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Saturday, 5 April 2014

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin: American Hysteria on Crimea’s Reunification Proves Washington’s Dangerous Political Games

00 Russia Wants War. 05.04.14

This illustrates the paranoia now regnant in Washington… the inmates run the asylum and Zbig cries, “Off with their heads”


The news of Crimea’s reunification with Russia put Barack Obama out of sorts. He abandoned all that he learned at Harvard, namely history, geography, international law, as well as the rules of politeness, convenience, and goodwill; he rejected the decorum required of him as head of state and started listing by name all the Moscow officials who displeased him, threatening Russia with punitive measures. The hysterics in Washington on Crimea’s reunification is evidence of the dangerous political games hatched in Washington offices. By receiving the Ukraine’s so-called Prime Minister recently, Washington showed the stakes that it places on the contemporary Ukraine.

Speaking in terms of what politicians refer to as a “tall order”, the Ukraine is no more than a pawn in Washington’s extensive and dangerous political game. The stakes are really much higher. In fact, on the banks of the Potomac, one sees markedly poor leadership, with a related drop in prestige of the USA in today’s world. The leadership in question… the US strategic goals… suffered and continues to suffer substantial setbacks in the half a century since the end of the Second World War. Military and political defeats from Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan, the loss in Latin America of what Washington for 200 years saw as its backyard, the economic crisis that erupted on Wall Street in 2008, and the astronomical 17 trillion USD (600 trillion Roubles. 18.7 trillion CAD. 18.3 trillion AUD. 12.4 trillion Euros. 10.3 trillion UK Pounds) US federal debt seriously damaged the much-desired American leadership of the world.

The most important thing was that Washington hoped that once they won the Cold War that they’d deal with a weak Russia, which would no longer bar their way to world domination, but these hopes are finally dashed. They clearly didn’t expect Russia to bounce back to the forefront of world politics under a President recognised as one of the most authoritative world leaders. As for Barack Obama, the 44th occupant of the White House, who sought to improve things for the USA, he runs the risk of joining the list of failed presidents. Last autumn, the USA witnessed a government shutdown. The country lived in conditions of dual power, in a Congressional/Presidential standoff. In autumn this year, the USA is due to hold midterm elections, with Obama suffering his worst approval rating thus far.

Eager to lay their hands on the Ukraine, the USA paid a lot of money and made Herculean efforts to assert its position, dig in its heels, and display its strength, so that they could deploy military bases next to Russia’s border in future. By giving a resounding rebuff to such plans, Moscow not only took care of Russia’s national security, which is important in itself, but it also cut the Washington hawks down to size. These stakes define much not only in today’s world, but also in tomorrow’s.

00 Valentin Sergeyevich Zorin. 26.04.1320 March 2014

Valentin Zorin

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

BBC Buys Into Junta Lies About Sashko Bily… WHY?

00 Karl Kraus saying. 26.03.14


Firstly, read this. That was fibs from stern to stern; now, pour yourself a drink, knock it back, and say, “To hell with the Beeb!” Sometimes, you have to read repulsive shit to stay informed… this is one such time. However, the important question is, “WHY is the Beeb acting as an apologist for the Timoshenko junta?” Firstly, its presenters and writers don’t have a scrap of character amongst them, they all know that if they don’t repeat the Party Line of the moment, their ass is grass. They’re relatively innocent, as things go. I believe that the Anglosphere governments are lining up behind the junta just as the EU’s getting cold feet. You see, the rest of the world has to bow down at the feet of the superior Anglo-Saxons and kiss their bare ass at every opportunity… otherwise, the Anglos get their nose out of joint. In this case, the neoliberals in the Anglosphere (both “Libertarian” and “Liberal”) are so stupid that they don’t realise that the rest of the world is attending to its interests, not to their dictates.

