Voices from Russia

Friday, 10 December 2010

A Photo Essay. The Kids Go to Ded Moroz’s Birthday

Editor’s Foreword:

The Russian state pays for kids to go on holiday to Veliki Ustyug, the home of the official one-and-only REAL Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost), the Russian Santa Claus. Oh… I forgot! That’s SOCIALISTIC… they have to deregulate and privatise it so that only the rich kids can come… silly me! Sarah Palin said so!

Thank God for Russia… it still doesn’t completely grovel before the almighty dollar.

BMD

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American Political Prisoners

Filed under: Barack Obama,politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

This cartoon makes a serious point… people are being picked up outside of the USA, outside of the reach of its laws, brought to US territory, then, held for an indefinite period without any legal representation. Did you see where American kangaroo courts are sentencing drivers (!)… Erich Kempka, Hitler’s driver, wasn’t charged before a court… it shows you the callous barbarity and godless inhumanity of the GOP mindset.

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Barack Obama promised to close the prison at Guantánamo immediately after taking office. However, he has faced very stubborn opposition…

The detainees held at the American prison at Guantánamo Bay (Cuba) are hostages to the domestic political turmoil in the USA. There was a vote in the House of Representatives; the majority approved a bill prohibiting the closing of the prison in 2011, as President Obama promised. This action dealt another blow to Mr Obama’s attempts to close this special prison… it has blemished America’s reputation. According to human rights advocates, as well as the testimony of former Guantánamo detainees themselves, the Bush administration authorised and used torture, including simulated drowning, sleep deprivation, and exposure to loud noises. More than 775 foreign captives passed through this prison. What is more, most of them were not even formally charged. Immediately after taking office, President Obama signed an executive order to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay within a year. However, his administration has failed to carry this order out, mainly due to resistance from the opposition Republican Party. Characteristically, on the eve of a vote in the House of Representatives, a report prepared by the unit director of national intelligence, James Clapper, claimed that many former Guantánamo prisoners returned to terrorist activities.

VOR interviewed Viktor Kremenyuk, the Deputy Director of the Institute of the USA and Canada, who said, “This gave additional trump cards to Mr Obama’s opponents in Congress. Originally, the president wanted to clean out the Augean stable left by the Bush administration. He wanted to bring clarity, a certain honesty, and transparency to American foreign policy in order to prove that the United States is still a responsible major power that follows the accepted norms, with which one can cooperate. In this respect, of course, there are a lot of people in the US Congress, and many others besides, that don’t like that very much. They want just the opposite… they want the USA to act as a power that everyone else should fear. Therefore, President Barack Obama has faced and will face very stubborn opposition. Will he manage to overcome it? Only time will tell”.

In any case, it’s obvious that the pattern of flagrant and gross violations of human rights and international law by the USA, exemplified by its prison at Guantánamo Bay, must stop. Human rights activists and politicians from different countries, including America’s closest European allies in NATO, demand this.

9 December 2010

Vyacheslav Solovyov

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2010/12/09/36505074.html

Editor’s Note:

The Republican Party approves of torture. It set up secret torture facilities in Romania, the Ukraine, Lithuania, and Bulgaria. The Republican Party approves of indefinite detention without trial. We see that at the GOP GULag at Guantánamo Bay. The Republican Party approves of attacking sleeping civilians without warning or a declaration of war. We saw this in the American sponsored war in South Ossetia.

By the way, these were among the reasons why the USA went to war against Nazi Germany. I seem to think that the USA has degenerated in its commitment to moral principles since 1941… but the Left was NOT the cause of it… warmongering and money-grubbing by wingnut right-wing Republicans caused the lot of it. It’s causing many honest people to leave the Republican Party in disgust (or, at least, to cease supporting it). Here’s a partial list:

  • Frank Schaeffer
  • C C Goldwater
  • Julie Nixon Eisenhower
  • Christopher Buckley
  • Wick Allison

I have joined this list (obviously, as a rather lowly ranker, but I’m there). I also note that nasty konvertsy once placed a lying little note in the OrthoWiki article on Mr Schaeffer claiming that his Orthodoxy was suspect… it disappeared, as well it should have! The konvertsy are out of step with the Church, not Frank Schaeffer!

Ye cannot serve both God and Mammon…

Our Lord Christ said that… I didn’t. Either you can follow Christ, by following His servants, such as His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, or, you can bow before Mammon, by listening to Satan’s servants such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin… who tempt you by putting visions of unearned wealth and untrammelled power in your heads.

