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Friday, 17 January 2014

A Tale of Two Reports… One HAS to be False… Which One?

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Editor’s Foreword:

Read BOTH of these through. The second is crank and false, but I urge you to read it ALL. Don’t just read what’s pleasing to you. That’s what the Rush Limbaugh lot does, and you’re better than that. Why are the Westerners lying?

BMD

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On Thursday, in the Ukraine, the Rada rushed through wide-ranging powers to suppress opposition protests and label NGOs as “foreign agents” if they receive money from abroad. The measures threaten jail terms for protesters who block entrances to government buildings and 15 days in detention for those who take part in unapproved demonstrations, even if peaceful. Protesters face up to 15 days in detention for covering their faces with masks or helmets. Police can hold people for up to 15 days if they set up tents, stages, or other makeshift structures without approval from city authorities. Apparently, the government aims these moves at the thousands of people (sic) in anti-government protests on the Maidan in Kiev.

The Financial Times said that demonstrators faced up to 10 years in prison for blocking access to government buildings, a tactic of protesters in Kiev since anger erupted over Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s rejection of an association agreement with the EU in November. Instead, Yanukovich opted instead for closer ties with the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community (TS EvrAsES), a move that prompted street protests. The measures, introduced on 14 January, passed by a show of hands; the pro-presidential majority of 235 out of 450 deputies supported them. They couldn’t use the Rada’s electronic voting system as opposition deputies blocked it.

The package of 11 laws, which go to Yanukovich for his signature, threaten up to a year’s hard labour in prison for anyone convicted of libel, including on the internet. It requires all internet media to register with the authorities. Emulating a similar law in Russia, the legislation mandated that civil society groups and NGOs label themselves as “foreign agents” on their publications if they receive any funding from abroad. The legislation outlaws motorcades of more than five cars by threatening to confiscate their vehicles and revoke drivers’ licences for two years if they don’t have permission from the MVDU. The move targets members of Automaidan, a pro-EU movement that puts on motorcades around Kiev, the members use their cars to block riot police vehicles, as well as to deny access to government buildings and to pre-trial detention facilities holding arrested activists. In one of their larger protests, thousands of honking cars drove within 350 metres (1,150 feet) of the president’s suburban residence outside Kiev on 29 December.

The bill allows Ukrainian authorities to block online pages, if experts believe their content unlawful. Ambassadors of the USA and the EU in Kiev said that they had concerns that the legislation didn’t pass using due procedure. The reforms came a day after a court published a ban on protests in the centre of Kiev until 8 March, provoking fears amongst opposition groups of an imminent police crackdown on the Maidan rallies. The police denied these clams.

16 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140116/186601073/Ukraine-Proposes-Sweeping-Crackdown-on-Dissent.html

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Editor’s Warning:

Pull on your waders and hold your nose, but do read it all. Its lies… but it’s what the papists and Langley want you to believe. Keep the truth at hand… it’s the antidote to propaganda…

BMD

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Perhaps sensing inevitable backlash, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered an olive branch to the Uniate Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs) by saying religious bodies could offer services anywhere. On Tuesday, the president’s press office issued a statement after the Ministry of Culture of the Ukraine sent a warning letter to church officials about their work with pro-EU demonstrators. According to the presidential press service, Yanukovich said, “People should have the right to pray where they wish. We need to relax legislation to make sure that believers can pray where they wish”. Agence France-Presse reported that the Culture Ministry sent a letter to church officials saying that they broke the law by offering outdoor services to protesters.

For two months, upset Ukrainians besieged the Maidan in Kiev after the government abruptly rejected association with the EU in favour of ties with Russia. The UGKTs erected tents in the square where people can pray, go to confession, and even have babies baptised. The letter to “Supreme Archbishop” (Верховный архиепископ) Svyatoslav Shevchuk reminded him that it’s illegal to hold services outside a church. According to AFP, Shevchuk said in response, “We thought that persecuting priests was a thing of the past”. On the UGKTs website, Shevchuk said that the church plays an essential role in preventing human rights abuses. He also called for “honest and open dialogue. Our church has always been true and will remain so for the future despite any threats”.

