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Thursday, 19 July 2012

19 July 2012. A Sobering Cri de Cœur from an “Insider”

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One of the Cabinet sent me this, which came from someone “in the belly of the beast”:

What can I say? There are some weird ideas out there. Who’s going to “win” this one? I have no idea. X was right… these guys are cannibals. I don’t support JP and I never did. It was shameful the way he criticised Theodosius and Herman publicly at the Pittsburgh Sobor. Somehow, everyone cheered him as a champion then, but he’s gotten the same public treatment now. It’s shameful that the OCA continues to knock its leaders publicly. There are many complicated questions here, and I’m sure that JP’s done a lot of bad things. However, the Synod of Bishops has done a great deal of bad things as well… both corporately and individually.

That’s how deep the rot has set in. It’s discouraging those who are “at the centre of things”. This is NOT something to gloat about, not in the least. I can see the disappointment in the above post, that’s why I deleted what could give a hint as to the poster’s identity. This person is hurt; this person feels trampled upon and betrayed. Here’s what fries my ice to a T… the self-centred bastards in the Synod, SVS, the MC, and the First Families don’t give a damn for the lowly sloggers who’ve supported them over the years (often, getting brickbats for doing so). These people got it coming and going… and they didn’t get any benes or attaboys from it, either. To be frank, the whole rotten edifice is uninhabitable and disease-ridden; we must raze it utterly, not just down to the foundations, and we must return to “our father’s house”… where there’s a warm room and meal waiting, and Mother Kirk is looking for us. There’s no place like home…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 19 July 2012

Albany NY

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Lugansk Lawmakers OK Language Bill

This is a typical Galician nutter… beloved of Langley and lickspittle of the West… do note how many supporters he’s garnered. However, your tax dollars subsidise such traitorous filth.

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The legislative council of Lugansk in the eastern Ukraine approved a bill on languages similar to the one passed by the Verkhovna Rada last week. Addressing lawmakers, Lugansk Mayor Sergei Kravchenko said the new law restored legitimacy in the Ukraine after two decades of violations that deprived people in a number of provinces of the right to speak or receive education in their native language. The law will enable school graduates in the Donbass region, where the majority of children attend Russian schools, to obtain high-quality post-secondary education in Russian. Meanwhile, nationalists in the Western Ukraine continue to fuel hysteria over the new law.

10 July 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_07_10/Luhansk-lawmakers-OK-language-bill/

US Senate Committee Approves Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Magnitsky Bill

“Freedom, American-style…”

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On Wednesday, the US Senate Finance Committee approved a bill combining a repeal of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment and a measure aiming to punish Russian officials involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said, “By enacting PNTR (permanent normal trade relations), together with the Magnitsky bill, we’re replacing Jackson-Vanik with legislation that addresses the corruption and accountability issues that Russia confronts today”. The new bill is a response to the demands of a majority of lawmakers for a review of legislation affecting trade and human rights issues, including some laws affecting trade with Russia.

Baucus said that the proposal to add the Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act to the PNTR legislation “will help fight human rights abuses in Russia”. He said that Russia would formally be a member of the WTO next month, and “that’s our deadline for passing PNTR. There’s no time to waste, America risks being left behind. If we miss that deadline, American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses will lose out to the other 154 members of the WTO that already have PNTR with Russia. American workers will lose the jobs created to China, Canada, and Europe when Russia, the world’s seventh largest economy, joins the WTO and opens its market to the world”.

The Senate began studying the issue in mid-March, along with amendments from Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), including proposals for visa sanctions against Russians allegedly involved in the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a tax lawyer working for the Hermitage Capital investment company, who died in custody in Russia in 2009. Cops arrested Magnitsky on tax evasion charges in November 2008, days after accusing police investigators of involvement in a 230 million USD (7.37 billion Roubles. 188 million Euros. 147 million UK Pounds) tax refund fraud, and died after almost a year in Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention centre in Moscow.

