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  • Pope Appoints Fr. Timothy Radcliffe Consultor for Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

    05/16/2015 10:00:28 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 31 replies
    Church Militant.tv ^ | May 16th 2015 | Christine Niles
    Breaking: Pope Appoints Fr. Timothy Radcliffe Consultor for Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace by Christine Niles • May 16, 2015, ROME, May 16, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Vatican Radio announced today that Dominican Fr. Timothy Radcliffe is being appointed as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A former Master General of the international Dominican Order of Preachers, Fr. Radcliffe is a well-known proponent of progressive ideology and has expressed views sympathetic to the homosexualist agenda. He often celebrated Mass for the U.K. dissident group Soho Masses Pastoral Council (now renamed the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council), whose...
  • Augustine vs. Catholicism

    05/08/2015 6:05:46 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 56 replies
    Research | 5/8/2015 | Myself
    Since I have a bit of free time today, I thought I'd make a post sharing a few of the ways Augustine differs with Roman Catholicism. This is by no means the only ways Augustine differs with the Catholic church, but does represent at least part of the more eye opening divergences. This is important, as Roman Catholicism tends to promote an image of having an unbroken succession of doctrine, as if what they say stands on the "universal consent" of the church fathers: "I also admit the holy Scriptures, according to that sense which our holy mother Church has...
  • FOX NEWS BOMBSHELL! Freddie Gray tested positive for HEROIN and POT, cops saw him DEALING DRUGS!

    05/01/2015 7:37:37 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 273 replies
    Hannity talking with anonymous cop making breaking news. Cop says Freddy tested positive for drugs, including heroin, thus supporting story by cops and the other criminal in the van that Freddy was trying to cause harm to himself. The drugs would certainly make it easier for him to do it. Cop also says they were explicitly told not to confront looters and robbers "direct from commander."
  • The Biblical Teaching of Justification

    04/19/2015 5:16:01 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    Christian Truth ^ | William Webster
    One of the great truths of salvation is that of justification. But what is justification? The heart of the Reformation controversy was over the meaning of this word and despite the impression given by ECT, the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches are still very much at odds with one another on this issue. The Reformers claimed that the Roman Catholic Church had perverted the true biblical meaning of the term by insisting on the necessity of works and sacraments as the basis for justification. And the Roman Church charged that the Reformer’s teaching of faith alone (sola fide) and imputed...
  • Poles Steel for Battle, Fearing Russia Will March on Them Next

    03/19/2015 6:14:57 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 104 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/14/2015 | Rick Lyman
    KALISZ, Poland — For evidence of how much President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has jangled nerves and provoked anxiety across Eastern Europe, look no farther than the drill held the other day by the Shooters Association. The paramilitary group, like more than 100 others in Poland, has experienced a sharp spike in membership since Mr. Putin’s forces began meddling in neighboring Ukraine last year. Thirty students took an oath to defend Poland at all costs, joining nearly 200 other regional members of the association — young men and women, boys and girls — marching in formation around the perimeter...
  • 'Happy Russians' in Moscow Rally for Crimea - But Why So Few in Crimea Itself?

    03/18/2015 3:16:31 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 21 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 3/18/2015 | Catherine Fitzpatrick
    'Happy Russians' in Moscow Rally for Crimea - But Why So Few in Crimea Itself? 18:00 (GMT) As we reported earlier, some 40,000 people turned out for a state-sponsored rally and concert to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the forcible annexation of the Crimea.. State media has broadcast many pictures of happy Russians with accordions and folk dancers and t-shirts and posters saying "Crimea is Ours." But as Yod News and other independent media and bloggers have pointed out, why aren't there such happy crowds in Crimea itself? Turnout indeed seems to be sparse at events arranged in Simferopol, Sevastopol...
  • Mass Militarization and Collective Psychosis

    03/17/2015 3:35:58 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 35 replies
    Interpreter Magazine ^ | 3/17/2015 | Stephen Blank
    Last week Russia formally walked out of another arms control treaty, the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty. This treaty was widely regarded as one of the building blocks of post-Cold War European security but it now appears to be formally dead and buried. Indeed, Moscow announced it would not renegotiate this treaty though it might possibly discuss a new one. These steps actually embody the continuing disregard for international law that Moscow’s behavior, as opposed to its rhetoric, has regularly expressed. Despite a torrent of rhetoric about the need for states to observe international law, in fact Moscow unilaterally...
  • It Takes a Traitor (and a Misfit)

