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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Draft-Evasion Reaches Endemic Proportions in the Ukraine

00 Banderlog. Ukraine. 30.03.15


In Kiev alone, 95 percent of working-age men evade military service, using methods such as bribery and fleeing to other countries. The German newspaper Handelsblatt reported that draft-evasion in the Ukraine has skyrocketed. Companies struggle to find false excuses for their employees to help them avoid military service. This illegal business is thriving, with doctors trading medical certificates and travel agencies organising “special trips” for those seeking to flee. Residents of the Western Ukraine usually bolt to Europe, whilst men from eastern provinces go to Russia. The newspaper pointed up the recent arrest of a medical worker from Chernovtsy who issued fake medical certificates under his signature for 3,500 Euros (198,400 Roubles. 24,500 Renminbi. 253,000 INR. 3,950 USD. 4,800 CAD. 5,000 AUD. 2,600 UK Pounds). Over last few months, more than half of the young men in the Western Ukraine left the country. Overall, 70 percent of working-age men in the Western Ukraine went to neighbouring Poland and Romania, and many others fled to Italy, Germany, and Austria. They have Schengen visas; therefore, they go to work in Europe as seasonal workers, pursuing two main goals… to feed their families back home and to evade junta military service. The situation in eastern regions is similar, with many residents going to neighbouring Russia for work; they take refuge there from the junta’s press-gangs.

5 May 2015

Sputnik International



Toronto Priest Exploited Position to Sexually Assault Women

00 ioan pop. romanian orthodox priest. canada. 07.05.15


A disgraced Romanian Orthodox priest admitted to sexually assaulting 10 women, exploiting his position to victimise them in church, during confessions, and in other places. Ioan Pop, 56, used his holy position to fondle, kiss, and make unwanted sexual advances at women from April 1999 through September 2013. The assaults occurred whilst victims sought religious services such as confessions, weddings, and funerals. Pop also tried to confine, seduce, and spark an affair with a despondent woman in 1999. The court heard that he vowed to curse her and her family for generations if she exposed him. Pop pleaded guilty to seven sexual assault charges, but he also admitted the facts on three other allegations. The judge can then weigh those facts as an aggravating factor on sentencing, which could result in a more severe sentence. Crown attorney Jackie Garrity read out the disturbing facts to Justice Peter Hryn.

The Romanian women, whose identifies are under a publication ban, ranged in age from early 20s to mid-30s. Pop kissed one woman on the mouth whilst he was performing a memorial service for her grandmother in All Saints Romanian Orthodox Church in February 2009. Pop groped the breast and kissed the knee of another married woman during a confession in November or December 2011. Garrity said that he also told her what he’d do to her sexually “if he were her husband”, and then told her she was “his angel and that he wanted to spend days with her”.

The court heard that one victim emigrated to Canada with her husband and young child. Her husband became gravely ill. The devoted wife attended his hospital bed every day and in July ’99, she reached out to Pop to bless her dying spouse. Testimony stated that the woman and Pop were going to the hospital when they stopped off at a friend’s home “to pick up some religious robes”. Once inside, Pop propositioned the woman, who vehemently rejected him. He restrained her by his forceful hugs as she threatened to scream to escape. Garrity said, “Pop said, ‘No one would know as he was a priest and he could not tell anyone’”. The terrified, crying woman finally left with Pop. He threatened to curse her and her family “for generations to come” if she revealed the incident. Garrity said that the victim took “this threat very seriously” and never reported it until after the police first charged Pop in September 2013 after another woman complained he molested and licked her in church when she sought his help in a child custody matter. The ’99 victim and 12 others came forward after the 2013 victim’s complaint became public.

In another incident, Pop, now 56, visited a 24-year-old East York woman’s apartment home to bless it in July 2006. Garrity told Hryn, “Pop suddenly stopped the ritual, and began crying and talking to the victim about women who suffer breast cancer, describing the fact that many women do not survive this illness. Ultimately, he offered to bless the woman’s breasts. She was concerned that the priest had some kind of premonition that she herself may have breast cancer”. The victim agreed to the blessing. Garrity said that he “put his hand inside her top, making the sign of the cross of her bare nipples with holy water to purportedly bless her breasts”. He then “hugged her tightly for about 30 seconds … in what the victim perceived to be a sexual manner”.

Pop, who emigrated to Canada in 1999 with his wife and two children, started a religious community in East York and then built All Saints Romanian Orthodox Church at 545 Danforth Road in Scarborough, where he served from 2004 until 2013. A court order now bars him from practising as a priest. His prominent lawyer Joseph Neuberger said, “He was a very caring priest who contributed so much to the Romanian community, from fundraising to accommodating the poor and distressed families”. Neuberger said that Pop “went beyond the boundaries of permissible behaviour after his daughter’s tragic death a few years after he came to Canada”. Pop’s sentencing will be on 23 June.