In turn, Russian investigators accused Magnitsky and Hermitage of tax evasion. Last week, a group of Russian senators went to the USA to present what they claimed was new evidence of Magnitsky and Hermitage’s guilt. A probe into his death revealed that the lawyer, who was suffering from untreated pancreatitis and a heart condition, didn’t receive proper medical treatment. Human rights activists pointed to multiple violations of his rights during his arrest and in detention, including signs that prison guards beat him hours before his death. Russia warned it’d respond to the adoption of the Magnitsky bill in kind, imposing restrictions on US officials. In July 2011, the US State Department issued visa bans on several dozen Russian officials in connection to the Magnitsky case. In response, Russia imposed travel bans on several US officials.

In mid-March, a group of influential US senators, including former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, proposed cancelling the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, but simultaneously adopting the Magnitsky bill. The Jackson-Vanik Amendment, passed in 1974, barred favourable trade relations with the USSR because it wouldn’t let Jews freely emigrate. Often, waivers override the restrictions imposed by Jackson-Vanik, but they remain in place, and are a thorn in the side of Russia-US trade relations.

The Magnitsky case, along with the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, and the rift over the Syrian crisis, are major stumbling blocks in the “reset” of US-Russian relations. The Obama administration, which was evasive about the proposed legislation, said on 18 June that it considers it necessary to distinguish between the adoption of the Magnitsky blacklist and the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment.

18 July 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120718/174669701.html

Editor’s Note:

Americans (especially Anglo-Saxon Proddies) have a lotta damned gall. They think that they’re moral paragons and exemplars for the entire world to imitate. If they don’t receive total and obsequious adulation, they go off and pout; they’re violent and nasty, if their interlocutor’s weak enough. In the case of Russia and China, which are strong enough to deter American violence and aggression, the Americans issue threats and do their best to blacken their reputation (or, at least, attempt to do so).

Hermitage Capital is incorporated in Guernsey (it also has offices in the Cayman Islands, another stronghold of laissez-faire corporate non-regulation (which makes it one of Willard Romney‘s fave locations)), which has notoriously lax incorporation laws. In short, it’s a crank organisation run by crooks. For them to complain of fraud on the part of Russian officials is downright laughable. Ben Cardin’s a joke, too… he’s part of the notoriously corrupt Balto area Democratic machine, which makes Yuri Luzhkov look like a piker (in other words, they’re the General Motors of corruption as compared to Luzhkov’s Acme Products operation).

All in all, it’s a perfect illustration of the hypocrisy and overweening hubris of the American Anglo-Saxon Proddie. If the USSR ceased to exist in 1991, why did the USA keep Jackson-Vanik in place after its demise? In the same vein, the Americans tightened the screws on Cuba after 1991… in the hopes of overthrowing Fidel (who make them look like fools in Latin America). These naked efforts to export the American “system” failed, and all that they did was nourish hatred and resentment of the USA and the American people. We have much to answer for as a people, I’m afraid… and the fact that we didn’t personally support it doesn’t matter. It was done in our name, and we didn’t stop it. God do help us…

BMD  

Muslim Converts to Christianity After Deadly Flood

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An Orthodox priest told RIA-Novosti that the deadly flash-flood that killed 152 in southern Russia this month prompted a local Muslim to convert to Christianity. Archpriest Sergei Karpets said that the Krasnodar Krai resident was visiting the city of Krymsk, which bore the brunt of the disaster when the flood hit on 7 July. Late on Tuesday, Karpets said that the man, whose name he didn’t reveal, wasn’t in the disaster zone, but the “Christian unity” of the people involved in the cleanup impressed him. Karpets said that the Muslim requested baptism, but he’ll have to wait until the cleanup is over, as the priests will first have to educate him in the basics of the faith he’s seeking to accept. He gave no timeframe for the baptism. Apostasy is punishable by death under Islamic Sharia law.

18 July 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/society/20120718/174669978.html

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