There was music in the cafes at night, And revolution in the air
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The Big Picture: Crisis in Kyrgyzstan AP:
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Uprising in Kyrgyzstan leaves dozens killed... The opposition has called for the closure of the U.S. air base in Manas outside the capital of Bishkek that serves as a key transit point for supplies essential to the war in nearby Afghanistan.
Registan: The upheaval in Kyrgyzstan has seized the media’s attention, but it’s mostly just highlighted how little the major newspapers know about the region and how quick they are to put unsubstantiated facts up. The NY Times immediately reported that Kumanbek Bakiev had fled the country, which is a bold statement considering Cliff Levy is probably reporting from Moscow and not Bishkek. They’ve now taken a more tepid approach.
More analysis at Registan: During a visit to the United States from December 10 to 19, the leader the Kyrgyz Ata Meken opposition party, Omurbek Tekebayev, his colleagues, and representative of the For Justice movement repeatedly mentioned a plan to challenge President Kurmanbek Bakiyev this March by organizing crowds across the country.
Time: Kyrgyzstan: Did Moscow Subvert a U.S. Central Asian Ally?
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