British Chinese Project (BCP) dormant until further notice

Christine Lee. Pic: British Chinese Project

Christine Lee. Pic: British Chinese Project

For almost three decades, Christine Ching Kui Lee has been a pillar of the Anglo-Chinese community. As in all countries, we may find enthusiastic people who try to create a bond between the country where they are staying and their heimat China. Ms Lee is a wealthy lawyer and campaigner, who was active from her home in the suburban West Midlands, energetic in promoting Chinese interests in Britain.

Labour MPs Richard Burgon (left) and Barry Gardiner take part in an anti government protest in Manchester, during the Conservative party's annual conference being held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Picture date: Sunday October 3, 2021.

Labour MP Barry Gardiner accepted donations from the woman, and her son was working for him

Christine Lee has made large donations to Labour MP Barry Gardiner’s office, but he said MI5 has reassured him they were all above board. Her son resigned from his office on Friday January 14.

A letter was sent to MPs by Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle who said MI5 warned him a woman called Christine Lee has been

“engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party, engaging with members here at parliament”.

MI5 sent out an “interference alert” warning Ms Lee has

“facilitated financial donations to serving and aspiring parliamentarians on behalf of foreign nationals based in Hong Kong and China…done covertly to mask the origins of the payments”.

The British government was already investigating Ms Lee for a long time. After their warning that Lee was working

“on behalf of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Chinese Communist Party”.

what is left of the website of the British Chinese Project (BCP), wrote on the internet

“Due to the Covid situation, it is with great regret that the British Chinese Project is unable to continue to operate and will be dormant until further notice.”

The MI5 note said the UFWD gathers intelligence on, and attempts to influence, Chinese individuals and organisations outside the party proper that are in positions of power, or those likely to be in such positions in the future, and was

“seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics through establishing links with established and aspiring parliamentarians across the political spectrum”, and to “cultivate relationships with influential figures”.

It must be noted that the Labour MP and former minister Barry Gardiner and his constituency party received £584,000, which by now are considered

improper funding channelled through Christine Lee,

but not relating to any funding received by his office.

Charter of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) logo.svgBeing a committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a central part of the Chinese Communist Party‘s United Front system, she was able to come together with party elders, intelligence officers, diplomats, propagandists, soldiers and political commissars, united front workers, academics, and businesspeople. In practice, CPPCC members serve as advisors for the government and legislative and judicial organs.

There she could inform the Chinese what was going on in Great-Britain and Europe, giving more inside information the national press could not receive, because kept inside the MP’s chambers.

It is clear that we have to do with modern espionage, the Chinese lawyer very well penetrated the English system. She has patiently taken her time and worked herself up in her entourage of important British people. These days the slower-burn espionage perpetrated by agents of influence such as Lee – often, as in this case, below the threshold of criminal activity – is becoming a more efficient use of spies’ time, totally different from the times of the Cold War. These efforts have been accelerated by the ubiquitous spread of digitisation around the world.

The world of the internet has opened many doors, and often people connecting with social networks often do not know they are used as ping pong balls in the smart game of big concerns, organisations and states.

Xinhua Logo.pngLondon’s latest accusations come a week after a rare online exchange between Chinese state news agency Xinhua and the head of Britain’s MI6 in response to a spoof by Xinhua of James Bond that mocked the Western intelligence community’s focus on Beijing.

The foreign ministry of China denied engaging in “interference activities”, blasting the accusations of espionage as

“alarmist remarks based on some individuals’ subjective assumptions”.

Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference

“Perhaps some individuals have watched too many 007 movies, leading to unnecessary mental associations.”

Security notice about Christine Lee by Britain’s MI5.

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Putin plays dangerous poker game

Already for some time we could see Vladimir Putin making fists to the West. Relations between NATO and Ukraine date back to the early 1990s and have since developed into one of the most substantial of NATO’s partnerships. We could already see how in 2014 Russia backed separatists who started a conflict in large areas of the east and seized part of southern Ukraine. In the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, cooperation with NATO has been intensified in critical areas. Russia in the past gave already more than once signals that ex-Soviet countries would better not come to work closely with the NATO countries. According to Putin, the former Soviet countries should unite and strongly oppose the West.

Russian forces made sure they would be noticed, and as such they showed that it was not only building up its troops at the borders of Kazakhstan and Ukraine, it would not hesitate to enter those countries like it did with Kazakhstan. Though Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov insisted there were

“no plans, no intentions to attack Ukraine”.

the West is not so sure about this.

Ryabkov described recent troop movements on Russian territory as nothing to fear, it just being part of the yearly exercise. Also, armed forces chief Valery Gerasimov earlier denounced reports of an impending invasion as a lie.

The Russian president points with his finger to the attitude of the West, calling the NATO allies the aggressors. The NATO also trying to capture ex-Soviet countries by promising better trading conditions and funds.
Mr Ryabkov has compared the current situation to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, also known as the October Crisis of 1962, when the confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union escalated into an international crisis when American deployments of missiles in Italy and Turkey were matched by Soviet deployments of similar ballistic missiles in Cuba.

Sparked by the Ukrainian government’s decision to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the European Union, a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv. since then there have been regular difficulties in the different regions.

In the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and is part of the wider Russo-Ukrainian conflict, Russia backed separatists who started a conflict in large areas of the east and invaded plus subsequently annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014. Russia captured large swathes of Ukraine’s two eastern regions collectively known as the Donbas. The conflict that has taken some 14,000 lives, can be called the biggest land-grab in Europe since World War II and came to bring more damage to Europe’s post-Cold War security order.

Ukraine lacks the leverage to restore sovereignty over Crimea, at least for the foreseeable future but watches with suspicion how Russia could possibly want to come and play the bauble over the whole of its region.

Almost immediately after The Ukrainian government made clear they had the intention to draw Ukraine closer to Europe by signing an association agreement with the European Union, armed men began occupying key facilities and checkpoints on the Crimean peninsula. Clearly professional soldiers by the way they handled themselves and their weapons, they wore Russian combat fatigues but with no identifying insignia. Ukrainians called them “little green men.” President Vladimir Putin at first flatly denied these were Russian soldiers, only to later admit that they were and award commendations to their commanders.

Moscow maintains a historical claim to Crimea. The Russians colonised Crimea during the reign of Catherine the Great, and they founded Sevastopol — the peninsula’s main port and largest city — to be the homeport for the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Following the establishment of the Soviet Union, Crimea was a part of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic until 1954, when it was transferred administratively to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, the resulting independent states recognised one another in their then-existing borders. Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine violated, among other agreements, the UN Charter, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, the 1994 Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances for Ukraine and the 1997 Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia.

Seizing Crimea in a quick and relatively bloodless operation proved very popular with the Russian public. Putin’s approval rating climbed accordingly. In line with this action and Putin hoping to get even more popular with his nationalism and enlargement drive of united countries.

At the end of 2021, Russia has deployed offensive weapons and systems within striking distance of Ukraine, including main battle tanks, self-propelled howitzers, infantry fighting vehicles, multiple launch rocket systems, Iskander short-range ballistic missile systems, and towed artillery. When thought necessary by Putin, Russia shall be able to quickly invade Ukraine. The Russian military is significantly stronger and more capable than Ukraine’s military.

The hard winter freeze that typically comes to Ukraine by January has not happened in many areas of the country. As long as the ground remains muddy, senior administration officials said, Mr. Putin might be forced to push back a ground offensive until February at the earliest.

A fierce diplomatic push to give Vladimir Putin face-saving alternatives to military action began this week in Geneva, where Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman led a U.S. delegation for talks with her Russian counterpart, Sergei A. Ryabkov, and other Russian officials.

The United States this time is afraid that Russia is planning more than it says it is doing. For them, there is no proof that it is really some planned exercise for the Russian military forces because also nothing was previously made known.  They are afraid that it could be a hidden preparation for an invasion and therefore warned European allies that Russia could be plotting to invade Ukraine in a repeat of the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

The Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement is applied by the EU (green), Ukraine (orange) and former EU member the UK (blue) during the transition phase

The European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement or European Union Association Agreement between the European Union (EU), Euratom, Ukraine and the EU’s 28 member states in 2017 was already a thorn in the eye of Putin.

