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Monday, 10 February 2014

10 February 2014. I Oppose Racism and Bigotry Wherever I Find It… It’s Why I Oppose the Republican Party and the Far Right Ukie Nationalists

00 Romney Racist T-shirt

“Keep the White House White”… “Put the White Back in the White House”… Willy DIDN’T condemn that… do keep that in mind

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00 Obama Victory. 08.11.12

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01 Bachmann cartoon r

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Yes, Virginia, there ARE good people in Texas… they’re NOT all Rick Perry and his godless hypocritical ilk… however, the state’s origins lie clearly in manifest evil, and one is remiss if one doesn’t point this up

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00 Speak Out Against Racism

This is what I believe… if you don’t like it… tough beans. I won’t close my mind to suit any political, social, or religious Neanderthal. I’ll stand for what’s right, come what may. ‘Nuff said!

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Not all Ukies are sicko Far Right nationalists… this vid shows some of the good sorts, with a healthy anti-racist attitude

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Some wonder why I oppose the so-called “Pro-Life movement” so vehemently. Well, it’s nothing but a figleaf for the greedsters of the Republican Party, for one. That is, most of the strident voices against abortion are also those who want to smash their boot heels full-force into the faces of the poor. Food prices went up, so these Republican greedsters CUT SNAP. That’s not very pro-life, is it? They’re also promiscuous abusers of the death penalty… that should be a very rare punishment for crimes against the state or for single instances of mass killing.

However, that’s not the major reason I oppose the “Pro-Life movement”… I find the racism tolerated by the Republican Party disgusting and beyond the pale. Allied to that is their demonisation of Muslims and their inordinate fear of Hispanics. These three things intermingle… one finds them not only in the GOP, but amongst nativist Radical Sectarianism as well. The demonisation of Muslims is recent, and the least seated of these three pathologies. We’ll leave it to the side for now. The same is true of their well-known cosseting of Southern racist anti-black sentiment… it’s serious, but it’s well-known. Let’s look at a less-obvious reason for now.

One of the major underpinnings of Republican racism is that the Southwestern USA is really Northwestern México (and it still has a substantial, and growing, Mexican population). It started with the Tejas Slaver Revolt in 1836. México decided to enforce its anti-slavery laws in its province of Tejas, and the American slavers resident there chose to defy the law and revolt… that made them criminals, didn’t it? Certainly, it puts the Alamo in a different light. Instead of freedom-loving heroes, the Tejas rebels were nasty proponents of human bondage, who’d do anything to keep their power over their human chattel. Indeed, they were 19th century Nazis, right down to a theory of a Master Race, of Untermenschtumen, and of Lebensraum (“Manifest Destiny”). It’s no wonder that the State of Texas has a crank political and business culture, given its beginnings.

President Van Buren refused to take in the slavers, but President Tyler was tireless in championing the slavers’ cause, which led to President Polk declaring war on México. To cut to the chase, the USA defeated México, and took Northwestern México as war booty. This is the only part of the USA with a large native non-Anglophone non-American population (and which was part of another country for centuries). That means that it’s an area in contention. The Mexican state (do note the difference between “México” and “Mexican”… it follows the difference between “México” and “Mexicano” in Spanish) recognises this, and does its best to keep in contact with the local Mexican population via its consular officers. That is, it’s the only part of the USA where there’s “tenuous occupancy”, where another country has a legitimate claim to American territory.

This gives the local Anglo population the willies. Not only is the Hispanic birth-rate outstripping the Anglo birth-rate, greedy American businessmen encourage illegal immigration by hiring illegal migrants to depress wage rates. That’s to say, one of the Republican core constituencies is a major cause of the very “problem” that the GOP decries. Of course, this has its inevitable outcome… the Republican Party caters to rich businessmen… rich businessmen bring in wetbacks to fatten their boodle bags… so, the Republican Party turns a blind eye to it, whilst at the same time it vociferously condemns it. Here’s an interesting wrinkle… the USA becomes less Anglo by the year… and non-Anglos mostly choose to support the Democratic Party. Indeed, had the Anglo proportion of the population stayed the same as it was in 1980, Wet Willy would’ve won the election.

