09ASTANA663, KAZAKHSTAN: MEDIA REACTION, APRIL 9 – 15

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09ASTANA663 2009-04-17 11:50 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 000663 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, SCA/PPD 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL ECON SOCI KDEM KPAO KMDR KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN:  MEDIA REACTION, APRIL 9 - 15 
 
1.  SUMMARY:  Kazakhstani political commentators focused on the 
domestic political scene this week, weighing the relative merits of 
the ruling Nur Otan party and its adversaries in the opposition. 
"Delovaya Nedelya," an independent weekly, published a wrap-up of 
the G-20 summit in which it mocked the IMF as solely an 
Anglo-American institution and another critical article about the 
situation for immigrants in the United States.  END SUMMARY. 
 
NUR OTAN:  SUCCESS OR FAILURE? 
 
2.  Independent, Russian-language "Vremya" published a commentary by 
opposition National Social Democratic Party deputy head Amirzhan 
Kosanov blasting the government's handling of the financial crisis, 
which Kosanov describes as "an ever worsening economic disease" 
causing "social cramps" and which could eventually lead to "a fatal 
political crisis."  Kosanov believes that the reason that the 
"staggering financial inflows from the National Fund" have failed to 
stimulate the economy is the lack of oversight.  The government 
can't control itself.  "How can the Nur Otan parliament control the 
Nur Otan government?"  Kosanov concludes that government oversight 
can only come from independent institutions which are lacking in 
Kazakhstan. 
 
3.  On the other hand, pro-government, Russian-language "Liter" 
trumpeted recent survey results showing a high approval rating for 
President Nazarbayev and his party.  The director of Moscow State 
University's Information and Analytical Center, Alexei Vlasov, 
credited the high public trust in Nur Otan to its First Deputy 
Chairman, Darkhan Kaletayev.  Under Kaletayev's leadership, Nur Otan 
is controlling state procurements, conducting an anti-corruption 
campaign, helping children, and collecting money for medical 
treatments.  Vlasov believes that Kaletayev is a rising party figure 
giving a good account of himself in the eyes of President. 
 
ZOMBIE POLITICS 
 
4.  Pro-government, Russian-language "Central Asia Monitor" reports 
that the Kazakhstani political scene reminds one of a cemetery -- 
"some politicians are already dead, others have one foot in the 
grave."  The majority of oppositionists are "the living dead" who 
emerge from the grave only on the eve of elections.  While 
Kazakhstani opposition parties present articulate ideologies, their 
forgettable front benches give the impression that the parties are 
being directed by "headless horsemen." 
 
G-20 SUMMIT:  U.S. AND BRITISH DOMINATION 
 
5.  Independent, Russian-language "Delovaya Nedelya" blasted the 
G-20 leaders for allegedly taking no serious steps against the 
growing financial crisis.  However, "at least the G-20 leaders 
didn't fight among themselves" and did manage to pledge $1 trillion 
dollars for the IMF.  The author said that "even G-20 members such 
as Russia, Brazil, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia have practically no 
influence on the IMF's decision-making" which is under "American and 
British control."  The author concluded, "The results of the G-20 
London summit show that the United States and the United Kingdom 
will continue to be the main financial players and will continue 
dictating to the rest of the world what to do." 
 
IMMIGRANT BRAIN DRAIN 
 
6.  "Delovaya Nedelya" reported that the U.S. State Department and 
Congress are concerned about a "brain drain" of immigrants leaving 
the United States.  According to the author, 150,000 immigrants left 
the United States over the last six months, most of whom decided to 
resettle in Canada, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and Chile.  The 
author cited the arduous visa process as the main culprit, but also 
said that immigrants are leaving America because they are made to 
feel uncomfortable in the wake of the "war on terrorism" and the 
absence of a "human foundation" in the United States.  This term is 
defined by "Americans' unwillingness to help each other, the lack of 
work, friends, and family values, and Americans' disrespect for the 
elderly."  The author finished by stating that the "brain drain will 
 
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continue until the United States profoundly changes its immigration 
policies and stops perceiving the rest of the world as a hostile 
encirclemen
t." 
 
HOAGLAND

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