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Jan 27 10:46

Shooting Starts Between Kyrgyz, Tajik Border Forces, Kyrgyzstan Says

A shooting erupted between border forces of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on Thursday, the Kyrgyz border service said, adding that the Tajik side used mortars and grenade launchers.

Earlier in the day, Bishkek said that forces were put on alert over "tensions" at the border over the Tajik side unilaterally blocking the area that connects two Kyrgyz towns, Batken and Isfara.

“However, at around 19:35 [13:35 GMT], the situation worsened due to the use of weapons by the Tajik side against Kyrgyz border units … in the area of Chyr-Dobo area of the Batken region. The main skirmishes between units of the border troops of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are taking place in the areas of Tort-Kocho and Chyr-Dobo. The Tajik side uses mortars and grenade launchers,” the spokesperson of the border service said.

Jan 26 12:24

Asian EM Stocks Clubbed Into Corrections As Monetary Tightening Takes Away Punch Bowl

Major equity indexes in Asia are approaching or have already entered corrections as central banks (ex-China) prepare to hike this year.

On Tuesday, Andrew Tilton, the chief Asia-Pacific economist at Goldman Sachs, told clients that Asian central banks (ex-China) would join the so-called "normalization train" with other monetary authorities and begin to hike interest rates in the second half of the year.

Tilton points out that emerging market policy tightening is well underway. This means EM assets will face a challenging macro backdrop as elevated valuations, high debt levels, and rising core yields are creating cross-asset volatility.

Jan 25 06:16

Unprecedented Failure: What Caused Massive Blackouts in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan?

Numerous cities in southern Kazakhstan and throughout Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan experienced “blackouts” today, bringing airports to a standstill and affecting everything from water supplies to city traffic. The power supply is being gradually resumed, as probes are launched into the causes of the outage.

As the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan suffered major power outages on Tuesday, all three offered their own explanations for the "blackout", which wreaked wide-scale disruption.

Jan 23 07:37

Chevron, Total to exit Myanmar over human rights abuses

Total Energies and Chevron, two of the world’s largest energy companies, said Friday they were exiting Myanmar, citing rampant human rights abuses and deteriorating rule of law since the country’s military overthrew the elected government in February.

The announcement came just a day after the French company called for international sanctions targeting the oil and gas sector, which remains one of the military government’s primary sources of funding. It also comes a month after an Associated Press story on the growing push for oil and gas sanctions on both companies and on the resistance from the United States and France.

Total and Chevron had come under increasing pressure over their role in running the offshore Yadana gas field, along with the state-owned Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) and Thailand’s PTT Exploration & Production. Total has a majority stake in the venture and runs its daily operations, while MOGE collects revenues on behalf of the government.

Jan 20 11:16

FM: new Azerbaijani-Turkish war against Nagorno-Karabakh means war with Russia

No one can guarantee the complete absence of the possibility of a new war, but now such a possibility is very small, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Foreign Minister David Babayan told a press conference Wednesday.

He stressed that a large-scale attack on Armenia would mean an attack on the CSTO, and this simply could not go unnoticed.

Jan 20 11:12

Putin Stamps Out the Fire in Kazakhstan and Ukraine

This week’s events in Kazakhstan are not surprising.

Less than one week before a major summit between the United states NATO and Russia over the security architecture of Eastern Europe, we’re treated to another failed color revolution in the most strategically important place along Russia’s southern border.

There was looting, horrific violence and former government buildings, the ultimate symbols of power, set on fire.

What may have been surprising was how quickly Russia and Kazakh’s President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev invoked the CSTO to come in and stop the nonsense. But, if it didn’t happen this way the consequences for Russia and the rest of Asia would have been catastrophic.

Jan 20 10:13

Russia prepares a surprise for USA and NATO in Vietnam and Iran

The appearance of Russian army bases in the above-mentioned countries is not going to be either advertised or announced. On their part, Vietnam and Iran will receive Russian weapons for their protection.

"We could deploy weapons in Venezuela or Cuba. However, who needs that in our times? This is ridiculous! This is not what the Americans are afraid of. They fear that Russia will join efforts with Iran. We did not fight in Vietnam, but it was Soviet aircraft and Soviet missiles that shot down all US airplanes in Vietnam. This is the worst scenario for the United States — Russia is washing her hands, and Russian missiles can fly from anywhere in the world," Russian military expert Ivan Konovalov said, Avia.pro publication said.

Noteworthy, negotiations are currently underway between the authorities of Vietnam and the United States regarding the possible arrangement of an American military base in Cam Ranh. This could lead to problems for Russia.

Jan 19 11:57

Survivor Trees Around The World

A badly damaged, burnt stump of a caly pear (Pyrus calleriana) was pulled out of the rubble of the former Word Trade Center towers in New York City, after it was destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The tree was planted in the 1970s. When it was recovered, the 8-foot-tall tree was in poor condition and had only one living branch. The tree has since been brought back to health and replanted near the National 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

Since 2013, seedlings from Survivor Tree have been distributed, planted and cared for, to various communities around the world that have faced tragedy in recent years. Recipients of Survivor Tree Planting include victims of mass shootings (Newtown and Killeen, both in the US), victims of typhoons and hurricanes (Joplin, Gulfport and Far Rockaway, all in the US), victims of bombings (Madrid, Spain and Boston). , US), as well as other natural disasters such as mud slides (Oso, US) and fire (Prescott).

Jan 19 08:48

The strange new government of Kazakhstan

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has appointed a new Prime Minister and government. Eleven ministers out of twenty retain their functions. Nine are new.

What caused a stir was the ascension of former deputy information minister to the post of a fully-fledged minister. Pro-Turk Askar Umarov (pictured) is known for his anti-Russian statements, employing terms like “alcoholics” and “colonizers”.

The Russian press is outraged by this appointment which comes on the heels of the CSTO mission to deliver Kazakhstan from a wave of disorders and acts of terrorism. Yevgeny Primakov Jr. (grandson of the former prime minister and current director of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation Agency “Rossotrudnichestvo”), immediately announced that he refused to work with a “russophobic scumbag”.

Jan 19 08:41

In Kathmandu, a Struggle for Water Amid Worsening Floods

Stuffed garbage bags float gently down the Bisnumati River in the western part of Kathmandu. The river, sacred to Nepal’s Hindu and Buddhist populations, is one of the main waterways running through the Kathmandu Valley. Brownish water empties from pipes directly into the river: unfiltered sewage from households and factories.

Tour guide Badri Nepal, who grew up in the area, says he remembers swimming in the river as a child. No one would do that now. “The river is filthy. It has no life,” he says.

The Kathmandu Valley is home to about 4 million of Nepal’s 30 million inhabitants, with the dream of making a decent living in the capital drawing many more from rural areas. The resulting urbanization has seen Kathmandu’s population grow by about 7% a year, putting pressure on the city’s already overwhelmed water system.

Jan 19 07:06

Is The TAPI Pipeline Finally Ready To Go?

The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline has been long aborning, but its prospects recently got a shot in the arm.

The 1100-mile, $10 billion project has seen numerous delays since the pipeline consortium was announced in late 2014, though the project was first mooted in 1991. Construction started in early 2018 with a projected in-service date of 2021, but halted later that year after workers clearing the route were killed by unknown assailants. Also, the project’s $10 billion cost estimate is a decade old, and an update may cause further delay to the Asian Development Bank-funded effort that is now slated to resume work in September 2022. Turkmenistan will loan Afghanistan the funds for its share of the project, to be repaid from gas transit revenues.

Jan 18 11:41

Crazy Fad Diets Of The Past

Western beauty standards lead many of us to demand a slimmer figure than what comes naturally, turning the diet industry into a kajillion-dollar empire. Today's dieters can hop on the keto craze or the paleo bandwagon or even indulge in some intermittent fasting, but those options sound as tempting as a double cheeseburger compared to the fad diets of the past.

