Friday, January 30, 2015

Stalin's Deportation of Nationalities (Ethnic Groups) of the USSR after The Second World War (Excerpt of The Union Moujik"




“Hear you talk of smug complacency,” cried Ashile Mikoyan, an ethnic Armenian born in Akhaltsikhe, capital of the ethnic Armenian majority province of Samtskhe-Javakheti that is nestled in the mountains south of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
“What has smug complacency got to do with anything? Tell your story!” Mikhail Pugo hollered.
 Ashile Mikoyan shook his head, and then continued. “That brings to mind the other nature of our people whose smug complacency has been transformed into radical nationalism. They have this tendency of backing the nationalistic rhetoric and actions of their leaders in a blind manner, or of disapproving of their destructive policies in a mute manner. Look at our Armenia. The Russians saved us from the gruesome fate of total genocide in the hands of Osmanli Turks, but today, the Armenians are on the verge of extinction from the hands of Azeri Turks.”
“Stop accusing my Turkic-speaking kinsmen when your people collaborated with Stalin and caused the deportation of Meskhetian Turks from the province of your birth,” objected Ruslan Aliyev, a Meskhetian Turk born in Osh, in Southern Kyrgyzstan.
“You are my brother, Comrade Ruslan. My father told me how well our grandparents got along as neighbors back in the day when Samtskhe-Javakheti was known as Meskheti. As teenagers with so much testosterone in their systems and little knowledge of how to control it, my father and your father played chess together, wrestled around, adventured and even chased young girls around as if they had to make a point about their masculinity. In fact, they fought in the same unit and saved each other’s lives during the Great Patriotic War. Stalin’s decision to punish an entire people just because some of them collaborated with the Nazis should have no bearing on us poor Armenians in Georgia,” Ashile Mikoyan cried, shook his head, and then added in an emotion-choked voice, “Let’s not dwell on that past. We have a new reality now in a new country that embraces everybody without laying emphasis on the citizen’s ethnic origin, race, religion and class. We have created the most humane society in the world in our Soyuz Republic.”
“Comrade Ashile has a point,” Mikhail Pugo interjected, “Still, I’m curious. Where did the Meskhetian Turks come from?”
“I will answer that question,” Ruslan Aliyev offered, “Our people made Meskheti home following the expansion of the Ottoman Empire to that part of the Caucasus in the sixteenth century. The Turks who settled there came mostly from the Turkish regions of Ardahan, Artvin and Kars. They mixed with some of the Georgian speaking Meskhetis to form the distinct ethnic group we know today as Meskhetian Turks.”
“The plight of Meskhetian Turks is not the fault of the Armenian people,” Ashille muttered.
“It certainly is not,” Boris said in a lucid voice, cleared his throat, and then added, “Please allow me to explain what I mean. I disagree with Stalin’s methods. I hold him responsible for greatly distorting the ideas of Marx and Lenin with his notion of practicalism that deprived the ideology and the Soviet system of so many aspects of humanism. Even so, I have to admit that he was even-handed in his mad treatment of those he considered anti-Soviet. He almost cleared Byelorussia and Ukraine of Slavic-Speaking Poles; he deprived the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia of about ten percent of their populations; he dealt a heavy blow to Moldovan and Romanian-Speaking Soviets; he stung Buddhist Kalmyks, Far Eastern Koreans, Volga Germans, Don Cossacks, some Western Ukrainians and even Soviet Bulgarians. Greeks, Cossacks and Armenians were not spared either. Therefore, I don’t think his deportation of Turkic-speaking Meskhetian Turks and Crimean Tatars, or the Circassian-speaking Balkars and Karachays, or even the Nakh-speaking Chechens and Ingushetians, should be viewed in any way as something different from the others. It is obvious he sent those populations to the lands east of the Ural Mountains because he needed manpower to develop the mines, agriculture, industry and infrastructure of Siberia, the Russian Far East and Central Asia.”
“Thanks, Comrade Boris! You are very fair in your judgment of events. You are wise just like Athena herself,” roared Dimitris Pontus, a Pontian Greek born in the Crimea.
“Thanks, Comrade Dimitris. The deportations constitute a tragic era of our history. With that in mind, I am advising every Union-Muzhik to make an effort to shake off the horrors of our past. We should put those bad memories behind us because we have a future to look forward to. After all, we created a humane Republic whose citizens come from groups that hated one another in the past. I draw pride from the fact that we hold hands together, work, sing, dance, eat and drink in the Soyuz Republic as Union-Muzhiks. We acknowledge the fact that we have a common destiny. Our peoples in the former Soviet Republics should embrace that concept too. Even the peoples of Africa stand to gain a lot if they follow our example by embracing the best of the humane values that we have instituted in our new country, which is a microcosm of the former Soviet Union. The West also has a lot to learn from us,” Boris said and took a deep breath.
“Boris Kukinovich, take another bottle of kvass,” Yeremenko offered.



        

Monday, January 26, 2015

Income Inequality Among the Different Countries of the World




Th Greener, the lower the income inequality.
The Redder, the higher the Income inequality.

 




       

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr Quotes





 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
― Martin Luther King Jr

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
― Martin Luther King Jr

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.


“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.


“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.


“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., I Have A Dream

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.


“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.


“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

 “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.