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  • U.S. vacates base in Central Asia as Russia's clout rises

    06/04/2014 10:02:20 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 10 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | June 3, 2014 | Olga Dzyubenko
    MANAS TRANSIT CENTER Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday handed back its only Central Asian airbase to the government of Russia's close ally Kyrgyzstan, as President Barack Obama winds down U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Moscow makes a comeback in its old imperial backyard. In a move aimed at pleasing its former overlord Russia, parliament in Kyrgyzstan voted a year ago to give Washington until July 11 to vacate the Manas Transit Center, which has served U.S. operations in Afghanistan since 2001. The base, at the main civilian airport in the former Soviet republic, moved more than 5.3...
  • Kyrgyzstan's Sky Worshippers Seek Recognition

    05/19/2014 4:17:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Eurasia News ^ | Bakyt Ibraimov
    Tengrists pray to their ancestors, to the spirits of nature, and to Tengri, the eternal blue sky, to cleanse and empower them. (Photo: David Trilling) Tengrists believe that the holy tenants of their faith are found in Kyrgyz traditions, culture, and national games such as horse wrestling and kyz-kuumai (“catch the girl”), where a young man and young women race on horseback while the man tries to steal a kiss. (Photo: David Trilling) Arslanbek Maliyev grew disillusioned with Islam when he realized foreign missionaries who came to Kyrgyzstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union were more concerned with building...
  • Science Traces Roots Of 'Traditional English' Apple Back To Central Asia

    02/24/2007 7:38:25 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 956+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-25-2007 | Richard Gray
    Science traces roots of 'traditional English' apple back to central Asia By Richard Gray, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:30am GMT 25/02/2007 It is a taste of the English countryside, but the origins of the apple lie far from our shady orchards. English apples can be traced back over 7,000 years English apples are direct descendants of fruit trees growing in an inhospitable mountainous region of central Asia, plant scientists at Oxford University have discovered. The DNA of England's famous apple varieties is almost identical to that of fruit found in the Tian Shan forest which lies on the border of...
  • Gazprom Buys Kyrgyzgaz for $1 Plus Debt

    04/19/2014 3:07:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 10 2014 15:26
    Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom has signed a deal to buy 100 percent of shares of Kyrgyzgaz for $1 and assumed the responsibility to repay $40 million of debt owed by the Kyrgyz gas producer, Itar-Tass reported. Gazprom also pledged to invest no less than 20 billion rubles ($560 million) in the next 5 years in the Central Asian republic’s 700-kilometer gas distribution grid upgrades. …
  • Exclusive: Russia threatened countries ahead of UN vote on Ukraine - envoys

    03/28/2014 3:59:01 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, March 28, 2014
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said. According to interviews with U.N. diplomats, most of whom preferred to speak on condition of anonymity for fear of angering Moscow, the targets of Russian threats included Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as a number of African countries
  • China Splits With Russia Over Ukraine

    03/19/2014 1:00:55 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    voanews.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Scott Stearns
    STATE DEPARTMENT — With Russia's most vocal critics imposing economic sanctions over Crimea, some of Moscow's allies are also questioning its actions in Ukraine. In Syria's civil war, China and Russia have together blocked tougher action against President Bashar al-Assad, denouncing foreign support for the rebels as a breach of Syrian sovereignty. Now, China has quietly split from Russia over Crimea -- on the same issue of sovereignty. "China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order. We call on all sides to remain...
  • Putin’s long game? Meet the Eurasian Union

    03/08/2014 5:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 9, 2014 | Leon Neyfakh
    What is Vladimir Putin up to? The crisis in Ukraine, brought to a boil when Russia’s president sent troops into the Crimean peninsula, has created almost a cottage industry of guessing at the autocratic leader’s intentions from one day to the next. When it comes to Putin’s long-term strategy, however, there is at least one concrete plan that offers some insight, and one specific date that Russia observers are looking ahead to. That date, Jan. 1, 2015, is expected to mark the birth of an important new organization linking Russia with an as-yet-undetermined constellation of its neighboring countries—an alliance Putin...
  • Rumsfeld's Visit To Kyrgyzstan Sets Tongues Wagging