Jan 18 10:44

Historical photos of the iconic Cliff House in San Francisco, 1860-1950

Local historians regularly disagree about how many cliff houses are built on the northwest edge of San Francisco. Three is the most common answer, some argue that four is correct, and even Feis has its sides.

But everyone agrees that San Francisco wouldn't be the same without its legendary Cliff House, a destination for young and old, rich and humble, presidents and plumbers for a century and a half.

Some observers state that the first Cliff House was built in 1858 by Gold Rush tycoon Samuel Brannan, using lumber recovered from a nearby shipwreck.

But his building stood a short distance to the south of the rocky province where Cliff House stands today and where the second Cliff House - in fact, the first retains - was built in 1863 by local real estate speculator Charles Butler.

Their clapboard structure offered unparalleled ocean views and its trendy, high-priced dining room promoted the carriage trade well. Simply put, the Cliff House was that place.

Jan 18 07:44

Plans for Kazakhstan 'regime' change announced

A Kazakh businessman living in France, described as the country's "opposition leader" by US state-run media, has announced that he has a plan to take over the nation with the help of Western powers.

Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh financier and political activist who has been living abroad for the past decade, told RIA Novosti that he is planning to return to the Central Asian nation, despite having been convicted in absentia for ordering the murder of a business partner in 2004.

“We have made a plan, we will achieve regime change,” Ablyazov said in an interview published on Monday. “I’m going to fly in and will lead a temporary government of Kazakhstan for half a year. After that we will hold elections. If our party wins those elections, then I will become the legitimate prime minister. There will be no such thing as the president. We will liquidate that office.”

Jan 17 09:24

New Atlantis: How Ernest Hemingway's Eccentric Little Brother Built His Own Nation

Although many were forced to become acquainted with Ernest Hemingway by his high school English teachers, little is known about his younger brother, Leicester – and old Ernie was probably happy for it. To say that Leicester Hemingway was an odd fellow, it would be mildly put, gained notoriety primarily by taking advantage of a vague US law regarding bird hunting to establish his country, a micronation which he called Named New Atlantis.

Leicester Hemingway

Jan 15 07:15

Russia expects Turkey to refrain from ill-considered statements on Kazakhstan - Zakharova

Moscow expects Turkey to refrain from making ill-conceived statements on Kazakhstan and to avoid attempts to "catch a fish in troubled waters," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, according to Sputnik news agency report.

"We expect that Turkish officials will continue to refrain from such ill-conceived reasoning out loud," she said during a briefing, commenting on a statement by a Turkish official describing Kazakhstan as a country "that first freed itself from Soviet oppression, and now some forces allegedly threaten to put her under a senseless yoke."

"This tragic, complex, extraordinary situation for Kazakhstan required conjugation of efforts and definitely should not be considered as an opportunity to harm, to catch fish in troubled waters," Zakharova added.

Jan 14 07:42

Kazakhstan And The Limit Of American Power

When you represent the unipower, the essential nation, you rarely let a thought about other nations go unexpressed. So it is with the crisis in Kazakhstan, an authoritarian Central Asian state wracked by violence and now reliant on foreign troops.

The State Department has had plenty to say, but so far nothing helpful. For instance, department spokesman Ned Price condemned the violence, called for “restraint” on all sides, and urged “a peaceful resolution.” Moreover, he appealed “for all Kazakhstanis to respect and defend constitutional institutions, human rights, and media freedom, including through the restoration of internet service.”

In fact, there is little that Washington can do about Kazakhstan, which is as geographically distant and isolated as any country can be. American policymakers might better concentrate on practical problems, such as safeguarding U.S. diplomatic personnel and aiding U.S. citizens at risk.

Jan 14 07:11

Turkey Helped Instigate Uprising in Kazakhstan to Advance “Great Turan” Project

Ankara is seemingly more emboldened than ever as early signs show that the bloody unrest that engulfed Kazakhstan had significant Turkish involvement, not only through its intelligence services, but also through Kazakhstan’s Turkey-oriented politicians and business community.

The Kazakh elite, led by its leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, expedited the development of multilateral relations and established an alliance with Ankara. This alliance was cultivated under the formula of a “multi-vector course”, with inspiration of a supranational entity called “Great Turan.”

Jan 13 07:51

Number of People Detained in Kazakh City of Shymkent Amid Unrest Tops 3,500 - Reports

The number of people detained in the Kazakh city of Shymkent in connection with the unrest has topped 3,500, regional TV channel Otyrar.kz reported, citing the head of the city's commandant's office, Yeraly Zhumakhanbetov.

Earlier, local authorities reported the detention of 2,700 people, and noted that 45 policemen were injured during riots in the city.

"The situation in the city of Shymkent is stable. Since the start of unrest, 3,520 citizens have been brought to police stations. To date, 366 citizens have been held administratively accountable. Decisions on arrest have been made against 271 of them, 40 have been fined and 55 warnings have been issued," Zhumakhanbetov said.

Jan 13 07:21

Blinken Left Humiliated after Kazakh President Announced Withdrawal of Russian-led Peacekeepers

The US went into overdrive in propagating against the short Russian-led peacekeeping operation in Kazakhstan under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) mechanism. The Wall Street Journal speculated whether “the Crisis in Kazakhstan [was] the Rebirth of the Soviet Union” and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that “one lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave.”

Blinken’s statement ended up being humiliated in yesterday’s announcement by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev that the CSTO troop pull-out would begin on Thursday. As a whole, the withdrawal will take less than two weeks since the peacekeepers already restored order in the Central Asian country in a swift manner.

In a tit-for-tat, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its Telegram social media channel that

Jan 13 07:04

After Kazakhstan, the Color Revolution Era Is Over

The year 2022 started with Kazakhstan on fire, a serious attack against one of the key hubs of Eurasian integration. We are only beginning to understand what and how it happened.

On Monday morning, leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) held an extraordinary session to discuss Kazakhstan.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev framed it succinctly. Riots were “hidden behind unplanned protests.” The goal was “to seize power” – a coup attempt. Actions were “coordinated from a single center.” And “foreign militants were involved in the riots.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin went further: during the riots, “Maidan technologies were used,” a reference to the Ukranian square where 2013 protests unseated a NATO-unfriendly government.

Jan 13 07:03

Kazakhstan… Putting the Xinjiang in Context

The short-lived attempt at a colour revolution in Kazakhstan has brought into focus the geo-political game being waged by the West in Central Asia. This clumsy attempt to once again destablise the region was quickly squashed thanks to the response of Kazakhstan’s fellow members of the CTSO, led by Russia. As all colour revolutions do, it tapped into genuine anger among the populace about rising fuel costs and other legitimate grievances. However any pretence that this was an organic, leaderless uprising was soon exposed, the beheadings were the giveaway.

Jan 13 06:26

Washington pursues RAND’s plan in Kazakhstan, then in Transnistria

US President Joe Biden responded to Russia’s proposal for a Treaty guaranteeing peace on the basis of strict compliance with the UN Charter and keeping one’s word [1] in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on December 30, 2021. Unsurprisingly, he did not respond to the substance of the Russian request, merely mentioning a possible end to US operations in Ukraine.

Jan 12 14:11

Deadly clashes erupt again at Armenia-Azerbaijan border

Armenia’s Defense Ministry says the number of its soldiers killed in border clashes with Azerbaijan rose to three in the latest incident of skirmishes following the war of 2020.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the ministry said the body of an Armenian serviceman was discovered with fatal gunshot wounds in the vicinity where "intense skirmishes" had erupted on the previous day.

Azerbaijan and Armenia reported clashes on their volatile border Tuesday, when one Azeri soldier and two Armenian troops were killed. Two Azeri soldiers were also wounded. The neighbors accused each other of initiating renewed fighting.

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said its forces "suppressed" the enemy following the incident in the Kalbajar area on the border. Armenia denounced what it described as the Azeri army's “provocative actions.”

