Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Prospects For A Multipolar World by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
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May 22, 2009

On June 15th and 16th the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will hold its ninth annual heads of state summit in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

It will be attended by the presidents of its six full members – China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – and by representatives of various ranks from its four observer states – India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan – and from several aspiring partner nations yet to be announced.

The SCO as an institution and as a concept represents the world’s greatest potential and in ways is its major paradox as its capacities and their realization to date are so far apart.

Its six full members account for 60% of the land mass of Eurasia and its population is a third of the world’s. With observer states included, its affiliates account for half of the human race.

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Closure of Kyrgyz base deals a blow to US – 19 Feb 09

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The parliament in Kyrgyzstan has voted to close an air base key to US efforts in Afghanistan, as Washington urges Nato to send more troops to the war-torn country.

The closure of the Manas US airbase will make it increasingly difficult for soldiers and supplies to reach Afghanistan.

The base was expected to be used heavily as a build-up of US reinforcements into Afghanistan develops.

Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Manas.

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Kyrgyz parliament votes to close U.S. airbase

BISHKEK, February 19 (RIA Novosti)

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve a presidential proposal to close a U.S. airbase used to support NATO operations in nearby Afghanistan since 2001.

The move to close the base was supported by 78 lawmakers, with one against. The pro-presidential Ak Zhol party has 70 seats in the single-chamber, 90-member legislature.

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced plans to close the only U.S.base in Central Asia after talks in Moscow in early February, when he secured more than $2 billion in aid and loans.

Both Russia and Kyrgyzstan have denied any link between the aid deal and the closure of the base, located a short distance from the capital, Bishkek.

via RIA Novosti – World – Kyrgyz parliament votes to close U.S. airbase


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US-Russia tensions escalate over closure of Afghan supply base

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By Bill Van Auken
6 February 2009

The threatened closure of a key Pentagon supply base in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, with serious implications for the Obama administration’s planned escalation of the US-led war in Afghanistan, has deepened tensions between Washington and Moscow.

The Manas air base, located near the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, is the major air link between the US military and American occupation forces in Afghanistan. Last year, at least 170,000 US military personnel passed through the base on their way to or from Afghanistan, together with 5,000 tons of military equipment. Approximately 1,000 US troops are stationed at the base, together with smaller contingents from France and Spain.


via US-Russia tensions escalate over closure of Afghan supply base.

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Keep Watch On Central & South Asia by Bruce Gagnon

Kyrgyzstan to shut key NATO base

Keep Watch On Central & South Asia by Bruce Gagnon


by Bruce Gagnon
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Organizing Notes
Feb. 5, 2009

This map is very important. (Click for a larger view)

Look for Kyrgyzstan (in orange just next to China). The US has an “air-mobility” base there called Manas where tanker planes that refuel warplanes flying over Afghanistan are stationed. It also is a major airlift supply base, medical evacuation center, and houses troops heading to and from the Afghanistan war.

Manas is also in a strategic spot in the great game of surrounding Russia and China that is now underway. The base would also a key operational hub for any war on Iran.

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Kyrgyzstan to shut key NATO base

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Note: original video was removed by RT; here’s their current report.


The President of Kyrgyzstan has announced that the US military will have to leave the Manas Air Base near Bishkek. The facility is central to NATO operations in Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz government said the US wasn’t prepared to pay an appropriate fee to use the base.


New World Order – Kyrgyzstan (link; drugs)

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July 2007
A vibrant Islamic movement in Kyrgyzstan is challenging the established political system. People are becoming increasingly disillusioned and searching for alternatives. In the market of Osh, Southern Kyrgyzstan, most women wear the hijab. The idea of an Islamic state is rapidly gaining currency here. “Islam offers guidance to the way people should live”, explains the local imam. “It answers every question in life”. It’s a sentiment that’s increasingly worrying the authorities. “Last year, we found out Hizb ut-Tahrir were involved in plans for terrorist attacks in Kyrgyzstan”, states police chief Shakir Zulimov. “This year, we’re expecting an escalation”. Islamic student Aman Saaliev believes one thing is certain: “There are major changes afoot in Central Asia”.

(Video has been disabled for embedding, click the link below to view the video.  Thanks, Lo)