Saturday, April 02, 2005

Kyrgyzstan, drugs and the CIA

Kyrgyzstan has oil, gas and heroin.

Reportedly, in 2005, the USA helped topple Kyrgyzstan's president Akayev.

John Laughland, in the Guardian April 1, 2005, wrote about US-backed coups in the former USSR and the mythology of people power.,3604,1449869,00.html

President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan has attacked:

1. The "prevailing influence" of the US in the "anti-constitutional coup" which overthrew him.

2. Those who are stirring up trouble in the drug-ridden Ferghana Valley.

3. The criminal "third force", linked to the drug mafia, which is struggling to gain power.

The term 'third force' was used to describe covert operatives shoring up apartheid in South Africa. It may also remind people of US-backed coups in Central America and former soviet republics.

Michael Kozak, former US ambassador to Belarus, boasted that he was doing in Belarus exactly what he had been doing in Nicaragua: "supporting democracy".

In Kyrgyzstan, US ambassador Stephen Young, has denied government claims that the US is interfering in Kyrgyzstan's internal affairs.

Kyrgyzstan is the largest recipient of US aid in central Asia and it is filled with "American-sponsored NGOs". In previous years it invited in the US military.

Freedom House, chaired by former CIA director James Woolsey, was a major sponsor of the orange revolution in Ukraine.

Freedom House set up a printing press in Kyrgyzstan in November 2003, which prints 60 opposition journals. The US also supports opposition radio and TV.

In Kyrgyzstan a key element in regime change was played by members of the Kyrgyz security services, 'whose loyalty is easily bought'.

The US has strategic interests in Kyrgyzstan.

Freedom House is reportedly friendly with the Islamist fundamentalist movement Hizb ut-Tahrir. This worries the Chinese who have Muslim unrest in their western provinces.

Akayev was seen as being a friend of the US. But he was toppled when 'things went wrong'.

John Laughland is a trustee of and an associate of

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