Indeed, it may signal the end of the 25-year run of American Exceptionalism on the world stage. Mind you, the USA will still be there, but it’d be cut down to size to what it was during the Cold War… one of the actors on the stage, a major one, but not the only major one. As for the lies published by the Beeb… well, they’ve deteriorated, that’s all that one can say of it. Don’t be too harsh… any of the Western media whores would’ve done likewise (or worse)… if it wasn’t the Beeb, it would’ve been Christiane Amanpour, Serge Schmemann, Ann Coulter, or Sophia Kishkovsky… they’re all cousins under the skin, aren’t they?

Pass the jug… the world hasn’t got any less crank in the last 24…


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Gazprom Ups Rates for Gas to the Ukraine… Crimean Tatars Can Regain Property Under Russian Law… Yarosh to Run for Ukrainian President

00 euromaidan terrorists. 02.04.14


On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Gazprom said that it was increasing gas rates for the Ukraine to 385.50 USD (13,513 Roubles. 425.25 CAD. 417 AUD. 279.50 Euros. 232 UK Pounds) per 1,000 cubic metres (35,315 cubic feet) in the second quarter from the previous rate of 268.50 USD (9,413 Roubles. 296.25 CAD. 290.75 AUD. 194.75 Euros. 161.50 UK Pounds). Gazprom CEO Aleksei Miller said that the Ukraine’s debt for unpaid gas bills stood at 1.7 billion USD (59.6 billion Roubles. 1.88 billion CAD. 1.84 billion AUD. 1.24 billion Euros. 1.03 billion UK Pounds) as of Tuesday.


On Tuesday, Interfax reported that the Federation Council approved a bill at a special session ending Russian-Ukrainian treaties on the Black Sea Fleet. The law on Russian naval bases in the Crimea passed unanimously. The draft law invalidates the Russian-Ukrainian treaties of 28 May 1997 dividing the Soviet Black Sea Fleet, on the status and conditions for the Black Sea Fleet to remain in the Crimea, on mutual payments related to the Black Sea Fleet, and a further similar agreement signed in Kharkov on 21 April 2010. A note observed, “Following the signing of an agreement between the Russian Federation and the Crimean entities on 18 March 2014 on their accession to the RF and on our forming new federal subjects within the RF, the Russian-Ukrainian agreements for leasing base facilities from the Ukraine for the Black Sea Fleet became irrelevant and moot”. The note also referenced articles 61 and 62 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 1969, according to which Russia has the right to end relevant treaties.


There’s no need to ask the Ukraine whether the RF can base military forces on its own territory… which the Crimea became after the all-Crimea referendum. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John McCain can rant and bawl all that they want, but the USA has no power to affect this outcome (McCain’s never gotten over being shot down by a Soviet-made SAM… invalidating his childish hallucinations of personal invulnerability). The Ukrainian junta is on a slo-mo track to self-destruction, and the US Republican Party is screaming bloody murder. You know whom NOT to vote for in November… don’t vote for those who want to trample on the motherland for the sake of the McMansion filth.



In an article published on Tuesday, Berliner Zeitung, one of Germany’s leading newspapers, said that Yuliya Timoshenko mustn’t become the next president of the Ukraine. According to Berliner Zeitung observer Frank Herold, Timoshenko as president would be catastrophic for Ukraine, writing, “Timoshenko is part of the Ukrainian problem, not a solution to it… She fell out of touch with reality, positioning herself as a candidate that’d unite Ukrainians, whilst, in fact, polarising them more than anyone else. Timoshenko’s belligerent rhetoric is very alarming. She vowed to recover the Crimea, but stressed that it was only possible through war. So far, it’s unclear what the Ukraine’s future priorities are, but the country would definitely miss opportunities if Timoshenko becomes president… she obliged the oligarchs to play according to the rules, but forgot to explain [to Ukrainians] how she scraped up her fortune. A Timoshenko victory would have catastrophic consequences for the Ukraine, because she favours the country’s partition… Timoshenko has discredited herself. She’s unfit to be president, because she belongs to the ‘old’ Ukraine, a Ukraine in which the political establishment was split into two corrupted kleptocratic groups… one ruled, whilst the other stood in opposition”.


