transparency in their work," claimed the attorneys.

At the time, Luke Ryland covered the case extensively. However, the fact that the court ruled in favor of Gulen should come as no surprise since others who worked hand=in-glove with The Agency also received green cards--people like Mehmet Eymür, who ran the Turkish intelligence service's (Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı - MİT) Special Intelligence Department (Özel İstihbarat Dairesi-ÖİD) under Tansu Ciller at the time the Susurluk scandal broke open.

Or to Abdullah Catli, a state assassin who was wanted by Interpol and was found dead in the crashed Mercedes at Susurluk. Catli was an international heroin trafficker as well as a member of the Gray Wolves, an extreme Turkish nationalist organization that had its roots in the CIA's Turkish Gladio program. As a Gray Wolf, Catli was an old acquaintance of Mehmet Ali Agca, the would-be assassin of John Paul II. In fact, it was Catli who gave Agca the gun that Agca used in the papal assassination attempt. Catli went by the name Mehmet Ozbay on his green card and lived in Chicago for about 10 years, from the mid-1980s until 1995.

Fethullah Gulen is definitely in august company.

But what does Fethullah Gulen, our second great defender of democracy, do in Central Asia? Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Fethullahci (followers of Gulen, sometimes more loosely referred to as "Nurcular") expanded Gulen's educational system into Central Asia. His high schools and universities can be found throughout the region, including Kyrgyzstan. But what is their purpose? Gülen schools aim to educate the children of the elites:

Although revenues raised by school fees are often used to enable access by less-privileged students, it remains an inescapable fact that the movement's educational model is elitist. In Turkey this is contributing to the creation of a parallel and Gulen-inspired elite. In post-communist Central Asia, the main location of Gulen's overseas educational activities, successful applicants are usually the children either of the wealthy or of government officials.

[ . . . ]

Although Gulen schools represent only around ten percent of Central Asia's education system, it could be that--in a tacit partnership with the Turkish state--the movement's activities will over the longer term intensify the emotive and material bonds between Turkic peoples--or their elites--and states. The Gulen network's Central Asian elites could in time take on the forms of their Turkish counterparts, thereby encouraging the emergence of a pan-Turkic world linked by overlapping and fused identities. This could in turn ease the development of economic interactions, and even encourage closer state-to-state relationships. Such an evolution would not quite accord with the kind of "Turkish model" that Ankara's secularists have sometimes hoped might be adopted in Central Asia, but it might dovetail with the pan-Turkic aspirations of nationalist elements in Turkey.

That would be the expansion of "pan-Turkic aspirations of nationalist elements" of NATO's Turkey in a region whose countries enjoy overwhelming membership in the SCO. In addition, education of the children of the elites helps to ensure a pro-Turkish--and pro-NATO--indoctrination in the next generation which will eventually come of age and step into positions of power. By 2006, the Gulen's ideology had diffused throughout the Kyrgyz educational system:

Foreign Islamic groups are becoming increasingly active in Kyrgyzstan, such as Tablighi Jamaat from Pakistan, and followers of the Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, (Assistant professor of politics and government at George Mason University Eric)McGlinchey said. Gulen’s thinking was "pervasive" throughout the Kyrgyz educational system, especially Manas University and the Osh Theological Institute. "Kyrgyz are turning elsewhere to define who they are as Muslims and it’s a wide-open playing field and we’re not quite sure where they’re going to turn in the future," he said.

The Russians, suspicious of the activities of the Fethullahci in Russia, closed Gulen schools in 2007 and, in 2008, banned Gulen's movement from the country altogether, citing connections to the Gray Wolves. Apparently, the Russians didn't want a CIA-backed Turkish-style stay-behind program established among them. Perhaps they remembered how Zbigniew Brzezinski baited them into Afghanistan in 1979 and are now more wary of falling into an American-backed Islamist trap.

Since Russia's ban, Turkish schools in Central Asia, including Gulen's, have become more and scrutinized as regional governments suspect a hidden agenda. For more on the Fethullahci and how the movement is becoming the third power in Turkey, see this analysis (PDF) from Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst.

The US and Turkey are not the only powers aiming to create a Strategy of Tension in Central Asia. We shouldn't forget that the great defenders of democracy from the NED are neoconservative PNAC'ers who were also behind the 1996 "Clean Break Strategy" that went on to forge a tight military relationship between Turkey and Israel--united with the bond of US military hardware "sales". "Sales" of course is a very loose term particularly when one realizes that 80% of US military sales to Turkey under the Clinton administration were paid for by the US taxpayer. In this case, the term "military gifting" might be a more appropriate choice of words.

