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  • Happy Lunar New Year - Taiwan Flash Mob

    02/01/2014 4:56:54 PM PST · by Tainan · 10 replies
    This is from a YouTube posting of a Flash Mob in Taipei, Taiwan and a Lunar New Year Celebration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHnAkbB-IYs&feature=youtu.be
  • Russian Church official draws criticism for calling unwed mothers “whores”

    12/23/2013 9:16:51 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 35 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 11/12/2013 19:10 | Anna Arutunyan
    A Russian Orthodox Church official in the Siberian region of Tomsk sparked controversy after publishing an article calling unwed mothers “whores.” Maxim Stepanenko, head of the Missionary Department of the Tomsk Diocese penned an article titled “So many whores in the land of Tomsk! We have no future!” The article, published on k-istine.ru on December 4 and since deleted, pointed to federal statistics saying that 28 percent of children in the Tomsk region were born to unwed mothers in 2012. According to a cached version of the original, Stepanenko also called on the “rehabilitation of the word ‘blyad’,” The word...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Synod Proposes to Mark Rus Christianization Anniversaries as State Holiday

    07/29/2013 5:47:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/27/13
    Kiev, July 27, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church Synod has called on the authorities of Kievan Rus countries to mark anniversaries of Kievan Rus' Christianization as state holidays or even make them days off. "Bearing in mind the exclusive importance of Kievan Rus' Christianization for the history of countries within the area of canonical responsibility of the Russian Orthodox Church, to appeal to the administrations of the countries, which have not made this decision, for making anniversaries of Kievan Rus' Christianization state holidays and, wherever that is possible, days off," says a resolution of the Synod, which convened in...
  • Moldavian bishop threatens Moldavian MPs with anathema

    05/28/2013 1:52:36 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior
    Moldavian bishop Marcellus of Beltsy and Faleshty (Russian Orthodox Church) called on the Moldavian MPs to revoke the bill on equal rights. As the Moldavian media reports his statement, in the opposite case he’ll propose excommunication of the MPs. He said he had granted the MPs one-month term for the decision, “hoping that it’ll be enough to understand there’re other moral values apart from those which the EU is pressing”. The law adopted on May, 25 2012, has split the Moldavian society for two fractions. The country has adopted it since the EU had put it as a condition to...
  • Taiwan’s Navy Gets Stealthy

    05/01/2012 4:41:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 30, 2012 | James R. Holmes
    Taiwan’s Navy Gets Stealthy News that Taiwan is set to get some stealthy fast patrol boats is welcome. But without some daring personnel, it might come to nothing. Huzzah! The Taipei Times’ J. Michael Cole broke the story this weekend that Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan has levied funds to field a squadron of between seven and eleven stealthy Hsun Hai (Swift Sea) fast patrol boats by 2014. Computer generated images depict a sleek catamaran that resembles a smaller sibling of USS Independence, a variant of the U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship. Each new craft will reportedly displace around 500 tons...
  • Navy to embark on submarine program (Taiwan)

    02/20/2012 9:07:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Tue, Feb 21, 2012 | J. Michael Cole
    Navy to embark on submarine program TAKING THE DIVE::After several years of prevarication, the navy is to develop its own unique prototype, while US companies have been told to stay away from the program By J. Michael Cole / Staff Reporter Tue, Feb 21, 2012 - Page 1 After more than a decade of delays and reversals, the navy has confirmed that it will embark on a domestic submarine program next year, with a prototype to be delivered within three to four years. Taiwanese and US sources told the Taipei Times earlier this month that officials from the Republic of...
  • Sell out Taiwan for debt forgiveness – Possibly the most vile NY Times Op-Ed ever

    11/11/2011 3:13:55 PM PST · by Kolath · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 11-11-11 | William A Jacboson
    Although scholars of the history of the NY Times Op-Ed pages may be able to find a more vile Op-Ed, I dare them. From Paul Kane, a suggestion that the United States sell-out Taiwan to China in exchange for forgiveness of $1.14 trillion in debt, To Save Our Economy, Ditch Taiwan. http://legalinsurrection.com/2011/11/sell-out-taiwan-for-debt-foregiveness-possibly-the-most-vile-ny-times-op-ed-ever/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6uNWzzt-n3s
  • Taiwan may test missiles again after flop

