Voices from Russia

Saturday, 16 August 2014

16 August 2014. Now, For Something Entirely Different… There Be Orthodoxy in Darkest Africa, I Hear…

00 african orthodox church. 16.08.14



Do you know WHY Holy Orthodoxy is the fastest growing religion in Sub-Saharan Africa? Of course, it’s the True Faith and it appears to simple innocent people with signs and wonders. However, there’s more to it… unlike the RCs and Protestants, Orthodoxy appeared in Black Africa as ANTI-imperialist. It didn’t come in under the protection of the colonialists’ bayonets. Catholics, Anglicans, and Protestants all came to the black man as a part of the white man’s often brutal, sometimes patronising, but always condescending dictatorship.

On the other hand, Orthodoxy came to modern Africa from Greece and (especially) Cyprus. Cyprus, like much of Africa, had been under arrogant and arbitrary British rule and imperialism. Like the Africans, the Cypriots loathed their “paternal” overlords and their condescending snootiness… they struggled long and hard to break free. When Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda struggled for their freedom and dignity after World War II, they found rich support from Metropolitan Makarios of Cyprus, who furnished Africans with both spiritual weaponry (The Holy Faith) and material weaponry (military training and support from Cyprus).

The African peoples NEVER forgot this… Greeks and Russians (yes, even in the time of the USSR) won the love of the African peoples… and their Faith inspired Africans too… Orthodox Christianity. It was a Christianity free of the White Man’s Diktat. The struggle of the Kenyan freedom fighters against the Brit occupiers was a hard one, as the Brits had no scruples and spared no one. However, with God’s help, in the end, the natives kicked out the Brits and won their freedom. Cyprus was the first nation to recognise the sovereignty and independence of almost a dozen African states. Africans haven’t forgotten this… nor have they forgotten the cruelties of the conceited and snotty Western Europeans and Anglo Americans. We see their narcissism and wilfulness in the Ukraine today, don’t we? They sure haven’t changed, have they?



Monday, 14 October 2013

14 October 2013. RIA-Novosti Presents… Our “Smaller Brothers”… Братья наши меньшие

00 Little Brothers 01. Dog. Vancouver BC. 14.10.13

Parishioners at a church in Vancouver BC CANADA can attend services with their pets. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord! Praise ye the Lord!


00 Little Brothers 02. Elephant. Africa. 14.10.13

The governments of Kenya and Tanzania are holding a joint census of elephants and other large mammals. Are the tickbirds the census-takers? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…


00 Little Brothers 03. Lions. Africa. Kenya. 14.10.13

Lions bagging zee’s at a Kenya Wildlife Service conservation centre.


00 Little Brothers 04. Crested porcupine. Szeged HUNGARY. 14.10.13

A three-week-old crested porcupine riding on its mother’s back at a zoo in Szeged (Szeged DIstrict. Csongrád County. Dél-Alföld Region) HUNGARY.


00 Little Brothers 05. Yellow baboons. Antwerp Zoo BELGIUM. 14.10.13

Yellow baboons chillin’ at the Antwerp Zoo in Anvers/Antwerpen (Arrondissement Antwerpen. Province AntwerpenFlanders Region) BELGIUM.


00 Little Brothers 06. white lion cub. Belgrade Zoo. SERBIA. 14.10.13

A tiny white lion cub was born at the Belgrade Zoo in Belgrade (Belgrade Municipal OkrugSERBIA. The little guy doesn’t have a name yet.


00 Little Brothers 07. stork. Strasbourg Zoo. FRANCE. 14.10.13

A stork struttin’ his stuff at the Le parc de l’Orangerie Zoo in Strasbourg (Arrondissement Strasbourg-Ville. Département Bas-Rhin. Région AlsaceFRANCE.


00 Little Brothers 08. spectacled bear. Antwerp BELGIUM. 14.10.13

A spectacled bear checkin’ out the photog at a zoological centre in Anvers/Antwerpen Belgium.


13 October 2013



Wednesday, 13 March 2013

13 March 2013. One Orthodox Journalist’s Take on the Conclave to Elect a New Pope of Rome

00 Sistine Chapel Rome. 13.03.13


After a fat pope, a skinny pope.

Old Italian folk-saying

This old Roman saying is true more often than not. That is, a certain “type” of pope is very often followed by someone who’s his temperamental opposite. Ergo, if one were to look at the last Pope of Rome, one had to conclude that he was:

  • An intellectual and scholar
  • A curial insider
  • A man with not much pastoral background
  • A theologian
  • A theoretician

If the folk-wisdom is true, then, the cardinals may very well choose someone who is:

  • A curial outsider
  • A man of considerable pastoral background
  • A pragmatist
  • Someone able to get on well with those of opposite intellectual and political tendencies

I can guarantee that none of the American cardinals will get the nod. All of them have compromised themselves with their support of the Republican Party’s anti-life programme, something that the American cardinals don’t see because of the GOP’s anti-abortion plank. However, rest assured that the European majority of the cardinal-electors do see it… no American cardinal will win election as they’re seen as intransigent and tied up with the American Establishment (Dolan’s the worst one… but O’Malley’s almost as bad). Don’t forget, Benedict made universal access to state-provided healthcare a tenet of Catholic social teaching. The American bishops’ caterwauling over the ACA (which gave aid and comfort to godless rightwingers) showed their disconnect with the Church of Rome at large.

I believe that a non-European may very well get the nod. Turkson and Scherer look good… The Italians are going to push hard for one of their own at first… then, reality will sink in. Remember, no American can win because of their incestuous entanglement with American political elements intent on global hegemony. In 1978, the conclave selected Karol Wojtyła because the Curia was convinced that the Soviet bloc was the wave of the future, and that the Catholic Church had best have someone with experience of working with communists at the helm. Today, many curial insiders see the main thrust of the Church of Rome as combating sectarian proselytism in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. That’s why I named the two men that I did.

The Curia sees the future in Latin America and Africa. That’s how I read the tealeaves. However, all’s up for grabs if the conclave goes beyond three days. I don’t think that it’ll take that long… but one never does know…



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