The third of our great defenders of democracy at work in Central Asia is Israel, coming to the region since the fall of the Soviet Union:

Israeli officials and business leaders find Central Asia attractive as an investment opportunity for a variety of reasons, including the region’s abundant natural resources, and its large pool of relatively cheap but skilled labor. The region also represents a potentially important market for specialized goods, such as machinery, chemicals and plastics. And in helping to build local economic opportunities, Israel additionally hopes to reduce the desire for Jews in Central Asia to emigrate. At the same time, Israel can offer Central Asian officials a unique trade conduit to world markets. Israel has free trade relationships with the United States and the European Union, as well as with Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Jordan and Turkey.

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[Avigdor] Lieberman’s visit to Kyrgyzstan sought to establish parameters for trade. The two sides discussed the establishment of direct air links between the two states, as well as the possible opening of a Kyrgyz Embassy in Israel. Israeli delegation members explored potential deals in transport communication and tourism.

Israel’s relations with Central Asian states continue to focus on conditions for Jews living in the region, including the Jewish community in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. [For additional information see the Eurasia Insight archives]. Since the 1991 Soviet collapse and subsequent economic upheaval, many Central Asian Jews have emigrated. Israel was among the first states to recognize the independence of the Central Asian states. Kyrgyzstani President Askar Akayev was the first Central Asian leader to visit Israel in 1993. Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev has visited Israel twice, most recently in April [2001].

According to that piece, the Israeli government also engages in education through an organization that falls under the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MASHAV. Somewhat like the Clinton arrangement with "military gifting", it would appear the US taxpayer is funding MASHAV through USAID:

Through the MASHAV Cooperation Agreement, recently developed and funded by USAID/CAR, Agriculture Consulting Centers devoted to agribusiness development have been established in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

And this isn't just in Kyrgyzstan but throughout most of Central Asia. Even the Peace Corps has gotten a piece of the USAID-MASHAV action:

In 1999 the U.S.-Israeli-Kyrgyz MASHAV Agri-Business Consulting Program was established to address the agricultural side of the region's income problem. The program led to the construction of a greenhouse at the Oasis Agricultural Site where agricultural producers in the region receive both formal and one-on-one training from agricultural experts.

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After much study, the owner of Oasis Site and a group of farmers in the region concluded that constructing a fish farm was the answer. The farm would host regular sessions where experts and local residents could meet and learn how fish farms are constructed, maintained and managed to reach sustainable profitability. Unfortunately, the group did not have the funds to build such a farm.

To resolve the problem, the Oasis owner and a local professor took their concern to a Peace Corps volunteer serving in the area. Through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, which collaborates with individuals across America and facilitates their donations to specific community development projects, funds were raised to build the fish farm and buy fish to fill it.

However, agricultural support for small- and medium-sized businesses and Peace Corps-sponsored fish farms aren't the only capitalistic enterprise at work in Kyrgyzstan. There's a lot more going on--like the arming of Kyrgyz commandos by Israel:

Several private Israeli companies have agreed to render technical assistance to the special units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan. This assistance will include equipment, police jeeps, and also special gear used for dispersal of demonstrations and in operations against terrorists, in particular in mountainous area. Moreover, the Israelis will take part in creation of the educational antiterrorist center in the territory of republic. It will train and prepare officers of the commando of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security Service (SNB). An option to involve Israeli instructors ex-servicemen of the elite divisions of police, army and Israeli General Security Service (SHABAQ) in the process of training is also considered. AIA was informed of that by the personal secretary of one of members of the Israeli delegation, which visited Bishkek this month.

Both sides tried to avoid publicity of such negotiations in every possible way. As a result, neither in Israeli, nor in Kyrgyz mass-media there were no information published on the issue. The reason of such privacy is dictated both by the level and the agenda of negotiations, and the person, who was behind the organizing of the meeting.

This secretive arrangement took place in 2006. How many more secretive military-type agreements have been reached by now is anyone's guess,

US involvement in Central Asia, along with the involvement of its two most powerful allies in the region, should come as no surprise to anyone. Just as Adolf Hitler publicly announced his intentions for Germany's future when he published Mein Kampf, so the Americans have done the same with a small book published in 1997, Zbigniew Brzezinski's The Grand Chessboard (the entire book available for download here). The goal of US Eurasian policy, according to Brzezinski, is as follows:

"For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia... Now a non-Eurasian power is preeminent in Eurasia - and America's global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained.

