Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

27 July 2011. A Red Tory’s Primer of Quotes… REAL Conservatives… REAL Socialists… Red and White Together!

Cooperation is Open to Everyone…

Early Soviet poster

1920s

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You can tell much about someone by what they find inspirational… the following inspired me… may it, at least, illuminate my thought for you; at best, may it inspire you as well…

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My objection to Liberalism (modern “conservatism”) is this… it’s the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind… namely, politics… of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

British PM Benjamin Disraeli

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If we look at the problems that we need to resolve, one of the biggest is the huge income gap between the people at the top and the bottom of the scale. Combating poverty is obviously one of our top priorities in the immediate term, and we still have to do a lot to improve our pension system, too, because the correlation between pensions and the average wage is still lower here than in Europe. The gap between incomes at the top and bottom end of the scale is still high here… a 15.6 to 15.7-fold difference. This is less than in the United States today (they have a figure of 15.9) but more than in the UK or Italy (where they have 13.6 to 13.7). However, this remains a big gap for us, and fighting poverty is one of our biggest priorities.

Russian PM Vladimir Putin

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Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

Canadian PM John Diefenbaker

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Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organisation can’t live a full-blooded life.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachyov

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We wish to control big business so as to secure, amongst other things, good wages for the wage-workers and reasonable prices for the consumers. Wherever in any business the prosperity of the businessman is obtained by lowering the wages of his workmen and charging an excessive price to the consumers we wish to interfere and stop such practises. We won’t submit to that kind of prosperity any more than we’ll submit to prosperity obtained by swindling investors or getting unfair advantages over business rivals.

US President Theodore Roosevelt

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We’ve never quarrelled with anyone, and we’ve never caused any problems to anyone. Our hearts are always open to those who come with good intent. This year made us more confident that we’ve chosen the right path. Sometimes, I think what an interesting thing history is! Those who once lectured us, now, speak with respect of the Byelorussian development model. Today, as the “infection” in the world economy sparks off a severe crisis, we see that what we’ve been doing all these years was right. Sometimes, we were groping our way forward, relying on intuition. However, the main thing for us has always been that we should live by our own intelligence, by our own labour, and in the interests of our people. Do you remember how harshly we were criticised for subsidising the rural areas? However, when the food crisis occurred, the countries that could provide food for themselves by their own means were the winners. Those included our Byelorussia, for we supported our farmers in every possible way. Many told us, with some urgency, to remodel our economy on the model of the private market. However, we decided not to trust in an often-volatile market. We’re didn’t provoke today’s crisis, which is sending shockwaves all around the world. On the contrary, the crisis came out of an ideology that we’ve always resolutely fought. The coming year will be difficult, but Byelorussians are accustomed to difficulties. We’ve faced harder times. We’ve not only managed not to fall into the abyss; we’ve managed to build a new Byelorussia with a reliable safety net.

Byelorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko

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Reconquer the streets, the markets… the public spaces… with the same message of opposition… “We’re devastated, but we won’t give up”. With torches and roses, we deliver this message to the world… “We don’t let fear break us… and we don’t let the fear of fear silence us.

Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg

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You’re all idiots… you believe that you can learn from your own experience; I prefer to learn from the mistakes of others to avoid their mistakes.

German Reichskanzler Otto von Bismarck

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As I’ve said before, the ever-more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor, and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty, or hunger.

Cuban President Fidel Castro Ruz

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Mark my word; if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] Party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know; I’ve tried to deal with them.

US Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)

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A lot of people give out the sob story, “Oh, US imperialism, imperialism, we’re poor because of imperialism …” People don’t realise that arrogant local élites contributed to the detrimental effects of American imperialism. If people were honest and decent, if our élite had stood up for our sovereignty, it wouldn’t have happened. Our élite contributed to it.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

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Power isn’t an end in itself. Power’s only a tool that we use to preserve life, peace, and order; therefore, even when we condemn tyranny and despotism in all its forms, we can’t help but conclude that a weak government is a dangerous thing. Don’t forget that a power vacuum leads to anarchy; ergo, the government shouldn’t ever even appear to be weak.

Russian PM Graf Pyotr Stolypin

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Every day I become more convinced, there’s no doubt in my mind, as many intellectuals have said, that it’s necessary to transcend capitalism. However, we can’t transcend capitalism through capitalism itself; we must do it through socialism, true socialism, with equality and justice. I’m also convinced that it’s possible to do it under democracy, but not under what Washington calls “democracy”. We have to re-invent socialism. It can’t be the kind of socialism that we saw in the Soviet Union, but it’ll emerge as we develop new systems built upon cooperation, not competition.

Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías

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Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We’re a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we’ll sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.

