Voices from Russia

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Famous Russian-American Musician Lawrence Havriliak Passes… Вечная ему память!

00 Lawrence Havriliak. Russian musician. 29.08.13



Lawrence Havriliak, 86, a lifelong resident of Spring Valley NY, passed away on 25 August 2013. Born on 25 August 1927 in Spring Valley to the late Rev John and Mary Havriliak, his loving wife, June, and his sons, Damian, Mark, and Roman, and 8 grandchildren survive him. A graduate of Spring Valley High School and American International College, he was a veteran who spent two years in Berlin as a translator in the US Army during and after World War II. Larry toured Europe as a tenor with the world-renowned Serge Jaroff Don Cossack Choir in 1953. He was a devoted and loving husband and father, and gave much of his life to the Church as a choir director. Calling hours at Sniffen-Sagala Funeral Home, Spring Valley NY, on Friday, 30A August, from 14.00-16.00 EDT, and from 19.00-21.00 EDT. Pannikhida at the funeral home on Friday at 20.00 EDT. Service on Saturday, 31 August, at 10.00 EDT at 10.00 EDT at St John Russian Orthodox Church, Church Street, Spring Valley NY.

Вечная ему память!


Sunday Opening Becomes Law


On Wednesday, Parliament passed a bill to change retail market regulations and introduce the option for stores to open on Sundays under certain conditions, despite opposition from trades unionists, who marched in central Athens late on Tuesday, with support from the Church of Greece. The text prepared by the Development Ministry, providing for the opening of all stores on seven Sundays per year, was amended to the effect that deputy regional governors would decide on the Sunday opening of local shops with an area of up to 250 square meters, whilst franchise stores are also included among those allowed to open on Sundays. The measure excluded supermarkets and retail chains. The new law also provides for the introduction of two new sales periods… one in May and another in November… in addition to those in January-February and July-August.

24 July 2013



29 August 2013. A Sane Voice on Syria from My Backyard

00 Political Cartoon. 08.12. Deficit. FDR quote

THIS is why there’s no money left in the kitty… dare one say, the love of money is the root of all evil


Editor’s Foreword:

I do NOT know Mr Combs… even though he lives nearby. However (as Chukcha would say)… I’d raise a glass with him and wish him many, many years! ¡Salud!



Everybody needs to take a deep breath. If the things I think are happening behind the scenes diplomatically with the new Iranian government and with the talks between Hamas and Israel, the USA isn’t going to jeopardise potential… and I think likely… diplomatic breakthroughs in the name of military credibility to appease wacko right-wingers.

27 August 2013

Walter Combs

Adirondack Community College

Queensbury NY

Editor’s Afterword:

Hear, hear! Everything you hear from the Inside-the-Beltway crowd is Pure 100 Percent Washington Political Kabuki, Certified Guaranteed 24-Karat Next-News-Cycle Bullshit. The USA doesn’t have any money for another war… GWB wasted it all on two pointless wars on the Eurasian mainland that didn’t advance American interests one little bit, and on massive tax breaks for his greedster pals that didn’t boost the American economy one slight notch. There ain’t nuttin’ left kids…


Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East to Stay in Damascus

00 St George Syriac Orthodox Church. Damascus. Syria. 29.08.13


On Sunday, the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East said that it had no plans to relocate from its offices in Damascus, despite continuing battles between rebel and government forces there. The patriarchate said in a statement carried by SANA, “There is no plan to move the official residence of the Apostolic See of Antioch from Damascus to any other place. Moving the seat is something that Patriarch Ignatius Zakka Iwas, as well as the Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church and Syriacs worldwide refuse”. The patriarchate’s headquarters is at St George Cathedral, in the Christian neighbourhood of Bab Touma in the Old City of Damascus. In June, an explosion struck Bab Touma, in what Syrian state television said was a suicide bombing. It was the first major blast reported inside the Old City since the beginning of the civil war. The Syriac body made no mention of the country’s bloody conflict in the statement, but it emphasised that if it left Damascus, the church “might lose its legal and legitimate rights”. They went on to say, “It’s important to keep Syriacs in Syria, in all parts of the Syrian territories”.

5 August 2013

The Daily Star


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