Aleksei Pilko, Director of the Eurasian Communications Centre, said, “The USA hoped that the Ukrainian crisis would weaken Russia, instead, it ended up in Russia regaining the Crimea and becoming stronger, whilst the Ukraine is in its worst political turmoil in the post-Soviet era. The USA suffered a major geopolitical defeat in the Ukraine because it profoundly underestimated Russia. Blinded by their post-Cold War illusions, American strategists wrongly perceived Russia as lacking political willpower and military strength, perpetually teetering on the brink of economic collapse. Such illusions dominated the American political mentality for a quarter of a century; they’re behind US Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power’s hysterical remark that Russia lost the Cold War and should behave accordingly. Those illusions explain why US President Barack Obama called Russia a ‘weak regional power’. The overblown cult of ‘victory in the Cold War’, hammered by the media into the minds of Americans, led to political shortsightedness and the inability to take a sober look at new global realities“.


The USA should watch its rhetoric. We don’t need a repeat of the events of August 1914, when no one listened to anyone else. It didn’t “win” the Cold War… it ended by mutual exhaustion. Indeed, one of the causes of the ’08 US meltdown was leftover Reagan debts… Slobberin’ Ronnie paid for the Cold War on tick, and the GOP refused to pay its own bills (the rich needed their cut cuts… poor babies!). Gorbachyov was a fawning zapadnik… the collapse of the USSR wasn’t due to the USA at all, it occurred due to Gorbachyov’s incompetence. Since 1991, there’s been a power vacuüm. Now, it’s no longer empty… Russia and China stand united against the American grasp for global hegemony (“The Global War against Terror”… brought to you by the greatest killer of innocents since 1991!). Don’t the Republicans realise that their bellicose rhetoric only drives the Russians and Chinese into a closer embrace? Oh, well, it’s proof that the title “Stupid Party” isn’t simply an accusation.



According to “112” Ukrainian TV, Igor Mazur, the Right Sector leader in Kiev, stated that the Right Sector intends to continue arming itself unless the situation on the Ukrainian borders and in Kiev changes, saying, “If the war continues to come to the Ukraine, the Right Sector will be in the first trenches, it’d defend the Ukrainian state. A sufficient number of our enemies know that”.


Brave words! However, cached small arms and explosives don’t stop modern armies. However, it does mean that the Ukie nationalists intend turning to terrorism once they fall… but after all, they’re the spiritual children of Bandera, a mass murderer and criminal. They’re also stupid… terrorism will turn the people against them. I fear that the West’s overweening arrogance will lead to the deaths of thousands of innocent Ukrainians (already, it’s led to the brutalisation of thousands). Victoria Nuland deserves to swing at the end of a rope for that, but she won’t… she’ll live out her days in prosperity… woe to those who call good “evil” and evil “good”.

By the way, I’m not threatening Ms Nuland, I’m merely pointing up that her actions fit the Nürnberg criteria. We hung Nazis for that, and, if there were justice (and there isn’t), she’d share their fate. I’d never harm her or threaten her… I’m not that stupid. Let her live out her life… she won’t be bothered by any scruples or qualms (indeed, she considers herself quite moral and spotless). It tells you much about l’Condition inhumaine, doesn’t it?



00 Ravil Gainutdin in Crimea. 02.04.14.


00 crimea mosque simferopol. 02.04.14


Mufti Ravil Gainutdin, head of the Russian Council of Muftis, who just returned from a trip to the Crimea after being invited by Emirali Ablayev, the Mufti of Crimea, emphasised that the Crimea’s reunification with Russia would open new opportunities for Crimean Tatars to build a new life on their own land. Now, as the Crimea is part of Russia, Crimean Tatars would be able to reclaim mosques and Islāmic schools seized by the Soviet government under a Russian law governing confiscated religious property, it allows for the return of property now owned by the state or municipal bodies to religious organisations.