    03/16/2015 5:07:16 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 9 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 3/16/2015 | J.R. Nyquist
    It Takes a Traitor (and a Misfit) Commentary for 15 March 2015 By J.R. Nyquist Back in 1996, First Lady Hillary Clinton published a book titled, It Takes a Village. Given the political subculture of treason from which Clinton herself emerged, it might be more poignant to retitle the book, It Takes a Traitor. For this is our formative experience now. This is what our national education program signifies. At this moment, as we await the news from Moscow, with Putin and other principals disappearing at ten day intervals since the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, we have occasion to ask...
  • Vladimir Putin has been 'neutralised' by a stealthy coup as rumours about his health and well-being

    03/15/2015 2:51:25 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 166 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3/15/2015 | Will Stewart
    Vladimir Putin is 'alive' but 'neutralised' as shadowy security chiefs stage a stealthy coup in Moscow, it was claimed last night. Former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev was behind the plot, claimed chairman of the pro-Kremlin national Islamic Committee, Geydar Dzhemal. Snip... 'I think that Putin is neutralised at the moment, but of course, he is alive,' said Dzhemal, seen as a Kremlin loyalist. 'He is under the control of the power-wielding agencies, who have, in my opinion, organised a coup d'etat.' snip.. 'My information is that Patrushev met Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Pyatigorsk on 11 March and tempted him...
  • Russian secret services may have 'liquidated' troops who shot down MH17...

    03/07/2015 12:44:26 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/06/2015 | Will Stewart
    Russian secret services may have executed the troops suspected of shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, say sources involved in the investigation of the crash over eastern Ukraine. The Dutch-led probe is leaning towards a conclusion that a BUK missile fired from rebel-held territory downed the Boeing 777, killing all 298 on board. And it is highly likely the aircraft was shot out of the sky by Russian military personnel, according to a report by the Netherlands' state broadcaster NOS, citing anonymous sources in the police and the group of investigators working on the probe into the plane's loss.
  • U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

    02/28/2015 12:21:40 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 19 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 2/27/2015 | ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets. The White House agreed last year to Ukraine’s request to provide the photos and other intelligence. But before delivering them, U.S. officials black out military staging areas on Russian territory and reduce the resolution so that enemy formations can’t be clearly made out, making them less useful to Ukrainian military commanders. Those steps, which delay the delivery of the images by at least 24 hours, are designed...
  • Russia marches on uninhibited in eastern Ukraine

    02/18/2015 8:40:39 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 86 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/17/2015 | Editorial
    VLADIMIR PUTIN’S latest victory in Ukraine is turning into a rout. Having already induced Western leaders to endorse a peace plan that virtually guarantees continued Russian control over parts of two provinces, the Russian ruler ordered a large Ukrainian force holding Debaltseve, a key crossroads in the region, to surrender. His forces, including regular Russian army troops, then assaulted the city in brazen violation of a cease-fire. On Wednesday morning, Ukrainian forces withdrew from Debaltseve under fire, suffering a devastating defeat that will further destabilize the shaky Kiev government of Petro Poroshenko. Mr. Putin was so pleased that he indulged...
  • Lithuanian president urges West to help Ukraine

    02/08/2015 11:28:08 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    UAToday ^ | 2/08/2015
    Lithuanian president urges West to help Ukraine Lithuanian leader appeals for Western allies to use 'all means necessary' to help Ukraine Amid a heated discussion on whether to provide Ukraine with lethal aid during the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, US Vice President Joe Biden delivered a balanced message while Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite urged the West to use ‘all means necessary' to help Ukraine. In a panel discussion with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko the Lithuanian leader delivered a powerful message saying that 'if we betray Ukraine we betray ourselves, after Ukraine, we will be next'.
  • Estonia warns of crushing defeat if West fails to provide weapons to Ukraine

    02/07/2015 12:51:28 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 88 replies
    UAToday ^ | 2/7/2015
    Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has warned that Russia will defeat Ukraine if the West does not provide military assistance to the Ukrainian military. The Estonian leader also said that the European Union should maintain unity and determination in the face of Russian aggression. Hendrik Ilves said it was also important to accelerate the delivery of assistance to eastern regions of Ukraine where a humanitarian disaster was unfolding. His comments come after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Germany would not be sending any lethal weapons to Ukraine and the Czech foreign minister said that there is 'no...
  • Russian-Backed Separatist Commander Givi Tortures Ukrainian POWs [films it]

