Thursday, April 10, 2008

"Why do you..."

A bit more on Uzbekistan

Natalia Antelava gets a whole 30 minutes on Uzbekistan, featuring Mark Weil, a theatre director who was stabbed to death in September 2007. His theatre once told the story of a Sufi seer who urinated on a ruler's throne: when asked, "Why did you piss on my throne?" he replied, "Why do you piss on your own people?"

(Crossing Continents, Thursday, 3 April , Monday, 7 April 2008)

Previous related posts: on Uzbekistan; on the BBC scrapping the foreign language service in Kazakh.

Update (20 Apr): the Sufi was a dervish, a philosopher or poet. I have corrected a small inaccuracy in the quotation above. The play was put on a few weeks after the Andijan massacre in 2005.

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