The EyeOpener- The Manas Question: Drugs, Revolution & Terrorism on the Road to Afghanistan

Spotlight: Kyrgyzstan The Manas Air Base, situated near the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, has played a key role in the increasingly important Central Asian region since its inception. First opened in December 2001 to support the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Manas Air Base plays host to the US Ninth Air Force and serves primarily […]

The EyeOpener- Spotlight: Kazakhstan

Geostrategy on the New Silk Road The large, sparsely-populated nation of Kazakhstan has become in recent years the poster child of a new type of geopolitics: celebrating only its 20th year since declaring independence from the Soviet Union, with a population of just 16 million, this unlikely Central Asian state is gradually becoming a dominant […]

The EyeOpener- Pipeline Politics & the Rewiring of Eurasia

Covert Military Tension & the Ultimate Endgame of Western Interests in Eurasia Pipeline politics have entered the North American consciousness over the last several months, with the proposed Keystone Pipeline connecting the Alberta Oil Sands to the United States becoming a contentious political issue sparking a storm of protest from a concerned population. Much less […]

The EyeOpener- The Bout Enigma

Is the “Merchant of Death” a spy, a stooge, or a patsy? Alleged arms dealer and so-called “Merchant of Death” Viktor Bout was convicted in a Manhattan federal court room earlier this month on charges of conspiracy to kill US citizens. Since his apprehension in Thailand in 2008 in a DEA sting and his subsequent […]

The EyeOpener- CIA Front Companies

How Much Of The Economy Is Owned By “The Company”? The office of the Director of National Intelligence announced last month that America’s civilian intelligence agencies appropriated a combined 54.6 billion dollars for classified operations this year, but he explicitly refused to provide any details of how the figure was divided up between America’s 16 […]

The EyeOpener- Nuclear Ambiguity: Israel’s “Secret” Arsenal

The Blatant Hypocrisy When it Comes to Nuclear Threats in the Middle East Hand-wringing over Iran’s nuclear program has been a mainstay of western political discourse. Indeed, fear mongering over the possibility of an independent Iranian nuclear program has become so commonplace that it seldom raises an eyebrow, even among the most cynical observers of […]

The EyeOpener- CIA & the Nuclear Black Market: A Case Study

The Business of Arming the Nation’s Enemies The AQ Khan nuclear network was first introduced to the public in early 2004, with Abdul Qadeer Khan’s dramatic televised confession to the Pakistani public that he had participated in selling nuclear technology, including bomb-making designs and equipment, to countries including Iran, North Korea, and Libya. Right from […]

The EyeOpener- Exposing ‘In-Q –Tel’: The CIA’s Own Venture Capital Firm

Google, Facebook, the IT Sector and the CIA In-Q-Tel was formed by the CIA in 1999 as a private, not-for-profit venture capital firm with the specific task of delivering technology to America’s intelligence community. Publicly, In-Q-Tel markets itself as an innovative way to leverage the power of the private sector by identifying key emerging technologies […]

The EyeOpener- 9/11, the CIA & the Art of the Hangout

 9/11 & “Incompetence” Theory: More Questions Than Answers Last month the former White House counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke made headlines in the alternative press when he revealed that the CIA’s failure to pass on information it knew about two of the alleged 9/11 hijackers living in the United States for over a year before the […]