TASS reported that Mufti Gainutdin said that Muslims in the Crimea are strong enough to withstand radical pseudo-Islamic religious trends and to protect ordinary Muslims from their influence. He said that the Ukrainian junta gave a green light to creating various forces opposed to the Mufti Spiritual Authority of Crimea and official religious organisations to weaken the Crimean Tatar population’s influence on the peninsula and the Muslim Spiritual Board’s credibility, saying, “The Mufti of Crimea is a wise man who wouldn’t declare war on anybody because he believes that the word of enlightenment is a clergyman’s main weapon. He keeps Hizb ut-Tahrir and similar movements under control. The aim of Islam is to educate and train clergymen who can take the word of Almighty Allah to every believer. Russian Muslims are ready to share their experience of creating a system of religious education with their fellow-Muslims in the Crimea”.

Mufti Gainutdin visited Crimea on 27-29 March; he said that many towns, mosques, and Islāmic schools were in a dire state after the past twenty years. Sharing his impressions from meeting Crimean Tatar spiritual leaders and ordinary Muslims, he emphasised, “Now, Crimean Tatars will have the right to restore their ownership of cult institutions that the government confiscated from them; they’ll take back buildings that belonged to their religious organisations. Crimea’s incorporation into Russia will open new opportunities for Crimean Tatars to build a new life on their own land and overcome the consequences of Stalin’s deportation. They understand that contemporary Russia is doing a lot to create conditions for Muslim spiritual and cultural development. The Muslims of the Crimea look forward to starting a new life, Crimean Tatars worried as they lacked rehabilitation over the past 20 years. Besides, Crimean Tatars had no basis to improve their condition, to stop being outcasts, and start living normal lives. Now, Crimean Tatars realise that they’re going to get rehabilitation at last. They aren’t going to leave the Crimea; they hope that Russia will respect their rights. Crimean Tatars believe in Russia. They want to be united with our 20-million-strong Umma, which is well-protected, which advances, and which lives a full life”.


On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Federal Migration Service told ITAR-TASS that the number of Ukrainian nationals who applied at the Moscow department of the Federal Migration Service seeking permits for long-term stays in Russia increased by seven times, noting, “The number of Ukrainian citizens who applied at the Moscow department of the Federal Migration Service alone for a permit for a long-term stay in Russia has increased by seven times”, however they didn’t give exact figures. Earlier, Nikolai Gavrichkov, a spokesman for the Moscow department of the Federal Migration Service, said that more than 20,000 Ukrainians contacted the Moscow department since the beginning of the year, of whom 14,000 sought work permits.


ITAR-TASS reported that the Ukrainian Central Election Commission finally registered Dmitri Yarosh, the leader of the extremist Right Sector, as a presidential candidate in the Ukrainian presidential election scheduled for 25 May. Earlier on Tuesday, the election commission put off considering Yarosh’s registration documents to clarify some financial aspects of the procedure. Some commission members voiced doubts that the Yarosh personally placed the deposit of 2.5 million Gryvnias (7.8 million Roubles. 221,000 USD. 244,000 CAD. 239,000 AUD. 160,000 Euros. 133,000 UK Pounds) required for participation in the election. According to Zhanna Usenko-Chernaya, a member of the Central Election Commission, Yarosh and his family members declared no income on their tax returns for 2013. After Oshchadbank confirmed that Yarosh personally deposited the above sum, the Central Election Commission registered him as a presidential contender.

Also on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Central Election Commission officially registered Oleg Tyagnibok, the Svoboda leader, Anatoly Gritsenko, a Rada People’s Deputy, Nataliya Korolevskaya, the former Minister of Social Policy, Olga Bogomolets, a public figure, and Vasili Tsushko, the ex-head of the Antimonopoly Committee. Thus, by now, twenty people are officially registered candidates for President of the Ukraine.

1 April 2014

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Monday, 24 March 2014

24 March 2014. A Note to My Readers on the News Focus Lately… And a Kind Word on What This Blog Is and What It Isn’t

00 The Whole Truth. 10.11.13



This is in third parts. The first is about the current news. The second is about the relationship of politics and religion. The third is more about what I believe… and how it affects my life. God willing, all will interest (and be of use) to you.