    01/20/2011 7:57:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/20/2011 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Taiwan is considering new missile tests after a series of failures in a drill this week earned the top brass rare criticism from an irate President Ma Ying-jeou, media and an official said Thursday. Six out of the 19 missiles missed their targets or failed to explode during a live-fire manoeuvre Tuesday, prompting Ma to publicly tell the military that he was "not very satisfied", urging it to practice some more. Although the military insisted the result was acceptable, it now plans to re-test three types of missile that failed during the drill, the Liberty Times said, without citing its...
  • Designed to comfort China-wary public, Taiwan's missile test only fizzles

    01/17/2011 10:27:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Canadian Press via Google News ^ | 1/17/2011 | Johnson Lai
    President Ma Ying-jeou presided Tuesday over the unusually public test firing of 19 surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles, but about a quarter missed their targets, earning his dismay and raising new questions about Taiwan's readiness to defend itself against Chinese attack. The exercise followed last week's successful test flight of China's next generation J-20 stealth aircraft, a system expected to further widen its growing edge over Taiwan's own equipment-starved air force. Ma's presence at the base in southern Taiwan where the missile test was conducted was meant to underscore his commitment to the maintenance of an effective Taiwanese deterrent, but the...
  • Taiwan hails US confirmation of attack helicopter deal

    11/11/2010 6:12:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/11/2010 | Defense Talk
    Taiwan on Wednesday welcomed the confirmation of its purchase of a fleet of advanced US attack helicopters, saying it would boost its defences even as it seeks improved ties with mainland China. The US Department of Defense announced Tuesday that defence contractor Boeing acquired the contract to sell 30 Apache AH-64D Longbow helicopters to Taiwan, and that it was required to deliver them in 2014. The deal "will certainly help beef up Taiwan's naval, anti-landing and ground-warfare capabilities," Defence Ministry spokesman Yu Sy Tue told AFP, adding that the deal was evidence of Taiwan's determination to defend itself
  • U.S. yet to decide on F-16 fighter sale to Taiwan: defense minister

    11/03/2010 9:00:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Taiwan News Channel ^ | 11/3/2010 | Taiwan News Channel
    Taiwan's high hopes to get advanced weapons to boost its defense capabilities, the United States remains undecided over whether or not to sell F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Monday. "The purchase of the high performance jet fighters is a politically sensitive issue due to the U.S.' efforts to maintain a strong presence in the Pacific and to its political difficulties with Beijing, " Kao said when answering questions from Legislator Lin Yu-fang at a legislative hearing. Lin's question came after William A. Stanton, director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT),...
  • Taiwan missile to target Chinese air bases, ports: report

    11/02/2010 11:24:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Space Daily ^ | 11/02/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    Taiwan is developing a potent missile system that can strike airfields and harbours on the mainland, in a bid to nip a Chinese invasion in the bud, local media said Tuesday. The "Wan Chien" or "Ten Thousand Swords" missile system, which so far has cost nearly three billion Taiwan dollars (97 million US), passed an initial operating test earlier this year, said Defence Technology Monthly. Each missile carries more than 100 cluster bomb warheads capable of blowing dozens of small craters in airport runways, making them impossible to use, the magazine said. The missile is also designed to target harbours,...
  • Official: Taiwan to budget for 2012 F-16 upgrade

    10/06/2010 10:30:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | 10/6/2010 | AP via Google News
    Taiwan is allocating money for possible U.S. help to ugrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets, a military spokesman said Wednesday, two days after a senior Taiwanese official warned that China's threat against the island is growing. Any American decision to improve Taiwan's defensive capabilities would almost certainly anger China, which considers the island part of its territory and opposes U.S. arms sales as interference in its domestic affairs. The comments from air force spokesman Pan Kung-hsiao came amid Taiwanese media reports that the Obama administration has agreed to upgrade the island's fleet of American-made 146 F-16A/Bs, which it received...
  • China Overplays Taiwan Arms

    06/21/2010 8:31:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 6/21/2010 | By Richard Weitz
    China says arms sales to Taiwan are the cause of Sino-US defence tensions. But even if they stopped now, ties would be chilly. The poor state of Chinese-US military ties were laid bare earlier this month at a leading Asian security conference. In his June 5 speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates expressed annoyance at the refusal of the government in Beijing to allow him to visit the People’s Republic of China during his trip to Asia. He went on to express regret that the United States and China hadn’t managed to establish a...
  • Gates defends arms sales to Taiwan

