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Rumi - Quotes
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
― Rumi

“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Rumi

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi

“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
― Rumi

“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live. Destroy your
reputation. Be notorious.”
― Rumi

“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi

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Giving ‘Democracy’ a Bad Name
Turkmenistan Votes in First Ever Multi-Party Legislative Polls!!!

By Freydoon Khoie

Not even running water Beef market!! Mr. Leader with His Russian hat

Turkmenistan, located on the north east border of Iran, was part of the Persian Empire. The Turkmen people were originally pastoral nomads and some of them continued this way of life up into the 20th century, living in transportable dome-shaped felt tents. The territory was ruled by the Seljuk Turks in the 11th century. The Mongols of Genghis Khan conquered the land in the 13th century; they dominated the area for the next two centuries until they were deposed in the late 15th century by invading Uzbeks. Prior to the 19th century, Turkmenia was divided into two lands, one belonging to the khanate of Khiva and the other belonging to the khanate of Bukhara. In 1868, the khanate of Khiva was made part of the Russia and Turkmenia became known as the Trans-Caspian Region of Russian Turkistan. After the Communist Revolution in Russia, Turkmenistan was invaded by Russians and made Soviet Socialist Republic, founded in 1922, and was called a Soviet Socialist Republic on May 13, 1925. It was the poorest of the Soviet Communist republics.

After the fall and disintegration of Communist Russia, the puppet rulers of Turkmenistan declared it’s so called sovereignty in August 1990 and became a member of the CIS Commonwealth of Independent States on Dec. 21, 1991, together with ten other former Soviet republics. It established a government more authoritarian than those functioning in the other newly independent central Asian republics. President Safarmurat Niyazov, also called the Turkmenbashi (Head of All Turkmens), has attempted to create a cult of personality through extravagant self-promotion. Cities, aftershave, and a meteor now bear his name. In 2002, he renamed all the months of the calendar—April is now named after his mother. Niyazov was voted president-for-life by his rubber-stamp parliament in 1999. And this is the country that now claims to have ‘Democracy and announce that more than 91 percent of Turkmenistan's registered voters came to polling stations on Sunday to cast their ballot in the country's first ever parliamentary elections that see more than one party competing.

A total of 2,413 polling stations opened in Turkmenistan at 7:00 Moscow time (3:00 a.m. GMT). According to the country's election authority, 91.3 percent of the country's three million registered voters cast their ballot by the time all polling stations closed at 18:00 Moscow time [2.00 p.m. GMT].

A total of 283 candidates nominated by two parties as well as citizens' groups, trade unions and a women rights group are competing for five-year mandates in the 125-seat so called parliament, subject loyalty to the current leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.

The Turkmen leader earlier described the polls as a democratic milestone for the Caspian nation of about 5 million. Just imagine the depth of tragedy that few hand-picked Russian stooges who consider the country to be their private farm claim that they are holding democratic elections.

Berdymukhamedov, again, hand-picked by Russians came to power in 2007, succeeding the late Safarmurat "Turkmenbashi" Niyazov, who created an elaborate personality cult complete with statues of himself, some of them gold-plated, around Turkmenistan's cities.

Berdymukhamedov continues the dictatorial rule of his predecessor; he officially scrapped in 2012 the one-party system that existed in the country since it proclaimed independence in 1991, not because he is a nice guy but to meet the UN requirements if they want to do business with outside world.

The Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the country's second political party, was established later that year. It pledges loyalty, not to its own members and the people Turkmenistan but to the unelected Berdymukhamedov and is described by Amnesty International as "the government's ally rather than as a contender to power."

Earlier this year, Berdymukhamedov announced that in a bid to promote ‘democracy’ he would quit as a leader of the pro-presidential Democratic Party, a successor to the Soviet Communist Party.

The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has sent to Ashgabat its observer mission comprising 15 representatives from 14 member states. The official results of the vote are to be announced within a week.

Turkmenistan is one of the nine "worst of the worst" countries on human rights issues, according to US-based rights watchdog Freedom House. In the Economist Democracy Index of 167 nations, Turkmenistan is ranked among the seven worst countries.

"Holding these elections will not address the atmosphere of total repression, denial of the basic human rights, and the all-permeating fear that has gripped society in Turkmenistan for years, and all pretense of progress is simply deceitful," said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia program director.

With vast oil and gas resources and relatively small population, arid agricultural lands the country can become a civilized and democratic nation in matter of one generation if and only if, the people were truly free to elect the best of their own leaders and bring about a modern education and health, free market economy, making English language and computer science mandatory from grade one and use the oil and gas revenues to build a modern nation and join the free and democratic family of nations. But the Russian dictators will not allow that to happen and the free world lacking the necessary moral courage to act.

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