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F. William Engdahl: Washington, Moscow, Beijing and the Geopolitics of Central Asia (GlobalResearch)
Part I: Kyrgyzstan as a Geopolitical Pivot in Great Power Rivalries.
Part II: Kyrgyzstan’s “Rose Revolution”.
Part III: Kyrgyzstan’s “Roza Revolution”: Russia and the Future of Kyrgyzstan.

Khadija Sharife (or Sherife): Oil Makes Its Own Laws: Self-regulation and Flags of Convenience (MRzine / Le monde diplomatique)*

If you’re interested in further details about the sinking of the south Korean ship, you should find these two long articles very useful:

John McGlynn: Politics in Command: The “International” Investigation into the Sinking of the Cheonan and the Risk of a New Korean War (Japan Focus)

While the South Korean and US governments seek to cloak the JIG’s 5-page document with the legitimacy of an international investigation, this is an unsigned South Korean statement that draws on anonymous expert opinion from the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Sweden. There are five reasons why the 5-page statement cannot be considered scientific and objective, nor does it meet the test of being international in the sense that a single government has not controlled or strongly influenced the statement’s contents.

Seunghun Lee, Jae-Jung Suh: Rush to Judgment: Inconsistencies in South Korea’s Cheonan Report (Japan Focus)

While we emphatically note that our findings do not prove that North Korean did not do it, we conclude that the JIG has failed to prove that it did. The seriousness of the inconsistencies in fact casts doubt not only on the validity of the JIG conclusions but also on the integrity of its investigation. We suspect that at least some of the EDS data was fabricated, and recommend that an impartial board be formed to verify the integrity of the JIG data.

And here’s more (if you’re really into this issue):

S.-H. Lee, P. Yang: Was the “Critical Evidence” presented in the South Korean Official Cheonan Report Fabricated? (arxiv.org)
Tanaka Sakai 田中 宇: 韓国軍艦「天安」沈没の深層 (田中宇の国際ニュース解説)
English translation by Kyoko Selden: Who Sank the South Korean Warship Cheonan? A New Stage in the US-Korean War and US-China Relations (Japan Focus)
S. C. Shin: Letter to Hillary Clinton (PDF; Seoprise)

Bruce Cumings: US Stance on Korea Ignores Tensions Rooted in 65-Year-Old Conflict; North Korea Sinking Could Be Response to November ’09 South Korea Attack (Democracy Now)
Paul Liem: Honor the Cheonan Dead with Peace (Znet)

Urging China to support punitive actions against North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean naval war ship, the Cheonan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implored China last week to read a 400 page report concluding that a North Korean midget submarine torpedoed the Cheonan on March 26, 2010 in the West Sea, killing 46 sailors. Yet the South Korean government has failed to release the full 400 page report to the National Assembly and has sought to silence dissenting opinions.

Kim Myong Chol: Pyongyang sees US role in Cheonan sinking (Asia Times)
Kim Myong Chol: South Korea in the line of friendly fire (Asia Times)
Stephen Gowans: The sinking of the Cheonan: Another Gulf of Tonkin incident (what’s left blog; if you can’t access this article, I can send it by e-mail)
Verification of the Cheonan investigation at the National Assembly (Hankoryeh)
China proposes UN Military Armistice Commission convene for reinvestigation into Cheonan (Hankoryeh)
Selig S. Harrison: What Seoul should do despite the Cheonan (Hankoryeh)

I don’t know whether North Korea torpedoed the Cheonan, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Lee Myung Bak has invited retaliation by repudiating the commitment to coexistence and eventual confederation enshrined in the two summit declarations negotiated with Kim Dae Jung and Roh Moo Hyun.

Georgy Toloraya: Peace or War? Do we have to choose? A Russian Perspective (38north)
David Cyranoski: Controversy over South Korea’s sunken ship (Nature)
Ben Richardson, Saeromi Shin: South Korea Faces Domestic Skeptics Over Evidence Against North (Bloomberg Businessweek)

* The article on BP is available in several other languages.
Esperanto: Kiel BP spitas la leĝon
Deutsch: BP, das Loch und die Machenschaften
Polski: Jak BP tworzy sobie prawo
Norsk: Slik unndrar oljeselskapene seg ansvar