Jan 11 09:09

Kazakhstan intelligence chief who was Hunter Biden's 'close friend' and posed with him and Joe is charged with treason during protests that have seen 160 killed and 8,000 arrested

Kazakhstan's former intelligence chief Karim Massimov, who Hunter Biden had described as a 'close friend,' was arrested last week and charged with high treason as violent anti-government demonstrations there see more than 160 people killed and nearly 8,000 more injured.

Massimov was arrested on Thursday, his own agency announced over the weekend, toward the end of a week of bloody protests sparked by a virtually overnight spike in fuel prices.

On Wednesday he was fired from his role heading the Kazakhstan National Security Committee by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. He previously served as the country's prime minister from 2007 to 2012 and again from 2014 to 2016.

Jan 11 08:35

Why the Kazakhstan Crisis Is a Much Bigger Deal than Western Media Is Letting On

Geopolitical commentator Clint Ehrlich has reported while on the ground in Moscow that “the situation in Kazakhstan is a much bigger deal than Western media is letting on.” He further argues that the mayhem unleashed this past week and ongoing violent destabilization significantly increases the risk of NATO-Russia conflict.

He asks the key question: what really is happening in Kazakhstan? After all, he writes “In America, the situation in Kazakhstan is a small news item” but it remains that “in Moscow, it is currently receiving 24/7 news coverage, like it’s an apocalyptic threat to Russia’s security. I’ve had the TV on here while writing this thread, and Kazakhstan has been on the entire time.” Below is Ehrlich’s mega-thread from Twitter exploring the crisis and connecting the dots in terms of why this is a bigger deal than many believe…

Jan 11 08:03

Russia Finally Solves a Problem: Peacekeepers Leaving Kazakh as CIA Revolution Quashed!

Hey – won’t you look at that?

Turns out, the Anglin Method for dealing with a State Department color revolution works:

Turn off the internet completely
Shoot anyone who violates curfew
Boom.

Problem solved.

Jan 11 07:55

Kazakhstan: CSTO Contingent to Leave Country After Successfully Completing Peacekeeping Mission

Mass protests erupted in Kazakhstan last week over a twofold hike in fuel prices, and were soon followed by rioting and looting. This prompted Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to declare a nationwide state of emergency, effective until 19 January.

On Tuesday, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) peacekeeping forces have successfully completed their "main mission" in Kazakhstan and the process of withdrawal will begin in two days.

Tokayev noted that the phased withdrawal of the united CSTO peacekeeping contingent "will take no more than 10 days".

Speaking before the parliament on Tuesday, Tokayev also pointed out that Kazakhstan had appealed to the Collective Security Treaty Organidation (CSTO), requesting the peacekeepers' assistance, on legal grounds, since control over Almaty could have been lost.

Jan 11 07:53

Live Updates: Nearly 10,000 People Detained in Kazakhstan Amid Unrest

Violent protests erupted in Kazakhstan earlier in the month over an increase in prices for liquefied gas.

Despite the government's attempts to quell the crowds and now-fulfilled promises to decrease prices, peaceful protests turned into violent clashes with law enforcement officers, as well as looting, arson and acts of terrorism across Kazakhstan.

According to the country's Interior Ministry, 17 law enforcement officers were killed.
Foreign militants, including some recruited from Afghanistan and the Middle East, have participated in the aggression against Kazakhstan, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Monday.

The State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Erlan Karin, said that the unrest in Kazakhstan was a "hybrid terrorist" attack carried out with the participation of both internal and external forces and aimed at overthrowing the government.

Jan 11 07:24

KAZAKHSTAN ARRESTS SPY CHIEF FOR TREASON AS RIFT INSIDE GOVERNMENT WIDENS

IN A SIGN OF WIDENING disagreements within the government of Kazakhstan, the once supremely powerful head of the country’s internal intelligence agency has been fired. He was subsequently arrested by his own agency for alleged treasonable acts. Karim Masimov (or Massimov) served twice as prime minister of Kazakhstan under his political mentor, former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Nazarbayev, who is traditionally referred to as the “father of the nation” kept Masimov in his inner circle of confidants throughout his nearly 30-year rule.

Jan 11 07:20

Kazakhstani Troops Caught Wearing Unsanctioned Blue U.N. Peacekeeping Helmets During Crackdown

Authorities in Kazakhstan have drawn new criticism over their crackdown on anti-government protesters after pictures emerged showing members of the country's security forces wearing blue helmets emblazoned with the acronym "UN." The United Nations has since expressed concern over the use of personnel wearing these helmets, who are assigned to U.N.-backed Kazakhstani peacekeeping unit, for internal security missions. U.N. and Kazakhstani officials have both confirmed that the international body has not sanctioned any peacekeeping mission in the country, though a Russian-led security bloc has been in the process of sending thousands of troops to this Central Asian country ostensibly for that purpose.

Jan 11 07:13

There Was an Attempted Coup in Kazakhstan, but It Wasn’t by President Tokayev. Long Planned “Color Revolution”

As can be gathered from recent materials by Asia Times, CNN, and The National Interest, among others, adversarial media forces are claiming that President Tokayev carried out an anti-Chinese coup with Russian military support.

The US-led Western information warfare narrative about the CSTO’s limited peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan that was requested by its internationally recognized government following an unprecedented explosion of urban terrorism there last week is quickly coalescing.

As can be gathered from recent materials by Asia Times, CNN, and The National Interest, among others, adversarial media forces are claiming that President Tokayev carried out an anti-Chinese coup with Russian military support. This warped interpretation is predicated on a superficial explanation of events that dishonestly leaves out some crucial contexts in order to spin a strategically self-serving narrative that checks off all the West’s most politically convenient boxes so to speak.

Jan 11 06:58

Kazakhstan reveals departure of Russian-led forces

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan was a success, and the multinational deployment will begin a gradual withdrawal in two days, Nur-Sultan said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Parliament, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev explained that all regions of the country are now stable, more than a week after the start of fuel price protests. The authorities have claimed that the demonstration turned violent after being hijacked by terrorists and organized crime groups.

On January 5, Tokayev asked the CSTO, a security alliance made up of six former Soviet republics, for help in “overcoming the terrorist threat” within the country. The group quickly agreed and sent troops the next day. The multinational force includes units from Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Jan 11 06:30

Moscow Slams West Calling Russia 'Aggressor' in Situation With Kazakhstan as Nonsense

The West's statements alleging that Russia is an "aggressor" in the situation with Kazakhstan are nonsense, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday.

"This operation led to the end of the bloodshed, it stopped it. And right away we [hear] ... from people who have never been either deep analysts or experts in the situation, do not belong to this world at all and are not professionals, we read some kind of nonsense that Russia is an aggressor and so on," Zakharova told the Solovyov Live show on YouTube.

The West's assessments that the peacekeeping forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) are deployed in Kazakhstan illegally are dictated by anger, as it cannot respond to a crisis so effectively, Zakharova said.

Jan 10 12:27

Kazakhstan Intel Chief Arrested + Ukrainian Ex-Prez On The Run - Both Connect to BIDEN CRIME FAMILY

Jan 10 12:09

Kazakh Chaos On Cue Ahead Of Crunch US-Russia Security Negotiations

The timing of violent protests rocking Russia’s southern neighbor Kazakhstan inevitably raises questions. Russian officials are due to meet American and NATO counterparts within days to discuss far-reaching security proposals in unprecedented geopolitical negotiations.

In a surprise development, however, Russian troops are this week being deployed along with other forces from the six Central Asian states belonging to the Collective Security Treaty Organization to help restore order in Kazakhstan at the request of its president. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has accused “foreign-trained terrorist gangs” of being responsible for the dramatic unrest in the former Soviet Republic.

It seems that events this week in Kazakhstan are aimed at distracting Moscow or, worse, undermining Russia’s international standing in scheduled talks with the United States and its NATO allies concerning the bigger picture of security and peace in Europe.

Jan 10 12:07

Kazakhstan’s Minister of Internal Affairs Details High Level of Organisation Among Rioters

Kazakhstan was overwhelmed by street demonstrations last week over the overnight doubling of gas prices. The protest rapidly turned deadly in some areas, with the government reporting incidents of extreme violence against law enforcement – including at least two beheadings. Authorities estimate at least 164 people have been killed to date.

