February 21 2015 : 50th Anniversary
Today is the 50th anniversary of the murder of Malcolm X.
As you probably are aware, when the white Soviets colonized the Transoxianan region, they felt they knew better than local people how to manage their land, and in the pursuit of efficiency and profit engaged in an agricultural program that resulted in draining the vibrant and alive Aral Sea, which was the fourth largest inland sea in the world. It then created a new vast desert, the Aralkum, dead and covered with salt and so much pesticide residue that mothers are advised not to breastfeed as their milk containes too many toxins from simply being in this environment.
Having totally destroyed the environment, and watched as their economy collapsed, the white russians moved on to other projects where they, along with their british, dutch, spanish and american cousins in colonialist white supremacist genocidal thought, presumed to know what was best for everyone and enforce that belief with guns, bombs, rape, looting and endemic genocide, like all settler colonialists do.
Anyway, a dam construction project has some hope of restoring a small section of the Aral sea, but even with that, things are still very bad here due to settler colonialism and what white culture does to people and the world.
Read about it: Waiting for the sea
The BBC link as is typical contains a lot of bullshit and lies designed to promote the UK genocide agenda by trying to pin these crimes on the indigenous people rather than the colonialists who did it. It also almost totally neglects to mention the historical context of the situation. So it's clever propaganda. But it provides some good photos of the situation.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the murder of Malcolm X.
Lovely imagery and symbolism here. From the clothing styles, the medieval towers, the Latin Blackrobes, and the presence of the ruins of an agora's colonnade in the final battle scene, we can place this video as likely taking place in Smyrna during the campaigns of Temur. The colonnade in the set uses doric order capitals rather than the corinthian order capitals of the actual archeological site, so this identification is not certain. If Smyrna is correct, then the Latin Blackrobes shown would likely be members of the militant Order of Saint John.
There's a fantastic statue of Temur on horseback at the Amir Timur Museum in Tashkent, which was built to commemorate his 660th birthday. There's also a dramatic statue of him in Shahrisabz where he was born in 1336.
Temur did much work to restore the civilization, tolerance and love of science and knowledge that had been established during the unification, peace, freedom and humanism brought during the age of the Khanates. This civilizing had been won at great cost, but had begun to be lost as the ongoing primitive savagery and barbarism from the religious cult of roman colonialism spread, along with its lack of respect for people, its racism, intolerance, and genocide mentality. These barbaric influences spread widely during the age of its first widespread power, known as europe's first major "Dark Ages" of ignorance and widespread poverty and disease.
Temur's grandson Ulugh Beg was notable as well as a great scientist, intellectual, ruler and leader. He built the Ulugh Beg Observatory in Samarkand, one of the largest observatories in the world at the time. He made new observations of astronomical data and cross checking existing sources corrected numerous errors that were present in classical works. To assist in these tasks, he compiled trigonometric data tables to eight decimal points, the most accurate and precise done to date. He also was a prominent medical researcher who made new research discoveries, as well as a poet and rhetoricist who debated publically against others using a lyrical rap-battle style.
Alas those educated by western schools will likely have learned little about these notable figures and the work they did to advance science and knowledge since such modern western schools typically instead focus on the supposed great accomplishments of western culture during this time. For example, western culture's advancement of cholera, advancement of the black plague, advancement of the bulbonic plague, burning of books, torture and burning of healers with medicinal knowledge of plants, and the spread of poverty.
The title of this song is Afsona. Afsona is a word in Uzbek, Tajik, and Farsi which means legend or story, something told in the storytelling tense as opposed to a historical account. Thus, although this video takes place during a particular historical period with recognizable groups and locations visible, the story told about the crystal or star is more poetic and is not about an actual event.
The lyrics of the videos do not always relate to the events depicted. Munisa often combines lyrics about love gone wrong with cinematography and choreography depicting traditional symbols and historical events. The first two verses of Afsona are "Meni kechir, endi seni kechirolmayman", which I think means "My forgiveness, now yours I can't forgive." and "Ayblama, yetar boshqa chidolmayman" which I think means "The blame, it's enough, besides that I can't endure."
