[Marxism] World Bank "education reform" and Imperial "soft power" in dictatorial Kazakhstan
alruff at tds.net
Sun Feb 3 16:32:00 MST 2013
Check out the piece by Steve Horn and me appearing in the current issue
From the intro:
"...On December 16, 2011, Kazakhstan state security forces opened fire
on striking oil workers in the Caspian Sea company town of Zhanaozen.
According to the official count, 15 died and upwards of 70 were wounded
(unofficial casualty counts ran much higher). Jailings and repression of
critics and political opponents of the regime have continued since.
The "Zhanaozen Massacre" seemingly went unnoticed by the Western faculty
members and administrators working at the recently opened Nazarbayev
University, located in the country's ostentatious new capital, Astana.
Opened in 2010, the mutli-billion dollar showcase university came about
through a joint venture involving the country's authoritarian regime
under "Leader of the Nation," Nursultan Nazarbayev, the World Bank, and
a number of major---primarily U.S.---"partnering" universities.
As a result of deals shaped and brokered by the World Bank in 2009 and
2010, scores of academics flocked to the resource-rich, strategically
located Central Asian country. They remain there despite the fact that
every major international human rights monitor has cited the regime for
its continuing abuse of civil liberties and basic freedoms.
In the process, Kazakhstan has become a proving ground for the World
Bank's "education reform" efforts and a revealing case study of the
deep-seated "soft power" workings of the U.S. imperial order...."
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