Yes, Kazakhstan is a (failed) US coup!

10 Jan

If you believe situations like Kazakhstan and Myanmar 1 to be popular uprisings against brutal dictators, you are unconnected to reality.

Brian Berletica (today, below)

I can’t overstate the folly of thinking events in Kazakhstan can be grasped by careful readings of Guardian and Beeb, WashPo and CNN. For systemic reasons these sources, though they do employ subjectively honest reporters and commentators, are tainted beyond redemption.

Kazakhstan: why is the steppe on fire? (footnote 3)

If you buy my claim in the second quote above – or at least are minded to give me temporary benefit of doubt – where do you turn for sources not tainted? I gave several in that post, and will be giving more before I’m done on Kazakhstan. But if I had to pick just one, it would be Brian Berletica at New Atlas. 2

He begins by pointing out that while the violence in Kazakhstan has all the hallmarks of a text-book US funded ‘colour revolution’, of itself this doesn’t make it one. To establish that, we need to look under the bonnet at its specifically Kazakh features, without losing sight of their fit with wider patterns.

Which is what Mr Berletica does. In just under thirty minutes he assembles the evidence – a mix of smoking gun, audit trail and circumstantial 3 – to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the terror which has beset Kazakhstan has indeed been orchestrated in Washington. 4


  1. On Myanmar – where the usual suspects are playing on our mix of ignorance of the world, and desire to simplify it into goodies and baddies helpfully identified by our systemically corrupt media – I recommend this GrayZone piece from April 2021.
  2. Another vlog post by Mr Berletica – I called it a “splendid take-down” – is linked from my post on the outright Sinophobic lie on Dune the movie.
  3. Circumstantial evidence, a learned judge once said, is not inferior evidence. It just needs to be studied with greater care. Brian Berletica does just that.
  4. At the end Mr Berletica suggests that Washington (and possible co-authors in London and Ankara) need not have thought the coup would succeed. (The “orange revolution” in Ukraine of 2005 failed, but did pave the way for Maidan 2013/14.) It has already been costly for Russia, though perhaps not as costly as Washington had hoped – see the analyses in my previous Kazakhstan post, in particular a 2019 Rand Report which the Pentagon commissioned (also cited in Mr Berletica’s vlog) and the second of two Moon of Alabama pieces as offered in a comment by Dave Hansell and cited at length by me in reply.)

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