Participants in riots across Kazakhstan have acted in a highly organized manner, demonstrating a level of skill and discipline in their actions, acting Internal Affairs minister Yerlan Turgumbayev has said.

“Across the board, protesters demonstrated their professional skills. Discipline and orderliness were notable in their actions. In the areas where they were situated and before attacks, street video surveillance cameras were disabled. Roadways were barricaded, observers were stationed along the perimeter. They used radios to coordinate their actions,” Turgumbayev said in an address aired by Kazakhstan’s Khabar 24 news channel on Sunday.

Jan 10 12:02

Man Detained in Almaty Admits 'Unknown People' Paid Him $200 to Partake in Kazakh Protests - Video

Kazakhstan declared a state of emergency until 19 January after a wave of violent protests swept across the country earlier this week, following a rise in gas prices.

A man who has been detained in Almaty has confessed that he'd arrived from Kyrgyzstan after unknown people offered him over $200 to take part in protests in neighbouring Kazakhstan.

"Some strangers called me over the phone and offered to participate in the rally in exchange for 90 thousand tenge (over $200). Since I am unemployed in Kyrgyzstan, I agreed," the detainee told Khabar 24, a local broadcaster.

Jan 10 11:54

Kazakhstan: Eyewitnesses Say Unrest Is Being Coordinated

The riots in Almaty were long planned and professionally coordinated. This was reported by Uzbek journalist and expert of the region Uzulbek Ergashev in a live broadcast of the Soloviev Live channel broadcast on YouTube.

Referring to his telephone conversations with residents of the city of two million, he stated: “[They said:] The people who rioted and looted were not from our city. People dressed in camouflage on SUVs coordinated their actions.”

The crowd was not capable of such well-organised and swift actions, he stressed. “If you look at the objects they have seized – of course someone has coordinated them. And that crowd did not turn up there by chance. The chaos was instigated after a command.”

It took those responsible at least six months to prepare these actions, he added.

Jan 10 11:43

Russia readies scores of transport planes as troops pour into Kazakhstan

Russian forces continued to pour into Kazakhstan on Sunday, deploying to assist Kazakh authorities reassert management within the nation’s largest cities following days of generally violent protests towards the nation’s management.

The Russian Protection Ministry stated Sunday that it had ready a contingent of greater than 75 transport planes to permit for steady deployment of troops into the nation. The variety of troops despatched in would doubtless be round 2,500, however might go larger, Russian state information company RIA stated final week.

In the meantime, Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to speak to his Kazakh counterpart, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, on Monday in regards to the scenario in Kazakhstan, the Kremlin stated Sunday.

Greater than 160 folks have died in violence across the protests, together with greater than 100 within the nation’s largest metropolis of Almaty, Russian information companies cited Kazakhstan’s well being ministry as saying.

Jan 10 11:38

The Hunter Connection? Kazakh Security Chief Arrested For Treason Was "Close Friends" With Bidens

Among the boldest and eye-brow raising political moves by embattled Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev within the past days that grabbed international headlines was his ordering the arrest of Kazakhstan's powerful former intelligence chief, Karim Massimov, on the charge of high treason.

Indicating that amid widespread fuel price unrest which quickly became aimed squarely at toppling Tokayav's rule there's a simultaneous power struggle within the government, Massimov had headed the National Security Committee (KNB) up until his Thursday sudden removal and detention. Massimov had served as the prior longtime strongman ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev's prime minister and has long been considered his "right hand man". Shortly after, a photo has resurfaced, currently subject of widespread speculation which shows Joe Biden and Hunter Biden posing with the now detained Kazakh security chief Karim Massimov, along with well-connected oligarch Kenes Rakishev.

Jan 10 11:02

Kazakh Leader Says Order Restored: "Coup" Thwarted & 164 Killed - 8,000 Arrests

On Monday Kazakhstan's largest city appears to be returning to some semblance of normalcy with government security forces having the streets firmly under control, following a week of deadly protests sparked by a fuel price hike but which quickly targeted the country's rulers. At least 3,000 Russian peacekeeping forces are also on the ground, after President Tokayev had dubbed his crackdown operation as 'counter-terrorism'. Elsewhere, anti-government protests are entering their second week.

Internet access has now returned to parts of the country, including Almaty, as the mainstay of the riots appear to have been quelled. The Washington Post describes on Monday: "For days, the streets of Kazakhstan’s largest city smelled of burned rubber tinged with the acrid stench of stun grenades. Inside their homes, people huddled, fed by rumors in an unnerving information vacuum from a cut Internet and limited mobile phone service — all accompanied by the steady pop of overnight gunfire."

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If this was a US-backed color revolution, it just fizzled!

Jan 10 10:36

KAZAKHSTAN TOPPLED NWO IN LESS THAN 24-HOURS: CLOSES JAB CENTERS, ARRESTS DOCTORS & COVID-COPS

The Kazakh Freedom Fighters have raided armories, then cured their country of the Covid-Crime Against Humanity. The politicians that could flee, have fled, and the rest have been arrested.

Don't let the Snake News gaslight you into believing the revolt was about fuel prices, they said the same damn thing about the Yellow Vest Freedom Fighters in France. It's a lie. The revolution was because of NWO Covid-Tyranny. The same thing is happening in every nation because they have all betrayed their people and sold them out to a lockstepping Satanic One World government.

It's time we end this Luciferian Infiltration WORLDWIDE

Jan 10 09:35

Blinken Warns Kazakhstan Against Inviting Russian Troops

Kazakhstan continues to be torn by violent, nationwide protests. Faced with widespread looting, the Kazakhs are turning to neighboring Russia for troops to help restore order. This is where the United States decides to get vocally involved, warning Kazakhstan not to invite Russia.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken cautioned that the Kazakhs would struggle to get the Russians to leave once they arrive, adding that he doesn’t see the need for outside help at all.

The United States is not the most credible nation to make that case, not so far removed from Iraq’s parliament unanimously asking the US to leave, only to be openly spurned and condemned for even asking.

Jan 10 09:13

Maidan Technologies Used in Kazakhstan, Putin Says, as Country Faced Threat to Its Statehood

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, addressing a meeting of heads of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), said that the main goal of the terrorists was undermining constitutional order, the seizure of power and an attempted coup, as he spoke of the wave of protests that swept across Kazakhstan earlier in January.

'Maidan technologies' have been resorted to in Kazakhstan, with the country facing a genuine threat to its statethood, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated at a video conference of the heads of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO).

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, literally "Independence Square", is the central square of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. A colour revolution rocked Ukraine in February 2014, when its democratically-elected president was overthrown in a Western-backed coup d'état.

Jan 10 08:45

Kazakhstan Has Weathered an Attempted Coup D'Etat, President Tokayev Says at CSTO Summit

Speaking at an extraordinary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Monday that the recent unrest in the Central Asian country had been prepared for a long time.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told an extraordinary online meeting of heads of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) that the main goal of the terrorists was undermining constitutional order, the seizure of power and an attempted coup.

"A hot phase unfolded and groups of armed militants who were waiting in the wings came into action. The main goal became obvious - the undermining of the constitutional order, the destruction of governance institutions, the seizure of power. We are talking about an attempted coup," Tokayev said.

Jan 10 08:44

Live Updates: CSTO Will Not Allow 'Colour Revolutions' in Region, Putin Warns

What started as peaceful protests against higher gas prices in Kazakhstan quickly escalated into violent riots and acts of terrorism last week. The government declared a state of emergency until 19 January, launching a counter-terrorism operation and requesting the Collective Security Treaty Organisation’s (CSTO) assistance guarding infrastructure.

The CSTO leaders will hold a video conference on Monday to discuss the current turmoil in Kazakhstan.