[ . . . ]

". . . [H]ow America 'manages' Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globe's largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world's GNP and about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources." (pp. 30 - 31)

Earlier I mentioned that Russia's ban on the Gulen movement was, perhaps, a sign of Russia's refusal to take more American-sponsored Islamist bait like it did when Brzezinski and the Carter administration offered it in 1979. Perhaps Russia and the rest of the SCO countries remember Operation Gladio and are taking action to ensure that a similar stay-behind program does not become established in their territory or sphere of influence. Perhaps Russia, along with Kyrgyzstan, is offering bait of its own by allowing the US to continue to occupy the Manas Airbase. This time around, though, it's the Russians making the offer and it may very well turn out to be that Afghanistan becomes America's second Vietnam.

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  1. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Outstanding piece by Mizgin; well-researched. I haven't found a mainstream reporter here who knows or understands 10% of this!

  2. Indeed, this very well could be our next Vietnam and of course, the ultimate irony (since it was designed to be the Soviet Union's).

  3. I need to run this by Mizgen I did in 2008 and see if I got anything wrong and what I've left out that is important.

    http://journals.democraticunderground.com/mmonk/39

  4. Anonymous says:

    Soon the region (C.A.) will be the new Middle East. Keep up the good work.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Vary thorough analysis, which I am still digesting. I have two comments, one pragmatic, one negative: The energy wars of which Kyrgystan is part are brought into perspective – The Future of Energy is the Future of our Global Economy, 'The Solar Hydrogen Civilization' by Roy McAlister 2005. For anyone with math skills of basic algebra and general chemistry, this is the clearest explanation of why we must go with solar/hydrogen ASAP. Further it dispels many myths purposely created to stymie a hydrogen economy, such as hydrogen causes embrittlement – wrong.
    The link between USAID and Consortium for International Development (CID) was well in place when I worked in Africa in the 90's. I attended a meeting upon my return as an innocent and heard the shocking truth for the first time: "Don't worry how much we spend on aid, 90% of it comes back to the U.S. through designated carriers and Ph.D.'s. This was appalling since much of what I implemented could have been done by numerous well-trained high school science students or freshmen college students in science and engineering at much lower cost. It would also have given the students a better understanding of how the rest of the world lives when they were still impressionable.

    Simon

  6. Metemneurosis says:

    Very interesting Mizgin. On the relation between Israel and Central Asia a man named Yosef Maiman is worth looking at. He has his hands in interests from CA to Venezuela. And he's in very deep with the government in Turkmenistan.

    Here's a short bio of him. (The group who's site this is from is interesting in it's own right. Look at the list of members. Sheesh)
    http://www.usmep.us/usmep/international-board/yosef-a-maiman/

    Here's an article mentioning deals with Maiman and Berdimuhamedov:
    http://www.turkmenistan.ru/?page_id=3&lang_id=en&elem_id=10394&type=event&sort=date_desc

    I believe Turkmenistan is supposed to have the second largest gas reserves in the world and there's still plenty of exploration and proving that needs to be done. Unsurprisingly then the US and Russia are in heated competition for influence and access. I read somewhere that at one point there was talk of trying to connect Turkmen gas fields to the Nabucco line. I'm sure Maiman would have favored such a deal as part of Nabucco will feed directly into Medstream the new line in the planning stages which will run from Turkey to Israel.

    http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/english/finance/9460948.asp

    Medstream, which will run to Askelon, will almost certainly tie into the trans-Isreali oil pipeline which runs from Ashkalon on the Mediterranean to Eliat on the Red Sea. What most people don't realize is that this pipeline is within the range of missiles from Gaza. I'm sure this probably discouraged investors and figured into many other motivations for the massacre in Dec./Jan/

    Here's an article on the Ashkelon-Eliat pipeline. (Note that the pipeline is in Israel but is joint owned by Israel and IRAN !!?)
    http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/spages/945484.html

    And here's one mentioning the danger the rockets pose.
    http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=71893

    Also since Iran came up there's been talk of Iranian gas feeding into Nabucco as well. Which would oddly make it's way to Israel as well and then be sold by Israel to East Asian nations like India – which has signed on to the Medstream project. So ironic considering relative proximities. But that's a result of the fact that the US has been doing everything in it's power to prevent the 'peace pipline' from Iran through Pakistan to India from ever materializing.

  7. Sibel Edmonds says:

    I just finished interviewing Joe Trento on Iran & more. Mizgin's man, Brzezinski happened to be one of the highlights of our show. Mizgin, you'll really like the interview.