    06/22/2013 1:18:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Eurasianet ^ | June 21, 2013 | Joshua Kucera
    The story of yesterday's parliamentary vote in Kyrgyzstan to annul the lease of the U.S. air base there included an intriguing subplot: the presence of ex-U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Bishkek. Officially, he was there on the business of the Rumsfeld Foundation, a group that offers short-term fellowships to young scholars from Central Asia and the Caucasus to study in Washington, D.C. And the timing of the visit, at the same time as the parliamentary vote, was just a coincidence. But as anyone following Central Asian politics knows, there is no such thing as coincidence. And the Kyrgyzstan...
  • Flight recorders from crashed U.S. military plane found in Kyrgyzstan

    05/21/2013 9:37:51 AM PDT · by topher · 6 replies
    UPI.com ^ | May 20, 2013
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, May 20 (UPI) -- Searchers found flight recorders from a U.S. military plane that crashed in Kyrgyzstan May 3, the Kyrgyz Transport and Communication Ministry said Monday. A ministry spokesman said the recorders were found in debris at the crash site and turned over to U.S. officials for analysis, RIA Novosti reported. The Boeing KC-135 refueling tanker with a three-member crew crashed into a gorge about 36 miles west of Bishkek soon after taking off from the U.S. Transit Center at Bishkek's international airport.
  • US tanker plane 'crashes in Kyrgyzstan after take off'

    05/03/2013 4:16:35 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 99 replies
    BBC ^ | May 3, 2013
    A US cargo plane has crashed after taking off from an airbase in Kyrgyzstan, local reports say. The tanker aircraft had left the US Manas airbase near the capital Bishkek, officials told AFP. The emergency situations ministry said the plane had broken into three pieces but information about casualties has yet to be released. Seven crew members died when a US civilian cargo plane crashed at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan on Monday. Witnesses of the Kyrgyzstan crash told local media that they heard a boom and saw an explosion. The transport plane was carrying a cargo of fuel when it...
  • Turkey becomes partner of China, Russia-led security bloc

    04/26/2013 7:10:39 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-26-2013 | Dmitry Solovyov
    ALMATY (Reuters) - NATO member Turkey signed up on Friday to became a "dialogue partner" of a security bloc dominated by China and Russia, and declared that its destiny is in Asia. "This is really a historic day for us," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty after signing a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev. "Now, with this choice, Turkey is declaring that our destiny is the same as the destiny of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries." China, Russia and four Central Asian nations - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and...
  • Why the Chechen President Released His Statement About the Boston Bombers via Instagram

    04/19/2013 5:23:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Motherboard ^ | April 19, 2013 | Adam Clark Estes
    The country if not half the world is on edge Friday morning after a deadly all-night chase through Cambridge and Watertown left one of the Boston bombing suspects dead and one at large. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old immigrant from Kyrgyzstan, is the suspect on the loose, and his apparent ties with Chechnya are stirring up the region's struggle for attention over the course of the past few decades. The predominantly Muslim region in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia has been fighting for its independence since the fall of the Soviet Union. It's been a bloody fight, too. Though it...
  • One Boston Marathon Suspect Killed; Second Suspect, His Brother, On Loose After Firefight

    04/19/2013 4:16:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 200 replies
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_ ^ | April 19, 2013 | Pete Williams, Richard Esposito, Michael Isikoff and Erin McClam, NBC News
    With a bomb strapped to his chest, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed early Friday after he and his accomplice robbed a 7-Eleven, shot a police officer to death, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives out the window in an extraordinary firefight with law enforcement, authorities told NBC News.
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan

    02/25/2013 8:23:43 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies
    John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan John Kerry has suffered his first gaffe as the new US secretary of state, inventing the nation of 'Kyrzakhstan' By Jonathan Earle, Moscow 11:36AM GMT 25 Feb 2013 In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure "democratic institutions" in the Central Asian country, which does not exist. The newly minted diplomat was referring to Kyrgyzstan, a poor, landlocked nation of 5.5 million, which he appeared to confuse with its resource-rich neighbour to the north, Kazakhstan. The State Department kindly omitted the error in the official...
  • British have invaded nine out of ten countries -- so look out Luxembourg

