Voices from Russia

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Ukraine on Terror Alert amidst Explosion Threats

00 Kiev riots 01. 09.02.14

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The SBU posted on its website that Ukrainian security forces are on high alert following reports of planned explosions in the country that could cause mass casualties. It issued a warning about high-risk facilities across the Ukraine, including nuclear and hydro power plants, international airports, railway and bus stations, cross-country pipelines, and weapons storage facilities. It made these measures public to prevent threats to the life and health of Ukrainians. It also confirmed a hijack attempt on an airliner en route to Turkey from Kharkov on 7 February. Official and media reports said that a passenger aboard a Pegasus Airlines flight attempted to hijack the plane by claiming there was a bomb onboard, demanding to go to Sochi. Despite the ordeal, the flight landed safely in Istanbul, its original destination. The MVDU said that three people suffered injuries on Saturday in downtown Kiev, the scene of mass anti-government protests since November. Reportedly, a guard hit one person, whilst unknown assailants in separate incidents attacked two others.

9 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140209/187364652/Ukraine-On-Terror-Alert-Amid-Explosion-Threats.html

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Saturday, 4 January 2014

4 January 2014. Armenian Frontal Aviation… One Reason Why Armenia Chose the TS EvrAsES and NOT the EU

00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter. 04.01.14

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00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter 01. 04.01.14

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00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter 02. 04.01.14

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00 Patriarch Kirill & Catholicos Karekin in Yerevan. 04.01.14

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian of all Armenians at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the monument to the Russian war dead in the Russo-Persian War in Yerevan ARMENIA

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00 Russia and Armenia... Friends Forever! 04.01.14

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The above images are of Mil Mi-24 assault helicopters of Armenian Frontal Aviation. Armenia is in a rough-ass neighbourhood, with hostiles on its borders. Ergo, it behoves them to cleave to those who’ll have their back in the clutch. Russia has always stood by Armenia. Indeed, the Mi-24 is a Russian-made craft. Recently, Armenia chose to join the TS EvrAsES NOT the EU… that pissed off the Americans mightily. Well, I’d say that the Armenians made the only sane decision open to them, given their situation. Armenia is safe because Russian forces are inside the country. To be blunt, the USA wouldn’t guarantee Armenia against Turkey and Azerbaijan. Indeed, given American actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and American indifference to Turkish and Azerbaijani pogroms against Christians, Armenia faced a no-brainer. Would they join with Russia, who WOULD help them when the shit hit the fan, or, should they join with the USA, who’d leave them to the tender mercies of the Turks and Azerbaijanis? After all, Armenia doesn’t want a repeat of 1915!

Armenia did the only thing open to it. Besides, both Russia and Armenia are part of the Orthosphere. Why count on strangers when the neighbours are at hand? Russia and Armenia… friends forever!

BMD 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Hagia Sophia: A Wonder of the World is in Middle of Religious Controversy

00 Hagia Sophia Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom. 17.12.13

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Editor’s Note:

Yes, I know that Soros finances EurasiaNet, which means that it’s pro-corporatist and pro-Western. However, the lamestream media  (both “progressive” and “conservative”) isn’t covering this, and it’s of interest to Orthodox Christians. As you read it, do consider the source… and who pays for it.

BMD

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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç’s call to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque is stoking a dispute between Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government and Orthodox Christians in Turkey. Metropolitan Genadios Lymouris of Sasima, a senior official in the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople New Rome, one of the autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Churches, warned, “We do hope that the Turkish government will reconsider and have to think very seriously”.

For over 900 years, Hagia Sophia (“Holy Wisdom” in Greek), built in 537, was Christendom’s most important church, but when Constantinople (as Istanbul was then called) fell to the Ottomans in 1453, it became a mosque, and for nearly 500 years, it ranked among the Ottoman Empire’s grandest places of worship. In 1935, the founders of Turkey’s secular republic transformed Hagia Sophia into a museum. The iconic building continues to carry important political significance. İştar Gözaydin, a professor of law and politics at Doğuş University, an expert on the relationship between the state and religion, noted, “The Islamists always aspired for it to be a mosque”, whilst Turkish secularists want it to remain “a neutral place”, and Christians see it as a church,.

