Voices from Russia

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Russian Military Medics Vaccinate Syrian Refugees to Prevent Epidemics


Russian military medical personnel are treating residents in Umm-al-Tiur in Syria’s Hama Governorate who returned to their homes after the end of hostilities. Military doctor Vyacheslav Bolshakov told reporters:

The people in the specified community may be at risk of endemic typhoid and viral hepatitis A. We’re administering typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines to civilians. Initially, we worked with the administration and the mayor. They conducted an outreach campaign, addressing people with the need, and we carried out the vaccinations.

The terrorists failed to reach central Umm-al-Tiur during military operations but carried out regular attacks on the community, badly damaging the electric and water supply systems. The local authorities are restoring the infrastructure with support from Russian specialists, who are gathering samples for analysis in order to evaluate the serviceability of the water system and delousing the city yards and streets. Russian military medical personnel and local authorities are carrying out outreach activities and establishing vaccinating centres to avoid epidemics. As many as 27 communities in the southern de-escalation zone in Quneitra, as-Suwayda, and Daraa Governorates joined the ceasefire and sided with the Syrian government over the past week due to negotiations conducted by the Russian Reconciliation Centre for the Opposing Sides.

6 July 2018




Saturday, 30 June 2018

“Alternative Sexual Identity”: Austria Recognises “Third Gender”


Austria’s Constitutional Court handed down a verdict that allows people to register themselves in official documents as something other than male or female if they wish. The Austrian court, in response to a request from an intersexual activist known as Alex Jürgen, called upon the European Convention on Human Rights to introduce the option of “other” or “inter” on civil register forms that ask for a person’s gender. Jürgen, whose birth name remains secret, said:

For the first time in my life, I feel like I’m recognised as what I am, how I was born.

The court emphasised in its ruling that Article 8 of the European Human Rights Convention certifies the right to “an individual sexual identity” and defends “in particular, people with an alternative sexual identity”. The court decision won’t amend existing law since it doesn’t explicitly require documentation of male or female gender.

Last November, Germany became the first European country to call for official recognition of a “third sex”, a decision supported in May by the Netherlands. The third gender already received legal recognition in several countries, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, India, Pakistan, and Nepal. According to UN experts, from 0.05 to 1.7 percent of global births are intersex.

30 June 2018

Sputnik International



I find this more than a little disquieting. It appears to hinge upon personal choice, not objective medical criteria. It’s one thing if an intersex person or a transsexual under medical supervision asks for a change in gender on documentation, but it’s quite another if we open it to untrammelled personal whim. I know that this’ll open me up to attacks from both sides of the aisle. Those on the left will excoriate me for not being “sensitive” enough. Those on the right will vilify me for even offering a pathway to change one’s documents (they wouldn’t even accept medical vetting, I’ve found). I’d say to you to ignore the activists on both sides and keep it grounded in medical reality. That’s how it stands in most places today (including my home state of New York), and I think that it’s best kept that way. That is, there should be a limited and controlled way to amend one’s personal documents. Otherwise, it becomes anarchy and chaos. Keep it grounded and you won’t go wrong.


Sunday, 10 June 2018

Bishop Lazar: “There’s No Reason Why the Taxpayer Should Finance a Religion That They Don’t Belong To”


Recently, someone asked me if I think the government should in any way, including school vouchers, support sectarian schools. The answer is absolutely not. There’s no reason why the taxpayer should finance a religion that they don’t belong to, or in fact be coerced to support any religion at all. Vouchers or any form of forced taxpayer support is coercive since the taxpayer has no choice.

Most sectarian schools shouldn’t even have accreditation. There’s a separation between church and state and it should be a firewall. There’s absolutely no excuse for the state to be involved in religion at all. If a sectarian school isn’t teaching pure science, genuine science, and unadulterated history, then, it shouldn’t even have accreditation, and we should inspect it regularly to maintain its accreditation. If that sectarian school teaches so-called “creation science” even as if it were an alternative to real science, we should absolutely not even accredit it, and anyone who completed its course should have to take an alternative education before being admitted to higher education.

It’s time to end the fraud of sectarian education and the government absolutely shouldn’t in any way support it. It isn’t education, it’s mental programming, and it’s child abuse when they teach fraudulent science. Betsy De Vos doesn’t even want these schools to be accountable for what they teach. This is mental abuse of children, we commonly call it brainwashing, but it isn’t education, and the government has no business in any form involving itself in religion. Each religion should support its own agencies, and not turn to the government for bailouts. The government is responsible for valid public education and not for some form of religious propaganda. If you want to send your child to a special school you should pay for it yourself, the taxpayer shouldn’t do it for you.

7 June 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

22 May 2018. Jesus Didn’t Demand Co-Pays! Single-Payer NOW


Have you noticed that so-called “pro-lifers” often oppose single-payer and support Republicans who savage poor people? I’m not the only one to call that hypocritical and evil…


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