-stan by your land | YouTube

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A great youtube video by rootsandroutes

Central Asia is full of lands whose names end in -stan. A certain powerful North American country has a related name. How? It’s not your standard explanation.

DISCLAIMER: Roots and Routes does not endorse depicted borders (or any borders), the deceased dictator of Turkmenistan (or any governments). Images of maps, presidents-for-life, and yurts are for illustrative purposes.

My credits don’t fit on YouTube, so I start them here and then make them super long on my own website (http://ift.tt/1wLLvwc). This also gives me some use for the running document I keep to humor myself while I’m making the video.

Music credits: “Hillbilly Anarchy,” Occupy Guitarmy, CC BY 3.0. http://guitarmy.org/.

According to the description at ccmixter, this is protest music to “put… in your corn-cob pipe and send smoke signals to the 1%.” Although my video is not particularly revolutionary, I do give brief visual shoutouts to the Kurdish libertarian socialist revolutionary women fighting ISIS and building democratic co-operative structures in Syrian Kurdistan. See David Graeber, “Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?” I’d love to make a video about Rojava, but that might be for a different type of channel.

Public domain video credits

U.S. Film Service. The Plow That Broke the Plains. Public domain work of the government of the United States. 1936.

“The Modes of Transportation of a Tatarian Collective Farmer Become Most Unusual.” Public domain work of the government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. 1935.

EDIT: While searching for the exact title so I could credit it (unnecessarily, because a Soviet propaganda film is a public domain work of a defunct government), I found my own video freebooted on another website. People… and bots…

YouTube Creative Commons video credits:

Wildwood Trust. “wild horses galloping in the snow short.” 2011. These horses live (or lived, I don’t know anything about the life expectancy of wild horses) at Wildwood Trust in Kent.
Image credits (exhaustive):

The beginning of the image credits (continue on the website linked above):

(0:00 – freaking everywhere in the video). Google Earth. Google requires that Earth imagery be accompanied always by the Google Earth logo and the sources of satellite imagery, and so I’ve always kept it, even when faded to the background. Speaking of Google Earth: borders. Sorry.

(0:07) Wikimedia:InvictaHOG – “Boy participating in horse race at Naadam in Mongolia” (Public domain, released by photographer)

(0:11) Flickr:David Stanley – “Golden Statue of Saparmurat Niyazov” (CC-BY 2.0). This statue image is not an endorsement of Turkmenbashi, or my unawareness of his brutality. Sometimes you just need a commercial-licensed image of a Turkmen standing up. As I say in the disclaimer, “Roots and Routes does not endorse depicted borders (or any borders), the deceased dictator of Turkmenistan (or any governments). Images of maps, presidents-for-life, and yurts are for illustrative purposes.”

(0:13) Wikipedia:de:Bosinus – “Jurtencamp am Ufer des Yssykköl-Sees (Public domain).” Actually, yurts are fine.

(0:17) Bjørn Christian Tørrissen. An image of Xerxes’ inscription at Van Citadel. Author’s personal permission (Tørrissen’s, not Xerxes’), with image credit in video. By the way, I don’t necessarily endorse things that Xerxes did either, although I’d definitely rather meet him than Turkmenbashi.

(0:20) Image of fake, racist trope Xerxes modified from movie poster for 300: Rise of an Empire. I questioned using this in a video which is, essentially, telling people to not do what the 300 movies do… but I thought this particular use was funny. Fair use for commentary on false divides between East and West.

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Font credits (yes, font credits, you can’t be too careful these days):

Roman script: Fira Sans (SIL Open Font License 1.1), Clear Sans (Apache License 2.0)

Medieval-looking Roman script: Uncial Antiqua (SIL Open Font License 1.1)

Nasta`liq font used for Persian and Urdu words: Jameel Noori Nastaleeq (no license specified. I’m just relying on the phrase “This Font Is Free of Charge For Urdu Lovers”)

Cyrillic font: Gentium Plus (SIL Open Font License 1.1)

Devanagari font: Annapurna (SIL Open Font License 1.1)

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