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April 08 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Is It Anarchy? Kyrgyzstan Is In Turmoil Over The Killing Of Utility Rate Protestors

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Cabale News ServiceApril 08 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Is It Anarchy? Kyrgyzstan Is In Turmoil Over The Killing Of Utility Rate Protestors And US Plans Go Out The Window

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President Medvedev of Russia and US president Obama have signed the missile reduction treaty and are apparently ready to gang up on Iran
Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev signed the pact at a ceremony in the mediaeval Prague Castle after talks that covered nuclear security, Iran's atomic program and an uprising in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, where both major powers have military bases.

The treaty will cut strategic nuclear arsenals deployed by the former Cold War foes by 30 percent within seven years, but leave each with enough to destroy the other.

Obama said the agreement had "ended the drift" in relations between Moscow and Washington and sent a strong signal that the two powers that together possess 90 percent of all atomic weapons were taking their disarmament obligations seriously.

"We are working together at the United Nations Security Council to pass strong sanctions on Iran and we will not tolerate actions that flout the NPT," he said, referring to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"My expectation is that we are going to be able to secure strong, tough sanctions on Iran this Spring," he added.

Medvedev said he regretted Tehran had not reacted to constructive proposals on its nuclear program and the Security Council might have to take further sanctions, but they should be "smart" and not bring disaster on the Iranian people. In Full

It may be difficult keeping the Republican leadership away from the 'adult entertainment' when they confer in New Orleans starting today. Case in point...
NEW ORLEANS, La. — A Louisiana-born porn star says that if she goes through with a run for the U.S. Senate, she will campaign as a Republican.

In a Tuesday news release making light of a recent Republican spending controversy, Stormy Daniels notes that the Republican National Committee picked up a nearly $2,000 tab at a sex-themed California nightclub. Daniels’ statement says she was a lifelong Democrat, but that the Republicans best espouse what she called her “libertarian” views about sex and money. In Full

There isn't enough evidence to indict him, so we'll assassinate him. The US has issued a "Wanted: Dead or Alive" on US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki.
Now Both JSOC AND CIA Have Green Light to Target American Citizen

Let the competition begin. The WaPo clarifies an earlier Reuters report (which was unclear that this pertained to CIA) that Anwar al-Awlaki has been added to the CIA’s kill list, after having been on JSOC’s kill list for some months.
Anwar al-Aulaqi, who resides in Yemen, was previously placed on a target list maintained by the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command and has survived at least one strike carried out by Yemeni forces with U.S. assistance against a gathering of suspected al-Qaeda operatives.

Because he is a U.S. citizen, adding Aulaqi to the CIA list required special approval from the White House, officials said. The move means that Aulaqi would be considered a legitimate target not only for a military strike carried out by U.S. and Yemeni forces, but also for lethal CIA operations.

“He’s in everybody’s sights,” said the U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the topic’s sensitivity. [In Full]
Death threats continue against Democrats including Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. In San Francisco, a single nutcase in a tenderloin hotel had been making threats against Pelosi and has been arrested. The mother of the arrested blames it on FauxNews.

Kyrgyzstan, home to America's Manas AF base, crucial for our dirty wars in Central Asia, is in turmoil after mass demonstrations in the streets which began when their strongman "President" Kurmanbek Bakiyev raised the electric rates. That brought masses of people into the streets where some were shot by government forces, but not enough to prevent them from apparently pushing him out of office, and out of the country. The interim leader of the country is Roza Otunbayeva, a former foreign minister.

Kyrgyzstan: End of the "Tulip Revolution"

The "Cedar Revolution" of Lebanon and the "Orange Revolution" of Ukraine were democratically brought to an end. A "Green Revolution" in Iran that Washington hoped for has turned out to be just a figment of its geopolitical fantasy. And now there goes another color revolution.

It is clear that the political revolution in Kyrgyzstan caught Washington flatfooted, given how Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, handled questions about it (Daily Press Briefing, Washington, DC, 7 April 2010):

MR. CROWLEY: . . . And finally, before taking your questions, clearly we are monitoring very closely the situation in Bishkek regarding these protests. We are deeply concerned about reports of civil disturbances and possible loss of life. We deplore the violence and encourage full investigation and accountability in any incidents of death or mistreatment. We have reached out to government and civil society leaders to urge calm, nonviolence, and respect for the rights of citizens, especially under emergency situations. We urge all parties to show respect for the rule of law and resolve differences in a peaceful, orderly, and legal manner. We steadfastly uphold the integrity of the Kyrgyz Republic and continue our firm support for the people of Kyrgyzstan.