    01/26/2015 1:29:57 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 1/26/2015 | The Interpreter Magazine
    Russian-Backed Separatist Commander Givi Tortures Ukrainian POWs 16:07 (GMT) An extremely graphic video was uploaded January 22 to YouTube showing Givi, commander of the Somalia Battalion of the Russian-backed separatist forces of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republics" (DNR). Givi, a commander who has been popularized in hundreds of Russian state TV broadcasts and "Novorossiya" YouTube channels, is shown beating, threatening and screaming at Ukrainian POWs evidently arrested after the fall of the Donetsk Airport to separatists on January 21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-gJ46pVLMo Open News Room's Donie O'Sullivan noted that bald man seen in the line-up of POWs and clearly at 4.12 in...
  • Putin’s New Propaganda Invades Upper West Side (But At Least My Kids Speak Russian)

    12/19/2014 5:57:48 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 27 replies
    New York Observer/Opinion ^ | 12/17/14 | Ronn Torossian
    Walking today on the Upper West Side, I noticed recently placed phone booth advertisements on 68th & Broadway that featured a picture of Colin Powell with the tagline: “This is what happens when there is no second opinion. Iraq War: No WMDs, 141,802 civilian deaths. Go to RT.com for the second opinion.” RT.com (formerly Russia Today) has similar ads that feature former President George Bush with the same message. In short, the Kremlin-funded Russian TV station is using street advertising in NYC to influence the American people. Read more at http://observer.com/2014/12/putins-new-propaganda-invades-upper-west-side-but-at-least-my-kids-speak-russian/#ixzz3MOnko4Co
  • The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia

    12/11/2014 5:20:43 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 46 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | March/April Edition 2014 | PJ Rourke
    The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia Snip... In Russia, “corrupt” is not an adjective. Corrupt is a noun, a proper noun, the word for the name and nature of the place. Corrupt crony capitalism is familiar everywhere. But in Russia the corruption is so pervasive that even the cronies have to pay bribes, not just to the higher-ups but to the lower-downs. Pomerantsev visits a TV studio owned by Kremlin-connected moguls. It’s in a shabby warehouse on the wrong side of town. There’s no sign or address on the metal door. Inside is a dirty little room with...
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    12/07/2014 3:06:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    CBN ^ | 9/19/2014
    EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal...
  • Russian insider says Putin openly planned invasion of Ukraine since 2003

    11/27/2014 10:23:23 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 23 replies
    EuromaidanPR ^ | 25 Nov. 2014
    A former Russian insider says he was there when Putin began openly planning the present invasion of Ukraine back in 2003. At a conference in Brussels this week, Andrey Illarionov, a Russian economist and former economic advisor to Vladimir Putin informed that the invasion of Ukraine has been in official planning since at least 2003. [more at link] “Since 2003. I can say that certain questions relating to the future war with Ukraine were discussed in my presence. I didn’t think the talks would really lead to a real war,” he said. In an anguished response to the Orange Revolution...
  • Lithuanian President Calls Russia 'Terrorist State'

    11/22/2014 12:16:53 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 7 replies
    Lithuanian President Calls Russia 'Terrorist State' 11:19 (GMT) Dalia GrybauskaitÄ—, the Lithuanian president, has told LRT radio that Russian aggression will spread further in Europe if the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine are not countered. Delfi.lt reports: "Today, Ukraine is fighting for peace in the whole of Europe, for all of us. If the terrorist state that is carrying out aggression against its neighbour is not stopped, that aggression might spread in Europe and beyond," the president told the national radio LRT. Meanwhile Prime Minister Algirdas ButkeviĨius told the Āˇinių Radijas news radio on Thursday that the situation in Ukraine is...
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 5:59:10 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 14. Nov 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Russian state TV has broadcast what it claimed to be a photo of the moment Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. But many commentators dismissed the image as a "crude fake". Late on 14 November, Russia's state-controlled Channel One TV broadcast what appeared to be a satellite photo of a passenger plane and a jet fighter in the skies above Donetsk, a separatist stronghold in Ukraine. It was, the report said, the moment the Ukrainian jet fired a missile at MH17.
  • Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer

