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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

28 January 2014. Western Cheering Over Ukrainian Situation Premature… There’s More to the Ukraine than Galicia and the Maidan

00 Little Russia is Mine. 28.01.14

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Vasili Nesterenko. We Stand for Sevastopol! 2005

We Stand for Sevastopol!

Vasili Nesterenko

2005

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00 Aleksandr Deyneka. The Defence of Sevastopol. 1950s

The Defence of Sevastopol

Aleksandr Deyneka

1942

The Crimea is Russian, not only in its population, but in its history. It isn’t “Ukrainian” in the slightest bit. It’s OURS… our blood soaks its soil…

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There’s much cheering amongst the zapadniki at Ukrainian Prime Minister Azarov‘s resignation and the repeal of the recent anti-protest laws. I’d say that the elation is premature; unfortunately, the West prefers to listen to the Uniate running dogs in their special services, not to sources from within the Ukraine. Firstly, there’s been no real disturbances in the Russophone East, save for a kerfuffle in Sumy. The same is true of the Crimea and the South. That is, the base of the Regions/KPU coalition is still behind Yanukovich. Indeed, the Crimea outlawed the Svoboda neo-Nazis… that’s far from capitulating to the mobs on the Maidan, isn’t it? Yanukovich is buying time… but for what? Trust me… Russia will allow NOTHING to threaten the naval base at Sevastopol (it was a Hero City twice over, in the Eastern War and in the VOV).

I believe that if the pro-EU quisling oppos try to seize power, they’re in for a nasty surprise. I’ll not say much else, as I don’t wish to tip off the plug-uglies. However, it’s clear that there are many in the Ukraine who won’t accept an EU colony (for that is what the EU/USA duopoly has on offer)… I’ll say this, just because someone is quiet doesn’t mean that they’re weak or submissive. If the Ukraine were to “join” the EU, it wouldn’t be in the same form that it is today… that is, there’d be some territorial “adjustments” due to popular demand. That would flummox the EU, as they’d have to bow to those democratic demands, wouldn’t they? I hope that Yanukovich trounces the oppos, but if he doesn’t, hoo-boy, are they in for an education. I, for one, would pass the jug and cheer…

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Pete Seeger, Well-Known American Peace Activist, Died in the 95th Year of His Life

00 Pete & Toshi Seeger. 28.01.14

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On Monday, according to the New York Times, Pete Seeger, a resident of Beacon NY, one of the most influential American folk-singers, died in the 95th year of his life. It cited filmmaker Kitama Cahill-Jackson, a grandson of the singer, who said that Seeger died of natural causes at New York–Presbyterian Hospital. Seeger was a key figure in the folk music revival in the USA in the mid-20th century and in the emergence of protest music. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was a member of a popular group, The Weavers. McCarthyism stymied Seeger’s career, as he was a leftist. In the mid-1950s, a court convicted him of Contempt of Congress because he refused to answer questions about his political views before the House Un-American Activities Committee. After the late 1950s, and more so in the 1960s, Seeger began to appear on stage again, singing protest songs, including anti-war items.

He wrote the anti-war anthem, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Seeger wrote this song on an airplane, after reading his favourite lullaby, an English translation of three lines in the novel Quietly Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov. The song became famous in the USA, sung almost simultaneously by Seeger, Joan Baez, and Roy Orbison. In Europe, Marlene Dietrich made it famous, singing it in English, French, and German. In Russian translation, Zhanna Bichevskaya sang the song in Найди свою песню (Find Your Song) in 1976. Another Russian version featured the group Megapolis (with singer Masha Makarova). In 2004, Seeger discussed with Valery Pisigin, a Russian expert on American folk music, the possibility of donating monies received in royalties for the song to Russian causes, because this song was “partly borrowed from the Russian people”.

28 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/culture/20140128/991722597.html

 

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Folk Singer Pete Seeger Passed Away in New York

00 Pete Seeger. 02. 28.01.14

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Folk singer Pete Seeger, who lived in Beacon NY, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 94. Seeger was known for ground-breaking songs such as, If I Had a Hammer, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and Turn, Turn, Turn. His songs were often used at anti-Vietnam War rallies, peaceful sit-ins, and demonstrations. Seeger influenced many other performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright, John Mellencamp, and Arlo Guthrie. In 2009, Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration was at Madison Square Garden, the concert featured many performers, including Seeger family members. It was a fundraiser for his favourite cause… cleaning up New York‘s Hudson River. In 1996, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Seeger as an “early influence”. This year, he was a Grammy Awards nominee in the Best Spoken Word category, won by Stephen Colbert. Seeger dropped out of Harvard in 1938 to travel across America by bicycle. He was original, sincere, and always true to the cause of equality and human rights. He was even once a member of the Communist Party, something that saw him blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

28 January 2014

Yelena Grigoriev

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/radio_broadcast/245230131/260935224/

 

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28 January 2014. A Point to Ponder… Where Have All the Heroes Gone?

00 Sophie Scholl. 28.01.14

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I did the best that I could do for my nation. Therefore, I don’t regret my conduct and will bear the consequences that result from my conduct.

Sophie Scholl

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On 22 February 1943, the Fascists executed Sophie Scholl for opposing their warmongering and racialist policies. There’s no doubt that she was a heroine. Today, we saw the death of Pete Seeger, a man unafraid of the authorities if there ever was one. Where have all the heroes gone? They’re here… but the lamestream media lambastes them. My view is simple… if Rush Limbaugh, the Heritage Foundation, Freedom House, CNN, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Barbara Boxer (they’re all the same under the skin… they’re all neoliberal backers of Me-First Consumerism) trash you, you’re doing something right.

Keep up the fight… but don’t forget, “freedom ain’t free”. Shall you swallow a kopeck’s worth? As Sophie Scholl wrote:

I’m still so remote from God that I don’t even sense his presence when I pray. Sometimes, when I utter God’s name, in fact, I feel like sinking into a void. It isn’t a frightening or dizzying sensation, it’s nothing at all… and that’s far more terrible. Yet, prayer is the only remedy for it, and however many devils scurry around inside me, I’ll cling to the rope God threw me in Jesus Christ, even if my numb hands can no longer feel it.

One of her associates was Alexander Schmorell, a Russo-German, canonised by the ROCOR in 2012.

BMD

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