    11/10/2012 10:41:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2012 | Jasper Copping
    Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found. Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule. But that oft recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country. A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe. The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only...
  • Red China’s Economic Strategies for Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources

    09/25/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/21/2012 | Zabikhulla S. Saipov
    Recent Chinese diplomatic maneuvers in Central Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, show that Beijing’s strategy treats the region as a corridor for reaching resource bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. Central Asia is thus part of China’s broader blueprint of securing strategic resources and supplies to feed its developing economy (Z. Saipov, China Oil & Gas Monitor, Week 21, Issue 396, News Base, May 31, p. 3–4). Hu Jintao (L) and Islam Karimov Illustratively, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s two-week official tour of Congo, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on September 1–13 (English.sina.com, September 6) supports the premise that...
  • 2012 Issyk Kul Expedition: Search for a Sunken Palace

    09/21/2012 6:17:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    National Geographic Jihadist Outreach Program ^ | September 6, 2012 | Kristin Romey
    Early on, Issyk Kul also drew attention from researchers for the remains that lie beneath its stunning cobalt waters. It's an endorheic lake (meaning that it has no outlet) with abundant underwater springs, and the water level has fluctuated dramatically over the centuries, submerging settlements, buildings and even entire cities that had been established on earlier shorelines. Issyk Kul was one of the earliest sites for underwater archaeological research in Central Asia, with divers exploring its depths as long ago as the 1860s. In the Middle Ages, the region around the lake was hotly contested by two divergent lines of...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Russian Is Massing Troops On Iran's North Border And Waiting for Western Attack

    04/21/2012 7:14:06 PM PDT · by Thorliveshere · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 09, 2012 | F. Michael Maloof
    <p>WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.</p>
  • Kyrgyz Defense Ministry Agrees to Host US Base Beyond 2014

    04/03/2012 10:47:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Kyrgyzstan has agreed to retain the US Transit Center at the Manas airport beyond the term of current contract that expires in 2014. At a meeting with James Mattis, commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) on April 2, Kyrgyzstan’s Defense Council Secretary Busurmankul Tabaldiyev lauded the dynamic development of Kyrgyz-US relations and expressed interest in collaborating with Washington beyond 2014. Tabaldiyev further thanked the United States for providing material and technical aid to help Kyrgyzstan’s anti-terrorism efforts, fight against drug trafficking, and maintaining of border security (www.24.kg, April 2). The Kyrgyz official reiterated that Afghanistan’s security is in Kyrgyzstan’s national...
  • Kyrgyzstan Wants Military Role to End at U.S. Base

    03/13/2012 5:59:10 PM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/2012 | Elisabeth Bumiller
    One of Kyrgyzstan’s top defense officials told Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Tuesday that a crucial United States air base here should have “no military mission” when its lease expires a little more than two years from now. The request creates a potential hurdle to American plans to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. Notes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other areas of conflict in the post-9/11 era. The base, officially called a transit center, is at the Manas airport close to the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, and has been a vital hub for troops and matériel moving in and out...
  • Kyrgyzstan urges end to rampant bride snatching ( Muslims )

    11/28/2011 1:17:35 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | Nov 28 2011
    Kyrgyzstan President Roza Otunbayeva called on Monday for harsh sentences for thousands of men who kidnap brides in the largely Muslim nation, abusing an ancient tradition. "Around 15,000 women each year become the victims of bride kidnapping," she said, ordering prosecutors to crack down on offenders in the Central Asian state. The tradition began as a way of avoiding paying bride money or bypassing parental disapproval in the country which was largely nomadic until late in the Soviet era. But men are now snatching women they don't know without their consent for abusive marriages ... these crimes often force women...
  • Kyrgyzstan: Germans Fading Away on Central Asian Steppe

