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Who will win the Power Struggle for Tajikistan in the Central Asian ‘Great Game’?

By Adil KHAN (UK)

8. February 2015

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Who will win the Power Struggle for Tajikistan in the Central Asian ‘Great Game’?

Central Asia largely evades mainstream media coverage. This is despite it being the centre of a fascinating, ‘great game’ geopolitical contest; fought by the nations of Russia, China, the U.S., and Iran. This is a niche article specifically focusing on Tajikistan, which is vastly underdeveloped, resource rich, and ruled by a corrupt elite. Therefore the […]

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U.S. Role in Global Drug Trafficking

By Konstantin PENZEV (Russia)

9. December 2013

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U.S. Role in Global Drug Trafficking

ORIENTAL REVIEW publishes a briefing of the series of articles by Konstantin Penzev recently posted by the New Eastern Outlook (here, here and here). He carefully reviews the sources of the global narco-culture tracking back to the clandestine experiments done in the military laboratories of the United States as early as in 1950s, the narco-dimension […]

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Who Runs the Global Drug Mafia (II)

By Valentin KATASONOV (Russia)

11. October 2012

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Who Runs the Global Drug Mafia (II)

Part I As noted in the previous part of the paper, the global drug mafia is a three-level formation. The strategic objectives pursued at the executive Level 3 are: • The whitewashing of the cash flows generated by drug sales; • Revenue investment in various sectors of the economy; • Organization and security of drug […]

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Global Drug Mafia and the Banks

By Valentin KATASONOV (Russia)

6. October 2012

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Global Drug Mafia and the Banks

These days, the drug mafia theme attracts permanent media coverage. One of the aspects that cannot be avoided in the context is the involvement of the financial sector – for hefty risk premiums – in money laundering for the narcotics business. Banks and the Drug – Business: Seamless Integration Rather Than Partnership Last summer, The […]

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The Independent Kosovo: Gangland Spills Savagery Worldwide (II)

By Anna FILIMONOVA (Russia)

31. August 2012

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The Independent Kosovo: Gangland Spills Savagery Worldwide (II)

Part I A feature common to the serial outbreaks of unrest in the course of the Arab Spring and the conflicts in the post-Yugoslavian space was the involvement of the armed opposition which had grown out of local criminal or downright terrorist groups in the resulting transitions. The Arab countries which ended up on the […]

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«Independent Kosovo»: Pathological Criminal Case – Global Scope (I)

By Anna FILIMONOVA (Russia)

17. August 2012

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«Independent Kosovo»: Pathological Criminal Case – Global Scope (I)

The Western power centers use the «Republic of Kosovo» as a testing ground for working out the ways to create a quasi-state that could be defined as an «abnormal criminal case of global scope». The goal is reshaping South East Europe. The states below the «first echelon» are subject to the formula «back to slavery […]

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Drugs An Instrument of Global Policy

By Dmitry SEDOV (Russia)

6. August 2012

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Drugs An Instrument of Global Policy

In the wake of World War II, the US and British political elites were confronted with a threat of socialism on a global scale. Fearing that a question mark might be hanging over their own future, they reacted by mobilizing resources – those on public display and deeply hidden – to implement a Roll Back […]

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Active Endeavour and Drug Trafficking

By ORIENTAL REVIEW

30. March 2012

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Active Endeavour and Drug Trafficking

We all are aware of the basic frameworks of the US response to barbaric 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Bush’s administration and NATO launched unprecedented media, diplomatic and military campaigns aimed to suppress the adversary inside its haunt in Afghanistan. But few remember that the US Operation Enduring Freedom and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force weren’t […]

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Another NATO Transit Center for Cargos or Drugs in Europe?

By Dmitry SEDOV (Russia)

17. March 2012

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Another NATO Transit Center for Cargos or Drugs in Europe?

The Russian Ministry of Defense plans to sign an agreement with the USA to establish a return “trans-shipment center” in Ulyanovsk (Russia) for goods going from Afghanistan has attracted public attention. A discussion on financial, political and military aspects of the issue has flared up. The issue of drug trafficking is tackled too. The flourishing […]

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Russia and US Clash Over Afghan Drug Trafficking

By Alexander SHUSTOV (Russia)

27. February 2012

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Russia and US Clash Over Afghan Drug Trafficking

This month Washington whose commitment to fighting drug production in the US occupied Afghanistan is widely called into question rolled out a new plan of coordinating the activities of Central Asian republic’s anti-narcotic agencies. The initiative was, however, promptly blocked as potentially counterproductive by Russia, the country hit hardest by the Afghan drug output. In […]

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Obama’s Byzantine Style in the ‘Greater Middle East’

By ORIENTAL REVIEW

18. December 2011

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Obama’s Byzantine Style in the ‘Greater Middle East’

For the last few years the incumbent US administration was getting adhered to a new, more sophisticated principle in foreign policy: to act overseas by means of its allies and to promote American initiatives as multilateral through the international organizations. Thus, the war against Libya was unleashed by France, and the US was carrying out […]

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Smashing Greater Central Asia (III)

By Peter CHAMBERLIN (USA)

12. December 2011

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Smashing Greater Central Asia (III)

Part I Part II Representatives from all of the secret agencies of the Stans, except for Turkmenistan, have come together in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to identify a common threat in Central Asia, emanating from a non-existent terrorist underground (SEE: Secret services say about the presence in Central Asia, domestic extremist underground). This consensus on a common […]

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