Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Christmas: A Celebration of Light, Family, Peace, Love, and Joy

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To His Holiness Kirill

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

Dear friends and comrades, my brothers and sisters!

From the Pacific Ocean to the icebound White Sea, our entire state is ready to celebrate Christmas… a beloved traditional holiday, the first in the new 2019. I’d like the feeling of joy, togetherness, and love to last for the whole coming year. Traditionally, we celebrate Christmas with the people most dear and close to us… our parents, children, grandchildren, workmates, friends, colleagues, and those with whom we share our joys and trials. However, according to ancient tradition, our thoughts turn these days to those treated badly by life, those who even on these joyful days are cold, hungry, uncomfortable, and anxious, and to those who vigilantly carry out their duty to protect the Motherland, to those who look after our health and safety. Mercy and gratitude figure largely in the Russian national character, in Russian people, in all those who live on our blessed land. Therefore, first of all, I want to give Christmas greetings to our servicemen, border guards, police, rescue workers, doctors, and volunteers, as well as to all those sick, weak, afflicted, orphaned, and homeless.

On this bright holiday, we look back as we gather around the festive table as if starting a new beginning in life. We evaluate our achievements; we blame ourselves for our errors, we make wishes, we give each other gifts, and we make plans for the coming year. On such days, we more than ever feel the unity of the past and the future. We can particularly clearly feel during the Christmas holidays the unity and interdependence of the world, of peoples, of countries, and of continents. Today, it’s more and more obvious that the formula of the “end of history” is fallen. The West actively imposed this on us immediately after the destruction of the USSR, when it seemed to many in the West that they defeated the ideals of social equality. Current events show that it isn’t so, history hasn’t reached a conclusion. The struggle for the interests of the working people, for justice, which is trampled upon by self-lovers, exploiters, and rapists, is only growing.  The confrontation between labour and capital, between rich and poor, is growing, becoming ever more acute and spilling over into open protests of the disadvantaged. We give them our sympathy and special support during these Christmas days.

Our great state is now a target for continuous attacks by its traditional opponents and detractors. A siege is coming for our country, when the base of the “approach” is almost along its entire perimeter… not only to intimidate us but also for possible aggression. The goal is to grasp the gigantic resources of Russia, to take our open spaces connecting East and West. They want to make our people forget their dignity and great history. We, as heirs of a mighty state and its glorious past, are particularly concerned about the process of alienation of the fraternal Ukraine from the Russian Federation, which they are trying to strike at the very heart, to knock out the canonical Orthodox Church, which is the support of the people. When the new government banned the activities of the Communist Party of the Ukraine in 2015, when they subjected its headquarters, newspapers, and offices to pogroms, when they defamed its leaders and activists, we warned that the process of destruction wouldn’t stop there. Indeed, such happened. In the Ukraine, not only do we see a revival of Nazi madness, but also a dangerous church schism, conceived far from the Dnieper and implemented with Byzantine cunning and American-English perfidy.

The schismatics don’t heed the words of the Fathers:

Making divisions in the Church is no less evil than to fall into heresy … even the blood of martyrdom doesn’t wash away the sin of schism.

St John Chrysostom Interpretation to Ephesians: 65, 11 

They don’t hear the witness of Orthodoxy:

The division of the churches is the work of the devil.

St Ioann Kronshtadtsky My Life in Christ Part II, 9

They don’t attend to the sayings of righteous elders:

Fear division and schism in the Church! Fear to fall away from the Mother Church, for only it alone holds back the lava of anti-Christian revelry in the world now! … Our task is to protect the Church from schism and heresies.

Archimandrite Ioann Krestyankin

In these hard times, we wish steadfastness for all Orthodox, not only those in the fraternal Ukraine. We all need to be firm and faithful. We hope that the cup of trials and torment would pass us by. We hope that the lava of bitterness won’t cover the Ukrainian land and that a hopeless “St Bartholomew’s Night” wouldn’t fall on it. We still believe that we can admonish the misguided, sober those intoxicated with anger, to reach out to our disoriented brethren, addressing them with the message of the poem Slavs by Fyodor Tyutchyov:

Hello, from us to all of you!