The summit, which was suggested by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will see the leaders of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan discussing ways to normalise the situation in Kazakhstan following a wave of violent riots. The member states do not plan to adopt any documents following the extraordinary session of the CSTO security council on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik.

Jan 10 08:43

‘Hybrid Terrorist Attack’ Carried Out in Kazakhstan With Aim of Coup, State Secretary Says

The State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Erlan Karin, says that the unrest in Kazakhstan was a "hybrid terrorist" attack carried out with the participation of both internal and external forces and aimed at overthrowing the government.

"We are faced with a hybrid terrorist attack on Kazakhstan with the aim of destabilization and coup," Karin said on the Khabar 24 TV channel on Monday.

He said that there was a "conspiracy" of both internal and external forces and that apart from terrorist groups, information attacks were also used.

"There is a certain conspiracy of internal and certain external forces, since the participants of the, let’s say, terrorist strike groups, were both Kazakh citizens and foreign citizens," Karin said.

Jan 10 08:36

Thousands left homeless as fire ravages refugee camp (VIDEOS)

A massive fire has devastated a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, leaving thousands of people homeless, police have said.

“About 1,200 houses were burnt in the fire,” a spokesman for the Armed Police Battalion, Kamran Hossain, told AFP on Sunday.

The fire started at 4.40pm local time and was brought under control at around 6.30pm, the law enforcement officer said – but the two hours was enough to leave more than 5,000 people homeless as most of the shelters were made of bamboo and tarpaulin, highly flammable materials.

Jan 10 08:35

Kazakhstan: Another Western-Ordered 'Maidan' In The Making?

Washington denies that the West played an active role in the massive protests that have engulfed the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. Yet the overall orchestration of the strife, in addition to the curious timing, points to some level of foreign intrigue.

“In politics, nothing happens by accident,” former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once remarked on the question of coincidences in political life. “If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

Jan 10 07:34

John Bolton’s nightmare: 2,500 CSTO troops in Kazakhstan lead to restoration of Russian Empire, Soviet Union rising from its ashes

The Wall Street Journal’s Sunday edition of January 9 features an opinion piece by John Bolton, the former U.S. national security advisor and ambassador to the United Nations (under the Donald Trump and George W. Bush administrations, respectively) with the characteristically less-than-nuanced title of Is the Crisis in Kazakhstan the Rebirth of the Soviet Union? As though the bluntness (and absurdity) of the title weren’t enough, and to match prescription to diagnosis, the subtitle The West needs to be firm as Putin seeks to expand Moscow’s control over neighboring states was appended.

Jan 10 07:31

MYSTERIES OF THE FAILED REBELLION IN KAZAKHSTAN

It is still a mystery what forces exactly are behind the rebellion in Kazakhstan. While I had presumed that it was a CIA operation it may have been outsourced to Britain's MI6. There are also still other possibilities.

Jan 10 07:30

Kazakhstan: the final move in thirty-year new Great Game?

The Washington Examiner published a piece on December 18 called Why Kazakhstan is strategically important for Washington written by Janusz Bugajski, a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation and co-author of Eurasian Disunion: Russia’s Vulnerable Flanks with Margarita Assenova.

Jan 10 07:28

Blinken Warns Kazakhstan Against Inviting Russian Troops

Kazakhstan continues to be torn by violent, nationwide protests. Faced with widespread looting, the Kazakhs are turning to neighboring Russia for troops to help restore order. This is where the United States decides to get vocally involved, warning Kazakhstan not to invite Russia.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken cautioned that the Kazakhs would struggle to get the Russians to leave once they arrive, adding that he doesn’t see the need for outside help at all.

The United States is not the most credible nation to make that case, not so far removed from Iraq’s parliament unanimously asking the US to leave, only to be openly spurned and condemned for even asking.

Jan 10 07:18

Kazakhstan Denies That U.S.-Funded ‘Military Biological Laboratory’ Has Been Seized By Rioters: Report

Officials in Kazakhstan have denied that a “military biological laboratory” was seized during widespread unrest in the country that was sparked by rioters last week over skyrocketing fuel prices.

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called the rioters “a band of terrorists” and authorized Russian military forces to “fire without warning” on those behind the riots after declaring the country under attack.

Jan 10 07:13

Kazakhstan: More than 160 killed, 5,000 arrested during riots

More than 160 people were killed and 5,000 arrested in the violence that shook Kazakhstan over the past week, according to officials.

The interior ministry, quoted on Sunday by local media, said initial estimates put property damage at about 175 million euros ($198m). More than 100 businesses and banks were attacked and looted and about 400 vehicles destroyed, it added.

Jan 10 07:12

Ex-PM Says Kazakh Leader Must Act Fast to Neutralise Nazarbayev Faction

Kazakhstan's president must move fast to consolidate his grip after breaking with his powerful predecessor as the country was racked last week by the deadliest violence in its 30 years of independence from Moscow, a former prime minister said on Sunday.

As protesters torched buildings in the biggest city Almaty last Wednesday, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev removed former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev as head of the powerful Security Council - a role in which Nazarbayev, 81, had continued to pull the strings despite handing over the presidency in 2019.

With 164 people reported killed and more than 6,000 detained as part of what Tokayev has called a counter-terrorist operation, a purge of the security apparatus is now under way in the oil- and uranium-producing Central Asian state.

Jan 10 07:10

China to host ministers from oil-rich Gulf states as Kazakhstan unrest heightens energy security fears

Foreign ministers from the Gulf states will start a five-day visit to Beijing on Monday in with energy expected to top the agenda.

China is worried about supply security following the turmoil in Kazakhstan, one of its key suppliers while the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) want to find a counterweight for their over-reliance on the United States and Beijing’s close ties to Iran, analysts said.

Jan 10 07:09

Bound, gagged, shot: Myanmar’s military massacre women, children, charity workers as activists call for arms embargo against junta

In 2021 there were a raft of reports about the Myanmar military regime’s mass killings, and the massacre in Hpruso, Kayah state, on Christmas Eve ranks as one of the deadliest attacks of the year.

Anti-junta fighters, rights activists and officials from international aid agencies who spoke to This Week in Asia said that while news of large civilian casualties no longer jolted them after months of fighting, the nature of the latest killings had horrified them.

On Christmas Day, the Myanmar Now news portal reported that the remains of at least 35 charred bodies had been found in three burnt-out vehicles. This week, a doctor who conducted autopsies on the bodies told a press conference that the condition of the remains showed the victims were killed “in the cruellest and most inhumane manner I have seen in my life”.

Jan 09 09:49

These photographs capture the American struggle during The Great Depression, 1929-1940

No one could say exactly when it began and no one could say when it would end. Initially, he did not even call it depression. At its worst it was a recession, a brief recession, a "correction" in the market, a glitch in the rising curve of prosperity.

Only when the whole import of those heartbreaking years had sunk, did it become the Great Depression - great because there was no other remotely like it.

Looking back, we see it as a whole—as a clean decade between the Roaring Twenties and World War II, perhaps the most important ten years in American history, a watershed era that perhaps stunned and changed the nation. .

Jan 09 06:42

Moscow hits back at Blinken’s 'Russians in your house' comments

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has denounced remarks by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Moscow's involvement in Kazakhstan, telling Washington it would know better about arriving somewhere uninvited and overstaying its welcome.

Asked about ongoing protests and rioting across Kazakhstan during a Friday press briefing, Blinken argued the situation there is distinct from brewing tensions over another Russian neighbor, Ukraine, but claimed that Moscow might have ulterior motives in spearheading a joint security response to quell the violence.

“I think one lesson in recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave,” he said at the tail-end of the press conference, offering no elaboration.

Jan 09 06:33

West silent after media offices raided by ‘well-prepared’ thugs, Moscow says

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has shown "shameful" lack of reaction to targeted persecution of journalists in Kazakhstan, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has said, relating disturbing reports.

Violent riots in Kazakhstan have seen devastating attacks on the media by apparently well-prepared thugs, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Saturday.