00 ukrainian rioter 02. 31.01.14


We’re heading into an uncharted future…

Lately, there’s been much focus on the situation in the Ukraine… it’s an event of epic historical dimensions. I’m going to be 60 on 8 April… there’ve been only two other events of comparable import. The first was Reagan’s accession to power in 1981… that brought in the present Dark Age of Rapine. The second was the fall of the USSR in 1991… that ushered in the Second Smuta… a Time of Troubles worse than the first one was. These two streams worked on one another… a fable arose in the West that crapitalism had “defeated” socialism. That wasn’t so… the Cold War ended in mutual exhaustion… the collapse of the USSR was due mostly to Gorbachyov’s incompetence and stupid misrule, not to any systemic rot in socialism.

We saw the American/German-fomented breakup of Socialist Federal Yugoslavia. The peoples of that region still haven’t regained the standard of living that they had under socialism. It’s true that the richest 5 percent are FAR better off, but it was the expense of the other 95 percent. Fifteen years ago, we saw the aggression against Serbia… the USA ripped Kosovo away from Serbia without a referendum or plebiscite. This war still isn’t resolved… Kosovo only exists due to an US/EU occupation force. After Bush the Simple’s election, we saw new wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that haven’t worked themselves out, either.

Then, in 2008, Russia turned aside the American-led invasion of South Ossetia. That started with a rocket attack on sleeping civilians… the Georgian invaders attempted to overrun the Russian peacekeepers and South Ossetian Opolchenie. In particular, the Ossetians fought like devils… they fought the only war worth fighting, defending the motherland against a foreign foe. After all, the Georgians had tried wiping out the Ossetians in the early 90s, and memories in the Caucasus are long. That war was my first experience of covering the news… it taught me much. The most important takeaway was the American media never told the truth (and most of its “journalists” were dirt-ignorant “pretty faces” without a stitch of knowledge about Russia and the Orthosphere). However, they were far above American official spokesmen, chosen for their telegenic looks and mawkish “sincerity” (Sarah Palin is a model of the breed… Jen Psaki is typical of them in her “expertise”).

The Russian victory broke the spell that America had held over the world since the collapse of the USSR. Russia turned America back… and decisively so. The post-1991 world was over… but what was going to replace it? We’re seeing the opening acts of that now. The USA intervened in the Ukraine to place a neoliberal crapitalist junta in place… to destroy the semi-socialist system in place there (the US Republican Party, in particular, hates what it calls “socialism”, as they’re the obedient running dogs of the American oligarch class). However, to put their neoliberal clients in power, the Americans had to include fascists in the coalition. This was THE red flag to Russia. Russia hasn’t forgotten the Great Victory… nor has it forgotten the cost. Russians HATE fascism… and including the Right Sector and Svoboda in the junta guaranteed a reaction not only from Russia, but also from Russians in the Ukraine.

The present Ukrainian state can’t continue in its present form. The Anglo-Saxon Americans saw to that. If anything shows their stupidity, ignorance, and petulance, this does. If they had simply waited for the promised election, Yanukovich would’ve been gone. It was only a matter of months. I think that one reason for the haste is that their mentor, Zbig, is getting on in years, and he feels the cold breath of mortality… and he wanted to see Russia “humbled” before his death. Ergo, the haste.

The Americans stupidly lit the fuse… and it hasn’t reached the dynamite yet. Yet, the status quo ante is gone, irremediably so. Either the Ukraine becomes a rather loose federal state (more like Switzerland than Germany), as Pyotr Simonenko of the KPU has insisted for quite some time, or the situation will become so muddled that no one could give you a reasonable answer. Zbig lost his gamble… Nuland and Herbst showed their incompetence (Kerry is a political buffoon; he’s no real diplomat like the Old Master, Sergei Lavrov). We’re all in a hurtling train with no bloody idea on where’s its going. When the dust settles, the present order will be gone. God alone knows what’ll replace it.


00 Great Minds Think Alike! 27.11.13



We can respect one another… we can fight for a better world together

I have two very different readerships here. One focuses on politics, in particular, leftist politics. The other focuses on religion, Russian Orthodoxy, in particular. It all depends on the news flow, what receives priority. Lately, there hasn’t been much religious news… Russian Orthodox people here in the diaspora are knackered after dealing with overheated “church politics” for some time. They want peace (and, rightfully so). Of course, that means less “news”.