    Check out Trento's site and his fantastic series on Iran: DCBUREAU.ORG

    Tomorrow I'll post Jamiol's cartoon on Mizgin's piece!

  8. @Sibel, Thanks very much and thanks for the opportunity to contribute here. Let's hope that some good comes of it. As for the Trento interview, I can't wait!

    @MMonk, the irony that you note is the same that struck me in researching this piece. The silent partner here, of course, is China. But China plays its cards close to its chest and I didn't notice any information on them in the course of reading up on this material. I'm fairly certain, though, that China has a stake in this as well.

    As for your piece, I think it's very well put together and comprehensive. Your information is consistent with other information I've read on Pakistan/Afghanistan. In connection with Unocal, let's not forget Zalmay Khalilzad. He was an advisor to Unocal during the Taliban days. Lately I guess he's been trying to manipulate himself into some kind of governmental position in Afghanistan and, although I have not followed the developments on that, I'm sure that at the bottom of those machinations is a great big pile of sh#t.

    As for Bhutto, I have heard, mainly from Southern (i.e. Iraqi) Kurds that she was half-Kurd. I don't know if that's true or not but it's certainly been the rumor in Kurdish circles. When some of us heard she was going back to Pakistan, we figured she was marked. Our only surprise at her assassination ran along the lines of, "Wow! They took care of that in no time!"

    By the way, it was Dole's agricultural subsidies that killed Peter Galbraith's Prevention of Genocide Act.

    @Anonymous, Central Asia may turn out to be deeper and darker that the ME.

    @Simon, Agreed. Alternative energy should be high on the agenda everywhere but The System is not equipped to benefit from that, is it? And regarding your experiences with aid organizations, your experience sounds typical. It's an extremely wasteful process and another mark of the capitalist status quo. I couldn't agree more on the effects of working on aid projects by high school students or college freshmen. They'd learn more doing that than they would in any classroom.

    @Metemneurosis . . . Scowcroft, HA! Brzezinski! Volcker, Hamilton . . . Hahahahaha!! Oh, man, don't you just LOVE "About Us" and "Senior Advisors" pages! They're your best friends! Thanks for the info; I'm going to have to go through it with a fine-toothed comb.

    In 2008, Russia signed two major pipeline agreements with Turkmenistan. Supposedly these agreements ensured Russian control over Turkmenistan's gas resources for at least 20 years. More at Asia Times. I haven't seen any news about negation of the contracts so, as far as I know, this still stands. Others who follow the industry might have more recent information, though. But, yeah, Turkmenistan is supposed to be a really big deal when it comes to gas reserves.

    Iran and Israel together on a pipeline . . . I understand that the pipeline was built during the Shah's time, when Israel and Iran were best buddies. Apparently the same company (EAPC) was looking to pump oil from Georgia and Azerbaijan, through Turkey to Ashkelon and Eilat and then on to the Far East (i.e. China??). But that was back in late 2007/early 2008 and, since the Georgian war, I will have to catch up.

    Israel was involved with arming the Georgians, but the Israelis put the breaks on that after last August. Russia didn't like this relationship at all. Besides, Israel needs Russian cooperation regarding the Iranian nuclear program. I have the feeling Turkey is in a similar situation vis-a-vis Russia.

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  10. Metemneurosis says:

    On the Turkmen gas there was recently a problem between Russian and Turkmenistan over that.

    "But the global crisis has hit demand for gas, and Gazprom attempted to renege on its contracts — much to Ashgabat's irritation. Turkmenistan accused Gazprom of blowing up the gas pipeline between the two countries — a charge that Gazprom denied — prompting an outage in exports and a deepening rift in relations.

    With Russia's relationship with Turkmenistan looking fragile, neighboring China swooped in last month with a $4 billion credit, and agreed to purchase production expected from a new gas field. With Russian President Dmitry Medvedev invited to visit Turkmenistan in September, the Turkmens seem ready to talk. But as China and the West actively court the gas-rich country, Russia may find it is already too late."

    http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2009/07/03/2993846-analysis-russia-plays-checkbook-diplomacy

    But I had read somewhere that there was a backdoor or some fine print that might allow the US to go through with deals despite the Russian one anyway. I just can't find the article now.

