11.01.2022 Author: Phil Butler

The Straight Gas on Kazakhstan’s Recent Upheaval


It’s time we begin taking notes on where every nation, organization, and business stands on the crises in our world. The recent unrest in Kazakhstan, the world’s ninth-largest country, is a good place to start. A recent editorial from a multiple Pulitzer Prize winning media outlet warns of the further disintegration of truth. With trust becoming the scarcest commodity on Earth, it’s time for humanity to look out.

The Christian Science Monitor’s editorial board just applauded “tens of thousands of Kazakhs taking to the streets in spontaneous protests starting Jan. 2.” The editorial board contacted exiled opposition figure Galymzhan Zhakiyanov to get support for the assertion that the bloodshed in Kazakhstan was about so-called “natural rights.”

Few CSM readers will know that Zhakiyanov is the co-founder of Democratic Choice movement alongside wanted Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov. And nowhere in the CSM piece does it mention that the movement, along with other foreign actors, is responsible for transforming and amplifying protests to incite a coup d’état.

“Let me begin and end with the fact that Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee has launched a pre-trial investigation into high treason and has arrested the former head of Kazakhstan’s domestic intelligence agency, Karim Masimov, on the suspicion he was complicit in the coup attempt. I’ll wager that not one of the Christian Science Monitor’s readers knows that Karim Masimov is also one of the individuals in a leaked photo with current President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The photo, showing the current US president standing alongside chairman of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank, Kenes Rakishev, was a bombshell when the story broke.

I don’t want to get into Hunter Biden’s lost laptop here, but such coincidences should be brought out if we are after the truth of who’s behind world crises.

Christian Science Monitor goes on to paint the picture of former Soviet republics rising up to finally shed the shackles of repressive regimes, citing color revolutions from Georgia to Ukraine as examples. Again, there is no mention whatsoever of western NGOs, the CIA, USAID, the U.S. State Department, the UK Embassy, MI6, GCHQ, George Soros, or any other actors. Enslaved CIS citizens, acting alone, are now setting the borders of Russia on fire. Meanwhile, NATO spreads membership posters on billboards all around the Russians. If these editors were not so dangerous, they would be hilarious.

The venerable nonprofit news organization established back in 1908 has the motto “To injure no man, but to bless all mankind.” Given the tone and content of the Kazakhstan piece, I am a bit unclear on how misleading anyone who reads their editorial board’s narrative is supposed to bless the readership or humanity overall?

At the end of the day, all anyone has to do to find reason in all this is to look for associations. For instance, if the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is promoting someone or something, you can bet the farm US expansionist policy is behind the story. Likewise, if a media outlet such as CSM mirrors or amplifies the State Department message, you can bet the mission is not about “blessing humanity.”

One more note, the CSM saw fit to quote Timothy Ash, a strategist at BlueBay Asset Management, concerning Kazakh young people burning for the same rights Armenians, Georgians, and Ukrainians have. The good Christians neglected to mention the investments BlueBay has in Kazakhstan (PDF from 2019), and how a regime change attempt might have benefited hedge fund people like George Soros and others. Coincidentally, Mr. Ash has also weighed in on the situation in Ukraine and the US  “keeping Russia at bay.”

Apparently, Mark Sappenfield, Amelia Newcomb, Clayton Collins, Noelle Swan, and Yvonne Zipp (the board) are people who believe that the ends justify the means of overthrow. Or, the Christian science voice is in search of funding again. Who can say? All I know is, misleading people is a long way from embracing humanity, and “shedding light with the conviction that understanding the world’s problems and possibilities moves us towards solutions.”

Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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