US is Turning Kyrgyzstan into Another Springboard for Geopolitical Conflict | New Eastern Outlook

25-12-20 02:33:00,


The presidential campaign has started in Kyrgyzstan among candidates for the position of head of state, and elections for that are scheduled for January 10. The presidential elections will take place under very difficult economic and epidemiological conditions for this country, and against a backdrop of a plethora of events in 2020 – some of which were purely local in nature, and some had an impact across the entire region.

In particular, it is worth recalling the clashes that occurred along the nation’s borders with Tajikistan, two of which resulted in human casualties; on May 8, one of the sides even opened up mortar fire.

For a whole slew of reasons, Kyrgyzstan wound up in a difficult financial situation in 2020, and Chinese projects were suspended in this country, whose national debt owed to China is now more than $ 1.7 billion. In addition, the situation with the pandemic has demonstrated how critically Kyrgyzstan depends on foreign assistance, and namely from Russia, China, EU countries, and other foreign players.

After the results of the October 4 parliamentary elections were tallied, the third “October coup” took place. There were many reasons for this, including the repercussions of the pandemic and the financial and economic difficulties that went along with that. On top of that, the attempts to concentrate power in the hands of both the Jeenbekov presidential clan and the Matraimov clan (the Matraimovs are a clan of southern oligarchs that controls the transportation of goods from China to Kyrgyzstan) led to the fact that other clans reacted sharply to the threat posed to their prosperity, and actively joined the political struggle going on in the country.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the upcoming presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan are attracting the attention of not only the numerous domestic players, but also external ones; this was particularly evidenced by the significant number of candidates that were initially announced for the country’s presidency. In the final count, out of the more than 60 applicants who submitted documents to participate in the elections, which included politicians, businessmen, teachers, artists, and even the unemployed, the country’s Central Commission for Elections and Referenda registered 18 candidates for its highest office. Consequently, chiefly major businessmen and politicians with some kind of track record will be the ones competing for the presidency.

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Big Tech Is Turning Hospitals Into Real-Time Surveillance Centers – Activist Post

14-05-20 04:16:00,

By MassPrivateI

Recent events have come to light about hospital surveillance that should concern everyone.

Big Tech is using the pandemic as an excuse to turn hospitals into mirror images of law enforcement’s real-time crime centers.

When Google announced that they were donating 10,000 Nest cameras to hospitals, my jaw dropped.

With these Nest Cams, nurses and doctors will be able to check in on patients, supplementing in-person checks. This means there will be a reduction of physical contact, and therefore less of a need for personal protection equipment (PPE), which has fast become a scare resource.

What makes Google’s donation so jaw dropping is how Big Tech companies are using the pandemic to make them appear magnanimous.

With both contact tracing and the Nest Cam solution, however, Google needs to rebuild a reputation as a privacy concerned company due to the sensitive nature of both projects. It’s not going to be an easy task, but one that should remain at the forefront of all such efforts.

Because nothing says reputation builder like putting real-time surveillance cameras in patients’ rooms. Not only will hospitals record patients but they will record nurses, doctors, hospital staff and anyone else who enters a patient’s room. That also includes minors, so no one will be safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes.

As The Guardian found out, it also sends that information to Google servers.

However, Nest admits that when connected to Google’s “Works with Nest integration” system, which allows other devices such as ceiling fans, washing machines and car sensors to integrate with Nest’s products, it does share personal information with Google.

Why would Google donate 10,000 Nest cameras to 6,146 hospitals? Because they are hoping that the staff and patients will grow accustomed to being surveilled 24/7, and they hope hospitals will eventually purchase a Nest Aware subscription.

Nest cameras also record audio, making them the perfect hospital surveillance tool for law enforcement. Although a Google search of “total hospital police departments in the U.S” turned up nothing,

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‘No turning back’: Duterte threatens martial law after soldiers ambushed and killed during Covid-19 aid delivery

24-04-20 09:13:00,

The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, accused communist rebels of disrupting the government’s efforts to help its citizens amid the Covid-19 pandemic. He said he is seriously considering imposing martial law.

“I’m warning everybody, and putting the armed forces and the police on notice, that I might declare martial law. There will be no turning back,” Duterte said on Friday, threatening to take swift action against the Communist New People’s Army (NPA), which has been active in the country since the late 1960s.

“I have two more years. I will try to finish all of you – including you, the legal [fronts]. You should go and hide,” Duterte said.

The Philippine leader accused NPA fighters of disrupting relief measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that they have recently “gunned down” soldiers who were helping with the distribution of aid to citizens.

According to the Philippine military, the insurgents ambushed an army unit in the Aurora province in the northern island of Luzon on Wednesday. Two government soldiers were killed and three more wounded in the firefight. The unit was patrolling the area during the delivery of aid by social welfare services amid the lockdown, the Philippine Army said.

The rebels have previously denied interfering with Covid-19 relief activities and claimed they were helping locals cope with the pandemic.

Duterte said last week that he is considering imposing martial law to enforce quarantine rules.

The NPA is listed as a terrorist group by the EU and the US.

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Daily dose 25.10.2019 – Turning tides in the Middle East |

26-10-19 09:26:00,

A comment by Rainer Rupp.

Talk to everybody instead of shooting. To stick strictly to international law and, if necessary, with infinite patience, to seek diplomatic solutions that are acceptable to all concerned. This is what distinguishes Russian diplomacy under the leadership of Sergei Lavrov, the extraordinary Foreign Minister. Together with President Vladimir Putin, they form an unbeatable team. Due to their success, Russia has now won the highest recognition and respect in the crisis region of the Middle East from friends and above all from former opponents. The visit of the Russian President to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at the beginning of last week (14.10.19) bears witness to this. Both countries are traditional US allies who have so far rejected Russia.

At the same time, the faction of warmongers from the Washington Club of would-be world rulers had to watch this development powerlessly but furiously from the sidelines. In view of the new geopolitical realities and new military technical capacities, whether in the Gulf of Persia or in Syria, the only „diplomatic“ instrument known to the American war hawk, namely threats with bombs and missiles, has largely lost its effect.

Although Russia talks to everyone, it does not pursue an unscrupulous opportunist policy that is always aimed solely at its own advantage.

Moscow, for example, despite its good relations with Israel, has always condemned its air attacks on Syrian territory and called for restraint. Russia has also strongly condemned Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states for their war in Yemen and their threats against Iran. Ultimately, Russian foreign policy is principled and consistently adheres to international law. It remains true to its strategic obligations towards nations with which Russia has historical ties, such as Syria.

Russia’s pragmatic policy of „talking to all“ ensures good relations with a large number of states, although several of these states are either alienated from each other or bitterly hostile. Thus Putin was warmly welcomed by the Sunni potentates in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. This is despite the fact that Russia is expanding its close alliance with the Saudi „mortal enemy“, Shiite Iran, and despite the fact that Russia is a reliable ally of the Syrian government,

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