    In any case according to Escobar Turkemenistan signed onto TAPI in April of 08.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/KE14Ag01.html

    And the big Russian deal wasn't made till July of that year. So I'd think the US could always argue they had to respect the earlier agreement anyway. (Though of course if TAPI ever happens it'll be YEARS down the road) But most interesting to me is the mysterious explosion, mentioned above, on the pipeline going north to Russia in April. The Turkmen blamed Russia but who knows.

    http://www.upi.com/Energy_Resources/2009/04/13/Pipeline-explosion-reveals-Turkmenistan-Gazprom-rift/UPI-16101239666679/

  11. Edit_Mommies says:

    This is the link —–> at http://www.storiesthatmatter.org/20090731237/NSNS-Stories/the-united-states-and-iran-the-secret-history-part-three-carters-bargain-the-islamic-bomb.html

    America is the bargaining chip. How can I shoot up some Nationalism and make this all go away?

  12. Sibel Edmonds says:

    SOS

    Blogger has blocked this site…I got an e-mail from them…I need your help! I have a post on this and more, and the timing is absoultely suspect. Please e-mail me, so that I can send you my post & have you disseminate it for me: sibel@justacitizen.com

    This took place after my Subpoena & the last 2 explosive radio interviews conducted by phone…

  13. Are you unable to post anything?

    Obviously the page is still available and comments can be added.

    Maybe it's time to move the site elsewhere.

  14. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Mizgin, yes. Unable to post, and it will be removed permanantly by them in 20 days. I am preparing an alert to be posted on my http://www.justacitizen.com site in the next few minutes. I'll post the e-mail they sent me (Google-Blogger).

    Of course. I was planning to have miirror site anyway, but did not expect this to happen now, during this critical time (subpoena, deposition…), and two days before I leave!!!

    We need to warn every one about this….

    I'll send you a notice with my justacitizen post

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  16. Anonymous says:

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    My alert is posted here: http://www.justacitizen.com

    Please disseminate…thanks,

    sibel Edmonds

  17. For the record, I have no problems accessing this page and see no warnings that it's flagged or going anywhere as of this moment in time.

  18. Anonymous says:

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  19. Twitter and Facebook are reporting Denial of Service Attacks on their sites.

    Story link here:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/06/twitter-struggles-to-fend_n_252971.html

  20. Flagging is done by people who come across the site, not by the host themselves.

    Someone simply isn't a fan and is entirely unable to compile a cohesive argument, and this is their way of throwing a tantrum.

    'Spam' is a pretty ironic choice, though.

    What it looks like to me is that you got an automated email, and after filling out the form a human will check it and – hopefully – remove the flag.

    Also hopefully, your troubles with Twitter are simply related to a DOS attack.

    Stay calm, and good luck 😉

  21. If people flag repeatedly they'll most likely disable the feature for you individually, as this site is and will most likely continue to be a point of interest for quite some time.

    I would check out WordPress regardless.

    If you were to pay for your own hosting this type of thing wouldn't happen.

    I use Fatcow, and short of someone getting into my code once I haven't had any problems – we simply deleted one another's changes and now no aesthetic changes can be made, but I can still update.

    Welcome to the world of high-stress blogging, where you watch your synapses fire after the fact and adjust accordingly.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Follow-Up
    In 'The Solar Hydrogen Civilization' is a Fort Collins September 24, 2000 declaration that reads: “We maintain that it is beneath human dignity for any government to risk the lives of its citizens serving in the armed forces to protect transportation bottlenecks of these inefficient fossil reserves situated in foreign, often hostile, lands. It is also irresponsible of any government to risk the lives of innocent bystanders who are guilty of nothing but their geographic location during unnecessary disputes, crises, and international incidents revolving around said bottlenecks.
    “We further realize that it is essential to utilize petrocarbon reserves to produce durable goods instead of incurring the economic losses caused by burning them. One gallon of average crude oil can be used to produce over $35 worth of efficiently recyclable products such as
    polymer-based components for improving performance and durability of such things as equipment for farming, mining, and manufacturing; computers, vehicles, roads, clothing, and homes.”

    Simon

  23. Eric Pottenger says:

    just an observation about the article:

    the National Endowment for Democracy isn't a "neoconservative" organization, although it has plenty of room for neoconservatives. I would personally identify it as a bipartisan instrument of imperial control, comfy with many ideological "means," just so long as the goals of empire are the ultimate "end," whatever those are determined as being.

    the truth about the NED is that it functions as an instrument of US foreign policy in an historical era when much of the "ops" (intelligence, subversive) infrastructure is right out in the open, meaning, performing many functions that the CIA used to do under the cover of darkness.

    why I choose to comment on the "neocon" label is because they're actually more effective as a "soft power" instrument.

