Circassians Must Govern Themselves, Nalchik Roundtable Participants Say

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Circassians Must Govern Themselves, Nalchik Roundtable Participants Say

Paul Goble

Staunton, May 18 – Yesterday, a group of experts from the Kabardino-Balkaria section of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Circassian activists took part in a roundtable in Nalchik devoted to the problems of federalism in Russia. The participants boldly declared that the Circassians must make decisions about their situation rather than having them made by outsiders.

That may seem anodyne to many, but in the context of Russian rule over the North Caucasus in general and the Moscow-divided Circassian nation in particular it is almost a revolutionary act, an indication that the power vertical is beginning to collapse in the region and nations without hope are beginning to recover it.

The Circassian portal Habze.org promises to post a video of the session in the coming days, but it has already published the speeches of two men who took part, Martin Kochesoko, the president of the Habze organization, and Azamat Shorman, a Nalchik Circassian activist (habze.org/у-черкесов-должно-быть-свое-самоупра). Read more

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Moscow, North Caucasus Republics Making It Even Harder for Circassians from Syria to Immigrate

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Moscow, North Caucasus Republics Making It Even Harder for Circassians from Syria to Immigrate

Paul Goble

Staunton, May 15 – Two weeks ago, Vladimir Putin signed a decree making it easier for Russian compatriots to enter Russia and become citizens; but that decree, like all earlier actions of the Kremlin leader, does not apply to Circassians in war-torn Syria because they were never Soviet or Russian citizens.

The Kremlin leader’s failure to modify the rules so that Circassians from Syria could be admitted in an expedited way comes despite numerous appeals from Circassians both in Syria and in the North Caucasus homeland.  But what is especially distressing is that the authorities in Russia are in fact making it more difficult for Circassians from Syria to enter and live in Russia. Read more

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России не нужны черкесы зарубежья

«России не нужны черкесы зарубежья»

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10,000 Windows on Eurasia

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

10,000 Windows on Eurasia

Paul Goble

            Staunton, April 29 – This is the 10,000th Window on Eurasia in the new series I launched seven years ago after our house burned and I was diagnosed with leukemia. I did not expect to reach this milestone; in fact, I did not even expect to reach the number of roughly 5,000 WOEs I prepared in the first series between 2004 and 2011.

            But as I often say to myself, better preparing WOEs than feeling woes.– not an especially clever observation but one that is very much heartfelt. And I want to say thank you to all of you who have sent me comments, corrections, and suggestions.  I have learned an enormous amount from you. I only hope I have been able to return the favor. Read more

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АКТИВИСТЫ ОСУДИЛИ ЗАПРЕТ АВТОПРОБЕГА С АДЫГСКИМИ ФЛАГАМИ В КБР

АКТИВИСТЫ ОСУДИЛИ ЗАПРЕТ АВТОПРОБЕГА С АДЫГСКИМИ ФЛАГАМИ В КБР
1 / 5 / 2019
Кабардино-Балкария – единственная республика, где черкесским активистам не согласовали автопробег в День флага. Власти боятся усиления национального движения, но политика запретов чревата выходом ситуации из-под контроля, считают черкесский активист Мартин Кочесоко и правозащитник Валерий Хатажуков.
Как писал “Кавказский узел“, в День черкесского флага 25 апреля силовики в Нальчике останавливали всех, кто ехал на автомобилях и мотоциклах с этим флагом, ряд активистов был оштрафован, рассказали очевидцы. Пользователи соцсетей выразили возмущение действиями силовиков.

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بشتو يقول إن المسؤولين في الجمهورية متورطون بين موسكو والجمهور في يوم العلم الشركسي

السبت 27 أبريل/نيسان 2019

بشتو يقول إن المسؤولين في الجمهورية متورطون بين موسكو والجمهور في يوم العلم الشركسي

بول غوبل (Paul Goble)

ترجمة: عادل بشقوي

28 أبريل/نيسان 2019

ستاونتون، 25 أبريل/نيسان تحتفل العديد من الدول في جميع أنحاء العالم بـ ”أيام العَلَم“ الخاصة بها، لكن بالنسبة لمعظمها، يعتبر يوم العَلَم في أفضل الأحوال مناسبة ثانوية، وعادةً لا يعتبر يوم عطلة أو له معنىً عميقًا لأولئك الذين يحتفلون به. غير أنه بالنسبة للشركس، وبسبب وضعهم وبسبب العلم، يعتبر هذا التاريخ أكثر اهمية بكثير.

اليوم، كما أصبح  يحتفل به تقليديًا، يحتفل الشراكسة الذين يعيشون في جميع أنحاء العالم بيوم العلم الشركسي. وداخل حدود الفيدرالية الروسية، حيث يظل الشركس مُقسَّمين رسمياً إلى ستة قوميات، يحاول المسؤولون عرقلة الاحتفالات؛ لكن ذلك بحد ذاته يجعل تلك الفعاليات والعلم نفسه أكثر أهمية. Read more

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Republic Officials Caught between Moscow and People on Circassian Flag Day, Beshto Says

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Republic Officials Caught between Moscow and People on Circassian Flag Day, Beshto Says

Paul Goble
Staunton, April 25 – Many countries around the world celebrate their respective “flag days,” but for most, this is at best a secondary holiday, typically one that doesn’t involve a day off or have deep meaning for those who do mark it. For the Circassians, however, because of their situation and because of the flag, it is a vastly more important date. Read more

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