The acoustics in the 400 year old mosque are amazing & notes hang in the air with crystal clarity. The singer is a student from northern Iran visiting Isfahan & had always wanted to sing in the mosque because of its unique acoustic resonance qualities. You have to stand on the tiled square for perfect effect.
Shout out to all my North Asians. 💘 This is to all of my Siberians; Turkic, Uralic, Mongolic or Tungusic, doesn’t matter. Big love to every single one of yall.
Shout out to all my West Asians. 💘 One love to all my Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Bahrainis,
Cypriots, Georgians, Iranians, Iraqis, Israelis, Jordanians, Kuwaitis, Lebanese people, Omanis, Palestinians, Qataris, Saudi Arabians, Syrians, Turkish people, Emirati people and Yemenis. Shout out to all my Arabs, Turkics, Persians and Kurds from West Asia.
Shout out to all my Central Asians from the former CCCP.
Shout out to my Kazakhs, Tajiks, Turkmens, Kyrgyz people and Uzbeks. Shout out to all my Uyghurs and shout out to all my Afghans and Mongolians as well.
Yall may only be considered part of Central Asia in a wider view but that doesn’t change the fact that you’re still one of us.
All of us continue to get overlooked and ignored and erased from people’s definition of “Asian”. Not even positivity posts that were supposed to be directed at “all Asians” manage to mention us, and when we get included it’s always in a lacking way that makes it very obvious that we were nothing but an afterthought. So this is to all of us “forgotten Asians.” Big love to all of you and may the Lord grant every single one of you a peaceful and prosperous day.
Scenes from the 2016 World Nomad Games hosted in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The World Nomad Games brings athletes from various countries, primarily from the Central Asian region and Russia, to participate in sports native to the Eurasian Steppe. The Eurasian Steppe was home to various nomadic peoples particularly the Iranic-speaking Scythians and Sarmatians, who were a source of fear for the ancient Greeks due to their warriorlike nature and great horse-riding skills; including their mastery of horseback archery. Both groups are believed to have originated in the Eurasian Steppes, but their settlements ranged from China to Poland, and because of this they greatly impacted the genetic pool and cultures of a number of different groups in Eastern Europe and Central Asia such as the people of the Caucasus, Slavs, Turkic people, and other modern Iranic people. The Sarmatians in particular were famed by Greek historians for their female warriors and rulers that inspired the stories of the Amazons.
Timon princeps (called the Siirt lizard or Zagrosian lizard) is a species of Timon which belongs to the family of Lacertidae, the wall lizards. This species occurs in northeastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, southwestern Iran (the central Zagros Mountains), and possibly northern Iraq. The species may not be present in northeastern Iraq, resulting in two disjunct populations.
This species is found in rocky areas in open oak woodland and shrubland, and sometimes in open grassland. The female lays between five and ten eggs. It is not present in modified habitats or close to human habitations. This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Extremely Rare Bactrian Ceremonial “Lock” Idol with Inlaid Bulls, Late 3rd ML BC
A carved stone tent weight with bull images and inlay; accompanied by an old scholarly note, typed and signed by W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology, University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: ‘Ancient Alabaster “Weight” 29cm, high 25cm diameter. This is roughly oval with a hollowed out hole near the top, creating a handle. The edges are rounded and on each side a bull in deep relief with inlay of turquoise and brown stone appears. Much detail is used in the depiction of the bulls. The bull on one side is shown with head facing forwards, while on the other side it faces backwards. In details also the two bulls are quite different. The object is generally in good condition, though some of the inlay is lost on one side. This is an extremely rare object, though certainly from West Central Asia. It dates to c.2000-1700 BC. Its purpose is not certain, but most probably it was carried in some religious rites.’
Among the most iconic Intercultural Style objects are the so-called “lock weights”. These were probably not weights at all, but were likely badges of high office, carried to indicate authority. Fragments of similar objects have been found throughout Mesopotamia, the islands of the Persian Gulf, on the Iranian steppe, as well as the Indus Valley. The production of them seems to be concentrated in two areas, the Gulf island of Tarut, as well as Tepe Yahya in south central Iran, that has produced the only known mine for the stone. The artistic styles on these chlorite objects represent a fusion of art and religious themes from the diverse regions that they are found in, representing both Mesopotamian and Indus culture. The bull was a popular, and sacred animal in both Mesopotamia and the Indus civilisation. In Mesopotamia it was often associated with storm gods, such as Ball. In the Indus region it appears on seals and is often associated with a horned deity that has been identified as a proto-Shiva type figure.
security forces have captured the Kurdish government headquarters
buildings in the centre of Kirkuk with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi ordering the Iraqi flag to be raised over Kirkuk and other
disputed territories. An Iraqi Oil Ministry official said that it would
be “a very short time” before the Iraqi military seized all the
oilfields in Kirkuk province.
The century-old movement for Kurdish independence
has suffered a calamitous defeat as Iraqi military forces retake the
Kirkuk oil province, facing little resistance so far from the Peshmerga
fighters. Kurdish officials accuse part of the forces belonging to the
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main Kurdish parties,
of “treason” in not resisting the Iraqi assault.
Iraqi Kurdish dreams of achieving real
independence depended on controlling the oil wealth of Kirkuk which is
now lost to them, probably forever. Such autonomy as they did have will
be curtailed, with Turkey announcing that it will hand over control of
the border gate between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan to the central
government in Baghdad.