    it's like they provide a huge money-laundering service for the U.S. Government to "do a job" without showing the government ties. this is because the NED is Congressionally-funded, whereas they distribute their funding to NGOs that (as they are 503c3 tax-free non-profits) aren't compelled to display exactly who they give their money to.

    and so there is an entire infrastructure of "ops" organizations, feeding off from u.s. state funding; taking their orders (directly or indirectly)from the higher-ups; yet completely under the radar as far as public scrutiny is concerned.

    what I have discovered is that the NED has "sisters" in this function, all Congressionally funded. the US Institute for Peace (USIP) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)…the NED, itself, gives directly to four principle organizations (as the NED provides no service other than as a conduit of tax-payer money–at least not that I'm aware of):the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), International Republican Institute (IRI), Solidarity Center (from the AFL-CIO), and CIPE. It is principally through these four organizations that the "money laundering" (or influence laundering) is done.

    let me stress, these are only the main four. journalists have uncovered many NGOs that are tied up in this network. a good indicator is to discover where the establishment heads are sitting on boards, like Brzezinski, for example, who used to head the NED personally. former CIA director James Woolsey, for example, has placed himself on a good number of these organizations–organizations that you would otherwise pass over in research.

    from my perspective, the Obama administration provides a good impetus to uncover the main organizations that are receiving this money, as their "soft power" function will most likely be the preferred tool of an Obama foreign policy.

    eric

  24. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Another Update:

    Twitter is working; that problem had nothing to do with me (Thank God!).

    I am still blocked/suspended from posting by Blogger, and this will be the case until Tuesday (they say 2 business days before they review the case!). After Tuesday: I have no idea if it will get resolved. I promise you: upon my return I'll have a safer new blog site, and I will be Goggle's numero uno enemy!!!!!!!

  25. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Update on Deposition:

    http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=916&Itemid=71

    Washington, D.C. August 6, 2009. On Tuesday the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) released a statement inviting the press to the deposition of Ms. Sibel Edmonds. The Ohio Elections Commission then made it clear that the deposition must be closed to the press. However, the proceedings will eventually be available on video. In addition, Ms. Edmonds and her attorneys will be available outside of the NWC for comment before and after the deposition. The NWC is located at 3238 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20007.

  26. Konstantin says:

    Hi Sibel. I want to encourage to to continue what you do.

    Just in case you loose your this blog, I archived the posts and the comments.

    I started the archive operation at on 2009-08-06 at approximately 16:40 and it took approximately 15 so you may have seen your views increase during those times. It should include all comments up to 17:00 on 2009-08-06.

    I zipped the archive encrypted with a simple password so that Google doesn't complain about copyrighted content.

    The zip file is approximately 63 megabytes.

    One possible issue: I used the linux operating system to zip the archive. I don't think there will be any problems unzipping it on Windows or the Mac if that's what you use.

    I just have to find a place to post the zip file or email it to you and send you the simple password.

  27. HAPPY IN NEVADA says:

    So far, there's no warning on the blog that I can see, and the comments are working perfectly.

    I always print out my blogs and put in a binder.

    I was going to suggest a zip file, but I see someone else has already done that for you.

    You've been given other suggestions that I'd have made, so I'll leave it at that and wish you the best of luck in working this issue out without any more interference from Google or others who probably have created this problem, by clicking the blog and reporting it. Since you have no idea who reported this (or if there were more than one or two people), then you might have to disseminate critical information that you want to share, via e-mails.

    Wishing you the best.

  28. Okay, I get it, Eric: neoconservatives only use "soft power" . . kind of like they're doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. And those are Congressionally-funded operations, too, of the bipartisan variety. That's why Obama has no problem using the same "soft power" methods in Afghanistan/Pakistan.

    And when I see that an organization is infected with neoconservatives, then as far as I'm concerned it's neoconservative and I don't care who funds it. Whether it's funded by the US government, the Israeli government, the Turkish government, or the Girl Scouts–it's a tainted organization.

    The more complicated the conduit, the more likely that the organization(s) are involved with illegal activities, like money-laundering, as you mention. And I wouldn't be surprised if that's exactly what NED is involved in–money-laundering of NATO's heroin industry. After all, it was just this year that the UN reported that narcotrafficking was being funneled into the banks. Sort of a "black" money bailout.

  29. You can always link to MediaFire via Twitter until the blog issues are cleared up.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Google to the rescue (sarcasm) Everyone please check this one out. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/25/AR2007062500364_pf.html

  31. I don't see how a transglobal supply line is a tenable situation for multilevel proxy situations of this nature.

    Neither do 'they', so they form a base of operations in which children can work to create dreamy Americanized products to placate the population.

