Article Archive for Year 2010
The recently opened “Myakinino” metro station will not be renamed “Kazakhstanskaia.” Instead, the name will go to a station that is currently under construction. This information was announced at a press-conference by Dmitri Gaev, head the Moscow metro. Read the full story »
Editor’s note: To commemorate the coming new year, neweurasia is looking heavenward to gaze into Central Asia’s past, present, and future. neweurasia’s Schwartz explores outer space’s ultimate meaning for the region’s destiny…
The “Astrostan” series is far from over. Central Asia and outer space is a topic — to some wacky, to others (me) fascinating — that we’ll be returning to again, sometimes in a way, ironically, more “down to earth”, e.g., talking about the space industry and space ideology, and sometimes in the more speculative ways of some of the posts you’ve seen this week, like using Mars as a model for understanding the region’s history. See you soon, space cadets. ;-)
The residents of Baikonur have a saying: “The cosmos are inside you.” I think it’s incredibly apt for this week’s exploration of Central Asia’s relation to outer space. This is a region with so many very earthly struggles that, as Averroes has repeatedly pointed out in his posts, we need to think carefully about Central Asia’s inner space as the real meaning of its reach heavenward.
But, if constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be.
Yes, I’m quoting none other than Marx himself, and yes, I’m taking him a wee bit out of context, but for a reason: 2009 has been one helluva year for the entire world. Now that it’s finally passed and we enter into 2010 and all that could be, let’s take a moment to fearlessly review all that was and could have been.