If the West refuses to meet Putin’s concerns over NATO expansion to Ukraine, Russia shall provide measures to secure the Russian allies. More than once, Putin, who is now seeking to dismantle the entire post-Cold War European security architecture and re-establish a Russian sphere of influence over Eastern and Central Europe, repeated the Russian position that NATO membership for Ukraine is a red line he will not allow to be crossed.

Russian troops near Ukraine in December. U.S. officials say Moscow’s window for an invasion is limited.

Russian troops near Ukraine in December. U.S. officials say Moscow’s window for an invasion is limited.Credit…Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters

But the United States and other NATO countries also made it clear they will not deploy their forces to Ukraine to repel a Russian invasion. Putin has shown a willingness to use military forces or to go to war in Ukraine and threaten to expand the war, making the Russian threat persistent.

Presidents Biden and Putin have held several video and phone conversations in recent weeks, where it looked like they would be not interested in an escalation. But Europe and the states know also that Russian annexation of some or all of Ukraine would increase Russian manpower, industrial capacity, and natural resources to a level that could make it a global threat.

Currently, Russia has just under 60 battalion tactical groups on the ground, or somewhere between 85,000 and 100,000 troops, according to American officials. Those troops have conducted exercises and drills, demonstrating that the Russian forces are at their highest levels of readiness.

The Kremlin’s primary goal is a guarantee that Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia will never belong to a military or economic bloc other than the one’s Moscow controls and that Russia will be the ultimate arbitrator of the foreign and security policy of all three states.

The economic pain of Western sanctions, Putin is willing to take as a price worth paying for the decisive geopolitical gains he envisages from a successful Ukrainian campaign. He also knows Europe needs ‘his gas’.

In response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO has reinforced its support for capability development and capacity-building in Ukraine. The Allies condemn and will not recognise Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, and its destabilising and aggressive activities in eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea region. NATO has increased its presence in the Black Sea and stepped up maritime cooperation with Ukraine and Georgia.

Throughout the crisis, regular consultations have taken place in the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) in view of the direct threats faced by Ukraine to its territorial integrity, political independence and security. The NUC met for extraordinary meetings in view of Russia’s unjustified use of military force against Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait in November 2018 and Russia’s threatening military build-up in April 2021. Another meeting of the NUC took place at NATO Headquarters this January 2022, focused on Russia’s continued military build-up.

In parallel to its political support to Ukraine, NATO has significantly stepped up its practical assistance to Ukraine. Immediately following the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea by Russia, NATO Foreign Ministers agreed on measures to enhance Ukraine’s ability to provide for its own security. They also decided to further develop their practical support to Ukraine, based on a significant enhancement of existing cooperation programmes as well as the development of substantial new programmes.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with the President of Ukraine 🇺🇦 Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 16 December 2021

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday the 16th of December 2021 welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to NATO Headquarters to discuss Russia’s substantial military build-up in and around Ukraine. With tens of thousands of combat-ready troops, tanks, artillery, armoured units, drones, electronic warfare systems, they do not see a sign that this build-up is stopping or slowing down.

NATO over the last years has seen a pattern of Russian aggressive actions. NATO Allies have demonstrated the ability to respond. Since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO has implemented the biggest reinforcement of their collective defence in a generation. Today we should worry about how this matter is going to develop because NATO will continue to do what they consider necessary to defend and protect all NATO Allies.

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Preceding

Fitting the bill in the North and in the East

Why Russia backs Assad: a view from Russia’s anti-imperialist left

Summary for the year 2015 #1 Threat and fear

“If Perestroika Fails…”: The Last Summer of the Cold War – June-July 1991.

2019 was #2 a Year of much deceit in the U.S.A.

United States of America once more showing how it wants to Distort Historical Facts and Truth

From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #2 Natural wealth attractive to Russia as well as Europe

From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #3 Kazakhstan in the grip of a dictator

The world on the very brink of conflict

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Additional reading

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  2. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  3. Signs of the times – “A new deal with Russia?”
  4. Signs of the times – “Ukraine under pressure”
  5. A new decade, To open the eyes to get a right view
  6. American hypersonic missile plan for Europe has echoes of Cold War
  7. Russia sends in tanks to quell Kazakhstan protests
  8. Coming weeks are decisive for Iran nuclear deal, Merkel says
  9. Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies
  10. France, Germany Propose EU Summit With Russia’s Putin, Diplomats Say
  11. Risk of accidental war with Russia highest in decades, general warns
  12. Boris Johnson warns Putin against Ukraine invasion
  13. Britain warns Russia over Ukraine
  14. Russian take-over of Crimea
  15. Swallowing up Crimea, who is next
  16. Russia not wanting it neighbours countries to cooperate with the West
  17. Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Russian troop movements
  18. Almaty ablaze
  19. From a communist country to a capitalist dictatorship
  20. Are we shambling into WWIII?
  21. 2022 Political hotchpotch

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The world on the very brink of conflict

In the years that Trump was president of the United States there were moments that lots of people looked very cautious about what that man would do in his rashness.

After the Cold War the threat of war did not seem to be over, and we could find ourselves in some perilous years when governments were thrown into confusion by
simultaneous and cascading events. The world has often seen great powers or nations banding together and using their increased strength to conquer and conquer other nations. In 2014 Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen looking at Ukraine, said already that the Crimea afair was:

“The gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War”

The Corona crisis may have asked a lot of attention but continuing in this new year we might come to see that three simmering crises in Asia, Europe and the Middle East may come to a boil.

China’s mounting threats to Taiwan, the Russian troop build-up around Ukraine, the Russian troops in Kazakhstan, and the accelerating pace of the Iranian
nuclear programme may, without some extraordinary statecraft, all come to a head
and turn to war. It seems as if Putin‘s cat and mouse game of the last few years is becoming a real challenge to the West. Last few months, Putin made sure that the U.S.A. and E.U would come to see that the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) is not dead and that allied countries Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Belarus are prepared to drive up the pressure at their borders with the NATO countries.

Two full-scale invasions, across the Russian-Ukrainian border and across the Taiwan straits, would stretch the western alliance system to breaking point.
The entanglement of Russia and China with the survival of the Iranian regime creates a
toxic brew. The withdrawal from Afghanistan has weakened the US.

Russia, China and Iran all sense weakness in the West and know that if they act together they could destabilise the West further and increase their own power. That is why 2022
has all the hallmarks of being a dangerous year.

The only threat the West has against Russia is more sanctions, but the EU knows it could cut in its own flesh, because we not only need the Russian gas and oil, but also need  the previous Soviet countries for our export of fruit and other products.

The Russian ex-KGB agent, now leading dictator, is well aware of the advantages for him of military aggression being now greater than the costs. Russia is already threatening to stop pricing its oil exports in dollars which would hurt the US. For these reasons war in Ukraine is now “an odds on bet” according to military analysts. China and Iran could both use the focus on Ukraine to cause their own mayhem.

2022 could see key prophecies fulfilled.
We could see Russia finally take the final piece of Magog (eastern Ukraine) and at the same time could also see Iran launch attacks on Israel through its proxy armies (Hamas / Hezbollah).

Daniel 8:25 speaks about a demagogue who will cause deceit to prosper, and who will consider himself superior.

For taking the Crimea the troops of Russia used its own soldiers in disguise as mercenaries – so they were not uniformed Russian soldiers and therefore made it even harder to pin the blame on Putin. Vladimir Putin (wisely) used deception to win Crimea. No one was fooled by Putin’s guile, but it worked. Nobody thought that Putin would go further or would expand his power closer to the European Union. What happened in Kazakhstan should worry us. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev may give the West the blame for the unrest in his country, but perhaps were the peaceful protestors in Kazakhstan infiltrated by agitators from Tokayev’s own elite or from Russia befriended anarchists. The protest marches gave Putin a reason to come to help his political friend and to show the West he is prepared to come into action. Such military conflict is for him for personal profit even when an outsider to the conflict. This time, Putin does not need his mercenaries to be soldiers in disguise, the troops at the borders of Kazakhstan and Ukraine should be a warning for the West.