The statement criticized the OSCE for what she said was an underwhelming response to apparently “targeted” attacks. The OSCE, which has a special Representative on Freedom of the Media who monitors issues ranging from press freedom to the safety of journalists, has demonstrated a “shameful” and “disgraceful” lack of interest in the fate of journalists in Kazakhstan in the wake of this week’s violent attacks on a number of media offices there, Zakharova wrote.

Jan 08 08:25

White House, Western Media Shift Gears as Kazakhstan’s Tokayev Gets ‘Russian-Backed Strongman’ Label

From Venezuela to Ethiopia, countries targeted for regime change by Washington inevitably see their leaders labeled as “strongmen” backed by “dictators” in Russia or China. The recent deployment of this term for Kazakh President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev as the US declares its innocence in destructive riots is thus a dark sign of times to come.

“There are some crazy Russian claims about the US being behind this,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Wednesday about the riots in Kazakhstan. “So, let me just use this opportunity to convey that as absolutely false and clearly a part of the standard Russian disinformation playbook we’ve seen a lot of in past years.”

After events in Kazakhstan took a decisive turn on Wednesday, so did western media’s orientation toward them. Now, Tokayev has become a “Russian-backed” strongman and the West has found another self-proclaimed opposition leader to drive a wedge into the country’s politics.

Jan 08 08:24

Live Updates: Tokayev Tells Putin Fight Against Terrorists in Kazakhstan Will Continue

Kazakh law enforcement agencies are continuing a counterterrorism operation in the city of Almaty, which has been the epicentre of violent riots in recent days.

Over 4,000 people have been detained in Kazakhstan amid the ongoing protests, according to the Interior Ministry.

The unrest in Kazakhstan began earlier this month and was sparked by a twofold increase in fuel prices. People hit the streets in the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau, and later the protests spread across the country, resulting in violent clashes with the police, looting, arson, and vandalism. At least one police officer was found beheaded.

In Almaty, the old capital and Kazakhstan's most populous city, hundreds of people stormed the mayor's office and the old presidential residence. The rioters also attacked the police HQ, set buildings on fire, and engaged in numerous shootouts.
To curb the unrest, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev introduced a state of emergency and dismissed the government.

Jan 08 08:22

Gunfire Underway in Kazakhstan's Almaty, Counterterrorist Operation Still Ongoing - Video

According to Kazakhstan's interior ministry, over 4,200 people have been taken to police during the ongoing riots, there are foreign citizens among them.

Gunfire is underway in the center of Kazakhstan's Almaty, and the authorities are conducting a counterterrorist operation, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

The correspondent said that on the morning of January 8, local time, the shooting had still not stopped. Citizens are helping the police to identify suspicious groups of people, while criminal groups are said to be hiding in small squares and parks.

According to the report, heavy fog is complicating the work of the police. So far, the police have not yet provided any details on the number of detainees among the protesters.

Jan 08 08:19

US allows diplomats to leave Kazakhstan on 'voluntary' basis

Washington has stopped just short of ordering the evacuation of American government staffers in Kazakhstan amid rioting and violence across the country, calling the move a “voluntary departure.”

“US citizens in Kazakhstan should be aware that violent protests may severely impact the US Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to US citizens departing Kazakhstan,” the State Department said in an updated travel advisory on Friday, adding that the decision applies to all “non-emergency US government employees” working at the consulate in Almaty, as well as their family members.

Jan 08 08:19

Russia-led bloc reveals if peacekeepers will use deadly force in Kazakhstan

The main goal of the peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan is to help maintain stability and keep strategic facilities well-guarded, the head of a Russian-led security alliance said, as violent unrest continues to sweep the country.

The details of the joint military deployment by the Moscow-based Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) were revealed by the bloc’s Secretary-General Stanislav Zas in an interview with Sputnik on Thursday. The organization brings together six post-Soviet states, including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

The peacekeeping mission was launched in full compliance with the CSTO charter, Zas stated, since Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had requested help in the face of a growing threat to state sovereignty. Following emergency consultations, the allies agreed that the “ongoing events pose a real threat to the country’s security, its stability and even territorial integrity,” Zas said.

Jan 08 08:09

In Kazakhstan’s Street Battles, Signs of Elites Fighting Each Other

It came as no big surprise when a crumbling oil town in western Kazakhstan stirred in protest last Sunday, 10 years after security forces there killed more than a dozen workers who had gone on strike over pay and poor conditions.

But it remains a mystery how peaceful protests over a rise in fuel prices last weekend in Zhanaozen, a grimy, Soviet-era settlement near the Caspian Sea, suddenly spread more than a thousand miles across the full length of Central Asia’s largest country, turning the biggest and most prosperous Kazakh city into a war zone littered with dead bodies, burned buildings and incinerated cars.

Jan 08 08:07

Maps and charts to understand Kazakhstan’s protests

Kazakhstan’s president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has ordered security forces to “open fire with lethal force” against protesters who he describes as “terrorists”.

Demonstrations began at the weekend in the western town of Zhanaozen, instigated by rising fuel prices. Protests then spread rapidly across the country and encompassed a broader range of issues, such as corruption and inequality.

Jan 08 08:05

Fleeing Violence in Myanmar, Thousands Camp Along Thai Border River

Thousands of Myanmar villagers are living under makeshift tents alongside a river that borders Thailand, fearful of returning to homes which they said had been bombarded by military air strikes but reluctant to seek refuge across the frontier.

Heavy fighting between the Myanmar military, which seized power in a coup last year, and resistance fighters has killed or displaced thousands of civilians in this region and elsewhere.

Many have fled to Thailand, but poor conditions in refugee camps there have prompted some to return to the Myanmar side of the border, and human rights groups have called for more help for the displaced.

Reuters reporters on the Thai side of the Moei river on Friday saw an estimated 2,000 men, women and children living under tarpaulin on the opposite bank in four separate locations.

Jan 08 08:01

Washington Challenges the CSTO’s Kazakhstani Peacekeeping Mission

The more that people realize the reality of what’s happening in Kazakhstan, the more that they’ll realize that the CSTO peacekeeping mission there is much more peaceful, democratic, and stabilizing than the US’ own ‘peacekeeping missions’.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question on Thursday about Kazakhstan. Here’s a transcript of that exchange from the official White House website:

“Q And then, on the situation in Kazakhstan, does what is happening there in any way change the dynamic for the U.S.-Russia talks that are going to begin next week, from the U.S. side? And is there any thought that Putin might be less likely to invade Ukraine while this crisis is playing out in Kazakhstan?

Jan 08 07:46

’Coincidence?’ US, Foreign NGOs May Have Played Key Role in Social Unrest in Kazakhstan, Expert Says

Generous funding from international non-government organizations (NGOs) and the US government has played a key role in the social unrest that has gripped Kazakhstan in recent days, Executive Vice President of Eurasia Group Earl Rasmussen told Sputnik on Friday.

The beginning of 2022 in Kazakhstan was marked by the outbreak of riots in the streets of Almaty, which was presumably caused by a two-fold increase in the price of liquefied gas in the country after the abolition of state subsidies. Attempts to pacify the angry crowds were unsuccessful and the rally quickly turned into a political manifestation, accompanied by violent attacks on law enforcement officers and pogroms of state institutions in a number of Kazakh cities.

Jan 08 07:38

Kazakhstan unrest: Blinken questions Russian troop deployment

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has questioned Kazakhstan's decision to seek Russian military aid to deal with an ongoing wave of violent unrest.

Dozens of people have been killed in protests triggered by a rise in fuel prices, but Mr Blinken said the US believes that the Kazakh government can deal with the protests itself.

He told reporters that it was unclear why the deployment was happening.

The first of about 2,500 Russian-led troops have arrived in Kazakhstan.

Officials in Moscow have emphasised that the deployment of its forces under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Eurasian military alliance of five former Soviet republics and Russia, is temporary.

Jan 08 07:32

Kazakhstan detains former security chief for treason

The former head of Kazakhstan’s domestic intelligence agency was detained on suspicion of high treason after he was fired amid violent protests.