    11/10/2011 2:28:11 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    Eurasianet ^ | November 8, 2011 | Nate Schenkkan
    Amid commemorations marking 70 years since the 1941 deportation of the Russian Germans to Central Asia, there is a palpable sense that the community is disappearing. In Bishkek, roughly 30 people gather each Sunday to pray at the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Empty seats are abundant in a room that once was routinely filled to overflowing. Although the pastor is from Germany, services for the past 10 years have been held in Russian. Congregants say perhaps one-third of the worshippers have any German heritage, and only a handful can speak the language. According to the German Language Center in Bishkek, a...
  • Kyrgyzstan parliament bans gambling

    09/29/2011 12:23:46 PM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 29, 2011 | Staff
    Kyrgyzstan's parliament has voted to ban gambling, meaning casinos will close throughout the country. The bill was passed with almost no opposition, following repeated warnings from politicians that gambling has become a major social problem.
  • Kyrgyzstan: China’s Economic Influence Fostering Resentment

    05/02/2011 6:02:50 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    Eurasianet ^ | April 28, 2011 | Chris Rickleton
    Gulsara Rysulbekova, a retailer at Bishkek’s Osh Bazaar, refuses to buy Chinese foodstuffs. “Chinese rice is made out of plastic,” she says. She then points to a sack of red-brown rice grown in Kyrgyzstan’s Uzgen province. “That is what real rice looks like. If I stock Chinese rice, my customers won’t buy it. How can they make plov with Chinese rice?”
  • 'Democratic' poll cloaks Kazakh autocracy

    04/02/2011 2:10:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Saturday, April 2, 2011 | Robin Forestier-Walker
    Kazakhstan's nine million registered voters are being asked to choose their president in elections tomorrow. Incumbent Nursultan Nazarbayev is not expected to lose. Observers have already given the country's election commission poor marks for allowing a questionable selection procedure through which three political lightweights are up against ''Papa'' -- as Nazarbayev is affectionately known. A fragmented opposition have not put forward any candidates. Unwilling or unable to mount a serious challenge through Egyptian style public protest they have tried to discredit the ageing strongman by encouraging voters to boycott the poll. But Nazarbayev does not seem concerned. On January 31st,...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • Christmas 2010 (Oliver North)

    12/23/2010 11:07:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 23, 2010 | Oliver North
      "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, God with us. ... Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." — George Frideric Handel, "Messiah" WASHINGTON — This magnificent musical work penned by Handel in 1741 is heard all around the world in this season. His powerful lyrics are drawn directly from the Bible and remind us all to be thankful for the birth, sacrifice and resurrection of the Lamb of God.In our family Christmas tradition, Handel's oratorio is performed at our Christmas Eve...
  • WikiLeaks cables: 'Rude' Prince Andrew shocks US ambassador

    11/29/2010 12:12:25 PM PST · by maggief · 81 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 29, 2010 | # David Leigh, Heather Brooke and Rob Evans
    Duke railed against France, British anti-corruption investigations into BAE and American ignorance, leaked dispatches reveal Prince Andrew launched a scathing attack on British anti-corruption investigators, journalists and the French during an "astonishingly candid" performance at an official engagement that shocked a US diplomat. Tatiana Gfoeller, Washington's ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, recorded in a secret cable that Andrew spoke "cockily" at the brunch with British and Canadian business people, leading a discussion that "verged on the rude".
  • Kyrgyz election exposes ethnic divide

    10/16/2010 12:04:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    BBC News, Kyrgyzstan ^ | Thursday, October 14, 2010 | Rayhan Demytrie
    ...The electorate wanted democracy but now some are worried about the outcome of the parliamentary vote last Sunday. The country received international praise for conducting what could easily be called the most democratic elections that have ever taken place in Central Asia. In this part of the world, most countries are ruled by authoritarian leaders and elections are often a mere formality. The outcome is predictable. Those in power stay in power. But this time around, no-one knew for sure which party would emerge as the winner... They had not expected the Kyrgyz ethno-nationalist party, Ata Zhurt (Fatherland), to come...
  • US airbase threatened in Kyrgyzstan as Russian-backed parties poised to take power