On the feast of peace and love …

Although hostile destiny

Separated us,

We’re still one people,

Sons of the same mother

Finally, we wish our beloved Russia to overcome inertia and embark on creative transformations in the interests of the majority, without imitating others, without the camouflage of showy festivities. It’s very important for us to return to the main achievements of the Soviet period… affordable education for all, truly free healthcare, and high-quality social security. The past year dealt a severe blow to whole generations of our citizens, who now have to work even longer, rolling up their sleeves in order to receive their expected and deserved reward from the state in the form of pensions. It’s become ever clearer to those able to see and hear that the course imposed on our country is a course going nowhere. As promised, we’ll continue to strive to achieve the creation of a socially responsible government focused on the national interests of the country, which would take care of the workers, overcome poverty and corruption, and wouldn’t serve the oligarchic clans who illegally appropriated gigantic resources for themselves. We can and should invest the national wealth in science, education, culture, and sports… in real modernisation, not its ostentatious imitation.

The quality of any policy is determined by the welfare and well-being of our people, by their life expectancy and education, and by its respect for our country and people. To realise our national interests, we need new objectives, another way of thinking, and a new socio-political culture. In this Christmas holiday season, the KPRF and other popular patriotic forces once again affirm that we’d actively struggle with all the situations facing our people, for the creation of social justice, to implant a creative and honest moral-political situation in the country and in the authorities. We must turn away from the course of destruction and return to the path of goodness and creativity. Otherwise, we’d spiral finally into the funnel of the crisis.

My dear compatriots, I greet all of you on the holiday, I hope that together we’d be able to prevent adversity and protect our fellow citizens, as we see in the All-Night Vigil:

Preserve us from hunger, destruction, fear, fire, sword, foreign invasion, internecine strife, and from all enemies, visible and invisible.

I believe that every malice and pride in everyday life, despondency, and negligence in our hearts will come to an end, and love, humanity and brotherly love would strengthen them.

С Праздником! С Рождеством Христовым!

To the feast! To the Nativity of Christ!

6 January 2019

G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

https://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/181627.html?fbclid=IwAR2o3HmR-bT1T649Q9O3tAmHFznylGgJTCKsvzMMlvi72ILvS3sdpB7YNK4

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

If You Support Kavanaugh, You Support Torture as an Ordinary Means of Policy

Yes… greed walks openly in our streets and “Christians” like Franklin Graham bow down before it. None dare call it evil…

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Brett Kavanaugh is an American Wilhelm Frick.

Frick was a bureaucrat, a lawyer. He never hurt anyone personally. He never got his hands dirty, he never kicked anyone in the face, and he never even raised his voice. He was a consummate apparatchik… he filed papers, he wrote out draft legislation, and he saw to it that everything was according to the laws extant at that time. He was a respectable man. He was a pillar of society.

Frick died on the gallows in 1946 as a war criminal.

Brett Kavanaugh’s decisions in favour of torture are exactly the same as Frick’s legal apologia for the Holocaust. Exactly identical. That is, “conservatives” praise Kavanaugh for the very behaviour that led decent people to reject Wilhelm Frick as a monster outside normal society. This says much about so-called “movement conservatives”, about the Republican Party, about neoliberalism in general (which includes rightwing Dems such as the Clintons and those who voted for Kavanaugh), and what America has become.

I’d suggest that we’ve devolved… that we’ve turned into amoral grasping hedonists who worship money and power, who hate any mention of objective right and morals. Ponder this… most of those who worship Mammon loudly profess “Christianity”. Do recall what Our Lord said on this. I’d say that we have a great deal of repentance and recompense to do. We could start with not commodifying everything and stopping rewarding filth like Wall Street scum, real estate “developers”, and healthcare industry thieves… Kavanaugh approves of their actions and of the ideology that underpins their rapine… another point to ponder.

