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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Metropolitan Philip Saliba of the AOCANA Dies at 83 of Sudden Heart Attack

00 Philip Saliba. One Off. 1931-2014. 19.03.14

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The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, with great sadness, announces the passing unto life eternal of His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America. May his memory be eternal! Details are forthcoming.

19 March 2014

Antiochian.org

AOCANA official website

http://www.antiochian.org/memory-eternal-his-eminence-metropolitan-philip

Editor:

For years, most thought that Bishop Joseph al-Zehlaoui of Los Angeles and the West (godson of the previous Antiochian Patriarch, Ignatius Hazim) was the heir-apparent to Saliba. We’ll see, won’t we?

Philip Saliba was the most adroit ecclesial politician that ever walked in the USA and Canada. Of course, being a Saliba didn’t hurt. The Saliba clan is very rich and very powerful in the Middle East; they’re deep into business and politics. Philip inherited the family knack for survival in tough circumstances, and prospering whilst doing so. He was a bishop in the USA for nearly half a century, from 1966 to 2014, with no sign of senescence or feebleness. As I said, he was a magician in both PR and backroom politics. He was a “Teflon Don”… none of the many pratfalls of his lower clergy ever stuck to him. In short, he had luck, chutzpah, and instinct… and that’s all you need. He wasn’t a scholar or preacher… he wasn’t much of an exemplar. However, he did unify the two Antiochian archdioceses back in the 70s, and he’s kept an increasingly fractured and divided church together through his personal charisma, political skill, and sheer gall. Hell, most of us expected the old coot to reach the century mark, with unimpaired powers. In short, he was a major figure in American Orthodoxy… and his place in history is SECURE.

Вечная ему память!

BMD

 

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Russia Plans to Erect Memorial to Cold War Soldiers in Moscow

00 Soviet soldier in Afganistan. 16.02.14

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On Tuesday, Frantz Klintsevich, deputy head of the RF Gosduma Defence Committee said that a memorial commemorating Soviet soldiers who died in conflicts around the world during the Cold War era will be built in Victory Park (Park Pobedy) in Moscow. The memorial will form an architectural ensemble around an existing monument honouring Soviet soldiers who died during the Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979-89). He said, “It’ll be a beautiful composition with sculptures and bas-reliefs depicting certain historical events”. Stone tablets with the names of about 10,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in hotspots all over the world will line the alley leading to the memorial. Klintsevich said that plans call for completing the monument by summer, noting, “We’ll start preliminary excavation in the near future, probably in March. We’ve already begun engraving the names on the memorial tablets”. According to official statistics, the USSR was in over 30 conflicts in some 29 countries; besides Afghanistan, Soviet troops fought in Angola (and here), Ethiopia, Yemen, and Nigeria. Some 15,000 Soviet troops died in Afghanistan alone, before the Soviet withdrawal in February 1989.

12 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140212/187431812/Russia-Plans-to-Erect-Cold-War-Soldier-Memorial-in-Moscow.html

Editor’s Note:

America has no one to blame but themselves for the al-Qaeda militants. Because of the sick, all-absorbing, and twisted Russophobic hatred of Zbigniew Brzeziński, the USA aided the most feral Islamist elements in the Soviet-Afghan War. Zbig was the “godfather” of al-Qaeda… he thought that any anti-Russian group was good. Such evil elements helped to deform American élite opinion on the USSR (and, later, Russia). Should I also mention that Joe Biden‘s mentor was a pro-Ustaša Croat Catholic priest? You can see why the Orthosphere gets fucked by the American media, government, and One Percent. It’s our God-given duty to stand against this demonic shit. Thank God, I’m NOT alone…

BMD

 

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

One of the Members of the Buranovskiye Babushki Died in Her Native Village… The Babas Plan to Perform at the Sochi Olympics

00a Buranovskiye Babushki 27.05.12

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Love them Babas! Pass the jug, if you please…

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According to Rossiskaya Gazeta, Yelizaveta Zarbatova, one of the singers in the Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble, died in the 87th year of her life. Zarbatova died in her native village on 13 January, but the news didn’t get out until now because she no longer performed with the group due to her advanced age. Svetlana Syrygina, the spokesman for the Babushki, said, “She was the most aged of the grannies; she wrote many songs, including Puchoko, which was one of the songs the ensemble selected to sing at the Eurovision Song Contest”.