    10/12/2010 5:49:46 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | October 11, 2010 | Richard Orange in Bishkek
    Political parties backed by Russia and Kazakhstan are poised to take power in Kyrgyzstan, threatening closure for a strategic US airbase for the war in Afghanistan.
  • Kyrgyzstan swears in caretaker president, country reeling from ethnic violence

    07/05/2010 6:52:59 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/05/2010 | Dan Wooding
    Now a pastor gives an update on the situation in the country BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN (ANS)- Kyrgyzstan's provisional leader Roza Otunbayeva has been sworn in as president Saturday (July 3,2010), ushering in what the turbulent Central Asian nation's government hopes will be a new era of stability and democratic freedoms. After her inauguration, Otunbayeva, 59, hailed what she described as a momentous new era for Kyrgyzstan, which has endured months of political and ethnic violence since former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was deposed in a bloody uprising in April amid widespread anger over falling living standards and rampant corruption. Reports have said...
  • Russia pushing for control of fuel supplies to crucial US airbase

    06/24/2010 12:05:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/22/2010 | Richard Orange
    The Russian and American governments are discussing a bilateral government deal, under which Russian state-controlled oil companies Rosneft and Gazpromneft would supply kerosene directly to the Manas Transit Centre, a crucial logistics hub for the war in Afghanistan. "Ultimately it's in the security interests of Russia for the US to be using this base for its operations in Afghanistan, but under a very, very strict mandate," said Ana Jelenkovic, Central Asia analyst at Eurasia Group. "If Russia is able to monitor the destination of the fuel, it limits the ability of the US to stay there in the base long-term....
  • Kyrgyzstan violence spurs aliyah (Jews leaving for Israel)

    06/22/2010 7:14:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 6/22/10 | Liel Kyzer
    Dimitri Volvinov, who immigrated to Israel on Sunday from Kyrgyzstan with his family, spoke on his arrival of the recent unrest in the country's capital, Bishkek. Riots in April led to the ouster of the country's president and thousands have been killed as ethnic tensions flared between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz this month. "[Bishkek] is in anarchy," Bolvinov said, "and no one from the police or the government is intervening. Since the night of the coup we have sat entire days at home with windows and blinds closed and shaking with fear." Volvinov, who arrived in Israel under the auspices of...
  • SHOCKING FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE IN SOUTHERN KYRGYZSTAN

    06/21/2010 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/21/2010 | Dan Wooding
    'There have been eye-witness accounts of kids being nailed to trees and entire families being raped and then murdered,' says one Christian OSH, KYRGYZSTAN - The ASSIST News Service, has received a shocking first-hand report of the violence that has recently taken place in the Kyrgyz town of Osh
  • UN appeals for Kyrgyzstan aid amid fears of violence

    06/19/2010 8:13:57 PM PDT · by Rabin · 143+ views
    AsiaOne ^ | Sat Jun 19, 5:05 am ET | Antoine Lambroschini Antoine Lambroschini
    Kurmanbek S. Bakiyev was ousted as president of Kyrgyzstan on April 7, left the country under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States…. Victims of the unrest have told AFP that the violence was a brutal and orchestrated campaign by armed militias of ethnic Kyrgyz targeting Uzbeks, who make up 14 percent of Kyrgyzstan's population of 5.3 million. Clinton said the United States was working with the international community to support efforts by Kyrgyzstan's interim government to restore order and bring in aid.
  • 'Kyrgyzstan Is On the Brink of Collapse'

    06/17/2010 11:28:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 782+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 06/17/2010
    With hundreds dead and tens of thousands of refugees, ethnic violence has brought chaos to Kyrgyzstan. Central Asia policy expert Andrea Schmitz told SPIEGEL ONLINE about the history behind the attacks on the Uzbek minority and the wobbly transitional government. SPIEGEL ONLINE: The news from Kyrgyzstan is deeply disturbing. Officially, 170 people have been killed during the angry unrest over the last week and other sources put the death toll above 700. What is the current situation? Schmitz: Official figures probably understate the number of dead, which is likely to be considerably higher. I do not have the exact numbers....
  • The Kyrgyzstan Crisis and the Russian Dilemma

