Voices from Russia

Thursday, 18 December 2014

President Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz’s Speech to the Cuban Nation and People on the Recent Developments in Cuban-American Bilateral Relations

04 Raul Castro with Patriarch Kirill

President Raúl Castro Ruz’s policies align Cuba in a tacit alliance with the BRICS; it remains close to both Russia and China in their struggle with the West

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Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers, on many occasions, I’ve reiterated our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the USA based on sovereign equality, to deal reciprocally with a variety of topics without detriment to the national Independence and self-determination of our people. On several occasions, both publicly and privately, Comrade Fidel conveyed this stance to the US Government during our long-standing struggle, stating our willingness to discuss and solve our differences without renouncing any of our principles.

The heroic Cuban people, in the wake of serious dangers, aggressions, adversities, and sacrifices, proved their continued faithfulness to our ideals of independence and social justice. Strongly united throughout these 56 years of Revolution, we’ve kept our unswerving loyalty to those who died to defend our principles since the beginning of our wars of independence in 1868. Today, despite difficulties, we’ve embarked on the task of updating our economic model to build a prosperous and sustainable Socialism.

Because of dialogue at the highest level, which included a phone conversation I had yesterday with President Obama, we’ve been able to make headway to solve some topics of mutual interest for both nations. As Fidel promised on June 2001, when he said, “They shall return!” Gerardo, Ramon, and Antonio arrived today in our homeland. Hundreds of solidarity committees and groups, governments, parliaments, organisations, institutions, and personalities, who for the last sixteen years made tireless efforts demanding their release, share the enormous joy of their families and of all our people, who relentlessly fought for this goal. We convey our deepest gratitude and commitment to all of them. President Obama’s decision deserves the respect and acknowledgement of our people.

I wish to thank and acknowledge the support of the Vatican, most particularly the support of Pope Francisco, in the efforts for improving relations between Cuba and the USA. I also want to thank the Government of Canada for facilitating high-level dialogue between the two countries. In turn, we decided to release and send back to the USA a spy of Cuban origin who worked for that nation. On the other hand, for humanitarian reasons, today, we also sent the American citizen Alan Gross back to his country. Unilaterally, as has always been our practise, and in strict compliance with the provisions of our legal system, the concerned prisoners received legal benefits, including the release of those persons that the US Government had conveyed their interest in.

We also agreed to renew diplomatic relations. In no way does this mean that we’ve solved the heart of the matter. The economic, commercial, and financial blockade, which causes enormous human and economic damages to our country, must stop. Although the blockade is part of American law, the President of the USA has the executive authority to modify its implementation. We propose to the US Government that we adopt mutual steps to improve the bilateral atmosphere and advance towards normalisation of relations between our two countries, based on the principles of International Law and the UN Charter. Cuba reiterates its willingness to coöperate in multilateral bodies, such as the United Nations.

Whilst acknowledging our profound differences, particularly, on issues related to national sovereignty, democracy, human rights, and foreign policy, I reaffirm our willingness to dialogue on all these issues. I call upon the US Government to remove the obstacles hindering or restricting ties between peoples, families, and citizens of both countries, particularly restrictions on travelling, direct post services, and telecommunications. The progress made in our exchanges proves that it’s possible to find solutions to many problems. As we’ve reiterated, we must learn the art of coexisting with our differences in a civilised way.

raul castro17 December 2014

Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz

President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba

President of the Council of State of Cuba

First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) 

Greanville Post                         

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2014/12/17/the-new-opening-with-the-usa/?utm_campaign=Newsatme&utm_content=The%2BNew%2BOpening%2BWith%2Bthe%2BUSA&utm_medium=news%40me&utm_source=mail%2Balert

Editor:      

By doing this, President Obama makes it clear that he, not the GOP Greedsters, will set the tone of debate for the next two years. I expect further actions… firstly, he acted unilaterally on immigration, now, he’s acting unilaterally on Cuba. You see, the pinheaded Republican Affluent Effluent didn’t expect these actions, so, they’re not reacting in a reasoned way. BHO is carefully turning up the heat under the ignoranus Know-Nothing GOP to provoke them into stupid statements (not a hard task, truly… the GOP isn’t called the “Stupid Party” for nought). Instead of pursuing their own agenda, the Republicans HAVE to respond to BHO’s moves or have their crackbrained base savage them. In short, its sweet revenge for BHO… he’s FAR smarter than the Republican imbeciles think that he is. His foreign policy towards Russia is a shambles… but I’d say that Russia is VERY low on his list of priorities. His real focus has always been domestic policy. I expect that the next executive order could involve the ACA or homosexual rights… with an anti-Wall Street action an outside possibility.

BHO seized the high ground from the clueless Republican stumblebums (any bloc with the likes of Ted Cruz in the leadership certainly isn’t stellar in the brains department)… he’s looking forward to 2016. Don’t bet on Hillary… remember WHY the Democrats nominated BHO… “He wasn’t Hillary”. Ponder that.