6 May 2015

Sam Pazzano

Toronto (ON) Sun


7 May 2015. Some of My Favourite Things… Do Russians Want War?

00 Yuri Gorelov. Do Russians Want War. 1962

Do Russians Want War?

Yuri Gorelov



Red Army Chorus with English & French subs


The late great Mark Bernes


Georg Ots… simply the best!


Part of the Republican mythology is that the USSR was lusting for world domination and was grasping all the time. Anyone who believes that is brain-damaged and deserves a long rest in a sanitarium for the feeble-minded. In 1945, the USSR was knackered by the war… it took 20 years to rebuild the civilian infrastructure destroyed in the war. One reason why the Soviet standard of living was lower than that in the USA was that they had much war damage to repair… the USA had NONE. Let me repeat that… the USA had NO war damage to repair. The USSR had a wrecked portion of the country to bring back up to snuff. Despite this handicap, the USSR still beat the USA into space! The USSR still fielded the first practical ICBMs! The USSR pioneered many medical procedures and made them available free to the people! The USSR still managed to give its people a modest sufficiency! Do you wonder why so many Russians want the USSR (or something like it) back? The only people really inconvenienced by state security were the loudmouthed self-centred intellectuals and “nationalists” (a good deal of overlap in those groups, by the way)… most of whom blubbered overly much and got an adoring audience in the West (which is what those egotists wanted).

The Republicans pout and say, “What about the Soviet troops in the DDR poised to invade the West?” Only an ignorant toddler would say such. The best units with the best and latest equipment in the Soviet Army were in the Western Military District in Byelorussia. The Groups of Forces in the DDR and Czechoslovakia (30 divisions) were to absorb any Western offensive and draw it onto the forces in Byelorussia for a crushing counteroffensive. That is, the Red Army wanted a repeat of the VOV, but with the fighting taking place in Central Europe, not Western Russia. The Russian command knew that the Anglo Americans were as arrogant and self-worshipping as the German Nazis were… just as the Nazis believed themselves the Master Race, the Anglo Americans believe themselves “Exceptional” and the carriers of a “Manifest Destiny”. Ergo, the Sovs intended to use their foe’s arrogance against them if they ever attacked. The troops in the DDR and Czechoslovakia would trade space for time (the classic Russian method)… the Americans would become overconfident, seeing themselves as victors. By the time that the Americans reached eastern Poland and eastern Slovakia, they’d be knackered… they didn’t have the reserves that the USSR did. In short, the USSR would draw a hubristical and self-preening opponent to their defeat. I’ve heard this from several who were officers in the old Soviet days. It’s what the Soviet Army practised… it’s what it prepared to do.

So… if Russians didn’t want war, who did? Why the Anglo Americans wanted war! They wanted to steal the world’s resources and they wanted the whole world to kiss their ass and adopt their goofy system. Look at the history of the world since 1991! It’s clear the USSR deterred American aggression throughout the world. Whatever the defects in its system, the USSR DID deter the USA. For that, it deserves the world’s thanks. Today… Russia doesn’t want war… but if it comes to that, it’ll fight. The Americans would be the latest in a long line of would-be conquerors to live their putrid rotting corpses on the Russian steppe.

As it was… As it is… As it ever shall be…



00 Am I a Socialist. 07.05.15


00 Red Rose (Socialism)

The Red Rose of International Democratic Socialism… Bernie should make THIS his symbol


Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. White Rose Leaflet One. 2012

Is it America’s sunset? It won’t be if we all vote for Bernie!


It’s time to pick up the Red Banner and cheer! It’s time to wear the Red Rose and be loud n’ proud! Perhaps, Bernie could adopt the Red Rose as his symbol… it’s the symbol of international democratic socialism. By the way, some of the leading democratic socialists are communists! G A Zyuganov would cheer on Bernie! So would P N Simonenko! It’s time to oppose the mendacious lies the Republicans have circulated about the American Left since 1946.

That’s why I hate everything that the Republican Party stands for. It stands four-square for the feudal oligarchy now raping our country. It stands for constant warmongering in foreign parts, with an emphasis on killing innocent civilians. It stands for fucking up the environment permanently for fleeting immediate gain. It stands for the death penalty and the massive incarceration of the poor, especially, if they’re black or Latino. In short, the GOP is evil to the bone and ALL who shill for it are EVIL. That’s why I hate everything that people like Rod Dreher stand for… he takes a pay-cheque knowing that he defends manifest evil, but he doesn’t care as he benefits personally. He’s NOT alone… that’s the motivation of most Republicans. That’s why we need socialism… to flush this evil out of our country… so it can return to the vision of the New Deal.

Post the Red Rose on your blogsites… share it with others… SOCIALISM IS GOOD!

Vote for Bernie… he’s our last hope, I fear…


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