    As for the Elitist-Populist education paradox, there's no good way – Elitist will produce the highest level of education, but with colonial tendencies, while a populist model will crush the brightest in the name of equality.

    My history of the Americas comes down to "We have money, and you're Indians", and I think that extends to wherever people with the ability to print the stuff show up.

    There is no way to respond to all of the information in this post without writing a book, but this is one of the more densely informative pieces of work any of us will ever come across.

  32. Eric Pottenger says:

    Mizgen, I both agree and disagree with your response, so let me first clarify what I meant by striking a difference between neoconservative and "soft power" tactics.

    to me, the "ends" are nearly the same.

    in my opinion, activists get too fixated with the idea of "neoconservative" anything, like somehow the absence of neoconservatives means an absence of the bloodshed, an absence of the inequality…in essence, the absence of the EMPIRE.

    yes, there are tactical differences, and we should be aware of what those differences are. yes, there is a difference between air strikes and ballot box coups. and between financing weapons production or financing dirty civic groups.

    you're absolutely correct in bringing up the wars in the middle east, and in making clear that these aren't representative of "soft power." to me Obama represents both, as all presidents do, and as all high-level representatives of the empire do. to me, Obama doesn't represent anything "substantively" different from any of their other administrative puppets. but he does utilize a different marketing strategy, and that marketing strategy does actually have to be grounded in the real world to prove effective.

    an example: Sibel, pushing her case forward, forcing the administration to make public, once again, just how corrupt they really are. of course I really hope that Sibel gets the gag order lifted, of course. but I'm not too hopeful, as I'm realistic about who these people really are, both the so-called neoconservatives and all the other whores.

    either way, because of Sibel we win. they either grant us those secrets, or they expose themselves once again.

  33. Edit_Mommies says:

    I don't agree with labeling people neoconservatives. I do agree intelligent growth requires acceptance. Often an influx of something otherworldly, such as "cash" can cause gross hypocrisy. The denial paradigm is an unattractive perversion and a "secret" pleasure. These secrets are seductive and act to segregate the masses with subtleties. Subtleties like a giant pot filled with cooking frogs. Kissing frogs is the new "bleck". Try and help the frogs accept they aren't pushing anybody around.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Outstanding article Mizgin. Well it looks like tomorrow is a big day for Sibel and the rest of us too. If you don't stir the pot once in awhile it will burn ; ). We are with you!

  35. Good luck, Sibel.

    Many thoughts and prayers are with you.

  36. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Greetings,

    Running around all day, and looks like I will be running around all night…

    Bradblog has the latest news and my attorneys issued a press release…The sworn deposition still on despite…

    I am going to try and transfer everything to wordpress free site temporarily (since I'll be leaving in less than 2 days!). Meanwhile this site MAY be up again by Tuesday. We'll manage it somehow, until I return (Sep 5). After that: some heavy duty web work…

    Hopefully more later.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Good luck Sibel.

    The bradblog article is here

  38. Iyi sanslar Sibel! Sonuna dek düsüncelerini savun. Seni seven destekcilerin hep yaninda! Umarim yürekliligin gibi büyük basarilar elde edersin. (One of your followers from Turkey)

  39. Anonymous says:

    Anon the Neocon:

    I only wish that your discussion of Central Asia included history, and greater depth. The piece smacks of conspiracy theory. The reality is simpler – Western publics are not interested in current affairs beyond advertisements from the Red Cross, and vocal Third Worldism largely as a result of identity politics. Yet all developed nations depend on calibrated foreign policy to maintain their income levels. Naturally, we have to manage global affairs in the publics favour, and we are mandated to do so by the public. Covering events in Bishkek, is like discussing Mars. So the mandate is legitimated.

    I dare say, the piece reduces Central Asia to a few nefarious actors, and it's got Pepe Escobar's flimsy "pipelinestan" approach.

    Please, get real. The people of Eurasia want economic prosperity and growth. They live in a world which is seldom covered in the media, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have its own economic life and interests. Ties to neighbouring countries are strong. You can mention Israel, and Turkey, because that's your political prejudice. If you were an Indian or a Pakistani, you would focus on Delhi's airbase in Tajikistan, and Pakistan's efforts in Afghanistan. You would include China, and its push to desensitise Uighurs – who need absolutely no egging on from NED, because they genuinly resent Chinese occupation.

