Voices from Russia

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Ukrops To Tighten Border Control with the Crimea

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Dear Friends!

Today, I talked to a very serious guy from Kiev. We only had a short chat, but we clearly hashed out the situation in Kherson and the state of affairs concerning border controls with the Russian Federation in the Crimea. The Ukrainian state authorities, notably, the SNBOU, are setting out guidelines and plans to create obstacles for Ukrainian citizens to visit the Crimea on holiday. More than once, I’ve observed that delays at the border are artificial, without need or cause. You see, many Ukrainian citizens visited the Crimea on holiday and liked it. When they got back home, they told all their family and friends about the true situation there, about its development, the new buildings, the investment in infrastructure, the tourist facilities, and so much more. They saw that there was no hunger or food shortage there, the utility tariffs are lower than in the Ukraine, and that there wasn’t any hatred directed towards Ukrainian citizens.

Starting on 1 June, the Kherson Oblast OGA*, the SBU, and the border service will harass Ukrainian citizens going to the Crimea, using whatever means possible to prevent their exit. I know that the border service at Chongar, Chaplinku, and Kalanchak repeatedly begged for assistance from the authorities. However, the top leadership in the Ukraine refused to help them; it wouldn’t deploy the needed personnel, it declined to give proper technical support, it turned down adding additional sanitary facilities and medical points. The Ukrainian authorities even reduced their funding! The visits of our people to the Crimea during the May holidays very much undermined the junta’s information blockade. In future, the Ukrainian authorities will try different methods to uphold it.

  • OGA: Oblast State Administration

In particular, they plan to use terrorist bands such as the Azov and Pravy Sektor (along with supposed “Islamist” elements), as well as spreading disinformation about fictitious terrorist groups. They plan to spread black propaganda about possible terrorist attacks in the Crimea to intimidate people into not going there on holiday. I must say that Poroshenko, Groisman, Turchinov, and Gritsak are ready to fight to the end, even if they destroy our people in the process. The most horrid thing is that they wish to tear up our fraternal ties. Spread this information as far as you can. The truth will always come out in the end.

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

28 May 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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“Sincerely Held Belief” Is a Slippery Slope to Theocracy

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There’s a serious issue with Christian paranoia in North America. We hear Christians complaining about being denied religious freedom, and demanding special rights, beyond the rights of other citizens. Just now, we have a trial in British Columbia, in Canada, on the rights of one particular religious group, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Fundamentalist. Their deeply held religious belief is that God ordained polygamy and that they should observe it. It seems likely the courts will announce that we can’t honour such a religious “right” because it’s contrary to Canadian civil law. We don’t see a single other religious body standing up for and defending the right of this Church to exercise this deeply held religious belief freely.

However, let’s look a bit further. Follow the arguments and make a list of the “rights” that the state denies Christians in North America, aside from being forbidden to make animal (or human) sacrifices. The rights that certain Christian bodies demand aren’t the right to assemble and worship according to their doctrines, and live their lives according to their doctrines! Not at all. Neither Canada nor the USA has ever infringed those rights. The rights that these particular Christians demand are all… every one of them… the right to deny others their rights and freedoms; the right to persecute, humiliate, and denigrate those who don’t share their doctrine and understanding of life. They stop short of demanding the right to kill blasphemers or to burn witches and perceived heretics at the stake. However, all the rights they claim they are denied have to do with persecuting others, denying others of equal rights with them, the right to subvert the Constitution (in America) or the Charter (in Canada).

In other words, such Christians demand special extra-constitutional rights for themselves, and those rights include attempting to destroy other people’s lives and to persecute those who don’t share their doctrines and understandings. All religious bodies have the right to assemble, read their holy books, and follow their religious practises, so long as those doctrines and religious practices don’t harm others or deprive others of their legal rights. If we believe in our particular Word of God, this gives us no rights to attack, spread hate about, persecute, or attempt to destroy the lives of other who have a different “Word of God” such as the Quran, which they equally deeply and sincerely believe to be the direct “Word of God”.