Here’s the conundrum… the Republicans support the rich… but the rich bring in non-Anglos to depress the job market. These illegals stay, but their kids are native-born citizens, who saw how the Anglos treated their folks. That is, they’re not inclined to support the GOP! In order to appeal to Hispanics, the GOP has to go against THREE major blocs in its base:

  • Rich businessmen
  • Nativist Anglo-Saxons
  • Radical Sectarian “Evangelicals”

Of course, there’s a great deal of overlap, but there’s also some tension involved, enough tension to upset the delicately balanced GOP coalition. The so-called “Pro-Life” movement is a sop to the Sectarians… as the Sectarians could sink the GOP coalition if they left it. Do note that the GOP follows NONE of the conditions that Cardinal Bernardin laid down in his Seamless Garment thesis. That is, it’s anti-abortion… NOT pro-life. The distinction isn’t minor. It means that the Republican anti-abortion plank is an hypocritical mask over a ruthless anti-working class programme meant to carry out a vicious class war to install a neoliberal dictatorship over all people and things. Ergo, no decent person can support the GOP.

Shall we have a TRUE Pro-Life movement? I haven’t seen it yet… however, the present movement isn’t what it claims to be. Therefore, I (and many others) don’t support it. It’s not pretty is it? It isn’t simple and it isn’t black n’ white. However, you must oppose those who just cut off 0.5 percent of the population… the most vulnerable Americans… and they want to cut the social safety net even more. Oppose such evil… to support someone who’s pro-choice (even though one doesn’t support that position) is less evil than to support a “Pro-Life” politician who intends to grind their heel into the face of the poor. Close your ears to their mewling justifications… look at the blood and gore on their boots. That should tell you what to do…

Oppose evil… God demands that of you…

BMD

 

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A Multimedia Presentation. Being Black in Moscow… And More… It’s Black History Month

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It’s Black History Month… here’s a gallery of REAL Black Russians… don’t forget, Pushkin had African blood in his veins (racist American Southerners would’ve considered him “black” for that reason, according to their “one drop” rule)! All Russians know that (and we DON’T hold such against him, no siree… the Church and the Party both FIGHT racism and bigotry, unlike American Radical Sectarianism and the Republican Party). Pushkin was the greatest poet in the Russian language and the Father of Literary Russian… that’s all that one can say…

Black Russians enriched and enrich our people… they’re blood of our blood, bone of our bone, soul of our soul… as it was, as it is, may it always be so…

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01 Vasili Ivanovich Krima

Vasili Ivanovich Krima (1972- ), a native of Guinea-Bissau, settled in Russia after earning a degree from Volgograd State Pedagogical University. He and his wife, Anait, who is of Armenian descent, have a son. He ran for local office in Volgograd Oblast

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01b Black Russians Yelena Khanga

Yelena Abdulyaevna Khanga (1962- ), television presenter and journalist

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01c Black Russians Jean Gregoire Sagbo

Jean Gregoire Sagbo (1962- ) (left), Bénin-born Russian local official in Novozavidovsk (Tver Oblast)

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One of the most classic films of Soviet cinema,  Цирк (Tsirk: Circus) was about an American circus performer who went to the USSR because Americans treated her badly because she had bore a mixed-race child out-of-wedlock. The above scene is the most famous. Clearly, this is one of the masterpieces of world cinema; it remains popular and well-known in Russia to this day. If you’d like to see the whole movie, click here

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00 Ermengeld Konovalov. 10.02.14

Ermengeld Nikolaevich Konovalov (1937-94), Soviet cinema and theatre actor, mime, playwright, and director 

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01d Black Russians Lyukman Rasakovich Adams

Lyukman Rasakovich Adams (1988- ), European Champion triple jumper, Russian Army officer, Master of Sport International Class

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President Vladimir Putin gives a short (but real) speech outlining our Russian Spirit (with English subtitles)… it’s why Black Russians are OF our people… not with our people. All races, all religions, that’s Russia for us! It’s why Russia will prevail over the greedster Americans…