BMD

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Is Frankie Bag o’ Donuts Taking a Page from the Orthodox Book?

00 Putin and Pope Francisco. 26.11.13

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Read this and this. The first is important… it means that the papists are thinking of overturning their hardline position in favour of the more compassionate stance of the Orthodox Church. This means that the konvertsy are completely off the beam. At present, they insist that the Church should jettison its age-old oikonomia and adopt papist-style arid juridical rigidity. Now, the joke’s on them… the papists want to abandon their failed policy and adopt our POV! It does show you the shallow ignorance of those sorts… they really think that the Church and the papists agree on moral issues. We do NOT… we’re in general agreement, but we disagree on many points. For instance, the Church allows artificial birth control, but the konvertsy piss on Christ and His Church by attacking oikonomia. What’ll they do when (not if) Frankie disavows Humanae Vitae… that’ll fry their ice but GOOD. As for the second link… it’s true that compassion trumps proselytism… what’ll the children do when our bishops tell them to grow up and act like real Christians and not like demented sectarians? Now… that bids fair to be INTERESTING…

BMD

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Pope Francisco’s Unsettling Duality: Risk-Taker Reluctant to Act on Child Abuse

01 Paffhausen with Isidore Brittain

Yes, this image deserves a rerun… Peterson and Paffso slobbering over the child porn king Brittain… he was serving in a HOOMie parish (and there are credible tales about them, too). We have no reason to point fingers.

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On Monday, Pope Francisco Bergoglio met with victims of sex abuse and apologised for the heinous crimes committed by Catholic priests. Some believe the meeting, the first for the current pope, comes too late and apology isn’t what children really need. David Clohessy, executive director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said, “What kids need is decisive action from the pope. Not words, not gestures, not symbols, not meetings”. He stated that crimes and cover-ups are continuing, and that children all across the globe aren’t safe or getting safer as a result of the meeting. Meanwhile, “the pope, just as his predecessors, refuses to take any meaningful steps toward real reform. Instead, there are only words and promises, and not a single pragmatic step to expose clerics who committed or concealed child sex crimes. However, words only make some people feel good in the short-term. They don’t keep child predators away from vulnerable kids. Only decisive steps do that”. Clohessy pointed out that the pope has already shown that he’s “a bold risk-taker by aggressively taking on issues like Church governance and Church finances. Indeed, he proved that he can act with courage on many issues… except this one. I’m disappointed that not only hasn’t the pope done anything, he doesn’t denounce or discipline bishops and clerics who molested children”.

When a bishop in Germany, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, spent 43 million USD renovating his home, the pope didn’t appoint a study panel to come up with recommendations on what to do with that. He simply removed the “Bishop of Bling”. Yet, there seem to be no consequences for doing wrong in terms of child molestation. “Most of the bishops have stonewalled police and prosecutors and deceived parishioners and parents. They’re extremely reluctant to expose their colleagues for any wrongdoing”. Clohessy believes that the real solution to this problem has to involve the whole church. “The pope should begin by firing bishops who conceal abuse. Secondly, the names of those implicated have to be made public. Thirdly, the pope should order bishops to work with lawmakers not against them. These three steps will make an enormous difference .If these steps aren’t taken, then, what happens in the Vatican on child abuse will remain public relations without real action. The current policy amounts to feeling good as opposed to doing good. It’s promising reform, not delivering reform”.

9 July 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_07_09/Pope-Francis-unsettling-duality-Risk-taker-reluctant-to-act-on-child-abuse-0543/

Editor:

Orthodox shouldn’t chortle… especially, not toddlers like Rod Dreher. We have our own shit-spattered byre to clean out… and we haven’t attended to that. Give heed to the image posted above. Paffso and Peterson slobbered all over the child porn king Brittain. He was under suspension… but you’d never know it. We have the same cancer in our vitals. You know what happens if you don’t eradicate cancer completely… you catch my drift…

All too many Orthodox act like the Catholic League… a Far Right Goodthinker group that attacks SNAP for uncovering perv clergy. Indeed, I’ve heard that there have been legal vendettas against those involved with SNAP or those friendly to it. The Catholic Church in the USA has a shitload of cash and it doesn’t mind spending it on shysters and pressure groups… it does mind spending it on victim compensation and it balks at telling folks where they send perv clergy… gee, I wonder why. Cappy and Mel… this one’s for you… and I stand with ya (even if that does attract the ire of this-or-that clergyman). Hat tip to the two of ya…

BMD

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

27 May 2014. Cabinet Vox Pop on the “Frankie and Bart Show”

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Bart and Frankie did NOTHING of substance… let this die a natural death…

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One of the Cabinet opined:

I’ll tell you how important this meeting between Bart and Francis was… the CBS evening news summed up the Pope’s trip, pointing out all what they believed were the important highlights. NO mention of him meeting with Bart…

Indeed! That’s an appropriate epitaph for this… “No mention”. Let this lie in peace. By the way, ordinary RCs had no part in this sick publicity stunt. Hell, most don’t even know that it happened. Be kind to them…

BMD

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