    Go ahead and reduce everything to big bad America, Israel, and Turkey. And please, hand the region over to Chaos, Russia, China, and whatever other regional contender rises out of the melee to dominate it.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Anon,
    You seem pre-occupied with global geopolitics, much like my friend Tom Blinkhorn. Does that mean that you truly do not understand working class needs, but think of yourself as their protector? God Save the Queen.

    When I learned the home address of Tom Blinkhorn, head of the Central Asia division of the World Bank, I quickly posted that information on a number of blogs in the blogosphere. To people such as myself, the bio of Blinkhorn is codespeak for an economic hitman like John Perkins.

    This is from a pro-Blinkhorn bio: Tom Blinkhorn of the World Bank thinks many people in the West who contribute to environmental organizations do not realize the implications. What they do not see is the tremendous poverty that exists in other parts of the world, and that if we are going to help people address that poverty, we need to do it through large dams and activities that many organizations in the Green movement are opposed to. I think a lot of the constituency for Green groups simply do not know about the problems in the Third World.

    Simon

  41. Edit_Mommies says:

    If the "third" world is really our parents look at the daddy copter with the big guns, oh no that's us we're just hanging out…

  42. Eric Pottenger says:

    holy cannolli, sibel told her story! I can't wait to read what's been said in that courtroom…thank you sibel for your persistence! whatever comes of the information you've provided, what you and I both know is that, although divine justice may not be televised, it will be justice nonetheless. thank you!

  43. DemocracyAtRisk says:

    The revelations revealed in testimony under cross examination were highly explosive, and also unsettling to say the least.

    I have a question I was definitely hoping Sibel could clarify.

    After knowing the position of this compromised Democratic member of Congress, was it confirmed that the Congresswoman was chair of any Intelligence Committee posts or had oversight of intelligence activities specifically the Department of Homeland Security?

    Did any of these activities ever overlap with the lobby which backs Congresswoman Jean Schmidt?

    It was difficult to tell from cross examination whether this might be the case. I was hoping for clarification.

    http://home.hiwaay.net/~becraft/mcfadden.html
    P.S: If the mass media complex is really the Federal Reserve media complex that people think it is, then I really wonder if when it comes to Congress this is only the tip of the iceberg.

    Any comments regarding Representative Pelosi?

    Can anyone confirm or deny she is receiving bribes in exchange for foreign government intervention?

  44. Anonymous says:

    Girl

    Google did the same thing to my site http://www.theominousparallels.blogspot.com. Google and all its aps are truly tied into the government.

    On the 27th of July 2009, I got the same 'WARNING' message in that my blog was a spam blog and it would be shut down in 20 days. I inquired about 'Who' registered it as a spam site and Google said it was a spam filter false negative.

    What's interesting is that it was at this same time NYCCAN had their petition denied via a court clerk siting that over half of the 70,000 petitions where not considered valid.

    I've been trying to build a seprate site using free hosting and all my replacement sites are taken down. As soon as I get some money I'm getting my own paid hosting site (again) and will be back at it!

    See:

    http://toptireport.limewebs.com/ [This has been up for (1) day and already I can't load the webpage…very slow.

    http://www.limedomains.com/

    http://www.free-webhosts.com/reviews/MyOwnFreeHost.php?cohost=FreeI

    http://www.reporttop.freei.me/ [Down]

    Solutions:

    Get your own domain around $30.00 per year.

    Upload wordpress…some will install it for you; I know some hosting sites offer installs of both Drupal and WordPress.

    Develop a backdrop and don't let them steal your power.

    See: http://drupal.org/

    See: http://wordpress.org/

    Love "Light" and Energy

    _Don

  45. Anonymous says:

    William Cohen (Maine) in connection with Blethen Newspapers. Lets see this disappear again Google.

  46. Anonymous says:

    More: Posted elsewhere. I would like to give a big shout out to those from Muskegeon, Michigan. I did some work at the GD plant (Land Division). I observed the partitions and blue blankets covering the work going on there (for Israel). I asked why that was and recieved this answer. The blue blankets and partitions were there to hide the work being done from the eyes of god.

  47. Google does not own the servers on which news outlets store their information.

    Think, then speak.

    No government is going to be for freely available information available not only to their own citizens but citizens of people the world over.

    An otherwise helpless, anonymous nobody hit a button and supposedly well-educated individuals go off on a nonsensical tangent.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Zach. A lot of electricians and others know about the blue blankets at General Dynamics. I will hit the button again.

  49. I'd like to share something that sometimes helps me:

    little steps backwards are just reminders of how far you've already come and how much farther you will go.

    🙂

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