Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

BREAKING NEWS… Russian Mediation Springs Archbishop Jovan from Macedonian Slam… Alfeyev Confabbed with Macedonian Leaders in December

00 Archbishop Jovan in Prison. 06.12

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A court in Skopje granted conditional release to Archbishop Jovan Vraniškovski, the head of the SPC Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid, on 19 January. Meanwhile, Tanjug reported that the uncanonical Macedonian Orthodox Church (MPC) expects that a dialogue with the SPC on its status would begin afterwards, with mediation from the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS). Metropolitan Petar of Prespa and Pelagonija, the MPC administrator for Australia and New Zealand, announced in an interview with TV Sunce that the MPC Holy Synod would most likely discuss this. Skopje media reported that he said that the MPC expects a positive response from the MP, which has stepped in to mediate in the dispute over the status of the MPC. The MPC is uncanonical; the SPC considers it schismatic since it declared autocephaly unilaterally in 1967.

Following “insistence” from MP sources, Macedonia will free Archbishop Jovan on conditional release after spending three years in prison. Visiting Macedonia on 21 December 2014, Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev, the head of the OVTsS, urged Vraniškovski’s provisional release. Metropolitan Ilarion made the request during meetings with the head of the MPC Archdiocese of Ohrid, President of the Macedonian Government Nikola Gruevski, and President of the Republic of the Macedonia Ǵorge Ivanov… who has the constitutional power to pardon… and also met with Vraniškovski.

Since 2003, the Macedonian authorities arrested Archbishop Jovan Vraniškovski six times on different charges, including public disorder when he tried to conduct a baptism ceremony in a church the MPC sees as its own. He also faced charges of “inciting ethnic and religious hatred” for having “slandered the MPC” and spent a total of almost 18 months in prison. The authorities last arrested Vraniškovski on 12 December 2011, upon entering Macedonia from Greece, on charges of having misappropriated 250,000 Euros (17.8 million Roubles. 1.84 million Renmnbi. 18.4 million INR. 296,000 USD. 349,000 CAD. 363,000 AUD. 196,000 UK Pounds). He returned to the country to request a retrial, only to have the cops arrest him and dump him in Idrizovo prison near Skopje, where he remains to this day.

The MPC defrocked Archbishop Jovan and the SPC appointed him as Serbian exarch in Macedonia. The SPC believes that Archbishop Jovan is a victim of rigged political trials because of his opposition to the schism, while Amnesty International and Freedom House said that he’s a prisoner of conscience. Tanjug reported that the stated position of the MP is, “We’d be unable to help in the Macedonian-Serbian church dispute for as long as Vraniškovski remains in prison”.

13 January 2015

B92

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/region.php?yyyy=2015&mm=01&dd=13&nav_id=92852

Editor:

Note that this was due to Russian mediation. Is the MP up to something? Is the Russian state up to something? If the MPC and SPC reconcile, will the Phanar sit at table or will it pout and stay away on American orders? This would complicate any all-Orthodox Sobor in 2016. Besides that, is this part of a Russian effort to prise Macedonia out of the American orbit? Look at Russian efforts in Hungary, Slovakia, and Greece… it’s also tempting Romania with pieces of the Ukraine. It looks like the American project in Eastern Europe is unravelling, and right quickly, too.

BMD

Sunday, 11 January 2015

George Zimmerman, Acquitted of Murdering Trayvon Martin, Arrested for Aggravated Assault

00 Politics. Zimmerman again. 02.01.14

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Florida police arrested George Zimmerman, acquitted in the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, on an aggravated assault charge. Zimmerman had multiple encounters with the law in the last eighteen months since his acquittal. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said that they arrested 31-year-old Zimmerman in Lake Mary FL on Friday night; now, he’s at a local gaol. His scheduled court appearance is at 09.00 EST on Saturday. No further details were forthcoming on the arrest.

