This week's blog comes to us from the steppes of Central Asia. Why is DUNER'S BLOG taking our readers to Kazakhstan? Why visit the Land of Borat? Well...since the deaths of North Korea's KIM JONG ILL and Libya's goofy GADDAFI...we've been searching the globe for replacements. We want a new world leader to ridicule! Someone self-absorbed. Someone who actually thinks he is a Roman Emperor. Someone who erects 50-feet-high statues of himself. Well, last Saturday we found our man Ladies and Gentleman, we are proud to introduce...The Most Egocentric Man in the World: NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV!
Oops...once again we got a little ahead of ourselves at the DUNER BLOG. What happened last Saturday in Kazakhstan? Well, it was a new holiday! FIRST PRESIDENT'S DAY commemorates that wondrous December First...way back in 1991...when our "glorious leader" was first elected to serve. To celebrate the most important date on the Kazakh Calendar, an immense outdoor stadium was erected in the capital's massive Bayterek Square. Hundreds of thousands filled the stands to watch 30,000 performers (more than in London Olympic Opening Ceremony) performing carefully choreographed routines. Then everyone joined in mass singing a banner waving...all hailing NURSULTAN THE GREAT!
You're asking yourself: How does Nursultan manage to keep power amid such audacious acts? C'mon! You know the answer: Money. Since independence, over $40 billion dollars has been invested to develop Kazakhstan's lucrative natural resources. The nation is swimming in petroleum, natural gas and uranium deposits. Currently, a massive pipeline is being constructed under the Caspian Sea to bring these to an energy-thirsty Europe. And we all know where these funds go. They are spent insuring our Dear Leader is kept in power and that any opposition is swiftly dealt with.
|The Kazakh Capital looks like Disney Land!|