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April 25 2015
A Recently Destroyed 7th* Century BC Assyrian Statue, Photo c. 1850
:( Unfortunately, by now I’m sure most of you have heard the heartbreaking news that this statue and many others at the Mosul Museum fell victim to the deplorable practice of iconoclasm by the Islamic State this week.
This photo is from the mid-19th century excavation of the colossal statues at the Nergal Gate of the ancient city of Nineveh. This statue was one of two winged bull-men (aka lamassu ) that guarded one of several entrances to Nineveh dated to the time of King Sennacherib*. Named for the Mesopotamian god Nergal, the gate was possibly used for ceremonial purposes since it is the only known gate flanked by stone sculptures of winged bull-men, which were believed to be protective deities.
With the advent of modern communication and means of travel, it seems unlikely there is any area of the world left unclaimed by one nation or another. But such land does, or in fact did exist within Europe, and one man has just made his claim to it and created a brand new European nation.
The man in question is former Czech Vit Jedlicka. He is now thepresident of the Free Republic of Liberland, which is a 7km2 stretch of land on the west bank of the Dunube river between Serbia and Croatia. It is actually disputed land by the Serbian and Croatian governments, neither currently own it, and therefore it was classed as no man’s land.
Liberland already has a website, a flag, a coat of arms, and a moto: “To live and let live.” It’s also proving very popular. Jedlicka and his team of volunteers put out the call for 5,000 people to become a part of the new nation, but registrations for those limited citizenships have surpassed 160,000. Now a team of seven volunteers are slowly sifting through those registrations attempting to select the best candidates.
The idea of a new nation came into existence originally as a political stunt and protest because Jedlicka was a member of the Party of Free Citizens in the Czech Republic. At some point, however, it became real and support grew to the point where it made sense to go ahead and form the nation. As to the reason for its popularity, it’s probably down to Jedlicka stating that anyone living there won’t be oppressed by the government. It sounds like a great tax haven already, doesn’t it?
Liberland, although young, isn’t without its problems. Apparently the land was already claimed by another new nation called Paraduin. It’s unclear how this will be worked out, but two of the smallest nations in the world may actually be at war soon over a few kilometers of land nobody had really heard about until last week.
What’s sad about this is that Chinese people, were in the “Old West”, but ignorant [white] people insist on getting their history from whitewashed Hollywood westerns that actively exclude anyone that isn’t white.
Just in case you want to do some further reading (I was never introduced to in my public education so I thought I’d share):
- The Chinese Exclusion Act ended just 71 years ago http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/chinese-exclusion-act-ended-seventy-one-years-ago-today-n270276
- A timeline of immigration restrictions starting with the Chinese Exclusion Act http://www.pbs.org/ancestorsintheamericas/time_21.html
- “…Chinese immigrants arrived in the U.S., mainly on the West coast. By 1870, the Chinese were 8.6 % of the total population of California and constituted 25% of the labor force. Chinese immigrants arrived on U.S. shores between the start of the California gold rush in 1849 and 1882, until the U.S. Congress enacted federal law in 1882 designed to prevent Chinese immigrants from entering or remaining in the U.S.“ x
- The Chinese Exclusion Act Raised the Price of Becoming an American A New Exhibit Tells the Story From the Immigrant’s Point of View.
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