When taking the Bible prophesies into account, we can see Putin (Gog) would indeed be a master of deception and succeed in all he does. We can expect more deception – more promises of peace – but all the time, planning for war.

Biden on December 23, told reporters,

“I made clear to President Putin that if he makes any more moves, if he goes into Ukraine, we will have severe sanctions. We will increase our presence in Europe, with our NATO allies, and there will be a heavy price to pay for it.”

Biden promised the Ukrainian president his support for Ukraine.

We may not forget that Putin is already Russia’s longest-serving leader since Stalin, whose tyrannical rule lasted for 30 years, and has outlasted already four US presidents and four British prime ministers; and he is not planning to go away. In his head, he planned to rule Russia for longer than anyone since Peter the Great, who managed almost 43 years before his death in 1725. That he assured by constitutional amendments that were introduced in 2020 extending the limits of his terms, giving him the right to remain in office until 2036, by which time he will be 83.

When Boris Johnson was still the editor of the Spectator magazine, Putin was already rolling back democratic reforms by scrapping direct elections for regional governors. On New Year’s Eve he celebrated the 22nd anniversary of his ascent to power.

Putin shall not allow that his power would come undermined by countries not wanting to join his club of nations. He certainly would not accept Ukraine becoming a member of NATO. Therefore, he wants to unwind the tightening military, political, and economic relationships between Ukraine and the West. With a threat of military force he wants to compel the West to minimise its commitment to Ukraine and/or to eliminate the Ukrainian state’s capacity to obstruct Russia’s regional interests. The civil war in Ukraine, which has continued for almost eight years now, is far from over.

That country’s authorities are not going to take steps to resolve the conflict in Donbass based on the Minsk Package of Measures, for which there is no alternative.

says Sergey Lavrov, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

When those allied forces with Russia feel secure, Putin will not hesitate to destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes.

 

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Preceding

Summary for the year 2015 #1 Threat and fear

From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #1 Early history

From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #2 Natural wealth attractive to Russia as well as Europe

From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #3 Kazakhstan in the grip of a dictator

Kazakhstan – From 1868 to 2019 and the Protest of 2022

Kazakhstan: an eyewitness to the uprising in Almaty

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  21. Boris Johnson warns Putin against Ukraine invasion
  22. Looking at 2021 in a nutshell
  23. Almaty ablaze
  24. From a communist country to a capitalist dictatorship

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Kazakhstan: an eyewitness to the uprising in Almaty

People and Nature

□ This text was written by Aidar Ergali on Thursday 6 January in Almaty. It has been circulating on Russian-language social media (e.g. here and here) and was translated into English yesterday. Please copy and paste, please circulate

THIS WILL BE A LONG READ, BUT PLEASE READ IT

This is what happened yesterday [Wednesday 5 January] in Almaty’s main square. Please tell the whole world what has been happening in KAZAKHSTAN.

Brothers and sisters!

The traitor [president] Tokayev has brought armies into the country, and as of yesterday we are under the Russian occupation. Don’t believe the foul propaganda Tokayev spouts, his voice breaking with fear.

The provocateurs and marauders had been brought in by the government, in order to discredit the protest movement, and to drown it in blood. The people who had come out into the streets of our cities are not extremists and marauders, not terrorists…

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Kazakhstan – From 1868 to 2019 and the Protest of 2022

Baroque

In this entry, we’ll learn about the history of Kazakhstan from 1900 to 2021, the geographical location and what led to the current situation.

Geographic Location

Kazahkstan, officially called the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country located in Central Asia.
It shares borders with Russia in the North and the West, China in the East, and Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in the South.

It is the ninth-largest country in world with an area of 2.7 million square kilometers.

Demography

18.8 million people live in Kazakhstan.

The excel program I used changed the percentage slightly, since the rounding up of the percentages (very likely) didn’t result in 100% but a bit above (see link below pie chart).

Recent History

1868-1916
First industrial enterprises are set up after thousands of Russian and Ukrainian peasants were brought to to settle Kazakh lands.

1916
A major…

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From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #3 Kazakhstan in the grip of a dictator

In 2011 the Republic of Kazakhstan faced her first serious demonstration for higher wages, bringing the country into a crisis. Kicked off in the oil production centre of Zhanaozen in western Kazakhstan, the regime responded with deadly force and 14 people died.

Nazarbayev asked Tony Blair for help and flashed out a cool £13 million for his advice. He advised Nazarbayev to roll with the challenge, stress that reforms would be gradual, would “take time,” and meanwhile polish the country’s international image.

The 2008 financial crisis hit hard. With its newly liberalised economy integrated into the global capitalist economy, Kazakhstan was not well prepared for the shock. The land had a lot of difficulties to recover that crisis.

An other crisis came with Covid-19. Wage support for people on minimum incomes is slashed and people are facing a second pandemic winter, whilst they are having to cope with energy prices gone up above their budget.

Witnesses in Almaty, the largest city of the Republic of Kazakhstan, described scenes of chaos on Thursday and Friday, about governmental troops targetting the Kazakh people. Many of those demonstrating said the protests had begun peacefully earlier in the week, and turned violent after a heavy-handed government response. Almaty became the central flashpoint during the national protests.

City officials in Almaty said 748 officers from police and the national guard had been injured and 18 killed, one of whom they claimed had been found beheaded. We should question how it came so far. In the previous weeks, we could see governmental troops shooting with real bullets at people who were demonstrating in a decent or normal manner. Not surprisingly, when being shot at, that people became not only agitated but charged against those troops.

We could hear the president saying those protesters were stimulated by foreign forces and were joined by foreigners, who would do everything to destabilise the country. Therefore he called the police and army to detain every protestor and even shoot at them. This call of President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordering security forces to “shoot-to-kill” protesters made the people even angrier. But Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has described the deadly violence last week as an attempt to take over control of the country.

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The interior ministry said 2.298 people had been arrested during the unrest, while the police spokesperson Saltanat Azirbek told the state news channel Khabar-24 that

“dozens of attackers were liquidated”.

There were also reports of about 400 people in hospital.

A local journalist, Ardak Bukeeva, who spent Thursday speaking with protesters in central Almaty, said demonstrators who stormed the presidential residence in the city told her dozens of people had been killed during the assault. On television broadcasts, we could see the police firing on the demonstrators, as well as beating down people with their rifle butts.

Earlier people had decided to come out to give a voice at their frustrations, having seen that their president promised a lot of things but nothing became true. The political and economic situation in the country became the seed of their frustration. The demonstrations, triggered by a rise in fuel prices, turned into the worst unrest the country has seen in its 30 years of independence. Also noticing how members of the government were deprived of their posts, was undermining the people’s faith in this autocratic government.

On Wednesday, the situation became very heated because some people took advantage to vandalise and to loot. It turned violent, with some claiming provocateurs had arrived to deliberately cause trouble, and others noting that police were almost entirely absent from the city centre.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was asked to send help, said Kazakhstan had been targeted by international terrorism, but provided no evidence for this claim, the same as Tokayev can give no proof of such thing. Thousands of troops went to help to put down civil unrest.

Today we hear that already 8.000 people are arrested and a hundred killed. The presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia say the Russian troops will stay in the country as long as they are needed. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has vowed to destroy “armed bandits” and gave “special thanks” to Russian President Vladimir Putin for sending troops to quell the unrest.

Russian military vehicles wait to be loaded onto planes bound for Kazakhstan at an airfield in Russia, Friday, January 7, 2022

The Russian MP Leonid Kalashnikov told Interfax the troops would stay

“for as long as the president of Kazakhstan believes it necessary”.

He said they would mainly be engaged in protecting “infrastructure”.

Naturally, we can not agree with the vandalism and looting that took place. As we see also in other countries, there are always people who misuse original rightly set up protests, to do criminal acts. For sure, such criminal acts should be penalised, but not by killing people.