Until Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2003, the chances of Hagia Sophia reverting to a mosque were slim to none. However, with the country’s Islamic heritage now experiencing revival after decades of government-imposed secularism, the prospect isn’t entirely unlikely. On a 16 November trip to Hagia Sophia, Arınç, who oversees policy toward historical buildings that once belonged to religious minorities, declared to television reporters, “The days of a mosque being a museum are over”. With Turkey heading into an 18-month election-cycle in 2014, most believe that politics motivated Arınc’s statements. In campaign speeches for next March’s municipal elections, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan draws heavily on the country’s Ottoman past. He aims the message at both religious and nationalist voters, key AKP constituencies. The strategy could well prove a vote-winner. Recently, one teenager leaving Hagia Sophia said, “God willing, it’ll be a mosque. Fatih Sultan Mehmet wanted this. When he conquered Istanbul, the first thing he did was to convert it into a mosque. That’s why it should be a mosque again”.

Arınç has the reputation of a political maverick, a man prone to making incendiary statements that the government doesn’t always followed up. Nevertheless, the fact that Arınç has links to the mosque-makeover of two other church-museums also named Hagia Sophia (in İznik and Trabzon) means that even the mention of a similar fate for Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia sparked alarm among the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. Metropolitan Genadios, referring to Arınc’s comments, said, “We’re surprised, but not surprised, with this statement. I don’t want to believe our Turkish authorities said this in a concrete way or that they realised the consequences of this decision to open Hagia Sophia as a place of worship [for Muslims]. Hagia Sophia, for Christians and Orthodox… it represents, for us, a monument of Christianity”. The Orthodox Church has powerful international allies, and a visit to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis often features on the itineraries of visiting foreign leaders and ministers.

In the coming months and years, some observers believe the status of Hagia Sophia would become part of a wider controversy between Greece and Turkey over religious freedom. Increasingly, the Turkish government challenges Athens over what it sees as restrictions put on the religious practises of Greece’s tiny Turkish minority, believed to make up most of the country’s miniscule Muslim minority of roughly 100,000 people. Ankara retaliated by refusing to reopen Halki, a Greek Orthodox seminary near Istanbul, which many expected to reopen as part of a broad democratisation package announced in October. Greece, which sees Byzantium (sic) as part of its cultural heritage, declared last month that statements “about converting Byzantine (sic) Christian churches into mosques offend the religious feelings of millions of Christians”. Officials in Ankara scoff at such statements as hypocritical. Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Levent Gümrükçü said, “Athens is in no position to question us, considering Athens is the only capital in Europe that doesn’t have a mosque, even though there are many Muslims there”. Amidst diplomatic rancour and Turkey’s own charged political atmosphere, Hagia Sophia’s fate is far from clear. Metropolitan Genadios sighed, “We now live in unpredictable times”.

5 December 2013

Dorian Jones

EurasiaNet

http://www.eurasianet.org/node/67836

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

USA Presses Turkey to Reopen Greek Orthodox Seminary Closed in 1971

00 Chalki EP Seminary. Istanbul TURKEY. 06.10.13

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The USA urged Turkey to reopen a Greek Orthodox seminary shuttered for more than 40 years. The US Congress called upon Turkey to allow the reopening of the EP theological school on Halki. The school closed in the aftermath of the military coup in Turkey in 1971. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) said, “This closure has been an issue of concern for members of Congress and administrations”. On 19 November, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats called on the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to order the renewal of operations at the theological school. It sent the resolution to the full committee. The resolution stated, “Calling upon the government of Turkey to facilitate the reopening of the EP Theological School of Halki without condition or further delay”. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople New Rome has been in existence for about 17 centuries. The school, which trained clergy for the 300 million member Orthodox community {not so, but cut ‘em some slack, they only repeated the whoppers that Bilirakis told them: editor} was established outside Istanbul in 1844. This marked the second time that the House passed such a resolution. Officials said that Erdoğan indicated that he’d reopen the school. Bilirakis said, “This resolution merely encourages the government to take the last step”.

1 December 2013

World Tribune

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/12/01/u-s-presses-turkey-to-reopen-christian-school-closed-in-1971/

Editor’s Note:

Bilirakis is a Hard Right Russophobe (he “inherited” his seat from his father, who was just as Hard Right). He’s a loyal running dog of the Koch brothers. He voted against reauthorising the Violence Against Women Act and prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. He voted for the admission of the Ukraine and Georgia to NATO and for looser restrictions on interstate gun purchases. He’s against the ACA and for warmongering in foreign parts. In short, he’s a rabid teatard, a shameful stain upon the Orthodox faith (he certainly doesn’t share HH’s POV on things, not at all).

Of course, the konvertsy love him. Remember, shitbirds of a feather travel together… oh, one last thing… like most Republican warmongers, Bilirakis is a loud gutless coward who refused to serve in the forces himself… just thought that you’d like to know that… “he stuck a white feather in his cap…”

BMD

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