Yet, these groups aren’t mutually exclusive. Firstly, my religion informs my political beliefs, and, indeed, if I’m to follow the REAL leaders of the Church such as Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev (“HH”: His Holiness), I have to turn leftwards! HH is friends with many leftist leaders, and stood by Fidel Castro Ruz when many others turned their backs. HH thinks that the Cuban healthcare system rocks and he believes that the present crapitalist economic order is evil (a position reiterated by his spokesman, Fr Vsevolod Chaplin).

Secondly, I believe that leftist believers and secularists have much in common. We both want a world with justice and equity; we both want a fair share-out of resources. We both oppose crapitalist greed and aggression; we share a wish to build a better world for our children. In any case, the antitheistic left is dead (save for some leftovers here and there)… the left grew past that. Crapitalism is static greed, the Left is more dynamic… the dialectic means that it changes as it faces new facts and situations. Antitheism proved to be a dead-end, just as enforced “religion” did. With that out-of-the-way, we can concentrate on what we hold in common… and that’s quite a bit. The Cross and the Red Banner are natural allies… Christ wasn’t tacked up for being an apologist for the powers-that-be! G A Zyuganov gives Easter greetings to believers… that’s the Communism of today!

I think that we have to think of terminology… I prefer “secularism” to “atheism” or “irreligion”… the latter focus on what they aren’t, the first is a positive statement. Besides, it doesn’t have any of the negative baggage of the latter two terms. Just as there’s much common ground between leftist believers and secularists… there’s much common ground between rightwing believers and seculars. I’d go so far as to say that a leftist believer has more in common with a leftist secularist than they have with a rightwing “believer”. Indeed, to accommodate the greed and aggression of the right, believers have to make major assaults on Christianity… that is, the loud Pat Robertsons and megachurch pastors aren’t in the Christian mainstream at all.


00 The Real Jesus. 10.11.13


My God-given duty is to love you as you are… and that’s that

I am NOT a theologian, cleric, or monastic. I’m a very secular laywoman, with a strong Russian Orthodox faith. Therefore, even when I talk about religion, I’m coming from a very secular slant… in the sense that I’m not clerical or monastic, and you shouldn’t expect that from me. What I say isn’t “the teaching of the Church”… it’s my take on things; it’s how I see them. I’m not spouting theology… I’m not going to gush pietism and “holy spiels”. I’m going to tell it as I see things, and that’ll mean that I use rather “unholy” language at times.

I go to liturgy because God’s there… I don’t go to listen to sermons or show off my “piety”. I don’t believe in preaching at people… if my behaviour doesn’t tell you what I believe in, all the words in the world couldn’t help. In any case, I don’t believe in proselytising… God brings the increase, not me! I’m no exemplar… I’m an ordinary sinful-ginful, who does her best to live as she should. I’ll give you a hand… but I’ll never preach at you… that’s sinful pride!  I’m going to do my best to live as I should… and that means that I won’t go about trying to change you.

I believe in “Unholy Holiness”… that’s not a contradiction in terms. I believe that we should stand unflinchingly for what’s right and true… and if that means that we stand against “religious people”… so be it. We should have the courage to make the leap of faith (as Kierkegaard put it)… knowing that means that we must have child-like trust in our hearts. I’ll confide to you that many secular people are comfortable with that. There’s much too much demonisation on both sides. Religious people aren’t Duck Dynasty cut-outs. Secularists aren’t ravening church-burners.

We’re all rather human. The older that I get, the less comfortable I am with categorical denunciations. Not all “Pro-Lifers” are angels (indeed, most are supporters of the most evil anti-people platforms out there)… not all “Pro-Choicers” are devils (most see abortion as a messy solution, best avoided). Mind you, I say “amen” to the Church’s real teaching, which is that we should try to protect life at all levels… I happen to believe that waving placards and supporting Republican pro-war politicians isn’t a good or proper way to do it. We’ve fallen… and all too many of us REFUSE to get up.


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