    11/06/2014 5:03:27 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 36 replies
    Charter 97 ^ | 11/06/2014
    Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer Former Polish president Lech Walesa said in the European Parliament that Russian president Vladimir Putin had declared war on the world, UNN reports with a link to Polskie Radio. He raised his concerns about the situation in eastern Ukraine. “When Ukraine handed over its nuclear weapons, powerful states guaranteed Ukraine's territorial integrity, but he [Putin] violated the agreements. He declared war on the world,” the ex-president said. He is confident that Putin “uses illegal methods”. “Europe and the world bear responsibility and try to prevent confrontation, while he...
  • [Lt. Gen]Hodges targets Russia in 1st remarks as USAREUR commander

    11/06/2014 4:49:28 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6th Nov. 2014 | Matt Milham
    WIESBADEN, Germany — U.S. Army Europe’s new commander on Wednesday called Russia a very real threat that has made fracturing NATO its “No. 1 priority.” “So we are going to work very hard to make sure that all of our allies are confident that the rest of the alliance will be there if ever needed,” Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges told reporters moments after stepping into his new job. USAREUR, which, though its name has changed, traces its lineage back to World War II, turned its attention again toward its Cold War foe after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in...
  • Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent?

    11/04/2014 6:17:33 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 45 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 4 Nov. 2014 | John R. Schindler
    Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent? John R. Schindler November 4, 2014 November 3, 2014 - Today the Ukrainian news website GORDON ran an interview with the Russian businessman and sometime politician Konstantin Borovoy. A harsh critic of Vladimir Putin — he recently said Russia’s president is “mentally unstable” while a year ago he pronounced the collapse of Putin’s corrupt dictatorship to be “inevitable” — Borovoy is something of a gadfly. A parliamentarian of independent views in the Yeltsin era, he served as an intermediary between Moscow and the rebels in the First Chechen War, and was assessed...
  • Putin plans to escalate conflict in Ukraine after Donetsk and Luhansk “elections”

    11/01/2014 11:09:16 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    EuroMaidan Press ^ | Nov 2nd 2014 | Vitalii Usenko and Dmytro Usenko
    Snip "There has been an aggravation of the situation and an increase in military activity in the Novoazovsk area over the last few days. There are casualties among marines and our fighters. I assume that the enemy will not attack Mariupol (it was very painful for the enemy last time), but rather, Berdiansk. This will cut off the Mariupol army group. We could have an encirclement worse than in Ilovaisk,” said letskyi. Dmytro Tymchuk, head of the Information Resistance group, reports on his Facebook page that Russian-backed militants continue intensive artillery fire upon Ukrainian troops at the front positions and...
  • The Psychopath Under the Bed - Part One

    10/27/2014 1:45:25 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 22 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/27/14 | J.R. Nyquist
    The Psychopath Under the Bed - PART ONE Thoughts inspired by Karen Dawisha’s book, Russia’s kleptocracy, in the light of Golitsyn’s methodoloy By J.R. NyquistBecause we can see that there is a complex and clever system in Russia, quite opaque and full of interesting details and inner rules, we should conclude that the system came about by intelligent design. But how? The evidence strongly suggests that it did not come about by chance. This book firmly rejects the ideas often promulgated in Western academic circles that Putin is an ‘accidental autocrat’ or a ‘good tsar surrounded by bad boyars.’” -...
  • Russia's Communist Party Receives License For TV Broadcasting

    10/23/2014 7:01:47 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 24th Oct. 2014
    The Russian Communist Party's "Red Line" television channel has received a license for broadcasting. Party leader Gennady Zyuganov made the announcement on October 18 and said the channel would soon start broadcasting "all over Russia." Red Line already posts broadcasts on the Internet. A statement on the channel's website said, "Our mission is to become a source of information and a platform for discussions among smart, thinking people, who are not indifferent to the ways Russia and the world are developing." The channel said it would be airing documentary films, special reports, political talk shows, and interviews with scholars, politicians,...
  • Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland - Polish ex-minister

    10/21/2014 10:26:35 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 Oct. 2014 | Reuters
    WARSAW, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader that they divide Ukraine between themselves as far back as 2008, Poland's parliamentary speaker Radoslaw Sikorski said in an interview published by the U.S. Politico website.
  • Israeli Training Ukrainian Forces

    10/20/2014 10:18:26 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 38 replies
    Israeli Training Ukrainian Forces Israel’s largest and most authoritative newspaper Yediot Ahronot published in its political supplement of 24 September 2014 extensive material about a military instructor from Israel in the Ukrainian army in the anti-terrorist operation zone. In a detailed interview with the journalist Edward Dox, the trainer Alex said he served in combat units of the Israeli Defense Forces and returned to Ukraine to protect it from the Russian invasion. Alex, 34, was invited by Boris Filatov, the vice governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, and has trained more than three thousand Ukrainian soldiers in Israel Defense Force techniques....
  • Nyquist: American Politics and Psychology

