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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Patriarch Irinej Holds Memorial Service for Jasenovac Victims

00 Utstasha. 15.02.14

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On Tuesday, Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović, the First Hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) held a memorial service in Mlaka near Jasenovac, the site of a Croatian World War II death camp. The Nazi puppet fascist Ustaša régime of the so-called Independent State of Croatia (NDH) ran the prison and death camps. 22 April is the anniversary of the Jasenovac breakthrough staged by the camp’s prisoners. The day is also marked in Serbia as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

After liturgy led by Patriarch Irinej, Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović of Montenegro and the Littoral, and Bishop Jovan Ćulibrk of Lipljan, and other clerical dignitaries, a commemoration honoured Jasenovac victims. Serb Republic (RS) public broadcaster RTRS reported that Patriarch Irinej said, “The church in Mlaka is on land where many suffered, where they killed hundreds of thousands of martyrs just because they were Serbs and Orthodox believers. That was the only thing they were guilty of; the criminals thought they would wipe all Serbs and Orthodox people off the face of this earth. It can hardly be explained what drove people to commit such crimes. Members of another religion didn’t do this; (Catholic) Christians did this, and that’s what makes it terrifying. I don’t want us to condemn or imprecate them, but we must not forget this”. Director of the Secretariat for Religions Dragan Davidović attended the ceremony as an envoy of Serbian President Milorad Dodik, as did President of the Serb National Council in Croatia Milorad Pupovac.

During the Second World War, the village of Mlaka was a “collection centre” for Jasenovac death camp for women and children from the Kozara region. Over 30 children died daily from hunger, heat, and diseases. A number of execution sites were also in the area. Situated some 12 kilometres from Jasenovac, Mlaka was home to around 1,500 people before the war. The fascists took the entire village population, including 250 children, to camps in the spring of 1942. Today, the village is home to around 40 Serb returnees.

Editor:

Biden’s mentor was a pro-Ustaša Croat RC priest. Need I say more? The fascists have protection in HIGH Western places. How many Americans have heard of Jasenovac? For that matter, how many Americans know of the UPA murders of thousands of Poles and of the Balts’ willing collaboration in the Holocaust? Note well that those with much blood on their hands walked free whilst a little man like John Demjanjuk (an ordinary working stiff, a tractor driver and diesel mechanic) caught it in the neck. That sickens me. I fear that more blood will flow, not only in the Ukraine, but in the Balkans as well. It’s all due to American meddling in affairs in foreign parts not its own. When will they ever learn?

BMD

22 April 2014

B92

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/region.php?yyyy=2014&mm=04&dd=22&nav_id=90071

 

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23 April 2014. Crimea IS Russia! What About the Rest of Little Russia Too?

00 Crimea is now FREE. 23.04.14

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Of course, this is a riff on “Kosovo je Srbija”… “Kosovo is Serbia”. Little Russia IS Russia. It has Kiev, the Mother of All Russian Cities, where Holy Rus, the Russian World, and Russian Orthodoxy began. It’s the beating heart of our Russian Civilisation… it’s a special place in the Orthosphere. Isn’t it time that we liberated it from American-imposed Galician Uniate tyranny? I’ll betcha that the first thing that the patriots will do is to burn down that nasty-ass Uniate “cathedral” there. I’d PAY to see that…

Kosovo is the Heart of Serbia… Kiev is the Heart of Russia… as it was, as it is, as it ever shall be…

BMD

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

USA Instigating “Yugoslav Scenario” of Fraternal Genocide in the Ukraine

00 Serbian folk wisdom. 23.09.12

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Aijaz Ahmad, a famous Indian philosopher and political expert, said in an article in a leading Indian newsmagazine, Frontline, that the American effort to turn the Ukraine into a forward area for positioning NATO bases is paving the way for fraternal genocide and ethnic cleansing in the former Soviet state, repeating the Yugoslav scenario. The conflict in Yugoslavia… a former European country that separated into Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro… culminated in a series of NATO bombings in March 1999 in response to alleged widespread atrocities by Serbian forces against ethnic Albanians in the province of Kosovo. Because of a 78-day NATO bombing campaign, Serbia, which has historic ties to Russia, lost control of Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008. Moscow compared last month’s Crimea secession from Ukraine with Kosovo’s secession from Serbia, saying that Kosovo established a precedent and that Crimea followed suit.

