Were good random findsIgnore the hyperbolic American edition and you ll read rather a lot about running a British embassy in a horribly messed up country Uzbekistan in the mid 2000s But wow it was hard to put down I thought I knew something about central Asia but I am not sure it was very much I certainly didn t realize what central Asia but I am not sure it was very much I certainly didn t realize what hellhole Uzbekistan was Mr Murray stands up for human rights in the appalling dictatorship which the American Bush Jr government was at that point pointing too as a shining beacon of hope because they wanted allies It to put it mildly was not that Go read their Wikipedia page or at least the human rights section As of 9 May 2016 it is claiming that approximately 4% of its population lives in slavery 4% 2016By doing his ob and standing up to the pressure Murray makes some small progress For his trouble his own government tries to get him fired on somewhat uestionable grounds Is he perfect By no means I m sure the book he wrote about himself he took pains to paint him in the most flattering light but even apart from that the book was fascinating Samarkand Law lords Morality Decency For someone who knows a lot about the region none of this will come as a surprise but to someone who s as ignorant as myself it was pretty great very informative and a good overall intro into the history and politics of central asia i know people who have worked with murray though and they pretty much unanimously agree that he is a pompous arrogant self righteous womanizing alcoholic and not in a good wa. H roadblocks to meet with dissidents and expose their persecutors He even confronts the despotic president Islom Karimov face to faceBut Murray's bosses in London's Foreign Office ever mindful of their senior partners in Washington don't want to upset the applecart Karimov is an ally in the newly announced Global War on Terror His country is host to a big American air base The last thing they need is a battling young diplomat stirring things up In Craig Murray that's exactly what they've go. ,
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*JUST RECOMMEND IT FOR EVERY ONE *recommend it for every one found Murray much too crass but this is something I was already suspecting from the title He cites a few books I have read and enjoyed in his bibliography but that doesn t redeem him enoughIf curious about Uzbekistan British ambassadorship and interacting with Muslims here s a 2006 book on it but it s not pretty This is why I want to become a diplomat A British diplomat discovers that all is not as well in Uzbekistan as the Bush administration would have us believe As partners in the war on terror the Uzbek government is a valuable ally But there is a very real danger that ignoring their human rights violations and overall disdain for democracy or civil freedoms will land us with a repeat of the Noriega nightmareHistory can tell us something as long as we are listening is the author s argument And I love Murray s hell be damned attitude and his unexpected commitment to what is right and good When you mention Uzbekistan to most educated people today they will know at very least that it has a horrible human rights record That knowledge is due largely to the actions advocacy of Craig Murray the author of Dirty Diplomacy the British ambassador to Uzbekistan between 2002 and 2004 Those dates are significant The post 9 11 build up to the invasion of Ira was "Underway When Ambassador Murray "when Ambassador Murray at his new post in Tashkent Britain had. With all the pace and drama of a political thriller Dirty Diplomacy is a riveting account of a young fast living ambassador's battle against a ruthless dictatorship in Central Asia and the craven political expediency in Washington and London that eventually cost him his ob Craig Murray is no ordinary diplomat He enjoys a drink or three and if it's in the company of a pretty girl so much the better Murray's scant regard for the rules of the game also extends to his ob When in the first few. Decided to back the Bush administrations plans and majority Muslim nations willing to support those plans like Uzbekistan were key The autocratic rule of Islam Karimov whose security forces were known to torture detainees to death sometimes by Islam Karimov whose security forces were known to torture detainees to death sometimes by them alive in boiling water were deemed to be highly inconvenient
to these plans But Ambassador Murray would not turn a blind eye And because in an attempt to shamethese plans But Ambassador Murray would not turn a blind eye And because in an attempt to shame him many details of Murray s less than perfect personal life were used what we get in his narrative is a warts all portrait of the man a bit like is a warts all portrait of the man a bit like a smaller scale another Oskar Schindler Highly recommended This books is set in Uzbekistan apparently a very unpleasant place Written from a British Ambassador and sheds some light on lots of issues with the war on terror government corruption not Alien just of those in Central Asia but also the US UK Russia Leaves you wanting to know and having uestions Craig Murray is too ballsy for his own good That s exactly what we need in the world of international relations This guy is now officially one of my heroes Smart fearless and funny Murray gives an honest assessment of how political cynisism and delusional thinking have threatened to defeat any real progress in the War on Terrorism Meet the new boss same as the old boss This book is a must read for everyone interested in current geopolitics I don t even know what book I was looking for when I picked up this one and Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green A Year in the Desert with Team America but these. Weeks of his posting to the little known Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan he comes across photographs of a political dissident who has literally been boiled to death he ignores diplomatic nicety and calls it for what it is torture of the cruelest sortMurray soon discovers that this is no one off incident fierce abuse of those opposing the government is rife It's not long before he is tearing around the country in his embassy Land Rover shaking off Uzbek police tails and crashing throug.