The New Great Game Round Up- June 23, 2013

Rumsfeld- USAID in Kyrgyzstan, Drugs & Underground Madrasahs, Saakashvili vs. Ivanishvili & More! The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, […]

The New Great Game Round Up- June 16, 2013

CIA Guiding the Evolution of Islam, UAE: NATO’s Proxy at Work, “Colour Revolution in Kyrgyzstan?” & More! The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U.S.-dominated NATO, […]

Kyrgyzstan’s Maksim Bakiyev: Long Live Washington’s Exiled Kings!

“The Selection, Grooming, Training, Installing, and Shielding of the World’s Most Corrupt Dictators a la USA” A few days ago the US government dismissed its criminal securities fraud case against Maksim Bakiyev, the son of former Kyrgyzstan leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev. The government did not explain its decision. The US media supported the government’s abrupt and […]

Afghan Heroin Myths and Facts Recapped & Simplified for Mainstream Followers

Yesterday I wrote a piece on the real lords of Afghan poppies and heroin operations. I am thankful to all your supportive feedback. Of course not all feedbacks were positive, and I truly understand and accept that. Many of the critics came from mainstream media and establishment’s loyal believers and followers. They found my article […]

The Real Lords of Afghan Poppy Fields & Heroin Distribution Hubs

Facts, Myths, Smugglers, and the International Dudes Yesterday this so-not-news news made the headlines: Central Asia Key to Afghanistan Heroin Smuggling – UNODC. The headline was followed by these so-not-accurate descriptions and statements [emphasis mine]: A new report by the United Nations drug agency sheds light on the nuts and bolts of narcotics transit from […]

BFP Exclusive: U.S. Transit Hub-Base in Kyrgyzstan for Afghan Heroin

“A Nazi & a Drug Lord in Charge of Police in Osh?” Today Turkish Weekly ran an investigative piece on the newly appointed chief of police in Osh-Kyrgyzstan. The new police chief Suyun Omurzakov, who used to be a deputy minister of interior, has been known as a highly influential drug lord, a leader of […]

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- Meet the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

The Geopolitical Paradigm of the 21st Century When The Shanghai Five held its first presidential summit in China in 1996, this innocuous group hardly registered as a blip on the geopolitical radar. Within just five years, however, the loose-knit cooperative organization of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan was already attracting the attention of some […]

Additional Omitted Points in CIA-Gulen coverage & A Note from ‘The Insider’

Crucial Details Missing in the MSM Coverage of the Recent Intel Chief’s Exposé Last week I wrote about the Washington Post’s incomplete and one-sided coverage of the recently published memoir by former Turkish Intelligence Chief Osman Nuri Gundes exposing CIA Operations via an Islamic Group in Central Asia. Since then I have gone over the […]

Central Asia Militants: A Rhetorical Question of Funding & Sponsors

Central Asian Militants, Pan-Turkic Aims & Mysterious Financiers I just finished reading an interesting article at Asia Times on the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which is characterized by some as Central Asia’s most aggressive militant group. The main focus of the article is placed on the status, recent expansion and transformation of IMU: The […]

A Potpourri of Noteworthy Links

Phony Commissioners & Phony Reports, Central Asia, Laos, Bryza Candidacy, Gulen…You Name it! This post is similar to what I usually publish under my ‘Weekly Round Up’ series, only with a caveat: the time period covers more than a week, make that more than a month. I’ve been saving links and articles of interest, either […]

Another ‘Viable’ Candidate Bites the Dust …

Maksim Bakiyev: A Groomed Puppet Who Never Came to Be King Kyrgyzstan’s Wanted Fugitive: Maksim Bakiyev. The story is more or less the same – the one that has been repeating itself for many decades.  The one based on a script written by the very same conductors who wrote the ones before, and who will […]

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 […]