    06/18/2010 11:01:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 240+ views
    AFP via Google News ^ | 6/16/2010 | AFP via Google News
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates defended US arms sales to Taipei on Wednesday, citing China's "extraordinary" deployment of cruise and ballistic missiles opposite Taiwan. Both Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged concern over China's suspension of military contacts with the United States because of the arms sales. But the secretary said the US arms sales were in keeping with the Taiwan Relations Act, and suggested the improvement in relations between Beijing and Taipei had not diminished the need for them. "We certainly applaud the growing links between Taiwan and the Peoples Republic,"...
  • Taiwan could have to wait until late 2011 for F16C/D jets: Reports

    06/08/2010 10:45:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 32+ views
    Taiwan News Online ^ | 6/06/2010 | Taiwan News Online
    Taiwan might have to wait until the end of next year before the United States approves the sale of F16C/D jets, reports said Sunday. The government has been asking Washington for 66 of the more sophisticated C/D versions of its existing F16A/B fighters, but the Obama Administration has so far not given the go-ahead for the deal. The current visits by American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond Burghardt and by three U.S. Senate Democrats – Dianne Feinstein of California, Mark Udall of Colorado and Kay Hagan of North Carolina – have led to more speculation about progress on the arms...
  • US mulling sale of F-16s to Taiwan

    06/04/2010 11:07:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 308+ views
    Taiwan Today ^ | 6/5/2010 | Thomas Nash
    The U.S. is considering an ROC request to purchase 66 F-16 C/D jet fighters, according to Legislative President Wang Jin-pyng June 3. Wang said American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond F. Burghardt, who arrived on the island this week, told him Washington is giving the matter its “utmost consideration.” Burghardt is visiting Taiwan to discuss economic and defense issues with President Ma Ying-jeou, Vice President Vincent C. Siew, Premier Wu Den-yih and Wang, as well as Kuomintang and Democratic Progressive Party officials. Wang said Burghardt expressed concern about whether the budget for the arms deal with the U.S. would meet...
  • Taiwan issue spurs China to build up missile forces

    05/25/2010 9:44:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 312+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/24/2010 | The Washington Times
    China's rapid development of ballistic and cruise missile forces is altering the balance of power in Asia and threatens U.S. forces in a conflict over Taiwan and beyond, according to a forthcoming report. "Driven in large measure by a Taiwan scenario, China's capacity to conduct a successful aerospace campaign to quickly gain a decisive advantage in the air is growing faster than the defenses that its neighbors, including Taiwan, Japan, perhaps India, and even U.S. forces operating in the Western Pacific, can field," stated the report by the Project 2049 Institute, a private research institute, that highlighted "significant advances" in...
  • Taiwan's ex-security chief confirms secret China channels

    05/16/2010 11:15:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 343+ views
    AFP via Space War ^ | 5/16/2010 | AFP via Space War
    Taiwan's former security chief has confirmed for the first time that Taipei and Beijing used secret communications channels from 2008 as they worked to thaw glacial ties, it was reported Sunday. Su Chi, who was chief of the National Security Council until earlier this year, said in an interview with the Taipei-based United Daily News that the sensitive channels helped build trust between the longtime foes. He said the National Security Council did not talk directly to authorities on the mainland, but declined to provide details of the secret channels. "In my office, there were no hotlines. I did not...
  • MND denies Taiwan dropped request for US subs

    02/11/2010 8:55:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 179+ views
    Taiwan Today ^ | 02/10/2010 | Taiwan Today
    Ministry of National Defense spokesman Yu Sy-tue Feb. 9 dismissed a media report that Taiwan had withdrawn its request for U.S. submarines. Yu said Taiwan still expects Washington to abide by the Taiwan Relations Act and continue to supply defensive arms to the island, including F-16 C/D fighter jets and diesel-electric submarines. Reuters quoted a military source in Taipei Feb. 9 as saying in 2008 defense officials took part in a study with U.S. counterparts on how to upgrade the island’s submarine fleet, to bridge the gap with Beijing’s military capabilities, but now Taiwan’s government will no longer push for...
  • Russian Orthodox Church to appoint 400 priests as military chaplains