The Iraqi government operation began early on Monday morning as
troops swiftly seized two major oilfields and the headquarters of the
North Oil Company. A convoy of armoured vehicles from Baghdad’s
highly-trained and experienced Counter-Terrorism Force, which led the
attack in the battle for Mosul, drove unopposed to the quarter of Kirkuk
occupied by the governor’s office and other administration buildings.
Iraqi oil officials in Baghdad say that the Kurdish authorities of
the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) had tried to close down oil
production by evacuating oil workers but that output would soon be
resumed. The Kurds seized Kirkuk city in 2003 at the time of the US
invasion and expanded their area of control in 2014 when the Iraqi army
in northern was defeated by Isis.
The streets in Kirkuk city were deserted in the morning as people stayed
in their houses or fled to KRG territory further north. So far there
has been little shooting as the Peshmerga abandoned their positions in
what appears to have been a prearranged withdrawal. The city has a
population of one million made up of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen, the
latter two communities hostile to Kurdish rule. A resident of Kirkuk
said today that ethnic Turkmen were firing guns into the air in
celebration of the takeover by government forces.
Mr Abadi told his security forces in a statement read on state
television “to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the
population of the city and the Peshmerga”. He called on the Peshmerga to
serve under federal authority as part of the Iraqi armed forces. Coming
after the recapture of Mosul from Isis in July after a nine-month
siege, Mr Abadi will be politically strengthened by his victory over the
Kurds whose commanders had promised to defend Kirkuk to the end.
The speed and success of the Iraqi military advance against
negligible resistance so far is a blow to President Masoud Barzani who
ignited the present crisis. He did so by holding a referendum on Kurdish
independence on 25 September that was greeted with enthusiasm by Iraqi
Kurds. But it was adamantly opposed by the Iraqi central government,
Iran, Turkey as well as traditional Kurdish allies such as the US and
Europeans, leaving Mr Barzani isolated in the face of superior forces.
The referendum is seen, even by many of those who originally
supported it, as a disastrous miscalculation by Mr Barzani. Kamran
Kardaghi, a Kurdish commentator and former chief of staff to Iraqi
President Jalal Talabani, who died last week says that “the Kurdish
leadership never expected that there would be such consequences to the
referendum.” Omar Sheikhmous, a veteran Kurdish leader, warned before
the referendum that it might turn out to be one of the classic
misjudgements in Iraqi history, comparing it to Saddam Hussein’s
decision to invade Iran in 1980 and Kuwait in 1990. He feared the
referendum, guaranteed to alienate all the Kurds’allies, would turn out
to a political error with similar calamitous consequences.
The withdrawal of part of the Kurdish forces is ultimately a
reflection of deep divisions between the Kurdish leaders and their
parties, whose rivalry has always been intense. The two main political
parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Masoud Barzani and
the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), founded and led for decades by
Jalal Talabani, have always had separate armed forces, intelligence and
political management. The KDP, strongest in west Kurdistan, fought a
savage civil war with the PUK, based in the east, in the 1990s. Kirkuk
was always considered PUK territory, though its PUK governor, Najmaldin
Karim, has recently inclined towards support for Mr Barzani’s policies.
Part of the PUK, much divided since its leader Jalal Talabani
suffered a stroke and sank into a coma, opposed the independence
referendum as a manoeuvre by Mr Barzani to present himself as the great
Kurdish nationalist leader. Ala Talabani, leader of the PUK
parliamentary delegation in Baghdad, was shocked at the funeral of her
uncle, former Iraq president Jalal Talabani last Friday, to find that
the Iraqi flag had been removed from the coffin and there was only a
The US has been closely allied to the Kurds in Iraq and Syria, but
strongly opposed the independence referendum which it saw as provocative
and divisive. Washington has called for “all parties to immediately
cease military action and restore calm,” adding that Isis remained the
true enemy of all parties in Iraq and they should focus on its
President Trump’s denunciation of Iran when he decertified the deal
over its nuclear programme last Friday could have energised Iran,
traditionally a supporter of the PUK, to back an Iraqi government
offensive in Kirkuk. The Iranians have always been worried about Iraqi
Kurdistan becoming a base for US forces that could be used against us.
A simpler explanation for what happened is that the Kurdish
leadership was more divided than expected and the Iraqi armed forces
stronger, while Mr Barzani had alienated his traditional allies. A
meeting of Kurdish leaders attended by Kurdish leaders on Sunday called
for mediation and a non-military solution to the crisis, but by then it
was too late.
OFFICIAL THEME FOR THE END OF KURDISH UNITY & INDEPENDENCE
The urial (Ovis orientalis vignei), also known as the arkars or shapo, is a subspecies group of the wild sheep Ovis orientalis. Noticeable features are the reddish-brown long fur that fades during winter. Urial males have large horns, curling outwards from the top of the head turning in to end somewhere behind the head; females have shorter, compressed horns. The horns of the males may be up to 39 inches long.
The longer I studied the Turkic peoples, the harder it was to account for the fact that they had been overlooked for so long. Together, they constitute one of the world’s ten largest linguistic families, numbering more than 140 million people scattered through more than 20 modern states in a great crescent across the Eurasian continets, starting at the Great Wall of China, through Central Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, Turkey, the Balkans, Europe, and even a fledgling community in the United States.
Hugh Pope, Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of the Turkic World
Cinema Radio City in Tehran by Heydar Ghiaï-Chamlou . The façade exhibits the introduction of Googie design into Iran through its outlandish neon geometry. The entire of the project follows modernist principles through the exploration of balance between straight and curved forms. Unfortunately, the cinema suffered a fire and was shut down with its neon facade removed, remaining in abandoned central Tehran.