Friday’s arrest isn’t the first run-in Zimmerman had with the law since his acquittal. In November 2013, Zimmerman faced charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, domestic violence battery, and criminal mischief following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Two months earlier, cops detained Zimmerman after his estranged wife called police, claiming that he’d threatened her and her father with a gun and punched her father in the face. In both cases, the alleged victims declined to press charges.

In 2005, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée also filed a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence, prompting him to file a reciprocal restraining order. The judge who presided over Zimmerman’s initial bond hearing called the 2005 incident “run of the mill”. In September 2014, Orlando FL Channel TV news reported that police said Zimmerman threatened to kill a driver during a road rage incident in Lake Mary, and he later showed up at the man’s workplace. The man claimed Zimmerman, who was carrying a gun, asked, “Do you know who I am?” before threatening, “I’ll fucking kill you”. The unidentified driver also opted not to press charges.

On 13 July 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter after shooting Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black teenager, dead in the streets of Sanford FL. Zimmerman, who was in a physical scuffle with Martin at the time of the shooting, claimed he acted in self-defence. The prosecution argued that Zimmerman racially profiled the unarmed teen and instigated the fight that led to the shooting. The incident sparked a national debate on race and self-defence laws, which led to the current “Black Lives Matter” protests across the USA.

10 January 2015

RT

http://rt.com/usa/221443-george-zimmerman-assault-arrested/

READ MORE:

Zimmerman acquitted of Trayvon Martin murder

George Zimmerman in police custody after gun-related incident

Editor:

If Zimmerman had trouble with the law before the Martin Incident, why was he in the Neighbourhood Watch programme, and why did the Police Department involved wink at his carrying a gun (such things tend to get known rather quickly on the street)? Would Zimmerman have avoided serious slam time for these violent incidents if he’d been a black man? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

BMD

Monday, 5 January 2015

Aicha Bascaró: Please, Grant Clemency to My Father, Antonio Bascaró

01 behind bars in jail

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My father, Antonio Bascaró, has been in prison for over 34 years, he had no earlier criminal record, serving time for a nonviolent first-time marijuana-only offense… all for helping supply a product that’s legal in a growing number of states. He’s the longest-serving marijuana prisoner in the history of the USA. Today, he’s 80 years old. I lost him to the legal system when I was 12 years old. I hardly remember him outside of that environment. My children barely know him. This gentle grandfather of eight spends his days in a wheelchair, mostly by himself, reading newspapers and listening to the news in his cell at a federal prison south of Miami. He calls me two to three times a week to see how I’m doing and staying in touch. I check on his health, we talk about plans for when he gets out, hoping that on the next Christmas, birthday, or summer we can be together. My father paid with his life (and ours) for that one marijuana offense. I think that the time he’s already been in prison is more than enough punishment. He isn’t a threat to society; he has a large family waiting for him and ready to help him re-enter it. That’s why I’m asking President Obama to grant him clemency, please.

Please, sign my petition asking President Obama to grant my father Antonio Bascaró clemency.

9 December 2014

Aicha Bascaró

Lawrenceville GA

Sign Aicha’s Petition

Change.org

https://www.change.org/p/eric-h-holder-please-grant-clemency-to-my-father-antonio-bascaro?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=211546&alert_id=vrZNeWwTGC_l9qE8xsW%2Bb8xvSpMR13IbfOjd2SM%2FaxZ8%2BhIVLWN0GuE7u%2FOK7xySrAoaZ9vukR2

Editor:

The USA is the “Prison House of all the Nations”… not only do we have the festering enormity of the Gitmo Gulag on our conscience as a nation, we have more prisoners, both in absolute and per capita terms, than any other nation on earth. Some states in the USA are worse than others are… the worst, hands-down, is Texas… that’s because the Anglos have never felt comfortable in their possession of the territory since the Texas Anglo Coup of 1836. Remember WHY the Anglos did it… the Mexicans insisted that they free their slaves! It wasn’t a war FOR liberty… it was a war RESTRICTING liberty. It’s no surprise that Texas is also the leader in capital punishment. Following not far behind are the southeastern states of the Old Confederacy. There, the law does its best to victimise black folks… all one has to do is to look at the rates of white and black imprisonment and execution in those states.