Multiculturalism is a GOOD thing… mistrust all who hate it…

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01e Black Russians Viktoria Pierre-Marie

Viktoriya Pierre-Marie (1979- ), jazz singer and professor of the fine arts

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00 Grigori Siyatvinda. 10.02.14

Grigori Devidovich Siyatvinda (1970- ), cinema and theatre actor, Honoured Artist of Russia, winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation

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Here’s the full version of How Wide is My Motherland (Широка страна моя родная: Shiroka strana moya rodina) (with English subtitles)… Russia’s for ALL of us… or it’s for none of us. No one is forgotten… Nothing is forgotten…

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01f Black Russians Nkeirouka Ezekh

Nkeiruka (Kira) Khilarievna Ezekh (1983- ), International Master of Sport in curling and Software Engineer 

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01g Black Russians Emilia Turey

Emilia Khalsberievna Turey (1984- ), silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in handball, Honoured Master of Sport…

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00e James Patterson. Moscow. 13.06

James Lloydovich Patterson (1933- ) signing autographs at a Moscow literary party in 1975 (he was the child actor in the clip from Tsirk above)

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01 Gamover Zaitsev

Anton “Gamover” Zaitsev (1969- ) (left) with his sidekick Boris “Bonus” Repetur (1958- ). They’re two of the most popular game-show hosts on Russian TV

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Original Author’s Foreword:

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m as white as a fine line of Siberian cocaine. However, I do have a swole black friend who’s living the “Moscow dream” too. I decided to ask him to do a guest post on what it’s like for him in Moscow. So, big thanks to R and enjoy the post.

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Well, obviously, I can’t speak for everyone who’s dark-skinned (and by “dark-skinned” I don’t mean people from the Caucasus, commonly called “dark”, I mean people of African descent) in Russia. Anyway, here’s some feedback from my point of view on what it’s been like so far. Overall, Russia’s been good to me, Moscow more specifically. I’ve been here for over two years and had my share of odd situations. I guess, to be black in Russia is no more different from being a midget, in the sense that you stand out somewhat. When I walk down the street or am out and about, I get looks, but not all bad. In fact, most of them are not. For example, when I ride the metro, I can generally tell what type of looks I’m getting from people. You can easily stare down or ignore the occasional person who projects hatred, you can answer the standard questions asked by elderly folks or youth with courtesy and sometimes humour, and the pretty girl smiling at you gets one right back if she isn’t with a big Russian guy.

I’ve had people who openly refused to rent me a flat because I was black, but I’ve also had jobs offered to me specifically for the same reason, so… it balances out. My experience with the ladies has been the same… 50-50. I understand it’s really all about likes and dislikes, opinions, and the stereotypes that help form, shape, or influence them. I’ve met girls that associated their favourite music television hip-hop R&B songs or artists and the American black guy they just met. Sometimes, it’s funny because they think that I’ll talk, walk, or act a certain way based on the music videos they’ve seen. They sometimes refer to blacks as “exotic”. I’ve gotten the notorious “face control” at clubs and restaurants, but on the other hand, I’ve been pulled onstage, given recognition from Russian Disc Jockeys and given VIP passes, all for the same reason. Speaking the language helps, as most people who approach me, be it at the gym or in the street, are generally just curious and tend to ask similar questions, such as:

  • “How long have you lived in Russia?”
  • “Are you an African student going to University here?” (I’m American, but almost no one ever guesses that unless I’m talking English)
  • “Do you like Russian women?”
  • “Do you have a Russian girlfriend?”

After learning that I’m American, I get the other standard questions. You know them, “Do all Americans like McDonald’s?” and others along those lines. I can get into more details about a range of things, but I just wanted to give a little feedback about what it’s been like for me. Personally, I love it.

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England-Moscow.com

http://www.england-moscow.com/2009/10/being-black-in-moscow.html

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A Multimedia Presentation. RIA Novosti Presents… The Brightest Moments of the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (Part Two)

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The second part of the show introduced viewers to Russian history and culture. This tableau is from the time of Tsar Pyotr Veliki.