In his article, The “Great Game”’ in Europe, Ahmad wrote that in February the USA sponsored a Euro-Nazi coup in Kiev and, in response, Crimea’s reunification with Russia in March signalled a “turning point and a watershed event” in the post-Soviet era. Ahmad wrote that on the heels of US President Barack Obama’s China-containment strategy, known as the “Asian pivot”, Washington started a European pivot with the goal of encircling Russia by abolishing a crucial buffer between Moscow and advancing a network of NATO bases into territories formerly part of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR. Ahmad thinks that the Ukraine, like the Serbo-Croatian region in the former Yugoslavia, is a borderland shared between East and West, categories developed by American political scientist Samuel Huntington {actually, he stole the idea from 19th century Russian historian Sergei Solovyov, but let’s be kind: editor}. Outside forces encouraged Croatia, with its Catholic majority, to break its union with predominantly Orthodox Serbia, “with murderous, even genocidal consequences all around. In attempting to turn the Ukraine into a forward country for positioning NATO bases against Russia, the USA is paving the way, wittingly or unwittingly, for potentially that same kind of fraternal genocide and ethnic cleansing”.

Commenting on an 18 billion USD promised IMF loan to the Ukraine, Ahmad said that he doubts that the West’s economic assistance would indeed help the crisis-hit country. According to Moody’s, Kiev needs 24 billion USD to cover its budget deficit, debt repayment, natural gas bills, and pension payments this year alone. Over the past two decades, the Russian subsidy for Ukraine’s oil and gas purchases reached about 200 billion USD. Ahmad said, “The West offers little driblets of money, without Russian generosity, the Ukrainian economy will be in ruins. IMF-imposed austerity on a ruined economy and NATO-propelled militarisation for eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Russian power is just the kind of combustible combination that may well lead to a civil war, a regional war, and heaven knows what else… in a country where 70 percent in a recent Gallup poll voted against joining NATO”. Ahmad said that China and India supported Moscow in its actions in the Ukraine, adding that a strategic alliance between Russia, which has vast mineral deposits, and China, the world’s second-largest economy, could become one of the positive results of Washington’s fiasco in the Ukraine.

4 April 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140404/189037804/OPINION-US-Instigating-Yugoslav-Scenario-of-Fraternal-Genocide.html

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Is Frankie Bag o’ Donuts Our Friend? Shall the Vatican Canonise Ustaša Monster Stepinac?

00 Utstasha. 15.02.14

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According to Croatian media, the Vatican shall declare Alojzije Stepinac a saint by the end of the year, as his cause met the last condition for canonisation… the competent Medical Commission determined one case of a “miraculous healing through Blessed Alojzije Stepinac’s intercession”.

Efraim Zurof, the Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem, said in announcing a letter of protest to the Vatican, “We should state that all associates of Ante Pavelić, all those who supported the policy of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), are war criminals, not saints. As soon as we learn more on this, we’ll address a letter of protest to the Vatican. This is outrageous! I don’t know how come, and about the process, but it’s on Pope Francisco to make the right decision”.

Dr Veljko Djuric Mišina, historian and director of the Belgrade Museum of Genocide Victims explained, “Stepinac was the ranking military vicar for the Independent State of Croatia (NDH)  armed forces; therefore, he’s responsible and bore the blame for the monstrous crimes of Catholic priests in the Ustaša militia and Domobrani units. He advocated the forcible conversion of Orthodox Serbs [in Croatia]; in a mid-1943 letter to Pope Pius XII Pacelli, he related the forcible conversion of some 244,000 Serbs… and that’s one of his ‘good points’. There isn’t any evidence that Stepinac ever protested against the crimes committed against the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) or against those committed against the Serbian and Jewish peoples. His intervention remained limited to only a few cases, even though he acknowledged what was going on in concentration camps throughout Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, being aware of the murder of many thousands Serbs, Jews, and Roma. Certain Croatian and German claims that Stepinac protested and intervened against Nazi crimes in Croatia are dishonest, as not a single notation of such is in his papers or in his diary, which are in the BIA archives in Belgrade, earlier, they were in the UDBA archives. After World War II, Tito (a Croat) and Bakarić (another Croat) made a backdoor deal, so, the monstrous Bishop wasn’t tried for crimes against Serbs, Jews, and Roma, but for  ”pronounced anti-communism, hiding treasures and archives of the Ustaša régime, and for aiding terrorist groups infiltrated into Yugoslavia“.

