Thank god for steppe hyper-patriarchy; it’s a model which we can test. Dienekes points me to a paper, The Y-chromosome C3* star-cluster attributed to Genghis Khan’s descendants is present at high frequency in the Kerey clan from Kazakhstan, which is notable for increasing sample coverage of the distribution of “Genghis Khan haplotype.” As you might recall in 2003 a paper reported that a particular Y-chromosomal phylogeny was extremely common in Central Eurasia, and, that it had expanded rather rapidly starting approximately ~1,000 years ago. The natural supposition was that this was connected to the rise of Genghis Khan, from whom male-line descent in particular has become a matter of pride and prestige across the former domains under his rule. Subsequent researchers have supported this finding insofar as the distribution of the haplotype does tend to drop off among the “Western Mongols,” who were for various reasons marginal during the time of Genghis Khan, and whose ruling class were subsequently diminished in part due to their lack of a Genghiside pedigree. Continue reading
The Kazakhstan Film Days are being held at one of the main theaters in Vienna, Burgkino. Both residents and visitors of the Austrian capital had a chance to see Kazakh movies on a big screen for the first time ever. There were two films by Rustem Abdrashov, «The sky of my childhood» and «The Gift to Stalin», the «Birzhan Sal» historical and romantic drama and the film directed by Farhat Sharipov called «A Tale of the Pink Hare». The event was part of the «Together for a Safer World» charity campaign. All funds raised during the campaign will help children undergoing treatment at the Hematology Department at the Semei Medical Center. This grand mission was organized by the Kazakhstan Student Society in Austria, powered by the Embassy of Kazakhstan and the Shaken Aimanov Kazakhfilm studio. The Kazakhstan Film Days in Austria began with the screening of «The sky of my childhood» film.
Niamh Walsh, Senior Advisor, Office of Secretary General at OSCE, says:
“The movie was beautiful. It was enthralling from the moment we saw the planes of Kazakhstan until the very end I was totally mesmerized and I’m Irish by nationality and I have to say that a lot of it reminded me of how Irish people live as well, that family is very important and that you always welcome strangers and outsiders into your home. And I have to say, the young boy deserves an Oscar, he was fantastic.”
Philippe Ternes, from Luxembourg, says:
“I was also really surprised, especially about the music which I found was really cheerful and very peaceful.” Continue reading
Isabel Gorst, Financial Times Blogs, Mar 29, 2012
Kazakhstan is well known as an emerging oil power with a growing role in meeting the world’s energy needs. Less well known is the central Asian country’s huge agricultural potential and ability to contribute to global food security.
Against a backdrop of rising world wheat prices, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has chosen Kazakhstan as the destination for its first ever equity investment in farming.
In a statement on Thursday the EBRD said it had spent $45m on a 13 per cent stake in KazExportAstyk, Kazakhstan’s third biggest grain producer and its biggest producer of oil seeds. Continue reading