2 definitions by Steve Bosco
Traditionally, countries such as Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan - collectively known as the "STANS", are considered to be the embodiment of desperate, backward, currupt, morally and financially bankrupt states. The idea of the "banana republic" is along the same lines. Given the militaristic foreign policies of the USA in recent years, its current economic woes appear to some observers as a fitting comeuppance. And, it is believed that the root cause of the present difficulties lies in precisely those attributes that are commonly assigned to the "STANS". Thus, the term "Yankistan" serves to describe the USA in terms of "desperate, backward, currupt, morally and financially bankrupt". Of course, the heightened engagement of the USA in Central Asia, the home of many "stans", is the chief reason why "Yankistan" is used in this context.
Examples of this term in use occur:
1. At the China Daily blog, where it is said:
BROKE & CRASHED yankistan ready to kiss Russia arse" - This is in reference to the US offer to "reset" relations with Russia.
2. The Russian Pravda.ru features:
Desperate yankistan tries to launch "color revolution" in Kirgizstan - This is in reference to the alleged role of the USA in inciting popular discontent with the Kyrgyz government in a supposed effort to achieve regime change, and a government that will allow the US to maintain its Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan - that is presently used in the War on Terror: in Afghanistan!
by Steve Bosco Mar 28, 2009 add a video
The concept of regime change has a venerable history. The assassination of Julius Caesar by some of his close associates in 44 BC is a famous episode in the long history of this practice. Essentially, violent regime change is attempted when a group becomes disaffected with the status quo and views further negotiations as fruitless. In this context, the overthrow of English rule by the American colonists can be viewed as an example of regime change. It is evident, therefore, that regime change may encompass a broad spectrum of activities, from targeted assassination of individuals to large-scale conflict between armies.more...
At the heart of regime change are often political differences between competing ideologies. (In the case of Julius Caesar it was the idea of dictatorship or republic.) This is one reason why regime change is as popular today as it was two thousand years ago: There still exist major ideological conflicts between various groups (e.g. Islamic Republic vs. Secular Republic). However, in some cases, regime change is simply a contest between competing factions for spoils with no deep ideological differences at stake. In some third world countries violent regime change has become the norm. In the democratic West, violent regime change has largely given way to more subtle methods. Here, the (electoral) ballot has generally replaced the bullet as the preferred means of effecting regime change.
During the Cold-War, the two major ideological and military blocs ...
by Steve Bosco Apr 29, 2009 add a video