Historian Predrag Markovic emphasised the risk in perceiving Stepinac as a victim of the communist government, as an ordinary Catholic priest who merely followed Pius XII’s policy, whose crime laid in not speaking out against the Holocaust, saying, “We have similar cases in Estonia and Hungary; they rehabilitated Nazi criminals under the guise of rehabilitating victims of communism. However, Stepinac was a far more complex personality than the majority thinks. He wasn’t a criminal, but we can talk about his personal responsibility for abetting the suffering of over a million victims in the NDH. After all, the Ustaša killed his brother”. Archpriest Velibor Džomić of the SPC said, “It’s their (Catholic) decision about who they declare saints. If they want to make Alojzije Stepinac a saint… well, I think that he’s far from embodying the Christian virtues that adorn all the holy men that we learn about in the Gospels”.

12 February 2014

M R Petrović

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Milojko Budimir, the President of the Association of Croatian Serbs, said that the Vatican’s intention to declare Stepinac a saint is fiercely condemned by the descendants of those whose fathers and grandfathers experienced the heinous crimes of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) (1941-45). He pointed up that Stepinac supported these atrocities within the Catholic Church, saying, “It’s a proven fact that Stepinac called on his clergy to support and defend the Catholic State of Croatia and that he was aware of the atrocities at Jasenovac and other camps around the NDH, but he didn’t publicly oppose them. Even after the liberation, Stepinac didn’t change his mind, which is why the Supreme Court of the People’s Republic of Croatia sentenced him to 16 years in prison and the loss of civil and political rights for three years, but they commuted his sentence to house arrest. This seems to me to that they rewarded him for his contribution to the NDH’s creation and for the crimes committed against Serbs, Jews, Roma, and others who opposed the fascist state. During this time, including physical liquidation, they violently repressed 250,000 Orthodox Serbs, who didn’t have a choice in the matter. I hope that progressive forces amongst Catholics could organise, oppose such an action, and stop this shameful canonisation, for this person was no saint, he did nothing to deserve such”.

The Vatican officially confirmed that it would soon declare Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac a saint. In Rome, at Mass commemorating the 54th anniversary of Stepinac’s death in Krašić, held at the Chiesa San Girolamo dei Croati a Ripetta at the Pontifical Croatian College of St Jerome, Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, announced that Pope Francisco declared that Stepinac would be a saint, based on the findings of a medical commission that found that the “Blessed” interceded for a “miraculous healing” of a believer. We expect that Stepinac’s canonisation will occur later this year.

12 February 2014

Blic Online

http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Drustvo/442045/Ustaski-nadbiskup-Stepinac-ce-postati-svetac

http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Svet/442100/Reakcije-na-predstojece-proglasenja-Stepinca-za-sveca-Katolicke-crkve

Editor’s Note:

Blic is a mid-market tab… in orientation, it’s centre-left, with populist leanings. Therefore, I wouldn’t discount this report, but I’d wait for more Vatican confirmation before going ballistic about it. As for Francisco… nothing will change that I find his politics and societal stance congenial. However, if he allows this canonisation to go through, he’s our enemy. It’d torpedo all chances of any real dialogue with the Vatican. I’d hope that the papists would pull back from this one. Truly, they should… I don’t want to see more petrol tossed on the fire. There’s enough bad blood already, isn’t there? If this does happen, DO NOT take it out on individual papists… they didn’t propose it nor did they approve it. Keep it focused and keep it clean. We can oppose one another without rancour or hate… we’re Christians, after all…

BMD

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