    06/15/2010 7:52:59 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 6 replies · 332+ views
    By Peter Zeihan STRATFOR often discusses how Russia is on a bit of a roll. The U.S. distraction in the Middle East has offered Russia a golden opportunity to re-establish its spheres of influence in the region, steadily expanding the Russian zone of control into a shape that is eerily reminiscent of the old Soviet Union. Since 2005, when this process began, Russia has clearly reasserted itself as the dominant power in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine, and has intimidated places like Georgia and Turkmenistan into a sort of silent acquiescence. But we have not spent a...
  • A Russian Made Disaster in Kyrgyzstan

    06/15/2010 7:23:39 AM PDT · by walford · 18 replies · 542+ views
    Before It's News ^ | June 13, 2010 | Sultan Knish
    The violence unleashed in Kyrgyzstan is being spun as ethnic rioting. The reality is a good deal more complex, and the blame can be laid directly at Russia's door. Russia's coup against the Bakiyev government which took power in the Tulip Revolution leveraged Uzbek separatists in the Osh Province to suppress Kyrgiz nationalist supporters of Bakiyev. Russia had been trying for a while to force out Manas Air Base, a US air force base that serves as a vital link to US forces in Afghanistan. Russia tolerated Bakiyev, so long as he was against the US base. But once Bakiyev...
  • 'Gun-free' Kyrgyzstan enables ethnic cleansing

    06/14/2010 1:57:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 250+ views
    Examiner ^ | June 13, 2010 | David Codrea
    Kyrgyzstan:... Minister’s suggestion that members of the public should be allowed to own weapons gets a cool response. The powers that be--those who control the guns--called such a proposal "foolhardy." So what do they consider "sensible"? [P]arliament amended the law...to allow members of parliament to carry guns during their term in office. Prior to the December election, almost one-third of sitting members had availed themselves of this right. You know, "Only Ones." They've got theirs, so what's the problem?
  • On the brink of civil war, Kyrgyzstan orders partial mobilisation

    06/14/2010 5:07:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 317+ views
    Asia News ^ | 6/14/2010
    Bishkek (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Ethnic violence continued for a fourth day in Kyrgyzstan as the death reached at least 113, with an additional 1,292 people wounded (as reported by hospitals). Yesterday armed groups clashed in the villages around Osh, the country’s second largest city. Local sources said that police and the military are unable to regain control of the situation. The centre of Osh has suffered extensive damage from arson and looting. In Jalal-abad, meanwhile, firefights were said to be raging, causing heavy casualties mainly among Uzbeks. In a village near Osh, Furkat, homes were also said to be ablaze.The country’s...
  • Russia sends in troops as slaughter leaves Kyrgyzstan on the brink of collapse

    06/13/2010 10:51:52 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies · 755+ views
    The Times ^ | 6/14/2010 | Tony Halpin Moscow
    Russia flew troops to Kyrgyzstan last night to reinforce security at its military base near Bishkek as ethnic slaughter spread across the south of the country and tens of thousands of refugees poured into neighbouring Uzbekistan. As the Kyrgyz authorities ordered police and soldiers to shoot to kill rioters, in an effort to end the country’s worst ethnic violence in 20 years, Moscow sent as many as 650 paratroopers “to ensure the security of Russian servicemen and their families”. The Kremlin has, so far, rejected an appeal by Kyrgyzstan’s interim Government to send troops to the southern regions of...
  • More than 100 killed as Kyrgyz police are ordered to shoot to kill

