Central Asia

The World Bank and Higher Education in Kazakhstan

December 14, 2012

by Allen Ruff and Steve Horn A year ago, on Dec. 15, 2011,  Kazakhstan state security forces opened fire with US-supplied weapons on oil workers on strike since the preceding May for increased wages and better conditions in the Caspian Sea company town of Zhanaozen. According to the official count, 15 workers died and upwards…

The World Bank Brings Nazarbayev University to Kazakhstan

December 14, 2012

by Allen Ruff and Steve Horn A year ago, on Dec. 15, 2011,  Kazakhstan state security forces opened fire with U.S.-supplied weapons on oil workers on strike since the preceding May for increased wages and better conditions in the Caspian Sea company town of Zhanaozen. According to the official count, 15 workers died and upwards…

Hunger Strike, Public Protests Resume for Settlement with Injured Colombian GM Workers

December 1, 2012

By Frank Hammer. This article was first published on Labor Notes. On the same day that GM was up for the U.S. Secretary of State’s “Award for Corporate Excellence,” a crowd of about 50 activists protested Wednesday at the steps of GM’s world headquarters in Detroit, chanting “down with exploitation, up with mediation!” In Washington,…

China’s Land Bridge to Turkey creates new Eurasian Geopolitical Potentials

April 25, 2012

By F. William Engdahl* The prospect of an unparalleled Eurasian economic boom lasting into the next Century and beyond is at hand. The first sinews of binding the vast economic space have been put in place or are being constructed with a number of little-publicized rail links connecting China, Russia, Kazakhstan and parts of Western…

Uranium Diplomacy:The US Double-Standard in Kazakhstan and Iran

April 18, 2012

By Allen Ruff and Steve Horn [This is a slightly revised version of  “Uranium Double-Standard: The U.S., Kazakhstan and Iran,” that originally appeared at Nation of Change. It is the second installment of an ongoing series on U.S. involvement in Kazakhstan. The first originally appeared at Truthout and is also available here.] Iran’s alleged “nuclear…

The Kazakhstan Massacre: Killing Hope to Benefit US Geopolitical Interests

March 13, 2012

by: Steve Horn and Allen Ruff, Truthout Railroad tanker cars wait on a siding in the Tengiz oil field in western Kazakhstan. (Photo: Viktor Korotayev / The New York Times) December 16, 2011, should have been, at minimum, a fairly bright day for the people of Kazakhstan marking the country’s Independence Day and 20th birthday.…