    10/15/2014 1:59:56 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/12/2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    American Politics and Psychology Commentary for 12 October 2014Perception of the truth about the real environment, especially an understanding of the human personality and its values, ceases to be a virtue during the so-called ‘happy’ times; thoughtful doubters are decried…. This, in turn, leads to an impoverishment of psychological knowledge, the capacity of differentiating the properties of human nature and personality, and the ability to mold minds creatively. The cult of power thus supplants those mental values so essential for maintaining law and order by peaceful means. A nation’s enrichment or involution regarding its psychological world view could be considered...
  • New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine

    10/14/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine 18:37 (GMT) There have been several polls which show that prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea there was never a strong separatist sentiment among Ukrainians in any region. Another poll by IRI confirms this result: An excerpt from the summary: Strong Majority in Every Region Opposes Russia’s Military Aggression Despite continued claims to the contrary from Moscow and pro-Russian separatists, 89 percent of respondents oppose Russia sending troops to protect Russian-speaking citizens. The opposition to Russia’s actions is seen across all regions –...
  • New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System

    09/16/2014 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 32 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 9/16/2014
    New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System 23:31 (GMT) snip.. The new "United Army of Novorossiya" Gen. Korsun recently gave an interview to a local news site, news-portal.dn.ua from which we get a definite impression of a determined hardliner. snip Asked to be more specific on plans for the industrial rebirth of the Donbass, the general said exports would go to Russia. He said Novorossiya would be run as a socialist system. "Despite Western propaganda, there is nothing bad in socialism. Moreover, the most advertised Western countries are proud precisely of their social orientation. Sweden, Switzerland, and...
  • Opening Moscow's Bag of Political and Strategic Tricks

    09/16/2014 3:35:42 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans
    Jrnyquist.com ^ | 9 Sept 2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    Opening Moscow's Bag of Political and Strategic Tricks Commentary for 9 September 2014Political correctness was invented by Marxists to destroy Western society from inside…. And in Russia, there is no political correctness at all! The reason is that Marxists do not need to undermine the Russian society from the inside, because it is already Marxist. – Konstantin Preobrazhensky, “How the West Was Fooled by Vladimir Putin” In order to understand what is happening in Ukraine it's useful to consider Moscow's bag of political and strategic tricks. It is our failure to understand these tricks that causes us to misread Russian...
  • Pro-Russian mercenaries seize Protestant Church in Luhansk Region

    09/09/2014 4:40:11 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 9 replies
    PRO-RUSSIAN MERCENARIES SEIZE PROTESTANT CHURCH IN LUHANSK REGION 9 September 2014, 09:55 | Temples, church property | 0 | | Code for Blog | | Mercenaries of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (which the Ukrainian court names a terrorist organization) on September 8 occupied the building of the Church in Anthracite (Luhansk region). Armed men with two priests of the Orthodox Church entered the meeting house and demanded that all leave the church. Pastors organized a bomb shelter and charity kitchen in the basement of the House of Prayer for All Peoples. People with disabilities were also taken care of...
  • Prominent Member of Jewish Community Shot and Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine

    09/06/2014 4:51:44 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 3 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 4 Sept. 2014 | Dovid Margolin
    Prominent Member of Jewish Community Shot and Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine Garik Zylberbord, 47, was a friend to many, including Chabad emissaries Rabbi Pinchas and Dina Vishedski Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski and Garik Zylberbord had been close for years. Zylberbord was one of Vishedski’s earliest friends and supporters when the rabbi first arrived in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 1993. The two remained in close contact as the conflict in the eastern part of the country, which began back in February, burned into war and forced the rabbi to flee to Kiev just two weeks ago. When the two men last spoke last...
  • The Soviet Story (Full Film- Must see!)