Facts about the Buranovskiye Babushki

The Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble is a Russian folk group from the village of Buranovo in Malopurginsky Raion of the Udmurt Republic, performing Udmurt and Russian folk songs, as well as a variety of pop hits in Udmurt, rehashing well-known Russian and foreign pop songs. The ensemble started over 40 years ago. The group began to sing songs in Udmurt with other musical ensembles in 2008. On the Day of the Udmurt Language, the Babushki sang popular songs of Boris Grebenshchikov and Viktor Tsoi in the Udmurt backed by the Udmurt Philharmonic. Since then, they’ve repeatedly been in the spotlight in the media and on TV. They participated in the qualifying rounds of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest (ranked third) and were second in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song Party for Everybody.

21 January 2014

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The Buranovskiye Babushki decided to support the Sochi Olympics through their creative efforts. In a social network post, the Grannies wrote, “Hi to all our friends! Greetings on the upcoming holidays! We’re off to Sochi on 6 February!” The organisers are keeping their programme under wraps, but everyone knows that the consort from Udmurtia is seriously training for the show. Their official website has a song dedicated to the Olympics. Earlier, AIF wrote that the Grannies have a new version of Party for Everybody just for the Sochi Olympics.

27 December 2013

Argumenty i Fakty

http://www.aif.ru/rm/rmnews/1087694

http://www.kuban.aif.ru/culture/1075152

 

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Protest Songs: Pete Seeger Died

00 Pete Seeger 02. 01.02.14

Click here for the vKontakte Pete Seeger Fan Club

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On 27 January 2014, the great American folksinger Pete Seeger died in a hospital in New York of natural causes at the age of 94-years-old. Seeger was as emblematic of leftist America as Kid Rock and Ted Nugent were symbols of the American right. He sang ballads of life in Appalachia and other folk songs of the common people with guitar and banjo, even though he was flesh-and-blood of an influential WASP family. His father was a composer and folklorist who lost his job at the University of California, Berkeley due to his pacifist convictions, his mother was a violinist, a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris. He was one of the few musicians who were big names with sincere peer appreciation, being a colleague and friend of Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Bruce Springsteen. Seeger was an ancestor of the present American folk music scene; he became the most significant singer-songwriter in the country, ending as the moral tuning fork of the nation. In the end, Seeger almost single-handedly taught his country to listen carefully to the music and to the words, never ever being untrue to himself. However, Seeger’s political activity meant no less than his music did, his iconic performance of We Shall Overcome became a symbol of America’s workers, migrant workers, students, poor, downtrodden, ripped-off, and abused. We could continue to praise this departed titan of folk music and poetry, this political activist and peace advocate, with a poetic obituary… instead, why not retell a couple of old stories?

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00 Pete Seeger 03 1942. 01.02.14

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Pete Seeger and Communism

At seventeen years old, Seeger joined a communist group in the USA. He started his career as a musician by playing guitar for a travelling puppet theatre, raising money for the benefit of needy migrants. Seeger’s first group, The Almanac Singers wasn’t so much a group as a “singing newspaper”… living up to their name, they sang topical political songs, focusing on unions, solidarity, workers, and students, and other things that couldn’t help but attract the authorities’ attention. The Weavers were more traditional, they had a more diversified repertoire of folk songs and love ballads, and even appeared in tuxedos, but after 1953, their recordings disappeared from the radio and vanished from the shelves of music stores. Prior to becoming the “moral tuning fork of the nation”, Seeger fell under the shadow of McCarthyism. In 1955, the House Un-American Activities Committee summoned him to testify about his beliefs. Seeger refused to talk to them, but offered to sing for them.

Characteristically, six years earlier Seeger resigned from the Communist Party in protest against the policies of Stalin, but he didn’t really write a commentary on communism until 2007, when he wrote a song about the Soviet leader, Big Joe Blues. “I’m singing about old Joe, cruel Joe. He ruled with an iron hand. He put an end to the dreams of so many in every land”. By the way, Seeger had real links with the USSR, not merely faith in the teachings of Marx and the Workers’ International. In the 60s, he visited the country three times; he was a friend of the Soviet people. According to legend, Seeger wrote the words for one of his most famous songs, the anti-war anthem Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, after being inspired by a lullaby in Sholokhov’s Quietly Flows the Don. Marlene Dietrich, Roy Orbison, U2, and a raft of other artists recorded versions of this song.

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00 Pete Seeger.  01. 28.01.14

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Pete Seeger and Axes

Editor’s Note:

The author is playing on words; as a musician, he knows that the jargon amongst musicians for an electric guitar is an “axe”… a little bit of punnishness, isn’t it?