The Republicans smile at imprisoning black and Latino men as it removes them from the voting rolls. Therefore, I make the following suggestion. We should legalise marijuana… grant total and unconditional pardons to those whose only offences were marijuana busts. We should restore their voting rights… we should wipe their slates clean. Of course, optimally, we’d couple that with throwing rightwing filth like Rick Perry in the slam for misusing drug laws to disenfranchise coloured men… but that isn’t going to happen. I predict that lawlessness wouldn’t break out. All that would happen is that crooked pols, judges, and cops would forego their dirty money and drug dealers would lose their lucrative situations. Wanna know who the crooked pols, judges, and coppers are? Look at those who defend the “War on Drugs” most strenuously… those are your culprits. It’s just like the loudest and most strident opponents of open homosexuals… why, they’re often closeted gays themselves!

Set the drug prisoners free and legalise marijuana. Drug addiction is a medical problem… not a criminal justice problem. In any case, marijuana use doesn’t lead to hard drug use. Keep it focused. Look at the BILLIONS we’d save on prisons… note well that the amoral moneygrubbing Republican rightwing filth DOESN’T want to save that money. I wonder why… so should you…

BMD

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Hammond, Anonymous, and the FBI

pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

Always ask, “Cui bono (Who benefits)?” It leads you to INTERESTING places. Stratfor’s not a serious intel outlet… it’s a mouthpiece for American domestic political interests. That’s that…

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Jailed hacker Jeremy Hammond is one year into a 10-year sentence for hacking into the Stratfor intelligence (sic) company’s website. Like any idealist, he did it to “expose the truth“, but the truth behind his imprisonment is anything but a simple matter. According to leaked documents, Hammond was one of many hacktivists provided targets by an FBI informerI informer. Reportedly, not only did the informer instruct hackers like Hammond to hack sites like Stratfor to check for vulnerabilities, but the FBI collaborator also directed Anonymous and others to target no fewer than 30 foreign government websites. Hammond’s stiff sentence was a reaction to the national security threat he allegedly posed, but what about those who were pulling the strings in the first place?

29 December 2014

RT

http://rt.com/news/218243-underreported-stories-media-mystery/

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01 Art of Money Getting

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Editor:

Stratfor is an overrated commercial operation… it isn’t an intelligence agency of any sort. No group of less than 200 employees is a serious intel operation, full stop. It shows the ignorance of those who tout and use it. It’s a fave of such ignoranuses as Ted Cruz, Bob Martinez, and Marco Rubio… along with most of the American business community. Barron’s calls it the “Shadow CIA”… which gives you the measure of Barron’s! It sure doesn’t speak highly of the intelligence of the Affluent Effluent, does it?

Stratfor is a pet of loudmouth Tea Party interests… unconfirmed low-level District sources tell me that GOP staffers give it access to government classified data. I don’t know how righteous that buzz is, but it does fit the Righties and their MO. You see, if Stratfor fucks up, they can deny that Langley had anything to do with it. That is, if you follow this model, Stratfor doesn’t produce any intel of its own (it simply lacks the capability), but it does “leak” intel given to it by sympathetic Republicans (most of its published material comes from “open sources”… as does most intel, by the way… the conclusions are predigested pabulum pretested for salability, not veracity). Its conclusions are no better than mine (or any other source’s) are… they have no technical or HUMINT assets, so, connect the dots. They’re nothing but a mouthpiece for retrograde political interests, who gull the idiotic into paying for their services (they’re worthy successors of P T Barnum and “There’s a sucker born a minute and two born to take ‘im”).

Probably, Hammond got the drop big-time for stumbling onto stuff that incriminated high-level GOP filth (perhaps, e-mails linking GOP figures to intel leaked to Stratfor)… so, they saw to it that he got serious slam time for it. After all, the GOP didn’t scruple at putting Ethel Rosenberg in the hot seat even though she was innocent… their history isn’t the best, is it? We ARE talking about the party of Joe McCarthy…

BMD

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