Don’t be foolish… choose Christ… choose His Holiness… reject Satan and his Unholy Three Stooges. Then, we can close the GULag at Guantánamo, we can stop aiding Neo-Nazis in Croatia, Kosovo, and the Baltic States, we can stop propping up Islamofascists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, and we can seek justice for the Palestinians… then, we’ll have a REAL peace, and we won’t need cameras on every street corner, guards in every government building, or have a “need” to “touch his junk”.

Think on it.

BMD

“Just who was Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya?”

Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (1923-41), an exemplar of heroism and self-sacrifice for all generations… вечная её память!

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A few people have asked me the particulars of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, as they had never heard of her. All we Russians know her story… she was one of the great heroines of the VOV. In June 1941, Zoya was an 18-year-old high school student. When the fascist forces approached Moscow, Zoya volunteered to fight with the partisans behind German lines. Her mother protested, but Zoya persisted, so her mum relented. On 27 November 1941, Zoya’s unit infiltrated through the German lines into the occupied zone. Her assignment was to burn stables in the village of Petrishchevo, which was occupied by an enemy cavalry unit.

Monument to Zoya in the Partizanskaya Metro Station in Moscow

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Video in honour of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, entitled A Prayer for a Young Communist, the music is by Zhanna Bichevskaya, Lord, Have Mercy

The Fascists captured her on 28 November, they beat her unmercifully, but she refused to tell them anything. The next morning, the Fascists led her through the village, then, they hung her as an example to others. Before they killed her, Zoya said, “You can hang me now, but I’m not alone. There are two hundred million of us. You can’t hang us all”. Zoya received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union posthumously. By the way, when Soviet military records were declassified in the early 2000s, it became clear that Vasili Klubkov, one of her comrades in the unit, betrayed Zoya to the Fascists. He was seeking rehabilitation for his post-war sentence to the GULag… naturally enough, when this came out, his petition was denied (there IS justice in the world).

Aleksandr Kosmodemyansky (1925-45)

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Not only was Zoya a decorated hero of the VOV, so was her brother. After her death, he petitioned to join the Red Army, but they turned him down because he was too young. In mid-1942, he was accepted as an officer candidate, and he went to the front in 1943. He was killed leading an attack as the commander of a unit of SU-152 assault guns in the heavy fighting in the vicinity of Königsberg in East Prussia. He, too, received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. Brother and sister are buried near one another in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.

You can see why wonderful and courageous people like this are antipodes apart from worthless and money-grubbing scum like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh. You cannot honour both. You MUST choose one or the other. I choose to honour the courage of our heroes rather than worship filthy lucre and oppress my fellows for the sake of more dollars in my bank account, as Palin, Beck, and Limabaugh do… it’s quite that simple. What about you?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 10 December 2010

Albany NY

Editor’s Postscript:

This proves that John Whiteford must remove the link to the extremist website, Palintology, from his website. Otherwise, he tells the world that he does NOT worship Christ… in that case, he worships Almighty Mammon and he shamelessly sucks up to Sectarian scummers, for what benefit, God only knows. The loudmouth konvertsy have seized the internet forum… it’s time for us to take it back from them! They’re giving the world the impression that Orthodoxy approves of the most wicked and evil streams in American politics… when the very opposite is the actual case.

There can be NO concord between Orthodoxy and the Tea Party, or the neocons, or the right wing of the Republican Party… call it what you will. Follow the money… Follow His Holiness, not Feckless Lil’ Miss Sarah and Two Ton Rush! It’s what the Church teaches, kids… let’s say it loud, and let’s shut up these GOP poseurs once and for all!

BMD

Videos. Kid’s Stuff from Europe… Smile Awhile, It Won’t Bust Yer Face!

Filed under: cultural,popular life and customs,video — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

People loved the Snoufel the Bunny… so, here’s some more European kid’s vids.

BMD

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Snoufel the Bunny is popular all over Europe… in Germany, he’s known as Schnuffel, and this song is I Love You

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From France, Pigloo the Penguin in Papa Pengouin

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Schnuffel the Bunny sings Piep Piep in German

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Bébé Lilly, from France, doing In Space

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From Brazil, The Frog Didn’t Wash His Feet

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Let’s end with another incarnation of Snoufel the Bunny… Snuffle Bunny singing Bunny Party and Snuggle Song

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Editor’s Afterword:

Childhood should be a time of sweetness and innocence… woe to those who smash that world… and twice as bad to those who “enable” and cover up for such slime.  You KNOW who I’m talking about.

BMD

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