The National Security Committee, or KNB, said in a statement on Saturday its former chief Karim Masimov – a close ally of Kazakhstan’s founding president Nursultan Nazarbayev – was arrested on Thursday after it launched an investigation into charges of high treason.

Jan 08 07:24

Xi Jinping sends message of support to Kazakhstan’s Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as unrest continues

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a message to his counterpart in Kazakhstan, saying Beijing opposes any attempts by foreign forces to stir up trouble in the country.

Xi told President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev that China was willing to support the country’s efforts to resolve the crisis.

Xi’s message came after days of unrest in the Central Asian nation, a development that has triggered fears that it might spill over the border into Xinjiang.

Jan 07 10:33

White House dismisses ‘crazy Russian claims’ that US is behind Kazakhstan unrest

As more violent protests broke out in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted the United States has nothing to do with the unrest in the former Soviet republic, calling rumors to the contrary “crazy Russian claims.”

“We’re monitoring reports of protests in Kazakhstan. We support calls for calm, for protesters to express themselves peacefully and for authorities to exercise restraint,” Psaki told reporters during her regular briefing.

“There are some crazy Russian claims about the US being behind this. Let me just use this opportunity to convey that as absolutely false, and clearly a part of the standard Russian disinformation playbook.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A bit too quick on that denial, Jen!

Jan 07 09:45

Video: Renewed Shooting in Central Almaty as Gas Price Riots Continue

Gunfire was heard again in the city early in the morning on Friday, however, the barricades have been dismantled and there are no police officers or protesters on the streets, a Sputnik correspondent said.

The local newspaper Vlast reported gunshots and explosions in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city and former capital, which has experienced several days of violent riots. The shooting was reported in the area of Republic Square, a large public space downtown that has been the site of several incidents involving rioters and police.

Police reportedly used a loudspeaker to demand people leave the streets, and all residents received text messages on their phones reminding them of the curfew, according to Mir-24.

Jan 07 09:44

Note by Kazakhstan's Mission to UN: No Protests Can Justify Attacks, Killings of Police Officers

The President of the UN Security Council sent an information note by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations about the situation in the Central Asian country, a source at the United Nations told Sputnik.

"The President of the UN Security Council sent an information note to the Council’s member states from the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations about the ongoing situation in the country and measures taken by the authorities to stabilize it," the source told Sputnik.

The document stresses that any protests or demonstrations can not justify attacks and killings of law enforcement officers.

"Attacks against governmental buildings, airports, vital infrastructure and gun stores are indicative of the planned nature of the conspirators’ actions," the note by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations said.

Jan 07 09:39

CSTO Head: Current Events in Kazakhstan Threaten Its Security, Territorial Integrity

The Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Stanislav Zas, told Sputnik in an exclusive interview on Thursday how the CSTO peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan will operate.

Sputnik: Stanislav Vasilievich, on what basis are the CSTO peacekeeping forces being brought into Kazakhstan?

Jan 07 09:29

Mayhem In Kazakhstan As 18 Police Reported Killed, Banks Offline, Shooting & Explosions Heard

update(2:52eastern): Kazakhstan's state broadcaster has reported at least a dozen police killed among security forces, and an additional over 350 police injured, according to Khabar 24. Casualties among protesters and rioters are as yet unknown and unclear. Shooting and loud explosions were reported by eyewitnesses throughout the night in some major cities like Almaty, where the bulk of violent scenes have emerged.

And the Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs said a total of 18 security personnel had been killed, and nearly 800 people wounded. The Associated Press, meanwhile, has cited state authorities to say that at least one police officer was found beheaded. Here's more via Newsweek:

Citing the state-run outlet Khabar-24, the Insider's live blog said the decapitated body of a police officer had been discovered. This was also reported by the Associated Press. Agence France Press reported that two officers had been beheaded.

Jan 07 08:38

Kazakh President to Address the Nation as Constitutional Order 'Mostly Restored in All Regions'

Over 3,000 people have been detained in Kazakhstan in connection with riots, 26 armed rioters have been killed, and 18 injured in clashes with the security forces, the state-run broadcaster Khabar 24 reported on Friday, citing a source in the Interior Ministry.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is expected to deliver a televised address to the nation on Friday after declaring that constitutional order has mainly been restored in the country.

"The counterterrorist operation has started. The security forces are working hard. The constitutional order has been mostly restored in all regions of the country. Regional authorities are controlling the situation", the president's press service said in a statement.

Jan 07 08:28

Russia-led bloc reveals if peacekeepers will use deadly force in Kazakhstan

The main goal of the peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan is to help maintain stability and keep strategic facilities well-guarded, the head of a Russian-led security alliance said, as violent unrest continues to sweep the country.

The details of the joint military deployment by the Moscow-based Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) were revealed by the bloc’s Secretary-General Stanislav Zas in an interview with Sputnik on Thursday. The organization brings together six post-Soviet states, including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

The peacekeeping mission was launched in full compliance with the CSTO charter, Zas stated, since Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had requested help in the face of a growing threat to state sovereignty. Following emergency consultations, the allies agreed that the “ongoing events pose a real threat to the country’s security, its stability and even territorial integrity,” Zas said.

Jan 07 08:28

Crude rally continues amid Kazakhstan turmoil

Global prices for crude oil saw a sharp increase on Thursday, extending the gains recorded during the previous session, as bloody unrest continues to sweep Kazakhstan, an OPEC+ oil producer.

The global benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.38% to $82.30 per barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude futures also gained 0.38% to trade at $79.76 per barrel. Both contracts were trading at their highest since late November.

The latest increase comes as Kazakhstan – the second-largest oil producer in the former Soviet Union, with a daily output of around 1.6 million barrels – is shaken by violent anti-government protests. The nationwide unrest, which has resulted in numerous deaths, was initially prompted by a liberalization of road fuel prices.

Jan 07 08:04

Press review: Congress takes aim at Russian debt market and why the US wants Kazakhstan

A new bill has been submitted to the US House of Representatives. Apart from imposing restrictions on individuals, it also bans American investors from purchasing new issues of Russian bonds in the secondary market, Izvestia writes.

Talk about American sanctions against Russia's sovereign debt had been going on for several years before restrictions were actually introduced following the ascent of Joe Biden and his administration to the White House, who prohibited US financial institutions from participating in the primary market for the Russian sovereign debt in April. Following the ban, foreign investors started to reduce their portfolios of Russian government bonds, but the trend reversed in September and foreign investment in the sector grew by 20%. Foreign investors flocked to the Russian financial market largely out of confidence that high tensions between Moscow and Washington were over and there wouldn’t be any harsher sanctions. However, doubts have now returned.

Jan 07 07:39

THE U.S. DIRECTED REBELLION IN KAZAKHSTAN MAY WELL STRENGTHEN RUSSIA

In early 2019 the Pentagon financed think tank RAND published an extensive plan for soft attacks on Russia.

Extending Russia: Competing from Advantageous Ground.

The 200 pages long report recommended certain steps to be taken by the U.S. to contain Russia. As its summary says:

Jan 07 07:23

Myanmar’s military coup prolongs misery for Rohingya in Rakhine

In early August, military officials assigned to Rakhine State by Myanmar’s generals summoned leaders from the mainly Muslim Rohingya community in Buthidaung township to a meeting on the banks of the Mayu River.

The officials came with a warning: Rohingya villagers should cut off any ties with the Arakan Army (AA), an armed rebel group fighting for self-determination for ethnic minorities in the country’s northwest.

Jan 07 07:07

Kazakhstan president tells troops to 'shoot to kill without warning' as he vows to 'completely eliminate' protesters and gives 'special thanks' to Putin for his help

Kazakhstan's president issued a shoot to kill order to his troops on Friday as he vowed to 'completely eliminate' protesters, and gave 'special thanks' to Russian president Vladimir Putin for sending help to quell unrest.