Though, the people in charge of the country should consider why so many people came onto the streets and why there were also so many who started looting and putting fires at shops. Originally, on Tuesday last week the crowds were

“friendly and smiling, without aggression and with lots of hope”.

said Valeria Ibraeva, an art historian who watched the protests from her window overlooking one of Almaty’s main thoroughfares.

By Wednesday, however, there were attempts to overturn a bus on the street, and widespread looting of shops, she said.

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Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia that consists of select post-Soviet states.

Late on Wednesday Tokayev appealed for intervention from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) – an alliance made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Kazakhstan is part of an economic union with Russia and the two countries share a long border. The request was approved and Russian paratroopers arrived in Kazakhstan on Thursday. The decision to intervene came just hours after Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson said there should be no foreign interference in Kazakhstan.
Tokayev had appealed to the bloc for help, decrying the actions of “terrorists” and alleging the country had been the victim of “attacks” by foreign-trained gangs after fuel price rises triggered widespread protests.

The Kazakh events come at a time when all eyes have been on a possible Russian intervention in Ukraine. Images of police being overpowered by protesters are likely to cause alarm in Moscow, as another country neighbouring Russia succumbs to political unrest.

State television reported on Thursday that the National Bank of Kazakhstan had suspended all financial institutions. The internet in the country is mostly down as well as mobile phone reception. That way messages from civilians can not get out the country.

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Radio Azattyq, the Kazakh service of Radio Liberty, reported unrest in cities across the country. In the western part of Kazakhstan, protesters had got together in Aktobe to defend the airport and railway station, insisting they did not want violence and demanding negotiations with authorities. In other cities there were burned-out cars, a shutdown in public infrastructure and panic as people could not withdraw money from banks and found their cards did not work after the banking system closed down.

For years, Nursultan Nazarbayev has been used to performative adoration from the citizens of Kazakhstan, but on Wednesday, protesters pulled down a monument to him.
Instead of chanting “Elbasy”, many angry Kazakh protesters do not want to know any more of this ‘Golden Man’ who got many statues for him, are now chanting “Shal ket” – or “Old man, out!”

China finds it best that the president of Kazakhstan uses a hard hand. It opposes

“any forces that undermine the peaceful life of the Kazakh people, and resolutely oppose external forces deliberately creating turmoil and instigating a “color revolution” “

If necessary Xi Jinping as a trusted friend and reliable partner, promises also to provide the necessary support to Kazakhstan to help it tide over difficulties.

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A burnt out vehicle in Republic Square, Almaty.

Footage showed violent clashes between protesters and authorities in a number of different cities. Photograph: Valery Sharifulin/Tass

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From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #2 Natural wealth attractive to Russia as well as Europe

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Dungan girls (coming from descendants of Hui that came to Central Asia) in Shor-Tyube, Kazakhstan

In 1975 the Kazakh S.S.R. was made up of 19 regions including 82 cities and 183 semi-urban settlements, a total population estimated at 14.170.000.
The Kazakh people then were mainly Muslims, who spoke a Turkic language but were Mongol in physical type — though were never exclusive inhabitants of Kazakhstan, and at the 1970 census they made up only about 33 percent of the population; Russians constituted 42 percent, Ukrainians just over 7, and Germans (deported from the Soviet to Central Asia in 1941) nearly 7. The remainder consisted of small percentages of Tatars, Uzbeks, Belorussians, Uyghurs, Dungans, Koreans, and others. At the census of 1970, slightly more than half of the total population (but only about 26% of Kazakhs) lived in urban areas.

In the first third of the 20th century the main immigration took place. More than a million had come to the area by 1916 and remained. Large numbers of Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Mordvins, Germans, Bulgarians, Poles, Jews, and Tatars, most of them Muslim, moved in, first from the tsarist and then the Soviet west.
Koreans were transported by Joseph Stalin’s orders from the Soviet Far East to Central Asia.

Further immigration occurred mainly between 1954 and 1956, as a result both of industrialisation and additional settlers coming from the Virgin and Idle Lands program.

After World War II there was a rapid industrialisation, bringing people to move to the urban areas, which at that time caused an urban housing problem.
A notable feature of the urbanisation process has been the fact that it involved an influx of people from other republics rather than a movement (of young people, for example) from the countryside, where a modernisation took place, which demanded skilled, well-educated manpower and in the mid-1950s, brought forwards an exodus from the towns to the Virgin Lands areas.

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Mugodzhary Mountains. Birch Grove. – Aktobe Region of northwestern Kazakhstan

By the availability of natural resources, Kazakstan could thrive, having more than 90 different minerals been discovered in the republic. Copper, in central Kazakhstan and the Aktyubinsk oblast, plus its nickel, cobalt and chromium ores of the Mughalzhar (Mugodzhar) Hills.

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Boundary between the Dzungaria region of China and the Zhetysu region of Kazakhstan

In the Rudny Altai there is the lead, zinc, and silver, also been found in the Dzhungarian Alatau, and the spurs of the Tien Shan, in southern Kazakhstan, the Karatau (Qarataū); tungsten and tin in the Kolbin Ridge and the southern Altai; titanium, manganese, and antimony in the central regions; vanadium in the south; and gold in the north and east are the most important.

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Qaraghandy, Kazakhstan. – Photo: Wassily

Iron ore was worked in the Karaganda and Kustanay oblasti, and an extensive iron-ore basin has been prospected in the east; phosphorite deposits lie beneath the Karatau Mountains, and borates and other salts are worked in the deposits at Inderborsky. The leading coalfields lie in the Karaganda, Turgay, Ekibastuz, and Maykuben basins, while the Mangyshlak Peninsula and the Caspian Depression are promising regions for oil and gas. The republic also contained other reserves, ranging from asbestos to molybdenum, while its building materials include marble and limestone.

As you can see, lots of materials of interest for Europe as well as Russia.

When the country was part of the Soviet Union according to the constitution of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, adopted on March 24, 1937, all power in the republic belonged to working people, with a socialist system, based on state ownership of the means of production, forming its economic foundation.
The highest legislative body, which possessed no real power in the Soviet political system, was the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh S.S.R., selected (no opposing candidates competed with a single list) every four years and meeting for a short period semi-annually. At that time its members selected a Presidium, composed of a chairman, three deputy chairmen, a secretary, and 15 members, to function between the widely spaced sessions of the Supreme Soviet.
Local government operated through oblast, district, city, village, and aul (Kazakh village) soviets, selected for two-year terms.
The republican Supreme Soviet also generated the Council of Ministers, which coordinated and supervised the work of republican ministries and agencies. The chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh S.S.R. served also as a vice chairman of the union-wide Supreme Soviet, which met in Moscow, and the chairman of the republican Council of Ministers also served in the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union.

Political life in the republic was largely determined by the Communist Party authorities in Moscow, acting via the more than 610.000-member Communist Party of Kazakhstan, a republican branch (there was no Kazakh Communist Party as such) of the cpsu (Communist Party of the Soviet Union). Substantially less than half of that membership in 1972 was Kazakh. The Komsomol (Young Communist League) of Kazakhstan had more than 1.600.000 members, including many Slavs and other non-Kazakhs.
The trade unions, with a membership approaching 5.500.000, did not, as in the West, have the right to strike, to picket, or otherwise energetically to protect labour’s interests in relations with management.

After the Soviet Union or with the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, the Komsomol disbanded in 1991.

In the second half of last century, the children could get free tuition, which brought a high percentage of literacy. In sparsely populated areas, there were boarding-type secondary schools for pupils whose homes were far away. Evening secondary schools for young workers and farmers were also widely attended. Vocational education was also available at numerous specialised secondary and technical schools. Russian men and women in the republic holding college degrees were near parity, with 4.4 percent of males and 4 percent of females over the age of nine recorded as having graduated from college.

With the rising higher and secondary educational level of Kazakhs, in addition to the increase in the urban segment of the Kazakh population, new and higher expectations became general among this dynamic nationality. The anticipated growth in the Kazakh S.S.R. population resulting from further Slavic immigration appeared likely to increase tension over securing employment in white-collar or skilled, desirable (higher paying) jobs as more and more educated and trained Kazakhs from their rapidly growing population insistently entered the industrial and management employment market.