However, neither Muslims nor others have the right to do those things to those who believe that the Judeo/Christian Bible is the express “Word of God”. Moreover, neither we nor Muslims have any right whatsoever to persecute and destroy the lives of or denigrate those who either understand those Holy Books differently that one or another denomination, or who don’t accept their authority at all. To try to convert people is natural. To try to bully, coerce, and take over the government to force people by law to obey one religion or another is clearly just a form of Ego-Fascism. Compelling outward compliance and not converting the hearts of others seems to me to be utterly opposed to Christ Jesus and the Holy Apostles, that’s shameless and unworthy of the name “Christian”.

11 May 2017

Lazar Puhalo

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Editor:

Christianity is NOT under attack in the USA or Canada. Actually, some claim “rights” that don’t exist. For instance, many Orthodox parishes have made their parish halls places of public accommodation. That is, they rent them out to outsiders, to generate income. If you make your hall into a place of public accommodation, and not a parochial closed venue, then, you must follow the laws regarding places of public accommodation. You can’t allow some to rent the facility and deny it to others based on “sincerely held” beliefs. You must either open it to all comers or keep it as a closed venue. That’s the law in a secular state, and I believe that law to be a good one. Churches shouldn’t be in business… they have more important fish to fry. However, the lure of “easy money” seduces many. We shouldn’t be making our parish halls public banqueting facilities. I’d note that the Catholics don’t do so… they’re right in so doing.

Another so-called “right” is for public officials to refuse to carry out public duties. A civil marriage is NOT a sacramental marriage. A civil marriage is a legal arrangement… not a Mystery of the Church. Can a Christian carry out a “gay marriage?” If one is the public official responsible for such, you must. It isn’t a sacramental action… it’s nothing but a civil contract. Can you disagree with such publicly? Of course, that’s what free speech is all about… but you must also carry out your official duties to the secular state. That’s what many Christian people did in the Sov times. They did right. If a Christian doesn’t feel right in performing such an action, they should deputise a subordinate who’s willing to do it. That protects them… they uphold their duty under the law and uphold the dictates of their conscience, too. What one can’t do is to make a showy self-serving protest… we all know what the Apostle said about loud clashing cymbals, don’t we? Deputise someone and be done with it. That’s the ticket… it upholds conscience and denies the godless a chance to attack Christians and their faith. As the Apostle said, we must be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves. I’d say that it’s time for serpentine doves… self-inflicted splashy “martyrdom” isn’t Christian, after all…

BMD

Ike on the Dedication of the Islamic Centre in DC… It’s NOT Trump the Chump… Mutual Respect, Not “Multiculturalism”, That’s the Ticket

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It’s a privilege to take part in this ceremony of dedication. Meeting with you now, in front of one of the newest and most beautiful buildings in Washington, it’s fitting that we re-dedicate ourselves to the peaceful progress of all men under one God. I’d like to assure you that under the American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts, this Centre, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion. Indeed, America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience. This concept is, indeed, a part of America, and without that concept, we’d be something else than what we are.

The countries that sponsored and built this Islamic Centre have for centuries contributed to the building of civilisation. With their traditions of learning and rich culture, the countries of Islam have added much to mankind’s advancement. Inspired by a sense of brotherhood, common to our innermost beliefs, we can here together reaffirm our determination to secure the foundation of a just and lasting peace. Our country has long enjoyed a strong bond of friendship with the Islamic nations; like all healthy relationships, this relationship must be mutually beneficial. Civilisation owes to the Islamic world some of its most important tools and achievements. From fundamental discoveries in medicine to the highest planes of astronomy, the Muslim genius has added much to the culture of all peoples. That genius has been a wellspring of science, commerce and the arts, and has provided for all of us many lessons in courage and in hospitality.