With that, go ahead.

QUESTION: Yeah. Well, on that, what do you make of the opposition going on television and saying that they've formed their own government? Is that problematic -- something that's problematic for you?

MR. CROWLEY: Well, we are continuing to monitor the circumstances. I believe we continue to think the government remains in power, but -- and I'll anticipate one question. Can we -- there have been reports of loss of life, particularly involving the interior minister. We are not at this point able to confirm that.

But we will be continuing, through our Ambassador Gfoeller in Bishkek, to be in contact with the Kyrgyz Government as well before --

QUESTION: Is there any concern about the Manas base?

MR. CROWLEY: As I understand it... ( Find out what he 'understands' @ MRzine)
With opposition leaders claiming they've formed their own government in Bishkek and reports that Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has left the country, What will happen to the US use of the Manas air base? In Full
More from Foreign Policy Morning Brief:
Opposition seizes power in Kyrgyzstan

Top news: After a day of bloody protests that left at least 68 people dead, opposition leaders have seized power in Kyrgyzstan. New interim leader Roza Otunbayeva, a former foreign minister, says parliament has been dissolved and an interim government will rule the country for six months. The location of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

"You can call this revolution. You can call this a people's revolt. Either way, it is our way of saying that we want justice and democracy," Otunbayeva told reporters. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had spoken with her by phone and saw her as the "new head of government." In Full
Late day update:
Reuters - New Kyrgyz rulers hail Russia, aim to shut U.S. base

Kyrgyzstan's self-proclaimed new leadership said on Thursday that Russia had helped to oust President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and that they aimed to close a U.S. airbase that has irritated Moscow.

Their comments set Wednesday's overthrow of Bakiyev, who fled the capital Bishkek as crowds stormed government buildings, firmly in the context of superpower rivalry in central Asia.

No sooner had presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev signed an arms reduction pact in Prague as part of an effort to "reset" strained relations than a senior official in Medvedev's delegation urged Kyrgyzstan's new rulers to shut the base.

The official, who declined to be named, noted that Bakiyev had not fulfilled a promise to shut the Manas airbase, which the United States uses to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan. He said there should be only one base in Kyrgyzstan -- a Russian one.

Omurbek Tekebayev, a former Kyrgyz opposition leader who took charge of constitutional matters in the new government, said that "Russia played its role in ousting Bakiyev."

"You've seen the level of Russia's joy when they saw Bakiyev gone," he told Reuters. "So now there is a high probability that the duration of the U.S. air base's presence in Kyrgyzstan will be shortened." In Full

One more news item of note: "US air marshals subdued a Qatari diplomat on a flight to Denver in a bomb scare triggered after he reportedly smoked a cigarette and then joked he was trying to ignite his shoes, officials said…" MORE

Juan Cole quotes Karl Marx on the subject of this tragedy and farce:
"Karl Marx once remarked that every historical event occurs twice, first as tragedy and then as farce.
Also al-Madadi should recognize that he has a bad nicotine addiction and give up smoking, which will give him lung cancer and tragically shorten his life" In Full


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1 comment:

Razer said...

From an email correspondence:


I saw the Morning News and Commentary on Razed by Wolves that mentioned the turmoil in Kyrgyzstan and thought that you all might be interested in the following link:

The short video at that link examines what several different news outlets are saying about this story, and I think it provides a rather insightful overview of some of the issues at play in the region. The video primarily focuses on current negotiations for President Bakiyev's retirement, which CCTV described as the following:

"Everyone is calling on Bakiyev to leave the Kyrgyz people alone, for Bakiyev to find himself a place outside of Kyrgyzstan. Bakiyev as certainly raised the question 'what will I get in return?'"

He's apparently calling for the new government to guarantee safety for he and his family, but the new leaders appear to have backed off of their support for this plan. Hopefully you enjoy the video and will consider embedding it on your site to share with Razed by Wolves readers. Please feel more than free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Ross, Newsy Community Team