The original Kazakhs were killed in repressions or fell victim to famines during World War I and again under Soviet rule; still others fled with their herds to Xinjiang in China or to Afghanistan, and the remaining nomads were eventually settled on collective farms.

The Soviet Union considered Kazakhstan as part of their European continent or constituent (union). Today we still see that Russia would not like to lose that constituent (union), like it does not want to lose the other largest on the continent after Russia, Ukraine.

When the Soviet Union began to unravel in 1990–91, the Ukrainian parliament chose for sovereignty (July 16, 1990) and then outright independence (August 24, 1991), a move that was confirmed by popular approval in a plebiscite (December 1, 1991).

Kazakhstan during the 1990s started the privatisations of state-owned industries and wanted to enable free movement of labour and capital among Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan and established coordinated economic policies.
The union gradually gave way to what became the Eurasian Economic Union, in 2015, consisting of Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan.

President Vladimir Putin had embarked on an aggressive campaign to rebuild the pride and assertiveness of the Russian people, which he said was lost in the breakup of the Soviet Union.

“The prospective union will not be a new U.S.S.R. or a replacement for the CIS, but an effective link between Europe and the Asia Pacific region, an association with close coordination of the economic and currency policies,”

Putin wrote in an article for Moscow-based daily Izvestiya.

“The establishment of a customs union and common economic space lays the foundation for a future Eurasian economic union,”

he stressed.

“We set ourselves an ambitious task: to reach a higher integration level.”

“It is an open project,”

the prime minister said, adding that

“other partners are welcome to join it.”

The CIS, a loose association of former Soviet republics, consisted of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Ukraine had not ratified the CIS Charter but participated in its activities.

Kazakhstan now presents itself as a unitary republic with a bicameral legislature consisting of a Senate and an Assembly (Mazhilis).  Its constitution lists numerous rights and freedoms of citizens and provides a mechanism by which these rights and freedoms can be, and are, severely restricted by law.

Although ninety-eight members of the Assembly are elected from population-based constituencies by universal adult suffrage and nine members are elected by the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, there might also be a president-appointed body intended to represent the interests of the several ethnic groups in Kazakhstan, but despite the democratic language in the constitutions of 1993 and 1995, in the early years of independence Kazakhstan became increasingly authoritarian.

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Tokayev in September 2021

Officially, Kazakhstan may be called a democratic, secular, constitutional unitary republic. Since 12 June 2019 the Kazakh Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev came in power, due to the resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led the country from 1991 to 2019 and resigned on 19 March 2019 after 29 years in office.

He had posted to the Soviet embassy in Beijing where he served until 1991 as Second Secretary, First Secretary, and Counsellor. In 1991, he enrolled at the Soviet Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow for a training course for senior diplomats.

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Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan – Қазақстанның демократиялық таңдауы – a movement advocating for reforms and seeking to take power by democratic and legal methods.

Over time, President Nazarbayev had began to oppose the work of people who wanted more freedom and criticised the corruption and nepotism of the president and his clique. Businessman and a former minister Mukhtar Ablyazov, with Galymzhan Zhakiyanov, who was the akim of Pavlodar Region, deputy premier, Oraz Jandosov, deputy defense minister Zhannat Yertlesova, deputy finance minister Kairat Kelimbetov, leading businessmen, Nurzhan Subkhanberdin as head of the Kazkommertz bank, and Bulat Abilov founded Qazaqstannıñ demokratïyalıq tañdawı, QDT, the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan.

The QDT was disbanded in February 2005 before the presidential elections, but got recreated on 20 April 2017.
According to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE),

“significant irregularities were observed on election day, including cases of ballot box stuffing, and a disregard of counting procedures meant that an honest count could not be guaranteed.”

“There were widespread detentions of peaceful protesters on election day in major cities”,

said the OSCE in their Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions. {“Statement of Preliminary Findings and conclusions”. Osce.org. Archived from the original on 17 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.}

There were observers and several press representatives from European and American countries who could notice that people got detained and that the votes for the presidential election were rigged. Due to concerns about the fate of the protesters, the OSCE observers stayed in Kazakhstan for another week.

Strangely enough, Tokayev was elected in 2008 as a Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) where he served the post until being relieved on 15 April 2011 after being appointed as Director-General of the United Nations. He also got the post of Under Secretary-General, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament. And came to serve as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. He was also the Designated Official for safety and security of U.N. personnel for Switzerland. All posts whereof one would think a liberal open-minded person would receive such positions and not someone who had dictatorial ticks.

Perhaps he really started off with good intentions but got carried away by the power he could have. In his first month of the presidency, Tokayev made several reorganisations and appointments within the administration and the ministerial cabinet with some top officials such as Presidential Administration head Bakhytzhan Sagintayev and National Security Committee chairman Karim Massimov keeping their posts while others being reshuffled or forced to step down.

On 15 March 2020, so-called due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kazakhstan, President Tokayev signed a Decree on the introduction of a state of emergency in the country. According to him, this was a special decree on measures to ensure the stability of the state functioning, but with it, he tried to silence people and the press and find a way to expand his political influence or a growing feud between the ruling elite.

Though he seemed to have very good plans and promised a lot to the people of Kazakhstan, the last few days he left us wondering what he really was willing to give the people. Because now it looks more like he wants to be friends and equal in a position like his political brother or comrade Putin.

Several months ago, he pledged to protect the interests of every citizen and consider any proposals and initiatives that would be put forward by political and community leaders, but these past days he was accusing the people of going with people from abroad aiming for a coup, and therefore he allowed the army to shoot at his own people.

For post-Soviet autocrats, the almost complete collapse of state authority in the face of nationwide protests in Kazakhstan has now become the stuff of nightmares. Moscow is watching closely as its former Soviet neighbour faces an almost complete collapse of state authority.

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From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #1 Early history

The last few weeks we come to hear more disturbing news from a huge country wich historically had been inhabited by nomadic groups and empires.

Herod. i. wrote in 125 about “a clan fretre of the Pasargadae”. According to Darius in the Behistun inscription and Herod. iii. 75, vii. 11, Achaemenes (Hakhāmani), as son of the Achaemenid king Darius I of Persia became the eponymous ancestor of the royal house of Persia, the Achaemenidae. He was the father of Teispes, the great-grandfather of Cyrus. According to Aelian (Hist. anim. xii. 21), he was bred by an eagle. We learn from Cyrus’s proclamation that Teispes and his successors had become kings of Anshan, i.e. a part of Elam (Susiana), where they ruled as vassals of the Median kings, until Cyrus the Great also called Cyrus II, in 550 B.C.E. founded the Achaemenian or Persian empire, centred on Persia and comprising the Near East from the Aegean Sea eastward to the Indus River.

After the death of Cambyses, the younger line of the Achaemenidae came to the throne with Darius, the son of Hystaspes, who was, like Cyrus, the great-grandson of Teispes. Cyrus, Darius and all the later kings of Persia call themselves Achaemenides (Hakhāmanishiya). With Darius III,. also called Codomannus, the dynasty became extinct and the Persian empire came to an end (330). The adjective Achaemenius is used by the Latin poets as the equivalent of “Persian” (Horace, Odes, ii. 12, 21).

Long before the Christian era the satrapies of Darius comprehended roughly an immense range of territory, from the Mediterranean to the Indus and from the Caucasian chain and Jaxartes to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Ocean.

The Achaemenid Empire at its greatest territorial extent, under the rule of Darius I (522 BC to 486 BC)

The nomadic Scythians, also called Scyth, Saka, and Sacae, who were known from as early as the 9° century BCE and who migrated westward from Central Asia to southern Russia and Ukraine in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE inhabited the land and the Persian Achaemenid Empire that expanded towards the southern territory of the modern country. Turkic nomads, who trace their ancestry to many Turkic states such as the First and Second Turkic Khaganates, have inhabited the country starting from the 6th century. In the 13th century, the territory was subjugated by the Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan. In the 15th century, the Kazakh Khanate conquered much land that would later form territories of modern Kazakhstan.

