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Pentagon Spends Millions Protecting Uzbekistan Dictator

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Posted on Nov 26, 2011
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Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov is notorious for heading one of the world’s most oppressive regimes, and millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are being given to a for-profit military contractor turned propaganda machine to make sure he remains a faithful and able ally in the global war on terror.

Freedom House, a D.C.-based nongovernmental organization that conducts international human rights research, gave Karimov’s Uzbekistan the lowest score possible in its Freedom in the World report. Groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have uncovered widespread torture and child labor practices, while other organizations say the leader has detained more political prisoners than the leaders of all other post-Soviet republics combined. Most of the imprisoned are somehow linked to Islam. —ARK

Foreign Policy:

When people read a news website, they don’t usually imagine that it is being run by a major producer of fighter jets and smart bombs. But when the Pentagon has its own vision of America’s foreign policy, and the funds to promote it, it can put a $23 billion defense contractor in a unique position to report on the war on terror.

Over the past three years, a subdivision of Virginia-based General Dynamics has set up and run a network of eight “influence websites” funded by the Defense Department with more than $120 million in taxpayer money. The sites, collectively known as the Trans Regional Web Initiative (TRWI) and operated by General Dynamics Information Technology, focus on geographic areas under the purview of various U.S. combatant commands, including U.S. Central Command. In its coverage of Uzbekistan, a repressive dictatorship increasingly important to U.S. military goals in Afghanistan, a TRWI website called Central Asia Online has shown a disturbing tendency to downplay the autocracy’s rights abuses and uncritically promote its claims of terrorist threats.

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By omop, November 27, 2011 at 8:59 am Link to this comment

So whats new? The US spent billions protecting Mubarak. Has and
continues to spend billions protecting Israel. And what about the billions
in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan soon to be added billions in Poland,
Roumania, Somalia, etc,.

And the irony is that we still have politicians wanting to balance the
budget thru cutting programs and lessening the tax base of the Trumps,
Buffets, et al.

Is this anyway to run a business?

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By PatrickHenry, November 27, 2011 at 6:38 am Link to this comment

I see room for budget tightening here.

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By blogdog, November 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and the Uighors
cannon fodder in the Great Game - Z-Big’s Grand Chessboard


http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FG30Ag01.html

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/FI17Ad04.html

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By blogdog, November 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and the Uighors
cannon fodder in the Great Game - Z-Big’s Grand Chessboard

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FG30Ag01.html

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/FI17Ad04.html

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, November 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment

Pentagon spends billions protecting every dictator… or have we not realized we are under a dictatorship in the states as well? 

Helloooooo

Amerikan Empire.

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