Canadian PM John A MacDonald

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The time is long overdue for the Federal Reserve, President Bush, and Congress to start making fundamental changes in their economic policies, so that government begins to represent the needs of all Americans, and not just the wealthy and their lobbyists. If we don’t, I fear very much that, for the first time in the modern history of our country, the next generation will have a lower standard of living than their parents, and that would be a real tragedy.

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

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A preventive war, to my mind, is an impossibility today. How could you have one if one of its features would be several cities lying in ruins, several cities where many, many thousands of people would be dead, and injured, and mangled, the transportation systems destroyed, sanitation implements and systems all gone? That isn’t preventive war; that’s war. I don’t believe there’s such a thing; and, frankly, I wouldn’t even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing. … It seems to me that when, by definition, a term is just ridiculous in itself, there’s no use in going any further. There are all sorts of reasons, moral, and political, and everything else, against this theory, but it’s so completely unthinkable in today’s conditions that I thought it’s no use to go any further.

US President Dwight D Eisenhower

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27 July 2011. A Considered Reply to My Critics…

Often, kind friends of mine inform me that this one or that one has taken exception to something that I’ve written. Well… if you take a strong position on ANYTHING… someone, somewhere, is going to oppose you… it’s the way of it in our fallen world. Here’s a quote  from Abraham Lincoln that puts it all in the proper perspective:

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how… the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

THIS is truth… so, guys, there’s no need to inform me that this one or that one doesn’t like what I’ve written. I’ll tell ya what… read what I write… read what they write… then, make up your mind according to your own lights. That’s so much better than a pointless ad hominem exchange. In any case, I KNOW that I have opponents. See that long line on the right? Yep… that’s all of those who think that I’m a dangerous nutter. See that equally-long line on the left? Those are the folks who agree with and support me. As one correspondent put it:

Vara, you’re a true Child of our Holy Church!  It’s an honour to be aquainted with you and to assist you in your work on the Internet.

You pays your money and you takes your choice… just remember, priests have no right to push you around… they have no special privileges. “A priest is a priest only when he’s vested”… never forget that. It’ll keep you from falling into either the Scylla of anti-clericalism or the Charybdis of hyperclericalism. BOTH are wrong. Never forget that priests are just ordinary jabonies in riassas. Most are good guys… that’s why they don’t get the “plum” parishes. They don’t need you to put them on a pedestal… they do need your ordinary human care and concern.

So… if you see that someone’s attacking me, you don’t need to tell me… I can guess it… hell, I KNOW it. I’m saying things that discomfit many who’re used to getting their own way. They say, “L’Église c’est moi”… I say in reply, “In a pig’s arse”. Always ask questions… that’s the gift that the Church gives you. The Church gives you the proper tools to ask the right questions to find the correct answer… it doesn’t give you pat answers in 25-words-or-less form. NEVER forget that…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Albany NY

VOR Presents… A Walk Through Cuba

26 July 1953 is one of the most significant dates in Cuban history, as when Fidel Castro led Cuban revolutionaries in storming the Moncada barracks, the Cuban Revolution began. Although the assault culminated in total defeat for the revolutionaries, it didn’t bring down the dictatorial government of Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar; 26 July has become one of the symbolic icons of the revolution and a favourite holiday on the island. In connection with this auspicious occasion, we offer you a walk through the sunny Island of Freedom… Cuba.

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Cuba’s an island nation in the northern Caribbean. The country is situated on the islands of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud (up to 1978, Isla de Pinos), and many smaller islands. The Florida Straits to the north and the Yucatan Channel to the west separate Cuba from the main American landmass.

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When Christopher Columbus landed on Cuba, the beauty of the island astonished him, he said, “I’ve never seen anything more beautiful in all my life!”

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Cuba’s climate is tropical; its rainy season is from May to October. It has an average of 330 sunny days a year.

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The average annual temperature is 26 degrees (79 degrees Fahrenheit). The average winter temperature on the coast is 25 degrees (77 degrees Fahrenheit), with 30 degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer.

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Cuba’s the only Socialist state in the Western Hemisphere, it’s organised as a Socialist Republic. Full power in Parliament belongs to only one party, the Communist Party of Cuba. In the image above, the Leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

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Not all Cubans wished to live under socialism, many left the country. However, the level of support for the Cuban government is quite high. In the image above, a veteran of the Cuban revolution.

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A group of rebels opposed to the Spanish colonial authorities hoisted the Cuban national flag for the first time in 1850. The three light blue stripes represent the three parts that the island was formally divided into at the time, the two white stripes are reminiscent of the purity of the intentions of the independence fighters, the red equilateral triangle represents the revolutionary ideals of freedom, equality, and brotherhood, and the white star is a symbol of sovereign independence.