Shall we get up? That remains to be seen…

BMD

Saturday, 23 June 2018

23 June 2018. This is Why I Oppose “Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs” Outside of a Purely Religious Venue

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This post isn’t something I generally do, but last night I experienced something no woman should ever have to go through, especially under these circumstances or any other circumstances. I hadn’t planned on telling anyone outside our immediate family, but two months ago we were surprised to find that I was pregnant. After a previous miscarriage, the doctor was monitoring me weekly. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, we found out the baby’s development had stopped and I ultimately would have a miscarriage. My doctor gave me two options… D and C or a prescription medication. I opted for a prescription. Last night, I went to pick up my medication at my local Walgreens only to be denied the prescription I need. I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist explaining my situation in front of my 7-year-old and five customers standing behind only to be denied because of his ethical beliefs. I get it we all have our beliefs. However, what he failed to understand is this isn’t the situation I had hoped for; this isn’t something I wanted. This is something I have zero control over. He has no idea what it’s like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so. If you have gone through a miscarriage, you know the pain and emotional roller-coaster it can be. I left Walgreens in tears, ashamed and feeling humiliated by a man who knows nothing of my struggles but feels it’s his right to deny medication prescribed to me by my doctor. I’m unsure where Walgreens draws the lines with their pharmacists, but does this mean he denies women the right to birth control and the morning after pill? What’s the stance with fertility drugs? I share this story because I wish no other women to have to go through something like this at a time when you’re vulnerable and already suffering. I’m left in disbelief on how this can happen. How is this okay? I can’t be the only one who has gone through this.

22 June 2018

Nicole Mone

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In Peoria AZ? Visit this moron and give him a dose of your “ethical beliefs” about his self-righteous control-freak fascist ass… torturing another woman for Republican Jesus in this mighty “land of the free”.    Walgreens: you no longer have my business… apparently, it’s time to research drug-store chain medical harassment of women policies.  

23 June 2018

Rebecca Hosford

Facebook

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Editor:

This posturing motherfucker loves humiliating people in public:

Brian Hreniuc, PharmD

Walgreens

9040 W Peoria Ave

Peoria AZ 85345-6406

“Sincerely held religious beliefs” only goes so far. I’m a believer; no one can accuse me of hating religion. I’m a Russian Orthodox Christian; I try my best to live a moral and upright life. However, I can’t force my beliefs on others. Not only is this immoral in the secular ethical sense, Our Lord Christ would condemn such a stance, for He never once used coercion or humiliation.

Let me give an example. If a religious body wishes to ban “gay marriages”, well, you might not like it, but that’s within not only their natural right as human beings, it’s their right under the US Constitution. That’s a “sincerely held religious belief”. If you want to roll on the floor or handle snakes, it’s the same thing. However, if you rent out your parish hall to all comers as a banqueting space, well, that’s not “religious”… it’s secular, so, all normal legal standards apply. That is, you can oppose homosexuality from the pulpit… that’s a function of your religion. On the other hand, you can’t deny a gay couple the right to rent your hall for a reception if you rent it to others outside of your parish. The one is a protected religious belief; the other is a normal secular financial transaction, making your hall a venue for celebrations of those outside your group. I find the distinction clear. If you don’t want gays to use your space, you’d have to ban the use of your parish hall as a paid banqueting or meeting venue. I actually would like to see parishes get out of the banqueting/meeting space business. Let’s go back to letting groups such as the Boy/Girl Scouts and the Little League use our space free. That’s being good neighbours. It also protects the parish’s rights under the law.

In this case, the pharmacist was shabby and beyond the pale. If he didn’t want to dispense such drugs, he should’ve never chosen that profession. He didn’t prescribe the drugs nor is he going to use them. He’s only a dispenser. All legitimate ethicists would say that his moral responsibility in this is nil. Dispensing drugs is his job. Full stop. If he doesn’t want to do that, he should find another job. I find this episode disgusting and without any warrant. It totally floors me that such a person expects his employer to defend his action.

WALGREENS DELENDA EST… if they back this poseur. Give ‘em a reasonable chance, but if they support this POS… Kaufft nicht bei Walgreens.

BMD

The Difference Between Lies and Bullshit

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The point isn’t that Bush knew there weren’t WMDs in Iraq, but that he didn’t care whether there were or not. This is the difference between a lie and bullshit… a lie is saying something you know to be untrue, bullshit is saying something without caring to find out if it’s true.

April 2017

Current Affairs

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/04/i-dont-care-how-good-his-paintings-are-he-still-belongs-in-prison

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