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    Geopolitics at Heart of Kyrgyzstan Unrest: interview with Igor Ryabov By Anna Arutunyan MosNews.com http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/032505J.shtml ...
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      Geopolitics at Heart of Kyrgyzstan Unrest: interview with Igor Ryabov
      By Anna Arutunyan MosNews.com

      >US influence is very strong in Kyrgyzstan - a number of
      non-governmental organizations are active on its territory, and they
      they are financed by US organizations. They are the Soros
      Foundation, and Freedom House. The printing press that prints
      opposition newspapers is actually owned by Freedom House. The head
      of this organization is James Woolsey, the former CIA director. And
      congressmen who have criticized the Kyrgyz government are in fact
      quite close to these power structures.

      The anarchy that is happening there is first of all convenient for
      the narcotics trade. And it's the narcotics party that has really
      won from all this. The road from Afghanistan to Russia goes through
      the Ferghana Valley...

      The Americans really invested a lot in building a civil society
      there. This network of NGO's was being used by the US as its
      political base. But the thing is - this whole approach towards a
      civil society is really an American model that is more natural in
      European countries. But to dig deeper - into the clan relations, for
      example - and you realize that the Americans just don't understand
      how their society is built. That is why all these NGO's are there to
      eat up money, hold seminars and don't have anything to do with real
      life in the country.

      For example, a "human rights activist" was recently arrested there -
      he was called a human rights activist because he headed one of the
      NGO's. And he was arrested for provoking the violent unrest. Also,
      he had close ties with the US ambassador Stephen Young.

      [and the following: what a load of BS whitewash - NED etal directed
      this rev. I LOVE Condie 'denouncing violence'.]

      Labor Solidarity Makes the Call By Eli Lake
      The New York Sun Friday 25 March 2005

      Washington - The workday ended uncharacteristically early for
      the head of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity
      in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, yesterday.

      At 2 p.m., in the middle of a seminar she was conducting for the
      heads of Kyrgyz trade unions, she was interrupted. The trade unions
      chiefs were summoned away for a crucial meeting during which they
      had to decide on the spot whether they would support the government
      that would replace the one that had just fallen.

      The union leaders decided they would. And in a note sent to its
      Washington headquarters, the head of the American Center for
      International Labor Solidarity, who asked that her name not be
      published, concluded, "The revolution seems to be over, the
      opposition has taken control."

      That was a far more accurate assessment of the events on the
      ground than the State Department guidance, which assured reporters
      here that Foggy Bottom was "monitoring the situation" and "working
      closely" with Russia and the Kyrgyz Republic's authoritarian
      neighbors. Secretary of State Rice denounced reports of violence in
      the south and the capital, Bishkek, and called for political

      While the message from Washington yesterday may have been one of
      caution with an emphasis on keeping order, behind the scenes,
      successive Democratic and Republican administrations have been
      making an investment in democracy throughout Central Asia since the
      collapse of the Soviet Union.

      "When a society is moving towards a point of protest, it takes
      years of preparation to acquire the information, to develop networks
      of informal associations and civil society organizations. It is not
      just the result of one group to bring the people to the streets,"
      the director for Europe and Eurasia programs at the National
      Endowment for Democracy, Nadia Diuk, said yesterday in an interview.

      Ms. Diuk oversaw slightly more than $600,000 of grants to
      projects in the Kyrgyz Republic for 2004, including the
      establishment of the American Center for International Labor
      Solidarity. Other projects include training for human rights
      programs, legal aid, and a project to publish a Kyrgyz guide to
      press freedoms.

      The endowment's sister organization, the International Republican
      Institute, spent another $400,000 in the last year and a half
      specifically for training political parties there. Newspapers and
      Web sites funded by the billionaire George Soros ran stories on the
      corruption of President Akayev that sparked much of the popular
      resentment against him. All told, the State Department spent $12.2
      million for democracy-promotion projects in the country, $600,000
      more than it did on security aid. Compared to the annual foreign aid
      America gives Israel or Egypt, for example, or that which the CIA
      provides to friendly countries for counterterrorism assistance,
      these projects hardly constitute a serious investment. But many
      watchers of Central Asia say the fact that America is funding these
      kinds of projects instills hope in the democratic opposition.

      "The United States has consistently invested in democratization
      and human rights in Central Asia," a Central Asia expert at the
      Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Andrew Apostolou, said in
      an interview. "These relatively small amounts of money have had a
      large effect because they are coming from the superpower, and
      because frankly, few other governments have pushed these issues."

      While similar projects have been pushed by the NED and State
      Department in Ukraine and Georgia, two other former Soviet Republics
      whose governments fell to people-power movements, the International
      Republican Institute's Stephen Nix warns against drawing too close a

      "This is different than what we have seen in other countries,"
      Mr. Nix, who oversees Eurasia programs for the institute,
      said. "Unlike Ukraine, where you had a huge coalition led by an
      individual, in Bishkek, you have a number of different political
      forces at work."

      Another difference between the Kyrgyz Republic and its neighbors
      is that civil society was allowed to flourish. "Akayev is probably
      one of the better dictators in the region," Ms. Diuk said. "In the
      early 1990s, he was welcomed in Washington as the great hope of
      central Asia." By way of comparison, she said Mr. Akayev only
      arrests political opponents, whereas credible reports exist in
      Uzbekistan of the opposition being boiled alive. Mr. Akayev, Ms.
      Diuk added, only tried to steal an election. The leader of
      Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, recently declared himself
      president for life.


      Deposed Kyrgyz Leader Blamed American 'Freedom House' for Aiding
      Opponents Speaking to Russian News Editors in January, the former
      president said he knew of the coming 'Tulip Revolution' and who was
      behind it, but he felt sure it wouldn't succeed.
      By Irina Demchenko
      March 25, 2005


      According to Akayev, the money to fund the 'Tulip Revolution' came
      from outside the country. He even named the source of most of the
      funding, - an organization called Freedom House. He also pointed to
      other international groups that support democracy in developing
      countries. Akayev also made of point of saying that the Soros Fund
      was not such a channel.

      About the financial costs of Tulip revolution
      There is an interesting translation from the report by Stephen M.
      Young, US Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan, on 30.12.2004, about the coming
      parliamentary elections in this country. The report allegedly was
      intercepted in Pakistan. The Russian translation is originally
      published in Kyrgyz National Information Agency.

      It shows the US plotting to use Kyrgyz elections to destabilize the
      govt and initiate a string of 'daffodil/ tulip' revolutions through
      Central Asia. It follows on Kyrgyz refusal to allow AWACs to be
      stationed at the US base.



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