    02/04/2010 3:25:54 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 348+ views
    PatrickMadrid ^ | February 4, 2010 | Patrick Madrid
    As one who grew up at the height of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West, the astonishingly sudden collapse of the "Evil Empire" in 1991 was mind-boggling. It had been for over 70 years the personification of atheistic hatred for God and persecution of those who believe in Him. Since the implosion of the Soviet Union, the new Russia has been making steady if slow progress back toward God, many Russians have re-embraced Orthodoxy — Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev regularly attend Divine Liturgy, for goodness' sake. And this strengthens the impression I get that the...
  • Summorum Pontificum and reunion with the Eastern Orthodox

    09/23/2009 5:18:33 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 49 replies · 996+ views
    SummorumPontificum.net ^ | 9/23/09 | Brian Kopp
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Summorum Pontificum and reunion with the Eastern OrthodoxBy Brian Kopp A tantalizing headline is making its rounds in Catholic news circles: Is Catholic-Orthodox Unity in Sight? In his Inside the Vatican Newsflash Letter #29 today, Dr. Robert Moynihan examines the implications of recent meetings between Rome and a representative of the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow: A fourth consideration is the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church to the world's Orthodox Churches. It became clear last week, during a very cordial visit to Rome by a representative of the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, that relations between Catholicism...
  • Pope sends message, chalice to new Russian Orthodox patriarch

    02/03/2009 1:50:22 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 436+ views
    CNS ^ | February 3, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI gave a chalice to the new patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church and expressed his hope that Catholics and Russian Orthodox can improve their relationship. "It is my earnest hope that we will continue to cooperate in finding ways to foster and strengthen communion in the body of Christ in fidelity to our savior's prayer that all may be one so that the world may believe," the pope said. Pope Benedict's message to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow was delivered by a high-level Vatican delegation attending his enthronement liturgy in Moscow Feb. 1. The...
  • Russian Orthodox elect Metropolitan Kirill as new patriarch

    01/27/2009 3:21:17 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 338+ views
    CNA ^ | January 27, 2009
    Patriarch-elect Kirill Moscow, Jan 27, 2009 / 05:21 pm (CNA).- Meeting in Moscow today, the Russian Orthodox Church has elected Metropolitan Kirill as its new patriarch. Patriarch-elect Kirill’s election is being hailed as a boon for those seeking to buttress Orthodoxy against a spreading secularism. According to the Associated Press, Metropolitan Kirill received 508 of the 700 votes cast.  Prior to today’s election, Metropolitan Kirill was the most well-known candidate, having served as the head of the External Affairs Office for the Moscow patriarchate. Since the death of Patriarch Alexy II on December 5, 2008, he has functioned as the...
  • Bartholomew I, Kasper, Etchegaray at the funeral of Alexy II

    12/09/2008 3:21:53 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 523+ views
    ANS ^ | December 9, 2008
    Asia News RUSSIA - VATICAN Bartholomew I, Kasper, Etchegaray at the funeral of Alexy II russia alexy ii cardinal walter kasper vatican bartholomew i constantinople funeral moscow kirill Over 200 bishops and priest and thousands of faithful attend the solemn ceremony in Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Over the past few days more than 50 thousand people paid their respects. Alexi II will be buried in Epiphany Cathedral Moscow. Live coverage of the funeral and burial via internet. RUSSIA - VATICANBartholomew I, Kasper, Etchegaray at the funeral of Alexy IIOver 200 bishops and priest and thousands of faithful attend the solemn...
  • In Moscow, the Synod Selects its Camerlengo [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/07/2008 2:52:04 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 308+ views
    WITL ^ | December 7, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    In what Rome could consider an early good omen following yesterday's death of Patriarch Alexei II, earlier today the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox church elected its point-man to the Vatican as the Moscow patriarchate's temporary administrator. Holder of the church's external-affairs portfolio, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalingrad will serve as locum tenens -- literally, "placeholder" -- for no more than six months, the point when the church's statutes dictate the election of a new patriarch must proceed. A former representative of the patriarchate to the World Council of Churches, the 62 year-old hierarch (right, with B16)...
  • Pope is deeply saddened by Patriarch Alexy II’s death