    06/13/2010 4:30:26 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 662+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/13/2010 | Richard Orange in Almaty
    Ethnic riots engulf the country's south with mobs burning villages and slaughtering their residents. The government order to shoot rioters dead failed to stop spiraling violence that has cost more than 100 lives and over 1,000 wounded in the impoverished Central Asian nation since the violence began Thursday night. Victims of the clashes between the Kyrgyz majority and members of Kyrgyzstan's Uzbek minority have described the attacks as attempted pogroms. Burned out cars seen on an empty street Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan, Sunday, June 13, 2010, after ethnic rioting engulfed the city. Ethnic violence sweeping the Central Asian Republic spread to the...
  • Ethnic rioting spreads in Kyrgyzstan, with 80 dead

    06/13/2010 12:13:31 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 10 replies · 630+ views
    Yahoo ^ | June 13, 2010 | Leila Saralayeva
    OSH, Kyrgyzstan – Ethnic rioting spread Sunday in southern Kyrgyzstan, where at least 80 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded. Thousands of Uzbeks fled after their homes were torched by roving mobs of Kyrgyz men. Fires destroyed much of Osh, the second-largest city in a Central Asian country that hosts U.S. and Russian military air bases. Stores were looted and the city was running out of food. Gunfire rang out Sunday in another major southern city, Jalal-Abad, where the day before a rampaging mob burned a university, besieged a police station and seized an armored vehicle and...
  • US stops refueling tanker planes at key base

    06/01/2010 9:04:18 AM PDT · by show me state · 12 replies · 424+ views
    AP ^ | Jun 01, 2010 10:44 AM CDT | ANNE FLAHERTY and PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman says the military has stopped refueling tanker planes at the Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan as the U.S. renegotiates with the local government on how much it will pay for fuel.
  • Kyrgyzstan declares state of emergency after clash

    05/24/2010 3:30:02 AM PDT · by theanchoragedailyruse · 255+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 24, 2010 | Leila Saralayeva
    Several thousand people tried to storm a university in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday in a burst of ethnic violence that left at least 2 people dead and more than 70 wounded, prompting the interim government to call a local state of emergency. Witnesses in the southern town of Jalal-Abad said thousands of ethnic Kyrgyz advanced on the private university that serves as the center of the minority Uzbek community. They said gunfire broke out as crowds approached the building encircled by a cordon of special security forces.
  • The Political Cost of Military Bases in Post-Soviet Space

    05/09/2010 8:42:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 262+ views
    Oilprice.com ^ | 5/10/2010 | John Daly
    Governments with foreign military bases tend to shy away from publicity about their colonial outposts, and recent events in the post-Soviet space shine an unwelcome spotlight on US and Russian military establishments The US Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan and Russia’s lease extension on Ukraine’s historic port of Sevastopol are presently earning much unwanted attention, which is serving to agitate the local populations in both countries. Furthermore, Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenko, who provided sanctuary to ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has used the opportunity to berate Russia for failing to pay for its early warning missile base near Baranavichy and...
  • USA doesn’t plan lasting military presence in Kyrgyzstan – envoy

    05/04/2010 7:18:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 190+ views
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 5/04/2010 | ITAR-TASS
    The United States does not plan a lasting military presence in Kyrgyzstan, U.S. Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Michael McFaul told a Tuesday press conference in Bishkek. The transit center located on the premises of the Bishkek Manas Airport supports the coalition operations in Afghanistan and helps fight terrorism, which endangers not only the United States but also Russia and Kyrgyzstan, McFaul said, adding that the center was beneficial for all. One should not view the Kyrgyz interim government as pro-Russian or pro-American, McFaul said. As for the scandal around the Kyrgyz delivery of fuel and...
  • Manas Airmen help support disabled children in Kyrgyzstan

    04/30/2010 5:08:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 208+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Carolyn Viss, USAF
    4/30/2010 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan (AFNS) -- Airmen from the Transit Center at Manas helped disabled children at a Kyrgyz children's center learn to sign, draw and study during a visit April 27. Some of the children have autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy; some are just physically handicapped, said Sam Duechenbi, a German translator for the Nadjeshda Children's Center, who met with Airmen during their visit. Some board at Nadjeshda; some go home to their parents at night. But they all benefit from the myriad therapy techniques provided by the children's center, he added. "Many Kyrgyz people...