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Saturday, 21 July 2012

21 July 2012. Is Bobby K Acting As a Priest? Here’s What “Out There”…


Here’s what’s “out there”. A friend sent me:

I got a phone call, and, later, another one, and they were angry at what they heard…  they told me that Bobby K’s serving as a priest!? I really don’t believe this, but after all the crap I’ve been hearing, who knows…

I wasn’t able to get ANY corroboration on this one… but it does illustrate what Lyonyo’s policy of silence is leading to. There’s no doubt that Lyonyo (and the other First Family apparatchiki) is in actual control of the OCA, not the Holy Synod. Lyonyo, Jillions, and Tosi are trying desperately to hold onto to their little fief, they’re trying to preserve their power-base; so, they’ve “battened down the hatches”, and released no information. There’s a void, and you can see what’s filling it. Of course, things are so confused at present that Bobby could be acting in defiance of the Holy Synod, but I’d need more evidence before I’d run with it, though. For now, this is the buzz out there… it’s interesting, but place no credence in it before supporting data surfaces. It could be a “red herring” or just plain BS.


A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… USA in Final Stretch for the Finish Line


The presidential race in the USA is entering the home stretch. According to tradition, American presidential elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday every leap year. There’s no provision to this effect in the American Constitution, and no one at Harvard, on the Capitol Hill, or in the omniscient press, could tell me where this centuries-old tradition came from. It’s just traditional, that’s it. This year, the hapless Tuesday falls on 6 November. On that day, Americans will decide who’ll run the country over the next four years… incumbent President Barack Obama, or Republican hopeful Mitt Romney. At present, no one can predict the outcome of the election with any certainty. Even though Obama’s currently leading in the race, he’s ahead of Romney by a narrow margin, which might shift by 6 November.

One thing is clear; after suffering an ignominious defeat four years ago, the Republicans are doing everything possible to regain power. It has still not put forward any constructive coherent political and economic programme, the Republican leadership is resorting to wild criticism of the current administration; it gets substantial support from major financial institutions, industrial conglomerates, and the military industrial complex. Thanks to this support, the Republican election fund exceeds the resources raised by the Democrats nearly twofold. Given that money makes all the difference during American elections, the amount of it could be decisive for the election outcome. The candidates’ election headquarters handle sums approaching a billion dollars. Candidates for seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives spend hundreds of millions of dollars on their campaigns. During the last elections, to get a seat in the House of Representatives cost more than a million dollar each and much more than that was needed to secure a place in the Senate.

Clearly worried about the financial superiority of the Republicans, Obama said, in response to a question, with unprecedented frankness for a Washington official, “The money might be coming from the oil companies, or, it might be coming from Wall Street. We don’t know. They’re not saying, and the cash spigots are open“. However, American business never gives money for nothing. The Republicans pledged to extend the régime of tax benefits for the wealthy, introduced by the Bush administration, which expire on 13 January next year. Republican leaders insist on ramping up the arms race, which means fabulous profits for the military industrial complex. Multimillionaire Mitt Romney’s their top choice for pursuing these goals, as they say, he’s “their guy”. While opting in favour of the Republicans, American business circles isn’t putting all of its eggs in one basket. They’re not writing off President Obama completely. Obama retracted his promise of four years ago to make serious reductions in military programmes and put an end to the arms race, which is a heavy burden on the US economy. Wall Street believes that to be a “credit” to him. The American “Two-Party System” has long and faithfully catered to the needs of those in power. It’ll continue to do so, no matter what the outcome of the 6 November elections will be.

21 July 2012

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service


Situation Returning to Normal in Damascus


The situation is gradually getting back to normal in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Tensions eased after Syrian Army units drove rebels from the densely-populated districts of al-Midan and al-Kadam. The week-long fighting gravely damaged city infrastructure, with the municipal government in the Damascus outskirts put out of operation due to violence. The authorities are distributing drinking water, and bakeries open at night, given that the Muslim fast of Ramadan has begun. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN mission in Syria by another 30 days to monitor the way the violence in the Arab country. The mission’s initial mandate expired on Friday, 20 July. Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin pointed up the importance of the fact that the document features an appeal to both parties to the conflict to end the violence.

21 July 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


Putin Warned West Not to Bypass UN Security Council Veto on Syria


On Friday, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov said that the president opposes any action related to Syria not authorised by the UN Security Council, saying, “In [Putin’s] opinion, any attempt to act without the [UN] Security Council’s approval will be unproductive and undermine the authority of this international organization”. After Russia and China vetoed the Western-backed UN Security Council resolution, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said that the USA and its partners “have no choice but to look to partnerships and actions outside of this council to protect the Syrian people”. On Friday, Putin met with members of Russia’s Security Council to discuss the latest developments on Syria, including the veto. Peskov said, “Members of Russia’s Security Council emphasised that attempts to link the deteriorating situation in Syria to Russia’s stance were inappropriate and inadmissible”.

20 July 2012



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