    12/05/2008 1:30:06 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 514+ views
    CNA ^ | December 5, 2008
    Patriarch Alexy II Vatican City, Dec 5, 2008 / 11:03 am (CNA).- The Russian Orthodox Church is in mourning today as it copes with the loss of Patriarch Alexy II, who passed away early Friday morning at his residence in Moscow. Pope Benedict has expressed his grief at hearing the news, saying he was “profoundly saddened” to hear of his passing. The official cause of the 79 year-old Patriarch’s death has not been announced, but he has been suffering from a heart condition for some time.Upon learning of the death of the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Pope...
  • Bartholomew I: Orthodox summit for "the unity of the Church"

    10/11/2008 4:22:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 386+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 11, 2008 | NAT da Polis
    » 10/11/2008 14:34 TURKEYBartholomew I: Orthodox summit for "the unity of the Church"NAT da PolisFollowing the example of the apostle Paul, the ecumenical patriarch launches an appeal "to unity" to resolve today's challenges. For the first time, leaders and representatives of the entire Orthodox world are meeting together. Istanbul (AsiaNews) - With a strong and heartfelt appeal for "the unity of the Church," the only way "to address the problems of the modern world," work began yesterday at the pan-Orthodox meeting in Fanar. The summit was organized by the ecumenical patriarchate, to celebrate the Pauline year, and is characterized by...
  • Pope to Patriarch: We Need Unity Faster (Benedict XVI Tells Alexy II the Times Urge Haste)

    10/06/2008 4:45:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 697+ views
    ZNA ^ | October 6, 2008 | Inmaculada Álvarez
    VATICAN CITY, OCT. 6, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI sent a personal message to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II saying that modern times call for a hastening of the journey toward Christian unity. The Sept. 22 message was hand-delivered to Alexy II by the archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, on an official visit to Moscow at the invitation of the patriarch. The cardinal gave the message to the patriarch in a meeting that lasted a little more than an hour last Thursday. "I have a deep affection for all the Orthodox brethren, and I am particularly close to them in...
  • Pope thanks Russian Orthodox Patriarch for their growing friendship

    05/30/2008 12:55:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 103+ views
    CNA ^ | May 30, 2008
    Vatican City, May 30, 2008 / 10:09 am (CNA).- During his visit to Russia, Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity met with Holiness Alexis II, Patriarch of Moscow, and delivered a message from the Holy Father.  In his letter, Pope Benedict highlighted the similarities of the two Christian religions and expressed gratitude for the dialogue between the two churches.The Pope writes that Cardinal Kasper’s visit to Russia provides a timely opportunity for the Pontiff to extend his greetings to the Russian Orthodox Church, “to express my esteem for your ministry in the Russian Orthodox...
  • Cardinal to Bring Alexy II a Papal Message [Ecumenical]

    05/22/2008 3:11:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 64+ views
    ZNA ^ | May 21, 2008
    VATICAN CITY, MAY 21, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Walter Kasper left for Moscow today to take a message from Benedict XVI to Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia. Cardinal Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will be in Russia through May 30. The trip was undertaken at the invitation of Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, the president of the Department of External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate, reported the pontifical council. The program of the visit includes an inaugural celebration for the feast of Corpus Christi at the Catholic cathedral of the Archdiocese...
  • Blessed Easter to the Orthodox Freepers (Open Thread for those who wish to post greetings)

    04/26/2008 4:07:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies · 236+ views
    MarkChapter 16 1 1 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. 2 Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. 3 They were saying to one another, "Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. 5 On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on...
  • Understanding Proselytism

    03/31/2008 1:44:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies · 394+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 28, 2008 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    If you look up the verb “proselytism” in most dictionaries, you’ll find it defined as any effort to persuade a person to give up one point of view in favor of another. The word is sometimes used in a political sense, but most often it is used religiously. The most common synonym for “proselytize” is “convert”. This will come as a surprise to Catholics, and it requires clarification. For Catholics, who have a highly developed spiritual vocabulary, the standard definition is not adequate. In the Church's lexicon, proselytism typically refers to conversion efforts that fail to respect the prospective convert’s...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev admits he is a Christian