Meni (mine) kechir (forgive) means "my forgiveness" or "forgive me". (Kechirasiz means excuse me.) endi (now) seni (yours) kechirolmayman (forgive I can't) - means Now yours I can't forgive. So the first line is "I forgave you, now you forgive me." Ayblama (blame), yetar (it's enough) boshqa (besides that) chidolmayman. (Endure I can't : chidam is endure, chida- is to last) So "Your blame, enough now, except for that I could endure." Tushunaman means Understand I do. Tushunmayman means Understand I don't. Bilaman - Speak I do. Bilmayman - Speak I don't. Men kutolmayman - I wait for I can't. kut- wait/wait for chida- to last OL- : tense aspect modality p123 - to take, and refers to ability to do something. (ie can work, can come) what is men vs meni. is it Me/I vs my? mening = my men = I menga = me (object pronoun) meni = ? -A BIL- refers to ability to, in sense of knowing how to
If you enjoyed that work, you'll likely love Munisa's stunning and gorgeous 2011 video Ayrilma Yor (Don't Walk Away). What is known as the circus originated in central asia and was well established by the time of Alexander and Roxana. The name circus itself comes from its origin as an sacred indigenous sun festival, which the Bactrians introduced to the Greeks, with the Greek name referring to Κίρκη's responsibility to organize annual festivals in honor of her father, the Sun, Ἥλιος. In Ayrilma Yor we find ancient tradition represented not just through clothing and environment, but also through the appearance of firebreathers, frame drummers, and jugglers, all of whom appear here with ancient hair and clothing style consistent with the presence and seriousness required for the duties of their office.
The facts shows that Henry Kissinger really is a war criminal. The protest was extremely reasonable. The video also shows tha the Senator shown here is an anti-american anti-freedom, anti-Constitution person, in addition to being a "low life scum" (to borrow his words) who betrayed his family and his country.
Can we even have a Martin Luther King Day march without the so-called "police" violently attacking innocent people including school teachers with chemical weapons?
As of 2015, the answer to that question is still "no". No, we can not. Not yet. Because. Because why? It's not clear. Something to do with white supremacists, but even more to do with the white european colonialist mentality that murdered my family.
Гулсанам Мамазоитова has been kicking ass lately. Her traditional work has been wonderful, but the last year she's done an incredible job of integrating her talent into amazing and profound videos that fully retain traditional intonation, but with the jingles and jangles expected that keep modern viewers engaged.
Here is her latest, Сенсизлигимдан:
And here is a repost, as a reminder, of her stunning and gorgeous work Тановор from last year:
Shahzoda has released a touching and sentimental new composition about the transience and fragility of life.
A compelling aspect of many transoxianian and other indigenous pieces is the non-western approaches to time. The song ends, or has a break, when the time is right. It doesn't have to be with a western cadence, or with a fade out. It may in fact be right in the middle of a verse, the song is ready to end, so it ends. And that's it. Deal with it. It's how it is and how it is meant to be.
Microtonality is dead.
Xenharmonics are dead.
Compelling, listenable music outside of colonialist white western tuning will never die.
Art lives outside of labels, sects and cults that attempt to constrain, control and coopt human expression and emotion.
I went to public schools for many years and at absolutely no point during what was called "U.S. History" or "Social Studies" was a single true fact presented. There was a lot of information for us to memorize and be tested on during many years of "education" at top ranked schools, but none of it was true. It was all lies and falsehoods.
Now that people have access to the truth of history, teachers and advocates of "U.S." education systems still don't teach or have any interest in historical reality or the truth. Rather than correcting the lies, we hear things such as "That was a long time ago." and "Why should we focus on negative things?"
Despite our being told that things "a long time ago" such as the 1880s or 1930s, are totally irrelevant, unimportant, and should not be taught in history lessons, schools actually do cover a massive amount of things they claim happened in 1620 and 1776, but 100% of these claims made by most "U.S." public schools are still bald faced lies peddled to yet another generation of ignorant rubes ready to lap up the lies of their masters.
Nina Simone is god. I love her. She is beauty and life and truth. Her enemies are twisted.
Some corporations are filing claims against Nina Simone music because they want to falsely claim ownership and thus censor her messages of freedom and liberation. Nina was considered a terrorist by the US government and lived her later years in exile overseas. No US corporation has any legitimate legal claim that entitles their claims and censorship of her message. It's all to suppress the truth she speaks.
Last year ШYNGYS came out with a gorgeous and profoundly beautiful rap video. The group is named after the renowned early 13th century leader who brought together many nations, cast out corrupt rulers, and unrelentingly pursued justice, honesty, tolerance of belief, and unity through diversity.
Kiriakou is still in prison for the crime of whistleblowing on crimes against humanity committed by the United States government under the direction of the white supremacist Texan George Bush. He was recently interviewed by Andrew Jones of The Intercept.
Good news, a fantastic new Ko'pkari themed video, this one from Surhon Guhuri. We've covered Ko'pkari music videos before here, but this one has the best HD videography of the event. Ko'pkari is a popular sport throughout Central Asia and goes by a few different names. It's like football, but done on horseback, with enormous crowds of players, over a vast mountain terrain, and instead of a pigskin you use a full size bloated goat carcass. It requires the ability to pick up from the ground objects that weigh well over 100 lbs, from horseback, at speed, without dismounting. To do so one must be very strong and a very good horseman. The sport utilizes such important skills which are also needed for mounted hunting and warfare, so the development of game skills has great practicality and relevance in regular life as well.
And here the story ends.
“There is no such thing as the voiceless, only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard” — Arundathi Roy
“indio sin tierra no es indio”