    This is an excellent documentary I saw a few years ago but recently found online again on a Ukrainian facebook group. I highly recommend it. It begins with the Holodomor, the starvation of some seven million Ukrainians, which you will find quite shocking and sad. Some estimates are 10 to 11 million people slowly killed in this way by the Soviets, while others give it a low estimate of 2 million (which I do not believe). It also talks about how the Left in general actually supported Hitler early on since they were in favor of mass murder. Hitler's problem...
  • Video Shows Column of Russian Vehicles, Manned By Chechen Fighters, On Ukraine's Border

    08/26/2014 2:01:36 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 20 replies
    Video Shows Column of Russian Vehicles, Manned By Chechen Fighters, On Ukraine's Border 19:21 (GMT) In the video below, an enormous column of Russian military vehicles is seen in an unidentified location. The dialogue suggests that they are waiting to enter Ukraine. We have not yet been able to geolocate the video, but we note that there is a column of smoke visible at around 24 seconds in. The men speaking in the video identify themselves as Chechens. Amongst the vast quantities of military hardware seen are T-90 tanks, MT-LB armoured personnel carriers and 2S19 Msta self-propelled artillery. The men...
  • Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs

    08/24/2014 8:58:11 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 37 replies
    Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs 02:06 (GMT) Russian-backed separatists took the occasion of Ukrainian Independence Day with military parades in Kiev to organize their own grisly parade in Donetsk of Ukrainian POWs they have captured. The parading of POWs is a violation of the Geneva Convention. Russia's state TV LifeNews and Rossiya 24 broadcast the parade; RT.com showed only "captured Ukrainian military hardware." (More photos and details at link)
  • Lithuanian diplomat 'murdered in eastern Ukraine'

    08/23/2014 6:46:04 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 13 replies
    DW ^ | 08/22/2014
    Lithuanian diplomat 'murdered in eastern Ukraine' Lithiuania's honorary consul in eastern Ukraine has been murdered by rebels, according to the country's foreign minister. The diplomat was said to have been kidnapped and "brutally killed" by pro-Russian terrorists.
  • Germans Back Tougher Stance Toward Russia Over Ukraine -- Poll

    08/21/2014 5:00:43 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 4 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 8/21/2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German voters are swinging behind their government's tougher line against Moscow after long being willing to give Russia the benefit of the doubt in its dispute with Ukraine. An opinion poll published Friday shows Germans widely support the European Union's latest sanctions against Russia and an overwhelming majority view the Kremlin's actions in eastern Ukraine with an increasingly critical eye, with 82% of Germans surveyed saying Russia can't be trusted.
  • IFV From Russian Airborne Division Captured In Ukraine

    08/21/2014 4:22:52 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 10 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 8/21/2014 | The Interpreter Magazine
    IFV From Russian Airborne Division Captured In Ukraine 11:53 (GMT) Ukrainian journalist Roman Bochkala reports that a BMD-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has been captured in the Lugutino district, to the south of Lugansk and near to Lugansk Airport. The vehicles bort number (3 digit identification code on the side of the vehicle) and documents indicate that it is from the Russian airborne forces. The following text and photos are taken from Bochkala's Facebook page, (translation by The Interpreter): [See link for more photographs- It is a live thread, so you will need to scroll down to find them.] There...
  • Shekhovtsov: Pro-Russian network behind the anti-Ukrainian defamation campaign

    08/21/2014 12:01:36 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 2 replies
    Anton Shekhovtsov ^ | 3 Feb 2014 | Anton Shekhovtsov
    Pro-Russian network behind the anti-Ukrainian defamation campaign snip Kovalenko's task was simple: by giving support to Yushchenko under the Nazi-like flags, he was expected to discredit the democratic candidate in the eyes of Western observers. Luckily for Yushchenko, however, the Western media largely did not buy into that frame-up and ignored it. But some Western organisations did not. One of those was the eccentric - and apparently non-existent today - British Helsinki Human Rights Group (BHHRG) not affiliated, despite the name, to the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. The BHHRG was notorious for claiming that elections in authoritarian Belarus met...
  • In Another Rebel Setback, Ukraine Says Army Controls Center of Luhansk

    08/17/2014 4:07:01 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 10 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | 08/17/2014 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    <p>"The army has tightened its siege on Donetsk in recent weeks, and inside, a breakdown in discipline among the hard-pressed rebel fighters had locals on edge. Residents said rebel fighters had taken to carousing drunkenly at night and wearing civilian clothes at checkpoints, a change of clothes that would allow them, at a moment’s notice, to throw down their weapons and blend in with the population.</p>
  • GRAPHIC Russians shelling cities and villages with heavy mortars