This fruitful relationship between peoples, going far back into history, becomes more important each year. Today, thousands of Americans, both private individuals and governmental officials, live and work… and grow in understanding… amongst the peoples of Islam. At the same time, in our country, many from the Muslim lands… students, businessmen, and representatives of states… enjoy the benefits of experience amongst the people of this country. From these many personal contacts, here and abroad, I firmly believe that there will be a broader understanding and a deeper respect for the worth of all men, and a stronger resolution to work together for the good of mankind.

As I stand beneath these graceful arches, surrounded on every side by friends from far and near, I’m convinced that our common goals are both right and promising. Faithful to the demands of justice and of brotherhood, each working according to the lights of his own conscience, our world must advance along the paths of peace. Guided by this hope, I consider it a great personal and official honour to open the Islamic Centre, and I offer my congratulations to its sponsors and my best wishes to all who enter into its use.

Dwight D Eisenhower

President of the USA

1953-61

Salman Abedi Wasn’t a Lone Wolf… He Was a Known Wolf, and the Muslim Community Tried To Warn Us about Him

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Yesterday morning, an exasperated radio host asked, “What more can a law-abiding Muslim do?” after it emerged that the Manchester bomber’s family and friends tipped off MI5, who then missed five opportunities to stop him. I wasn’t surprised that we’d reported him… Muslims are as scared of being blown up as everyone else is. These people have ruined many Muslim nations. They’ve ripped our communities apart. We worry about them attacking our children’s minds. You check your kids’ web histories for porn… we do that too, but some of us also check for jihadi Twitter accounts.

Therefore, it’s completely natural for us to be the first to make the phone call when we see someone being a threat to our country and communities… even if we have sometimes felt excluded from the government’s top-down approach to the Prevent strategy. However, why are the pundits so quiet today? Shouldn’t they be as elated about Muslims reporting the terrorist, as they were outraged yesterday about “Muslims having to do more?” Why is a bad Muslim Brit more newsworthy than a good Muslim Brit? Why haven’t they hastily commissioned Trevor Philips to host an edgy documentary exposing how British Muslims act as unpaid informants for an under-resourced security service?

Under-resourced they are… that’s certain. There are 3,000 people on the UK terror watch list. MI5 has 4,000 staff. It takes 30 people to keep a terror suspect under surveillance… do the maths. The Americans spend five times as much as us (per capita) on intelligence. So why do we think we can do it on the cheap? Why do some of our politicians think our streets will stay safe, even though Greater Manchester police have had to let go nearly a third of their officers since 2010? At a time when our nation is crying out for leadership, it’s fallen to the opposition to demand more resources for first responders and crucially, for our security services. The opposition has also started to unpick the messy relationship between our foreign policy decisions abroad and terror at home.

I’m not just talking about the Iraq War. I’m also talking about our foreign policy élite spending millions to inadvertently create British jihadis in proxy wars in Libya, instead of letting our security services do their job properly. Our Prime Minister was Home Secretary and in charge of MI5 when they received tips about Abedi. Don’t the victims’ families have a right to an explanation about why they didn’t heed the warnings? Let no one say that Muslims didn’t cooperate with the authorities to report Abedi. Abedi flew a black jihadi flag out of his window in Manchester. His mosque banned him. His Imam reported him. His family reported him. His friends reported him. He wasn’t a lone wolf… he was a known wolf.

However, MI5 didn’t stop him. Not because they didn’t want to… because they run it on a shoestring, while Whitehall spends taxpayers’ money on propping up friends in Libya. I’m willing to pay more taxes if it means 8-year-old girls come home alive from pop concerts. I’m sure you are too. Nevertheless, even if you’re not, that might not be necessary… we spend twice as much on Trident as we do on security and intelligence. Last week, my niece asked me for Ariana Grande tickets. I’ve promised to take her, as soon as the tour restarts. I’ll do anything I can to help our security services keep her safe. What more can a law-abiding Muslim do?

27 May 2017

Muddassar Ahmed

The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/salman-abedi-manchester-attack-reported-family-imam-friends-did-nothing-a7757726.html

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