The Turkish nomads scattered over Persian territory are often known by the name of Azerbaijanis or Adharbaijanis, though this name is strictly applicable only to the inhabitants of the province of Azerbaijan, of which Tabriz or Tauris was the capital. They are the descendants of various bodies of Turks who have wandered into Persia at various times, but more particularly of the Ghuzz tribes (the Οὔζοι of the Greeks) who invaded it during the Seljuk period. They are also known as Ilāt or Iliyāt, meaning tribes, and each tribe had its own chieftain or Ilkhani appointed by the shah.

In the 17th and 18th centuries C.E. the conquests of ‛Abbas and Nadir kept up these boundaries more or less on the east, but failed to secure them on the west, and were limited to the Caucasus and Oxus on the north. Persia of the early 20th century was not only, in the matter of geographical definition, far from the vast empire of Sacred Writ and remote history, but it was not even the less extensive dominion of the Safawi kings and the Iranian ruler Nadir Shah who created an Iranian empire that stretched from the Indus River to the Caucasus Mountains. It may be said, however, to comprise now quite as much settled and consolidated territory as at any period of its political existence of which we can speak with authority.

The Turkic-speaking people of medieval origin, the Kazakhs (also spelled Qazaqs; Kazak) spread over the Ural Mountains and northern parts of Central and East Asia (largely Kazakhstan, but also parts of Russia, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and China) in Eurasia. The Kazakh identity was strongly shaped by the foundation of the Kazakh Khanate between 1456 and 1465, when several tribes under the rule of the sultans Janibek and Kerey departed from the Khanate of Abu’l-Khayr Khan in hopes of forming a powerful khanate of their own. Other notable Kazakh khans include Ablai Khan and Abul Khair Khan.

A mixed commission was appointed in 1843 for the settlement of the Perso-Turkish frontier. The labours of this commission resulted in the Erzerum treaty of 1847, by which both powers abandoned some lands and agreed to appoint commissioners to define the frontier. The commissioners met in 1849, 1850 and 1851 at Bagdad and Muhamrah without arriving at any result. In 1851 the English Whig-Liberal statesman Lord Palmerston proposed that the general line of frontier should be traced by the agents of Turkey and Persia at Constantinople, assisted by the commissioners, in conformity with the treaty of Erzerum, leaving doubtful localities to be settled in future. The Russian government agreed to this proposal, and the work of surveying the country from Mt Ararat to the Persian Gulf was then undertaken. When this was done the preparation of a map, embracing territory 700 m. in length by 20 to 40 m. broad, was put in hand, and this work lasted from November 1857 till March 1865, when the Porte was informed in May of that year that

“in the opinion of the mediating Powers, the future line of boundary between the respective dominions of the sultan and the shah was to be found within the limits traced on the map; that the two Mahommedan governments should themselves mark out the line; and that in the event of any differences arising between them in regard to any particular locality, the points in dispute should be referred to the decision of the governments of England and Russia.”

This boundary remained unsettled, and disputes had frequently arisen between the Turkish and Persian governments with regard to their respective claims to land (Hertslet, Persian Treaties). In the autumn of 1907 Turkish troops occupied not only “doubtful localities” but also adjoining lands which were indisputably Persian territory.

The frontier from Mt Ararat to Astara was defined by the treaty of Turkmanchai (Feb. 22, 1828), and a convention of the 8th of July 1893. The frontier east of the Caspian was defined by the Akhal-Khorasan Boundary Convention of the 21st of December 1881 and the frontier convention of the 8th of July 1893.

By the beginning of the 20° century Persia occupied the western and larger half of the great Iranian plateau which, rising to a height of from 4000 to 8000 ft. between the valleys of the Indus and Tigris, covering more than a million square miles. Taking the Kuren Dagh or Kopet Dagh to form the northern scarp of this plateau east of the Caspian, we could find a prolongation of it in the highlands north of the political frontier on the Aras, and even in the Caucasus itself. On the north-west Persia was united by the highlands of Armenia to the mountains of Asia Minor; on the north-west the Paropamisus and Hindu Kush connected it with the Himalayas. The lines of boundary on the western and eastern faces were to be traced amid high ranges of mountains broken here and there by deserts and valleys. These ranges lied for the most part north-east and south-east, as did those in the interior, with a marked exception between Teherān and Bujnurd, and in Baluchistan, where they lied rather north-east and south-west, or, in the latter case, sometimes east and west. The real lowlands were the tracts near the sea-coast belonging to the forest-clad provinces of the Caspian in the north and the shores of the shallow, rarely deeper than about 300 feet (90 metres) Persian Gulf below Basra and elsewhere.

On December 5, 1936, the area stretching across the rolling tablelands of the heart of the Eurasian landmass became the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (or Kazakhstan). As one of the 15 constituent republics of the Soviet Union, it stretched about 1.200 miles (1.900 kilometres) from east to west and 800 miles (1.300 kilometres) from north to south. By the mid-1970s, it was the home of 14-170.,000 persons. The capital being at Alma-Ata.

The ancient nomadic way of life in this part of the world had been changed greatly during the Soviet period. Industry, particularly the extractive industries, came to play the major role in the economy of Kazakhstan, the republic functioning as an important supplier of raw materials for the entire Soviet Union. Agriculture, however, continued to be of significance.

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Ferry on the Arys River

In the Soviet Union urbanisation increased. Vital to Kazakh agriculture, several dams got built to prevent floods and aid irrigation. The major tributary of the 1.509 miles (2.428 km) long Ural , the Arys, providing water for more than 500.000 acres (200.000 hectares).

Along the streams and lake shores distinct regional patterns of settlements, large villages, centres of collective and state farms (kolkhozy and sovkhozy, respectively) came to characterise the northern steppes, forming green oases separate wheat fields.

The more arid steppes, semideserts, and deserts also contained large villages, housing the state farms of sheep breeders, while chabany, or herdsmen, lived in temporary settlements made up of yurts, tents maid of felt. The foothills were fringed by a string of village settlements, clustering along highways and surrounded, in the north, by fields of wheat and sugar beets and, in the south, by orchards, vineyards, and fields of melons.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan. – © Kristina Postnikova/Shutterstock.com

Before 1897 around 400.,000 Russians had arrived in Kazakhstan. Some Uyghur and Dungan settlers (both Muslim). After Russia conquered Kazakhstan in the last third of the 19th centurythose  Uyghur and Dungan people came to settle in the south and in the Alma-Ata and Taldy-Kurgan regions; to the east. Some Uzbeks and Kirgiz also inhabited the Chimkent, in the valley of the Sayram River in the foothills of the Ugam Range at an elevation of 1.680 feet (512 metres) and Dzhambul regions in the south.

The Kazakh S.S.R. in 1975 was made up of 19 regions, including 82 cities and 183 semi-urban settlements, a total population estimated at 14.170.,000.

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One year ago a sacred place was attacked

All over the world people look up to what they think is a good example of how a nation can grow to such a big nation as the United Nation, where for years one is trying to build up a democratic nation. We do know it has a lot of faults and weaknesses and not such a democratic voting system, but at least we would think and hope it is a democratic country where there would be free expression of mind.

Though on the sixth of January of last year, we could not believe our ears and eyes. One year ago today in what many consider a sacred place, democracy was attacked. During live broadcasts on various TV stations around the world, people could watch in amazement as a frenzied crowd stormed the symbol of democracy.

The whole world could already see in the previous days how a possessed man was presenting himself as the one and only President of America, whose rights were being violated by forgeries at the polling stations. Undeterred, that 45th President of America called on the people to rise up against those forgers and illegitimate elected officials.

With all their might, the storm troopers of the Capitol managed to penetrate it and do a lot of damage as they continued to search for those whom they would like to see die in the pillory. Their faces spoke volumes. If they had found only one of the sitting members, he or she would have been lynched.