    08/15/2014 7:23:37 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 4 replies
    Ukraine@War ^ | 08/14/2014 | Ukraine@War
    Videos, pictures and explanation can be found at link. From the article: Translation (of angry residents): This shooting is from the city, but this is not Ukrainian army. Exactly. The is shooting from new DNR. They want to break all private houses here. They make this especially for picture and for tv for Russia. They make especially this, because they want that it look like Ukrainian army make this. But it was never that Ukrainian army was shooting. Show this on tv what I say: this is only for picture on tv. They said all this was destroyed by Ukrainian...
  • Ukrainian Journalist Says Servicemen In [Russia] Are On Hunger Strike

    08/06/2014 7:44:29 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    Ukrainian Journalist Says Servicemen In Gukovo Are On Hunger Strike 14:25 (GMT) Andriy Tsaplienko, a senior correspondent for Ukraine's Inter television channel, has written on his Facebook page that Ukrainian soldiers and border guards, who were forced to take refuge in Russian territory on August 4, are trapped in Russia and are on hunger strike. He writes (translated by The Interpreter): The soldiers from the 72nd brigade and border guards are stuck in the territory of the Russian Federation. According to one of their commanders, none of the lads asked for asylum in Russia or switched their allegiance. They summoned...
  • Why Col. Strelkov May Have Trouble Recruiting Russians (Abduction, Torture, Murder)

    08/05/2014 8:46:11 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 45 replies
    Why Col. Strelkov May Have Trouble Recruiting Russians 06:13 (GMT) Andrei Morozov (nick-name "Murza"), is an ultranationalist activist from Moscow who heads a small Russian neo-Stalinist nationalist group called "Red Blitzkrieg," among the groups supporting the pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine as we reported. Morozov travelled to the region and tried to join the "Donetsk People's Republic," but was arrested and tortured by the "militia" for his trouble. Ultimately he was released, and wrote an account on 21 May of his ordeal. Snip On the night of 12th May, without any commentary, I was taken to the dead end of...
  • Roots of Pro-Russian Separatists in Russia's Ultranationalist Groups (Nazis/Stalinists)

    08/04/2014 12:53:48 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 54 replies
    Roots of Pro-Russian Separatists in Russia's Ultranationalist Groups 16:25 (GMT) Vladimir Pribylovsky, a well-known Russian researcher of extremist movements in Eurasia, co-author with Yuri Felshtinsky of The Putin Corporation: The Story of Russia's Secret Takeover has documented the relationship between the separatist leaders fighting in the southeast of Ukraine and ultranationalist groups in Russia. Svetlana Pavlova of Svoboda.org (the Russian-language service of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) published an interview with Pribylovskky about these connections in June and Pribylovsky added some details in a recent Facebook post. .... The Interpreter has provided a summary translation of the pieces:...
  • Social-Media Posts Belie Russian Denials About Ukraine Involvement

    08/01/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 11 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | July 31, 2014 | Glenn Kates
    Social-Media Posts Belie Russian Denials About Ukraine Involvement By Glenn Kates July 31, 2014 Russia has sought to maintain plausible deniability about its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine's east. Granted, separatist leaders like Igor Girkin and Igor Bezler are Russian citizens with alleged pasts in Russia's security services, but Moscow says they came to Ukraine on their own accord. And although some high-powered weapons have been traced back to Russia, the Kremlin has argued -- albeit not particularly convincingly -- that any weapons in separatist hands were taken from the Ukrainian side. But some Russian military personnel may not...
  • The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith

    07/31/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 55 replies
    CARM ^ | Matt Slick
    The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith by Matt Slick There are many proofs that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, but Mormons typically will not accept them. From the biblical evidence that contradicts Mormon theology to the contradictions within its own history and doctrine, proofs abound. But Mormons, completely dedicated to their religion and their testimony, cannot and will not see the evidence. They rely not on biblical evidence--not on historical evidence but rather trust a 'testimony' that Mormonism is the restored church and Joseph Smith its true prophet. One of the tests of whether or not a...
  • Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s

    07/30/2014 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Goble
    Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s Staunton, July 30 – Commentators in Moscow and the West ever more frequently draw parallels between Vladimir Putin’s ideas and actions and those of fascist regimes in the first part of the 20th century, but few have focused on the fact that one of the Kremlin leader’s most-cherished ideas, that of the ‘Russian Spring,’ was invented by a Russian fascist in the 1920s. In a blog post, Pavel Pryannikov corrects that gap, pointing out that “the ‘Russian Spring’ in fact is not an invention of the present time” but...