Zhanaozen, attempted murder, cyber-police - and Tony Blair
03 May 20120 comments
Guessed which country this refers to? Zhanaozen gives it away, where at least 16 people died on 19 December 2011 following violent clashes between protesting oilworkers and police.
The Kazakh authorities are now using these clashes as an opportunity to attempt to imprison its critics, charging them with 'incitement to social discord' - including opposition activists and a theatre director.
And if that isn't possible, as a journalist you could both be stabbed and shot, only to be summoned to court on defamation charges.
This week also saw Kazakhstan launch an initiative to set up cyber-police stating that: Taking into account that recently the Internet, along with the positive flow of knowledge and information, is used to implement the ideology of terrorism, separatism and expansion of drug trafficking'.
Not just for itself, but as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a sort of counter-balance to NATO, which includes Kazakhstan's illustrious neighbours Russia and China.
Kazakhstan is the country that Tony Blair has been promoting - allegedly for around $13 million a year - and this is shameful, embarrassing and unbelievable.
See the video for yourself at http://www.rferl.org/content/kazakhstan_tony_blair_promotional_video_nazarbaev/24559144.html