The world could be a witness that the will of the American people seemed to be under assault. The American Constitution faced the gravest of threats. Outnumbered in the face of a brutal attack, the Capitol police, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the National Guard and other brave law enforcement officials tried to save the rule of law. They had it very difficult to keep the attackers of the Capitol out of the building. They had to give in, otherwise perhaps losing their own life.

On this ‘birthday’ or ‘remembrance day’ vice President Kamala Harris spoke before the present president Joe Biden, confessed that certain days make a special imprint.

Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them — where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory. December 7th, 1941. September 11th, 2001. And January 6th, 2021.
On that day, I was not only Vice President-elect, I was also a United States senator. And I was here at the Capitol that morning, at a classified hearing with fellow members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Hours later, the gates of the Capitol were breached.
I had left. But my thoughts immediately turned not only to my colleagues, but to my staff, who had been forced to seek refuge in our office, converting filing cabinets into barricades.

Too often the ordinary staff is forgotten, but they too were at risk. good to hear that Kamala Harris knew

What the extremists who roamed these halls targeted was not only the lives of elected leaders. What they sought to degrade and destroy was not only a building, hallowed as it is. What they were assaulting were the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.

Yes, they were willing to shed blood and did not shame themselves to go around like animals. Though several call themselves Christian, their behaviour was nothing of how a Christian should behave. But in a way that were we already used from a lot of Trump supporters. Many of the conservative Christendom were carrying their leader as a saint on their hands. They did not even blame him for waving the Bible around to reinforce his words, which were totally against the values of the Bible.

On January 6, the whole world could see how the American nation had derailed. Harris admits

“all saw what our nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful: The lawlessness, the violence, the chaos.”

And chaos it was. Those who stormed the Capitol were totally out of control. It was noteworthy that they all felt that the 45th President of their nation was behind their actions as they followed his call to storm the Capitol.

President Joe Biden speaks from Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol to mark the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by supporters loyal to then-President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik, AP Photo)

Marking the first anniversary of the January 6 insurrection Joe biden, speaking from Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, said the former president and his followers had

“held a dagger at the throat of democracy.”

In a calmly way the current President looked back at that day and the attempt to undo American democracy, saying such an insurrection must never happen again. Today we can see how January 6 reflects the dual nature of democracy. Its fragility and its strength. Harris added:

 “You see, the strength of democracy is the rule of law.”

January the 6th of 2021 is a day America got to see and feel how frail democracy can really be. Perhaps it shall be remembered as a moment that accelerated the unravelling of the ‘oldest, greatest democracy in the world’ or a moment when the Americans decided to secure and strengthen their democracy for generations to come. But then they shall have to make more work to penalise the instigator of that tumult and to penalise all those who brought so much damage to that House of America.Those men and women storming the Capitol

“didn’t come here out of patriotism or principle. They came here in rage,”

Biden said.

Joe Biden vowed to defend the nation’s founding ideals from the threats posed by the violent mob that stormed the Capitol one year ago and the prevailing lies that Trump and his allies continue to repeat about the 2020 election.

“Even before the first ballot was cast, the former president was pre-emptively sowing doubt about the election results,”

Biden said.

“He’s not just a former president. He’s a defeated former president.”

For him it was clear that the founding fathers had worked to try to build something up that was totally different than the previous president was willing to do to make America Great Again. Biden made one of the most passionate addresses of his still-young presidency as he harkened back to critical moments from the nation’s past, casting the assault as a living symbol of the inflexion point in American history he so often speaks about.

Biden, in a speech from the US Capitol, said nearly softly and thoughtful:

“For the first time in our history, a President had not just lost an election. He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol.”

We may be happy that those rioters did fail. It could have ended very differently. Biden admits that they failed. He said:

They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”

Like in previous speeches, Biden did not call the envisioned person by name. He mentioned more than a dozen times “the former President” but in a direct shot at Trump, Biden added,

“His bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution, he can’t accept he lost.”

We can only hope that the thousands of supporters of that bully have come to realise that it was he (Donald Trump) who tried to sell lies as truth and who deceived the people in front of them. However, we should not be too quick to think that the danger is over. There are still masses of Trump supporters who truly believe that their president is the black sheep that the press wants to put down because it is afraid that he can raise America from the ashes and put down all the falsehoods that press has spread in the past years. For many, Trump is still a man to be followed and defended who will be able to make their America great again by keeping all the refugees out and all the non-original Americans out. They still believe in his innocence and in his MAGA.
The Christian fundamentalists are not letting go of their saint and are willing to do everything that he will rise again in 2024. Therefore, the American press as well as the American juridical departments shall have to do their utmost to show the American people the truth and show the ‘other face’ or ‘hidden face’ of Donald Trump. Even among congressional Republicans who condemned the attack in the days afterward, most have stayed loyal to the former president. At the moment only 700 people are charged, but not yet prosecuted. 72 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Trump voters are saying the former president bears “just some” responsibility or “none at all.” That number should worry us a lot. It is up to the government to take serious measures and to open the cesspool that Trump has left behind.

Although Biden made little mention of voting in his speech, Vice President Kamala Harris, who is tasked with leading the administration’s work on voting rights, used her brief introductory remarks to call on Congress to pass voting rights legislation.

“The work ahead will not be easy. Here in this very building, a decision will be made about whether we uphold the right to vote and ensure free and fair elections,”

Harris said.

“We must pass the voting rights bills that are now before the Senate.”

It also would not be bad to have a more fair voting system, i.e. giving the number of votes for a person in comparable percentages, as the numbers to be taken into account.

Biden said further:

“I did not seek this fight, brought to this Capitol one year from today. But I will not shrink from it either. I will stand in this breach, I will defend this nation. I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of this democracy.”

Republican leaders and lawmakers are largely staying away from the day’s remembrance events, viewing them as overly politicized — some continuing to spread false claims about the election.

Obama warned that

“While the broken windows have been repaired and many of the rioters have been brought to justice, the truth is that our democracy is at greater risk today than it was back then.”

Reflecting on what happened before and after the 6th of January 2021 America has to investigate its course and search for a good answer what kind of nation they are going to be.

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Please find also my other article at my other site which presents facts of the world and views at the world:

One year ago people who said they love America stormed the Capitol

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United in an open society relying not on command and control but on freedom

American social perception, classes and fear mongering

The man outranking the others having the trump card

2019 was #1 a Year of Raising fire and voices

2019 was #2 a Year of much deceit in the U.S.A.

2019 was #3 a Year of much deceit in the News World

United States of America once more showing how it wants to Distort Historical Facts and Truth

Manipulated content on social media

Who can tackle Donald Trump

In denial, Donald Trump continues to insist that nothing serious is at hand and everything is in control

A president daring to use the Bible for underlining his hate speech

The Hero of the greatest …. failures

Hollowness of democracy

2020 in view #1 The 45th president of the U.S.A.

2020 in view #2 The 45th president of the U.S.A. not willing to go

Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington

Stress-test for democracy #2 A coup d’etat with bloodshed

The death knell of an Empire

New social platform supposedly open to truth

Donald Trump requesting to block investigations about the insurrection

2021 in review #1 the most startling point

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Additional reading

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  2. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  3. A new decade, To open the eyes to get a right view
  4. A Progressive Call to Arms
  5. Added commentary to the posting A Progressive Call to Arms
  6. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #1
  7. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #2
  8. What Steve Bannon really wants
  9. The MAGAs and the Man
  10. Trump Dragging the Jews and Israel into the scrum, using both as one more weapon in his racist rants.
  11. Signs of the times – End of the Iran nuclear deal?
  12. Signs of the times – “A new deal with Russia?”
  13. Facts: Why they matter and how to check them
  14. Evangelicals: For The Love Of Trump
  15. Evangelicals & Seduction
  16. Right-wing fundamentalist Christians to dictate the U.S.A.
  17. Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun
  18. Death to the GOP! Or not.
  19. Vaccinations and anti-vaxers
  20. Anti-Semitism in the United States
  21. Anti-Defamation League’s survey showing the problem of American anti-Jewishness
  22. Deal of the century or roadmap to apartheid?
  23. Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response Book Review
  24. Trump is proven wrong by the judge
  25. Looking at 2021 in a nutshell

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2021 in review #1 the most startling point

A Chines or American disease

Though Corona had taken the world under its spell, the most important event for the year 2021 was not going to be this deadly disease, but a disease that should worry us even more, showing that democracy is only a very fragile matter easily broken.