BMD

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A bit of popular history will help us to understand Seeger’s spirit, even though it doesn’t focus on him. For the first time, on 25 June 1965, a young Bob Dylan took the stage with an electric guitar at Newport in his hands and began to sing Maggie’s Farm. The audience responded with shouts and murmurs of, “You sold out!” To understand the situation’s gravity, you need to know that at twenty, Dylan already enjoyed much fame, and for those more sedate times, such public behaviour was indicative of extreme displeasure. Then, with a twinkle in their eye, witnesses told how, in a moment of catharsis, Seeger was backstage… he flipped out, and chopped off the wires to Dylan’s amplifiers with an axe. For the rest of his set, Dylan had to finish using an acoustic guitar. Then, of course, Seeger excused himself by saying that he didn’t deliberately chop off the wire, he just wanted to chop something (why was there an axe backstage?). In general, it wasn’t that Dylan betrayed pure acoustic sound; it was that an electric guitar is too loud for people to hear the words behind the chords… and the words are much more important. By the way, during the song John Henry, about a mythological black railwayman, Seeger wielded a hammer on stage, and when he sang a song about lumberjacks, he used an axe to chop a huge log, previously rolled out onto the stage. Vladimir Pozner has very fond memories about how they dragged heavy logs into the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall during Seeger’s concert in Moscow.

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00 Seeger Letter. 01.02.14

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The music doesn’t begin until 0:50… be patient

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Pete Seeger and Presidents

In his lifetime, Seeger saw seventeen American Presidents, and, after a while, he was able to address them directly. At Harvard, he was a classmate of John F Kennedy, although they never really got on. There’s an old chestnut about them… Kennedy was the most famous graduate of Harvard… Seeger was the most famous student ever kicked out of it (tied up in social justice, Pete left college two years before graduation). In his youth, the singer was familiar with Eleanor Roosevelt and even performed at the White House in a concert organised by the First Lady in support of American soldiers in 1941. He dedicated the famous song, Dear Mr President to President Eisenhower, Woody Guthrie wrote it, but Seeger popularised it. In 1966, Seeger released an album of incredibly caustic anti-war songs Dangerous Songs!?, dedicating it to President Johnson. Perhaps, the first president who recognised him as if not a nice guy, at least not an enemy of the country, was Bill Clinton. He called him a public figure and “unusual artist who dared to sing things as what he saw them”. Seeger spoke at President Obama‘s inauguration, who said the following words of respect after Seeger’s death, “He reminded us of where we came from and showed us the way forward. For this, we should always be grateful to Pete Seeger”.

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00 The Dream Hasn't Died... Pete Seeger. 09.12

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Pete Seeger and Mass Protests

Until the last years of his life, Seeger continued to take part in civic activities. He was an early anti-Vietnam War activist, and later opposed the Iraq War, opposed the Franco régime in Spain, fiercely fought for civil rights, and championed environmentalism… he founded the environmental organisation Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, to clean up the Hudson River. Seeger never relinquished an opportunity to support protesters, if he felt them to be moral and ethically correct. Three years ago, the Occupy Wall Street people got Seeger’s backing… the 90-year-old singer took part in a march of solidarity with Occupy members. However, the most incredible event in recent years didn’t focus on Pete himself, rather, it involved one of his songs, in a place far beyond the limits of the American continent. Imagine… the most famous mass murderer in the modern history of Norway sits in a prison in a Oslo suburb. Despite the carnage caused by Anders Breivik, the court found him sane, and sentenced him to an unprecedented long term in a Norwegian prison. The window of his cell overlooks the square in front of the prison. What exactly goes on there, Breivik can’t see, but he can hear what goes on. One time, thousands of people gathered to sing Rainbow Race by Pete Seeger… a song that the killer hated and derided as an example of “Marxist propaganda”. I don’t know how Breivik felt at that moment, but those thousands of people sure overcame the anxiety in my heart {do you see how the author returns to the theme of We Shall Overcome? Now, that’s a neat trick: editor}.

31 January 2014

Gleb Gavrish

Disgusting Men/Отвратительные мужики

http://disgustingmen.com/pesni-protesta-umer-pit-siger/

Editor’s Note:

On one side, you have Pete Seeger… on the other, you have Wet Willy Romney, Franklin GrahamSlobberin’ Ronnie, Sarah PalinRod Dreher, Rush Limbaugh, John Boehner, Glenn BeckAnn Coulter, and all the other shitbirds like them… somehow, all the Righties lumped together can’t equal one Pete Seeger. We’re all the richer for having such a chelovek amongst us.

Вечная ему память… this land WAS made for you and me…

BMD

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