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Merry Christmas and a happy Colchis challenge!

  1. December 26, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Would you please explain this a bit more?

    • merijntknibbe
      December 27, 2022 at 8:27 am

      Dear Garrett,

      Thanks for the question. The comment by Laurent Leduc covered already part of my answer. We should not let be halted by imperialist policies. Continuing around the sea is a good thing (my retirement is by the way also well underway, hmmm…).

      But there is more to this: 1) Semantics. I needed some kind of wrap up for such an ‘Odyssee’, Colchis is the Greek name of the mythical lands at the Eastern Shores of the Black see, the name has adventure written all over it (plus putting the Gulden Fleece over the eyes of the dragon…) and predates any kind of present day borders… Perfect. To bring it up to date I added ‘challenge’.

      And there was and is a problem with land. Just today I stumbled on this tweet (Kurdistan, I know, a little off route but nevertheless) by @heviyane: “To this day, Western and Turkish corporations unjustly occupy large amounts of Kurdish land. After Kurds fled their villages due to attacks by the Kemalist state, Kemalist-collaborator Kurds would seize their lands and sell it to corporations”. As might be known, large swathes of Ukrainian land are (and Russian land, too) de facto owned or at least used by western companies and there is quite some pressure on Ukraine to enact more or less neoliberal land reforms (the part I agree with: a meticulous cadastral survey). An ‘on the ground’ investigation does not seem wrong (i this case the example of Amartya Sen is inspiring: https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/the-bicycle-that-helped-amartya-sen-win-the-nobel-prize-2240740)

      Merijn

  2. Laurent Leduc
    December 26, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the good wishes and the reminder of this beautiful area. I travelled the south coast by bicycle in ‘84, going solo between Istanbul and the Russian border where I was stopped by the Turkish army. Wonderful memories of Turkey and its people. This inspires me to continue around the Sea in my retirement which is well underway.

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