The church dates back centuries and is unique in that it embraces Byzantine (sic) {“Byzantine” is papist-speak for New Roman: editor} traditions and the Roman Catholic Church. The USSR forced it underground in the 20th century as a threat to its rule. Hundreds of UGKTs clergy went to the GULag for refusing to embrace Orthodoxy. Today, the UGKTs appears one of the forces behind the present protests. Since Ukrainian independence in 1991, the UGKTs has resurged in its old Galician heartland. AFP says that it has 5.5 million followers, or about 12 percent of the population (not so… according to official figures, the UGKTs is 8 percent of the Ukrainian population, with about 4 million believers in the country: editor}.

15 January 2014

Global Post

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/140115/ukraines-greek-catholic-church-stares-down-government-and-wins

Editor’s Afterword:

Do note this:

Perhaps sensing inevitable backlash, President Viktor Yanukovich offered an olive branch to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs) by saying religious bodies could offer services anywhere.

That’s crapola. On Thursday, President Yanukovich didn’t offer an olive branch, he told these smarkacz brats to shape up or ship out. Most of the protesters are from the west of the country… known troublemakers and pro-Western quislings (don’t forget how the Galician Uniates fought for the Nazis in the VOV). Here’s another LMAO statement:

The church dates back centuries and is unique in that it embraces Byzantine (sic) traditions and the Roman Catholic Church.

The UGKTs came about as the result of the Union of Brest in 1596, when the Polish authorities forced many of the Orthodox on its territory to join the Catholic Church (many resisted… that’s where people like Pyotr Mogila came in). The papists allowed them to keep Orthodox ritual, but they had to accept all the pretensions of the Pope of Rome and had to acknowledge him as Supreme Lord of the Church (later on, they had to embrace Papal Infallibility, too). They had no existence outside of Polish or Habsburg domains until recently.

By the way, “Byzantine” is a made-up papist concoction… the word only dates back to the mid-16th century, a century AFTER the Fall of New Rome to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Orthodox should NEVER use this word… it straitjackets us into heretical frameworks that we should best avoid. We are the REAL Romans… the Roman Empire persisted for a millennium after Odoacer’s coup toppling the government in Old Rome in 476. That event heralded the falling away of the western borderlands… the civilised core of the Empire in the East remained intact. Indeed, what we know as “Roman Law” came out of the Later Roman Empire (a better term than “Byzantine Empire”… what a fraud!).

Never forget… we Russians received the faith from New Rome… NOT from “Byzantium”. That’s why we speak of the Three Romes… “Old Rome fell to the axes of the barbarians, New Rome fell to the infidel Turks, Moscow is the Third Rome, and a Fourth there never shall be”. Laugh at that if you will, but that’s why we should never capitulate to papist/Proddie categories and terminology. In short, let’s end our “intellectual captivity”, use our own definitions and categories, and grasp our own heritage. We can do it…

BMD

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17 January 2014. Maymon is WRONG for Eastern PA… He’s Disobedient… He Belongs in a Monastery, NOT as a Ruling Bishop

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Fr John Kowalczyk just sent a letter dated 10 January 2014, stating that there’s only one “candidate” for the vacant Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania. Mark Maymon is the wrong man for the job. He’s nothing but a crank legacy of Paffso, and we should send him to a far-off monastery to work his repentance… he openly defied and disobeyed Philip Saliba, his then-ruling ordinary. All things being equal, if he did such once, he’ll do it again, especially, as he suffered no adverse consequences from the first instance. We all know what happened in the MidwestMoriak was sweetness and light until he took power… then, he placed his son in a parish instead of several priests more fitted for the post, and he caused such a ruckus that the OCA had to shitcan him (the newspaper article makes it clear that he wasn’t sorry for any of the mess that he made in the real parishes). Right now, Alexander Golitzin has the unenviable task of cleaning up after Moriak’s toot. Let’s not be coy… Maymon’s a Moriak… he’d push policies that wouldn’t “fit” his diocese… like all konvertsy, he’s bull-headed, and he’s an over-literal rigourist. He’d smash down people who’ve been acceptable in their parishes for years. He has a place… but NOT in Eastern PA… and NOT near any decent human beings.

Paffso was a disaster… Moriak was a disgrace… Peterson shamed the Church… Fitzgerald was a character… Soraich roiled the waters… we all know what’s “out there” on the late Dmitri Royster. In short, there’s been a lot of shenanigans going on. Do we need more of the same? Maymon’s a piss-poor fit for Eastern PA, and there’s still time to stop the train before it hurtles into the abyss. Shall they stop it, though? That’s the question…

BMD

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