The other pandemic that hit the world was started by a man who thought the very best of himself. He had no intention of giving up his position as the 45th president of America and was prepared to turn the people against the state, in which he miraculously succeeded.
Over the years, the man in question had succeeded in rallying the entire right-wing field of America, including a large proportion of conservative and evangelical American Christians, behind him.

That dangerous man even managed to get several newspaper writers and television channels behind him. His influence on certain Christians made it possible that the right-wing fundamentalist Christians came to dictate the U.S.A..

Fake news

The turning point getting a country into a stress-test could be 2019 where we got to the ultimate presentation of fake news and false messages which were even sent out into the world by the then residing president of the most powerful nation of the world which was weakened a lot by that same president.

Since 2018 we could see that the movement started at the end of the first decade of this century, started to have its first fruits, undermining democracy by the populist ideas that the world should belong again to the Caucasian race and to those who create the money for the country. In several countries, certain right-wing parties and politicians managed people to believe the foreigners, refugees and Jews were the problem of all matters and should be done away with. They also wanted to believe the police was the only right instrument to get rid of the bad guys and should be given all the power. Those popular politicians and in particular Donald Trump wanted people to believe the world was corrupted by the messages of the press which was trying to undermine the right political system to Make America Great Again (MAGA).

The MAGAs and the Man managed to have all around them to believe that the corrupted press was undermining the U.S.A..

Journalistic integrity

In the past, certain American journalists were considered to expose the wrongdoing in the American police force, even so that their work could be considered useful.

“The journalism of Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi and their exposure of the crimes of police, the military, and Wall Street have been of great benefit. But lately they’ve both spouted conservative hyperbole about the left.”

Duane Townsend of the Independent writes

Indeed, these two increasingly seem to identify the main danger as “deep state” Democratic Party “authoritarianism,” rather than the increasingly fascistic power grab by Trump and the Republican Party.

In the past two years, we could see that Greenwald and Taibibi are not alone and that they got followers in their camp. Others are lending their voices to an alarming chorus that fakes left but upon close examination objectively swings right.

Consider Taibb his take on one of Trump’s favourite “news” outlets:

“Fox [News] is one channel that no longer represents real institutional political influence in this country anymore,”

he said and continued:

“The financial/educational/political elite with all the power is on the other side, and I think they’re the people to be worrying about.”

Aiming for popularity

Probably what helped to get them to swing over is the gain of popularity they were feeling by rolling over to the other site and by having opportunities to get on those popular news shows.

Listen to what Greenwald has to say on Fox:

I would be on [Fox News] every day if I didn’t say no sometimes. Why is that happening? It’s bizarre. You look at any article on my work and it’s “far leftist Glenn Greenwald” and now I’m the most frequent guest on Tucker Carlson’s show. How did that happen? I think the reason is so many people on the left and on the right . . . have so much more in common in terms of their political views and their common enemies than either want to recognize. . . . Those old labels [left and right] don’t really tell us much anymore.

And that is one of the dangers in our society, many people not daring to have a strong opinion and keeping to their own views, willing to go strongly for them. Some even dared to create an averse vision of certain political ideas, telling the others are the fascists.
For Greenwald, the Democratic Party is “the epitome of fascism.” The struggle against Trump then, in his view, is a distraction. For him it seems to be clear that people should not worry about Trump et al., supposedly now marginalised by the “global elites” on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. This despite the fact that 70% of Republicans believe the election was stolen.

Russia and America

Caleb Maupin, who writes in a popular style, for the Russian news agency RT and the grouping around the Center for Political Innovation. Maupin who speaks glowingly of the history of the Communist Party USA in the 1930s and ’40s, has spoken out in solidarity with Venezuela and Cuba, and defended the Russian Revolution against detractors. In his video appearance of 2018 at the Anti-Globalization Conference with Aleksandr Dugin, a Russian “intellectual” (whom many have called a neo-fascist), Maupin claims to have once been a Marxist but now claims a newfound “populism.”

What we also can see is that several writers who are for Putin and the present Russian state, are in favour for seeing that alliance Trump holding power, like their Russian counterpart master dictator.

During the 2000s and early 2010s, Maupin was a figure in the Workers World Party and a regular fixture at anti-imperialist conferences and events. In his current writings and reporting for RT, he still talks a lot of the same language he picked up in those days. Given this history, the notions of uniting the far right and the left that Maupin espouses might well be given a hearing among those new to left politics, particularly those not yet taking consistent working-class positions.

A too leftist candidate

For lots of American citizens, Bernie Sanders seemed to be a leftist danger. His social reforms they considered “communist”.
A fringe of the Bernie Sanders movement, after his defeat in the Democratic primary, refused to call for a vote against Trump in the general election. Indeed, some even voted for Trump. Even now, they dismiss the danger of the continuing Trumpist Republican power grab and echo GOP talking points in identifying the Democratic Party and a “deep state” as the main danger we face today.

We may not overlook the reaction among sections of the progressive movement to the big business media and Democratic Party–led “Russiagate” campaign, which scapegoats Russia for Trump’s election. This led some elements, in the name of fighting U.S. imperialism, to believe that Russia was not in any way consorting with Trump — fertile ground for those promoting notions of an anti-imperialist left/right convergence.

Strangely enough, several Americans at the same time are afraid for those “leftist democrats” but at the same time also for the “liberals” and “liberal democrats”. In their view, liberal policy softens the blows of big capital and helps promote illusions among the working class. But GOP rule takes off the velvet glove, increasing exploitation and thus driving the mass movement towards anti-capitalist conclusions.

Wokes and Deep state enemy

Maupin and Dugin identify the main enemy as a “deep state” “liberalism” rooted in the Democratic Party, behind whom stand big business and the “woke left.” In his book We Are City Builders, Maupin writes:

“The United States is, overall, dealing with a crisis of liberalism.”

Since the Black Lives Matter protests and the election of Biden, both increasingly concentrate their fire on the supposed “cancel culture” of the left, including everything from Democratic leadership to BLM, while saying nothing about the cancel culture of the right.

By railing against left “wokeness,” they throw the baby out with the bathwater. The bathwater is the excess of some on the left — the eagerness and self-righteousness of “cancel culture” — but the baby is the struggle against racism, sexism, and gender equality, in other words, the broader fight for democracy. These struggles diminish, if not disappear, from their talking points.

With the mob called upon by Trump to storm the Capitol, we could see how American democracy is now hanging by a very thin thread.
Throughout his years as President of America, that man has succeeded in gaining many supporters and blinding a large number of Americans with fear by constantly sending out false news and telling others that the opposing parties are the ones spreading false news.

The fact that a large proportion of Americans felt prepared to go along with the reporting by Trump and his associates, this has disrupted the whole of American society.

This made Trump’s attitude and the storming of the Capitol the most important feat for 2021 sat should give us further cause for concern, as this man and his supporters have no intention of giving up.

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Preceding

At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror

Populism endangering democracy

Trump the second silencing parliament

The Upbringing of Ideas and the Extrapolation of Capitalism

An A-Z for a world which has to change.

Hollowness of democracy

2019 was #2 a Year of much deceit in the U.S.A.

2020 in view #1 The 45th president of the U.S.A.

Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington

Stress-test for democracy #2 A coup d’etat with bloodshed

The death knell of an Empire

Fascist populism and the threat to democracy

Strasbourg – Conference on the Future of Europe

Donald Trump requesting to block investigations about the insurrection

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Additional reading

  1. So-called own sacred values under threat
  2. Evangelicals & Seduction
  3. Facts: Why they matter and how to check them
  4. The End of Journalism
  5. Right-wing fundamentalist Christians to dictate the U.S.A.
  6. The MAGAs and the Man

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