Sunday, October 22, 2006

Turkmenistan update!!

Man, is this ever a day for flogging the dead horses of past Tannerball posts. Check out the latest from Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, also known as the "Father of Turkmen":
Five new theaters have opened in Turkmenistan featuring plays based on poetry by Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, who is surrounded by a lavish personality cult.

"All of our country's theater crews chose to debut with plays based on immortal works of the great Saparmurat Turkmenbashi, which bear a great spiritual energy and open wide horizons for creativity," a culture ministry official said on condition of anonymity. . .

Niyazov also banned opera and ballet as "unfitting for national mentality."