Security forces appeared to be in control of the streets of Kazakhstan's main city Almaty on Friday morning and the president said constitutional order had mostly been restored, a day after Russia sent troops to put down a countrywide uprising.

The unrest was fuelled by public anger over the country's former ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev and his family amassing a huge fortune, and over a hike in fuel prices.

Jan 07 06:46

Steppe on Fire: Kazakhstan’s Color Revolution

The central government was forced to roll back the gas price to the equivalent of 8 rubles a liter. Yet that only prompted the next stage of the protests, demanding lower food prices, an end of the vaccination campaign, a lower retirement age for mothers with many children and – last but not least – regime change, complete with its own slogan: Shal, ket! (“Down with the old man.”)

The “old man” is none other than national leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, 81, who even as he stepped down from the presidency after 29 years in power, in 2019, for all practical purposes remains the Kazakh gray eminence as head of the Security Council and the arbiter of domestic and foreign policy.

Jan 07 06:41

FLASHBACK - Timeline: Uranium Exec. Gave $31.3 Million to Clinton Foundation, Russian Bank Paid $500K to Bill Clinton

Presented below is a timeline of events involving former President Bill Clinton, uranium mining deals in Kazakhstan, multi-million dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation, and the U.S.-government approved sale of Uranium One to the Russian state-owned Rosatom, a purchase now under investigation by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

Jan 07 06:25

Russia Outflanked

Just as the Kremlin had steeled itself to face down the West over Ukraine, Washington initiated the destabilization of Kazakhstan on Russia’s central Asian border. At this time it is unclear how serious the situation is, but the Collective Security Treaty Organization consisting of Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, and Kazakhstan have sent troops in response to the Kazakh government’s request for help.

Now the Kremlin finds itself with troubles on two fronts.

Unlike the overthrow of Ukraine, which the Kremlin was too preoccupied with the Sochi Olympics to prevent, the Kremlin responded quickly to the attempt to overthrow the Kazakh government.

The main lesson for the Kremlin is that Washington could not care less about the Kremlin’s security concerns.

Jan 07 06:14

US Questions Russian-Led Security Bloc’s Kazakhstan Peacekeeping Deployment

The US is keeping a close eye on the deployment of peacekeeping troops from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Kazakhstan, the White House said Thursday.

The CSTO sent peacekeepers to Kazakhstan to help President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to deal with massive violent protests that have swept the country. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said she wasn’t sure if the invitation was “legitimate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, if you want to discuss legitimacy, let's take another look at that 2020 election!

Jan 06 14:08

Kazakhstan Reminds World Leaders Of Costly Fuel Subsidy Dilemma

A deadly uprising in Kazakhstan triggered by a fuel price hike is a powerful reminder of the struggle governments face in trying to limit public subsidies of fossil fuels when expensive energy has stoked inflation.

Most countries have measures in place to shield consumers and companies from the full impact of energy costs and to boost domestic fossil fuel industries. Many have a mix of both.

But policymakers trying to reduce the fiscal hit from vast subsidy bills on strained public finances as is the case in many emerging markets have to balance the risk of social unrest against the need for reform.

“It would have been easier before, when we had lower energy prices, but now that energy prices have surged it is much more difficult,” Mark Mateo at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris said.

“One of the effects of this is social unrest, and that has not just happened in Kazakhstan, it has happened in a lot of other places.”

Jan 06 14:07

Fresh Violence In Kazakhstan After Russia Sends Troops To Put Down Uprising

Fresh violence erupted in Kazakhstan’s main city on Thursday after Russia rushed in paratroopers overnight to put down a countrywide uprising in one of Moscow’s closest former Soviet allies.

Police in the main city Almaty said they had killed dozens of rioters overnight. The authorities said at least 18 members of the security forces had died, including two found decapitated. More than 2,000 people had been arrested.

After a night of running confrontations between protesters and troops on the streets, a presidential residence in the city and its mayor’s office were both ablaze, and burnt out cars littered the city, Reuters journalists said.

Military personnel regained control of the main airport, seized earlier by protesters. Thursday evening saw renewed battles in Almaty’s main square, occupied alternately by troops and hundreds of protesters throughout much of the day.

Jan 06 13:12

Revolution topples Kazakhstan government in less than 24 hours

Jan 06 13:03

Moscow Declares Kazakhstan Unrest "Foreign-Inspired Attempt" Of "Armed & Trained Groups" To Overthrow State

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday issued its most definitive and biting criticisms of the unfolding crisis just its its south, in the large former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, which it should be remembered is the size of Europe in terms of land mass.

Echoing statements this week from embattled strongman Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who has labeled the raging and increasingly violent fuel price hike protests and riots as "terroristic" in nature and inspired by "outside" forces, Russia has described a "foreign-inspired attempt to use armed and trained groups of people" to overthrow the legitimate government.

Jan 06 13:02

Dozens Killed As Kazakh Police Battle For Control Of Streets In 'War Zone' - Banks Being Looted

Security officials in Kazakhstan admitted they've killed dozens of anti-government rioters in the large main city of Almaty, after alleging the protesters attempted to storm and take control of several police stations. Authorities have labeled the massive fuel protests which have brought the country to the brink of collapse as fueled by "terrorists" and manipulated by "outside interference". Now with Russian support, it's looking like Kazakh authorities will intensify their crackdown.

Jan 06 10:34

Russian peacekeepers depart for Kazakhstan

The first plane with Russian peacekeepers on board took off for Kazakhstan early on Thursday, as the Central Asian country remains gripped by violent protests provoked by a sharp hike in fuel prices after the New Year.

Footage of the Russian paratroopers embarking on an Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane at Chkalovsky airfield outside Moscow was posted online by the Defense Ministry’s Zvezda television channel.

Jan 06 10:04

Russia’s Involvement in Kazakhstan’s Crisis Could Have Wide Implications

Russia’s deployment of troops as part of a military alliance to put down growing protest in neighboring Kazakhstan will have major ramifications for Moscow’s foreign and domestic policy, experts told the Moscow Times on Thursday.

“For now, this is less an armed intervention than a police operation,” said Andrei Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), a Kremlin-linked think tank.

“But if it drags on, consequences for Russia could mount up.”

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Jan 06 10:00

Mayhem in Kazakhstan: Police Officers Beheaded, Stores Looted, Hospitals Surrounded - PHOTO, VIDEO

Protests in Kazakhstan have been going on for several days, with some of the demonstrations evolving into violent riots that see protesters clashing with law enforcement officers and damaging government and civilian buildings.

Nationwide violent protests in Kazakhstan have already left 353 law enforcement officers injured, with some 13 killed, according to state broadcaster Khabar 24.
Two of the dead officers were beheaded, the report noted.

Situation in Almaty

The Kazakh city of Almaty - the country's largest - remains the flashpoint of the violence. The city administration has been set on fire and was reported to still be burning as of 2 p.m. local time on Thursday.

On Thursday, it was reported that the offices of five broadcasters in the city were looted and ransacked: Mir, Qazaqstan, Khabar, Channel One Eurasia, and KTK. One employee was slightly injured, according to Informburo.kz.

Jan 06 07:41

Live Updates: Shootout Underway in Almaty's Republic Square, Sputnik Correspondent Reports

The situation in Kazakhstan remains tense after the country was hit by a wave of protests, triggered by fuel price hikes. In Almaty, Wednesday demonstrations turned violent, with people attacking police and storming the mayor's office, old presidential residence, and other facilities.

A shootout is underway in Republic Square in central Almaty, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Thursday. At least 50 vehicles surrounded over 200 rioters in the city, and the military cut them off from the mayor's office and other compounds. According to the correspondent, there have been at least 10 gunshots, but it wasn't the troops who fired them.

Mass protests in Kazakhstan began in the early days of 2022. The residents of Zhanaozen and Aktau opposed a two-fold increase in prices for liquefied natural gas, then unrest spread to other cities. In the nation's most populous city, Almaty, clashes with security forces occurred on 4-5 January and escalated, with a violent riot later breaking out.

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