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00 Sochi Olympics 02. 10.02.14

The main character in the presentation, the girl Lyubov (“Love”), participated in a folk performance with onion domes, amongst which were the stylised colourful domes of St Basil Cathedral. In one of the highlights of the show, the domes soared into the air and almost lined up in the order, along with the world-famous church on Red Square, which is one of the best-known symbols of Moscow. 

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Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev watched the ceremony in the company of figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova.

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00 Sochi Olympics 04. 10.02.14

A ballet production based on the novel War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy was one of the most spectacular scenes.The dancers portrayed the first ball of Natasha Rostova to the music of Yevgeni Doga from the movie Мой ласковый и нежный зверь (My Affectionate and Tender Beast). Featured were prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova of the Bolshoi Theatre and the famous choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev. 

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00 Sochi Olympics 05. 10.02.14

The ceremony needed 3,000 performers and 2,000 volunteers, who used 6,000 costumes. The total number of people involved in the ceremony was more than 9,200.

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00 Sochi Olympics 06. 10.02.14

The historical presentation continued; the romantic sublimity of the 19th century segued into the uncompromising 20th century… red tones heralded the revolutionary era and symbolised the epoch of constructivism. The model of a giant locomotive appeared under the dome of the stadium to the music of Sviridov‘s theme for Время, вперёд! (Time, Forward!).

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00 Sochi Olympics 07. 10.02.14

A scene portrayed the USSR‘s reconstruction after the VOV, with workers, slogans, and appeals of the Stalinist skyscaper era, accompanied by the Muslim Magomaev song Москва (Moscow).

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00 Sochi Olympics 08. 10.02.14

Young couples with prams and toddlers symbolised the Soviet baby boom, which occurred during 1981-83, that is, immediately after the 1980 Olympics.

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00 Sochi Olympics 09. 10.02.14

Famous ballerina Diana Vishnyova danced to the music of the ballet Swan Lake.

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00 Sochi Olympics 10. 10.02.14

World-renowned opera singer Anna Netrebko sang the Olympic hymn.

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00 Sochi Olympics 11. 10.02.14

Dancers during the pageant at the opening ceremony of 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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00 Sochi Olympics 12. 10.02.14

Famous tennis star Mariya Sharapova brought the Olympic flame into the stadium.

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00 Sochi Olympics 13. 10.02.14

Sharapova gave the torch to Yelena Isinbayeva, who passed it to Aleksandr Karelin, who gave it to Alina Kabaeva, who then handed over the torch to Irina Rodnina. Vladislav Tretyak solemnly took the torch from the hands of the famous figure skater. 

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00 Sochi Olympics 14. 10.02.14

Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina jointly lit the Olympic flame with a torch that had been in the International Space Station.

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00 Sochi Olympics 15. 10.02.14

Fireworks from 3,500 volleys capped the opening ceremony.

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8 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/sochi2014_news/20140208/993754184_993749410.html

 

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The Ukraine on Terror Alert amidst Explosion Threats

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The SBU posted on its website that Ukrainian security forces are on high alert following reports of planned explosions in the country that could cause mass casualties. It issued a warning about high-risk facilities across the Ukraine, including nuclear and hydro power plants, international airports, railway and bus stations, cross-country pipelines, and weapons storage facilities. It made these measures public to prevent threats to the life and health of Ukrainians. It also confirmed a hijack attempt on an airliner en route to Turkey from Kharkov on 7 February. Official and media reports said that a passenger aboard a Pegasus Airlines flight attempted to hijack the plane by claiming there was a bomb onboard, demanding to go to Sochi. Despite the ordeal, the flight landed safely in Istanbul, its original destination. The MVDU said that three people suffered injuries on Saturday in downtown Kiev, the scene of mass anti-government protests since November. Reportedly, a guard hit one person, whilst unknown assailants in separate incidents attacked two others.

9 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140209/187364652/Ukraine-On-Terror-Alert-Amid-Explosion-Threats.html

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