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Sat Jul 28, 2012, 05:42 PM

Massacre in Uzbekistan

Following message about the video below is from the blog of Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan. Murray was fired by the British Foreign Office after he refused orders to remain silent and not make waves over the horrific tortures and overt repression the totalitarian Uzbek regime used against its political opponents. At the time the Uzbek dictator was regarded as a valuable ally in the alleged war on terror being conducted by the US and its NATO flunkies.

This is a trailer for an extremely important documentary by Michael Andersen. The complicity of NATO and EU governments with the Karimov regime is one of the clearest glimpses of the evil motives that lurk behind the reasonable image that western politicians strive to portray. The complicity of the mainstream media in ignoring these facts is terrifying.

As NATO intensifies its logistical transit through Uzbekistan, as Britain increases training for the Uzbek military and secret services and looks to further arms sales, please bring this documentary to the attention of everyone you can, in any way that you can.

The appearance in the trailer of Pierre Morel, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, is noteworthy. He really is one of the nastiest men in Europe, with not even the slightest pretence of any concern for human rights except as a bureaucratic box to be ticked. What is the real interest of this arch European powercrat? You will hardly be surprised to hear it is Central Asia’s oil and gas.

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JohnyCanuck Jul 2012 OP
maindawg Jul 2012 #1
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #4
Dokkie Jul 2012 #2
JohnyCanuck Jul 2012 #3
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #5
JohnyCanuck Jul 2012 #6

Response to JohnyCanuck (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 06:13 PM

1. I am going to guess


That Russia has their back.Or China, or both.
I think its sad and telling that we must allow this monster to exist.

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Response to maindawg (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:00 PM

4. If you're talking about Karamov, Uzbekistan's dictator, it is the US who has his back.

We pay him millions every year to allow us to build military bases in Uzbekistan. It has been something I have raised over and over again, throughout the Bush years when we heard the tripe about 'not supporting dictators' while we were supporting this monster.

But maybe I misunderstood your comment.

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Response to JohnyCanuck (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 07:12 PM

2. K&R


Oh the silence from those who seem oh so concerned about the death of the innocent in non compliant states. No wonder why a lot of people are doubtful the intentions of the west about the Syrian conflict.

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Response to Dokkie (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 09:17 PM

3. Exactly.

From Asia Times:

Covering Syria: The information war
By Aisling Byrne

The narrative that has been constructed by the Western mainstream media on Syria may seem to be self-evident from the scenes presented on television, but it is a narrative duplicitously promoted and coordinated so as to conceal and facilitate the regime-change project that is part of the war on Iran.

What we are seeing is a new stage of information war intentionally constructed and cast as a simplistic narrative of a struggle for human rights and democracy so as deliberately to exclude other interpretations and any geo-strategic motivation.


While we have seen extensive demonization of Assad, his wife and family, with the president depicted recently in the British press bathing in blood, you won't read articles demonizing the Saudi or Qatari regimes, or highlighting the hundreds of millions of dollars they have poured into political parties and groups, particularly Salafists, across the region in their "counter-revolution" against change; or the recent declaration by the official Saudi Mufti for all churches in the Arabian Peninsula to be demolished (which was not covered by a single Western mainstream news outlet); or as a senior Sunni political figure told me recently, the more than 23,000 detainees in Saudi prisons, a majority of whom (a recent report notes 90%) have degrees (to be fair, Chatham House did comment on this in a recent report that this "is indicative of the prevalence of a university education".


There is clear duplicity in the deliberate unwillingness of the Western mainstream media to acknowledge the nature of those who are the West's allies in the regime-change project - particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar - and the danger they pose in the region through their arming and firing up of jihadist Salafist groups in Syria and across the region. Rare are articles in the mainstream Western press that highlight this hypocrisy.


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Response to JohnyCanuck (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:05 PM

5. 'Proxie wars'. This is the West's new way of invading ME and African nations. Using

proxie armies, Qatar, Blackwater and now it seems, Turkey because the West so discredited itself with Iraq and Afghanistan, they cannot be up front with their new invasions. Clinton actually boasted about these new 'policies' after they did it in Libya.

The problem for the West is that the world is not so easily deceived anymore. Does anyone think that the Libya 'rebels' armed themselves and turned into a powerful enough force to topple the Qadaffi regime?

Or that the Syrian 'rebels' are a 'grassroots' group operating completely on their own?

The world knows what is going on even if Americans prefer to remain ignorant of the facts. Times have changed since the Iraq War lies and other nations are not going along as easily as they once did.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:26 PM

6. The US Newspaper columnist Sidney Schanberg summed up the problem quite succinctly

Quote below snipped from 30-year Anniversary: Tonkin Gulf Lie Launched Vietnam War
Media Beat (7/27/94)

By Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

Nearly three decades later (i.e. 30 years after the fake Gulf of Tonkin incident /JC), during the Gulf War, columnist Sydney Schanberg warned journalists not to forget "our unquestioning chorus of agreeability when Lyndon Johnson bamboozled us with his fabrication of the Gulf of Tonkin incident."

Schanberg blamed not only the press but also "the apparent amnesia of the wider American public."

And he added: "We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth."

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