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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society to Create White Book Commemorating All the Christians Killed and Tortured in the Middle East

00 The face of the Syrian opposition. 27.10.13

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On Friday, Yelena Agapova, Vice-Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), stated that the IOPS would create a White Book containing the names of all the Christians killed and tortured by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation and other radical militant groups, saying at a press conference at Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, “The IOPS community centre for the protection of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa has begun preparing a White Book, where we give the names of victims and glaring instances of harassment and persecution of Christians, which we’d pass to UN structures and present for the judgement of the world public”. She spoke of the situation in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which now has almost no Christians, despite the fact that under former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein they accounted for 40 percent of the population. Agapova said, “Today, for the first time in 16 centuries, there are no worship services in Mosul’s churches”. She stated that IS militants forced local Christians either to convert to Islam, or pay a special tax of 250 USD (11,450 Roubles. 1,530 Renminbi. 15,400 INR. 280 CAD. 288 AUD. 202 Euros. 160 UK Pounds) per month for each family member, or leave the city. The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has fought the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group extended its attacks to northern and western Iraq, declaring a caliphate over the territory that it controls.

28 October 2014

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/world/20141003/193619967/Russian-Religious-Society-to-Issue-White-Book-of-Persecuted.html

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Iraq War Veteran, Outspoken War Critic Tomas Young Dead at 34

00 Tomas Young. Ground Zero. 2008. 11.11.14

Tomas Young at Ground Zero in 2008

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Iraq War veteran and outspoken Iraq war critic Tomas Young died at the age of 34. Democracy Now! reported his death Monday, the eve of Veterans Day. Young enlisted in the Army following the 9/11 attacks, volunteering to go to Afghanistan. He went to Iraq, and a bullet left him paralysed on the fifth day of his deployment. In 2008, he explained, “many of us volunteered with patriotic feelings in our heart, only to see them subverted and bastardised by the administration and sent into the wrong country”. Young was the subject of the award-wining documentary Body of War by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro. In 2013, Young wrote The Last Letter: A Message to George W Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran. He wrote:

You may evade justice, but in our eyes, you’re each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder, and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans… my fellow veterans… whose future you stole.

Asked by Democracy Now! last year how he’d want to be remembered, he said, “That I fought as hard as I could to keep young men and women away from military service. I fought as hard as I could to keep another me from coming back to Iraq”.

11 November 2014

Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/11/iraq-war-veteran-outspoken-war-critic-tomas-young-dead-34

Editor:

What a day for this poor guy to pass on. However… it’s appropriate. I hate the wars that America started… I love the vets. The vets aren’t to blame for the warmongering pols (most of whom are cowards who refused to serve!). The vets didn’t start the aggressions to enrich the greedy oligarch businessmen. The vets didn’t decide to drone-strike civilians. Note well that the sorts who operate the drones from safe locations aren’t like the real vets who were in harm’s way. Do ya wanna meet folks who hate war and don’t want it at almost any price? Meet a bunch of real combat vets! Most of the loudmouth VFW sorts are rear-area sludge… REMFs (Rear Echelon Mother Fuckers… like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina). I seem to notice that folks who actually faced bullets not only don’t want to do so again, they don’t want to see anyone else do it either. Just sayin’…

Light a candle for Tomas. Memory Eternal, bro…

Вечная ему память

BMD

 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

29 October 2014. Christian Iraq is No More… Do You Want to Vote for the Republicans Who Brought That On?

00 christ or rush. 29.10.14

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The ancient Christian communities of Iraq are no more… that’s the direct result of Bush’s and Cheney’s warmongering in 2003. Today, the GOP rattles its rusty sabre yet again… if its earlier aggression led directly to the present predicament of Iraqi Christians, one shudders to think what the results of their latest warmongering would be. If you’re an Orthodox Christian and you vote for Republicans, you thrust a knife full-force into the backs of your co-religionists in the Middle East and in the Ukraine. There’s no other way of putting it. You spit on the Lord Christ through the blasphemous Republican assault on the Orthodox peoples of the Middle East and the Ukraine. Why? Why are you helping those who hate our Faith, who hate our People, and who hate our Civilisation? They want to rape our ancestral homelands in the Middle East and Eastern Europe for the sake of Filthy Lucre. They want to replace our ancient Belief and Worldview with their Me First-Winner Take All cacodoxy.

You DO have a choice… Christ or Rush Limbaugh… the GOP or the Holy Church… Almighty God or the Almighty Dollar. Do choose carefully… the fate of your immortal soul IS at stake.

BMD

Sunday, 5 October 2014

5 October 2014. “Not in My Name”… Iranian Vid on ISIS… and Why REAL Muslims Oppose It

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If the USA wants to defeat the Islamists in Iraq, it has to involve Syria and Iran… but the Saudis and Qataris oppose that, as they wish to install a radical Islamist government, thinking that such an entity would be anti-Iranian. Yes, Virginia, the Wahhabis of the KSA believe that the mullahs in Iran are TOO LIBERAL. I shit you not. Besides that, there are tons of Shias in the oil-producing provinces of the KSA. In short, the KSA is volatile as all get-out, and the Qataris (and other minor Gulf States) are scared shitless that they’d go down in the undertow of a KSA capsizing. The ayatollahs are actually more lenient in some of their interpretations of Shari’a as compared to the ISIS radicals. Actually, the USA would do well to allow nature to take its course. Let Syria and Iran stomp ISIS… which they would do gleefully and without cost to the US Treasury. Trust me, they’d do a thorough job, as they’d have to live with the aftermath, as it’s in their neighbourhood. They’d follow the old rule of “don’t shit in your own nest”… they’d see to it that none of the radicals were alive under the sun if they could help it. The USA should stop catering to Israel’s whims… I’m no anti-Semite (in fact, I’m quite the opposite), but I can see where catering to Likud’s notions has hurt American interests in the region. It’s time to get sane. ISIS has to go, and the only way that one can do it is to involve the neighbours. The Syrian Arab Army is battle-hardened, and vets of the Iran-Iraq War lead the Iranian forces. ISIS wouldn’t have a chance. That’s that…

BMD

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