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The population of Cuba is 11.4 million people, of which ethnic Cubans are 95 percent. They, in turn, are subdivided into Criollos (Creoles, descendants of Spaniards and other European settlers, approximately 65 percent), mulattos, and blacks.

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By the end of the 19th century, Cuba had imported about a million black slaves from Africa.

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The capital of Cuba is Havana (La Habana, 2.8 million inhabitants). The city began in 1515 as a well-fortified Spanish Fort; at the end of the 16th century, Havana became the administrative centre of the Spanish colony, and, in 1902, the capital of the Cuban state.

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The building of the Cuban Ministry of Internal Affairs on the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana.

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Havana is located in the north-west quadrant of the island of Cuba, on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. The city has a picturesque location near the Bays of Havana and San Lisaro.

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Havana is world-famous for its raucous and boisterous holidays, festivals, and fairs; in February, the city has a colourful Carnaval and an International Jazz Festival.

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The National Capitol building, the former Parliament of Cuba. It was built in the late 1920s, modelled on the similar building in Washington DC USA. Today, it houses the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

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Cuba has a high proportion of young people (more than 40 percent of the population is under 16 years of age).

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Church and State are separated in Cuba, and the Cuban Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, with Catholics being the most common religious group. Members of the Cuban Communist Party aren’t prohibited from being believers.

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The Cuban healthcare system is one of the best in the world and has extensive programmes of primary health care and scientific development. Cuba has the lowest infant mortality rate in Latin America. All health services are free of charge. However, at present, there are shortages of medical equipment and medicines.

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Cuban time is behind Moscow Standard Time (MSK) by 8 hours (Cuba is on Eastern Standard Time, the same as New York). When it’s 12.00 MSK, it’s 04.00 in Cuba. In the image above, Our Lady of Kazan Russian Orthodox Church (MP) in Havana.

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Pinar del Rio’s tobacco factory processes 80 percent of the Cuban tobacco.

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A café in Havana.

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Welcome to Cuba!

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26 July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/53739501/53739512/index.html

27 July 2011. Get a Load of This… “Glenn Beck says Norway Camp like ‘Hitler Youth’”

Here’s the face of the “Hitler Youth”, according to Glenn Beck

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I kid you not. Take a look:

Radio talk show host Glenn Beck said on his show that the camp in Norway where a gunman opened fire on young people sounds “like Hitler Youth”. On his radio show Monday, the former Fox News Channel host was discussing last week’s attacks that killed at least 76 people were killed. In an aside, he talked about the Utøya Island camp run by the ruling Labour Party for youngsters interested in politics. The camp “sounds a little like the Hitler Youth or whatever. Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing”, Beck said. The gunman targeted the camp, who claimed he was trying to save Europe from what he says is Muslim colonisation. The Labour Party has advanced a policy of ethnic tolerance. Torbjørn Eriksen, a former press secretary to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, told The Daily Telegraph in England that the comments were a “new low” for Beck. Eriksen said, “Young political activists have gathered at Utøya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about. Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect, and extremely hurtful”. Beck made his comments during a discussion about problems that he predicted Europe would face because of an increased Muslim population. He denounced the gunman, who he said, “is just as bad as Osama bin Laden”. The Hitler Youth aimed to instil the Nazis‘ racist and xenophobic ideals into young Germans, through a mix of indoctrination, outdoor activities, and military-style training.

http://news.yahoo.com/glenn-beck-says-norway-camp-hitler-youth-221020171.html

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THIS speaks volumes. Orthodox Christians in the USA should reflect on the fact that Fathausen and Potapov approve of Glenn Beck, and the extreme rightwing, in general. It tells you much about them, doesn’t it? In Potapov’s case, he’s an apologist for Nazi collaborators, and has been for years. It’s clear what REAL Orthodox people have to do. We MUST try to force the rightwingers amongst us to repudiate and cut all ties with the extreme rightwing. No links to Rush Limboob… no links to Lil’ Mizz Sarah… no links to Sean Hannity (can you believe that he plugs “Food Insurance?” That’s survivalist nutter lunacy of the barmiest sort)… a general withdrawal from the Tea Party. Are they going to do it? Unfortunately, no way, José! Remember… don’t argue with rightwing slimers… do oppose them whenever they open their ignorant and hate-filled yaps. Don’t smash ‘em in the face (although they richly deserve it)… do refute them… counter their hate-filled dribbling with a calm statement of the Truth. We’re Christians… what does that say about them? Christ expects that of us… we can do no less.

They all had faces… they all had names… no one is forgotten… nothing is forgotten… not a one of them remotely resembled a Hitler Youth.

Anyone who believes THAT is an enemy of all decent people. This is too much of a muchness…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Albany NY

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