    03/19/2008 7:17:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies · 1,589+ views
    Telegraph ^ | March 19, 2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi.   Giotto’s fresco of St Francis and St Clair Accompanied by his daughter Irina, Mr Gorbachev spent half an hour on his knees in silent prayer at the tomb.His arrival in Assisi was described as "spiritual perestroika" by La Stampa, the Italian newspaper."St Francis is, for me, the alter Christus, the other Christ," said Mr Gorbachev. "His story fascinates me and has played a fundamental role in...
  • Jesuits Donate Books to Russian Orthodox (Met Kirill Welcomes Sign of Good Relations)

    02/13/2008 4:48:45 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 72+ views
    ZNA ^ | February 13, 2008
    BARCELONA, Spain, FEB. 13, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A donation from Spanish religious congregations of more than 5,000 books to the Orthodox Academy of Moscow has been received as "another sign of the good relations" between the two Churches. That is how Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, the president of the Department of External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate, described the donation. Jesuit Father Emilio Benedetti told ZENIT how the donation came about: "During the entire month of October 2007, I had the satisfaction of helping Father Dionisyos Shlenov, professor of the Orthodox Theological Academy of Moscow, and Father Valeri, archivist...
  • No Attack On China Without U.S. Consent, Says Taiwan

    10/29/2007 6:55:53 PM PDT · by Flavius · 22 replies · 44+ views
    nasdaq ^ | 10/29/07 | rtt
    - In an apparent move by Taiwan to appease the U.S., the Taiwanese President stated that Washington would be notified in advance of any attack on China.
  • Sharpening the Dragon's Claws

    10/27/2007 3:08:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 162+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | October 26, 2007 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, is the author of seven books on international affairs, including America's Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan (2006). The People's Republic of China continues to send worrisome signals about its security strategy. As the tone of cross-straits relations grows increasingly strident, China's latest military reshuffle and ongoing lack of transparency about its military budget are creating new tensions with both the United States and its neighbors in East Asia. In the lead-up to the opening of the Communists' 17th National Party Congress...
  • Legendary Soviet spymaster Feklisov dies

    10/26/2007 2:27:49 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies · 173+ views
    Yahoo - Reuters ^ | 10/26/07 | Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A KGB master agent who ran some of Moscow's most damaging Cold War spies in the West -- Klaus Fuchs and the Rosenbergs -- died on Friday after a lifetime of espionage that helped the Soviet Union acquire the nuclear bomb. Alexander Feklisov, who also played a key role as a mediator in the Cuban Missile Crisis, was 93, a spokesman for Russia's foreign intelligence service (SVR) said. He arrived in New York in 1941 and began running Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, a married couple who supplied the Soviet Union with top secret information on the U.S....
  • Moscow Patriarchate Quits Orthodox-Catholic Talks (theme for next meeting is role of the Pope)

    10/15/2007 4:45:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 49+ views
    Zenit ^ | October 15, 2007
    RAVENNA, Italy, OCT. 15, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The Catholic-Orthodox panel that met to discuss the sacramental nature of the Church approved a joint document, but their meeting was marked by the withdrawal of the Moscow patriarchate from the discussions. The week long 10th plenary assembly of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox ended Sunday. The group studied the "ecclesiological and canonical consequences of the sacramental nature of the Church -- conciliarity and synodality in the Church" and agreed upon a joint document, the Vatican reported today. A communiqué from the panel affirmed that "the document offers...
  • A U.S. - China war? [Opinion]

    10/10/2007 1:33:49 PM PDT · by yorkie · 36 replies · 810+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 10, 2007 | Joseph Farah
    Don't back down to China's overt military threats By Joseph Farah Dear Andrés, As I understand it, you and President Bush believe it is in America's best interest to help China expand its economy through partnerships, sharing technology, Import-Export Bank loans, investment and relaxed trade requirements and allowing them to buy U.S. companies of strategic importance -- like 3Com. I disagree. What China needs to do to improve the plight of its people is to abandon the failed experiment with command-and-control socialism that has created a nightmare world of totalitarianism for more than 1 billion people. President Reagan rejected similar...
  • Taiwan Plans to Build Missiles Able to Hit China

    09/28/2007 10:20:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 167+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 29, 2007 | DAVID LAGUE
    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Faced with a threatening military buildup by China, an increasingly outgunned Taiwan is quietly pushing ahead with plans to develop missiles that could strike the mainland, defense and security experts say. Taiwan successfully tested its first cruise missile with that kind of range this year, one that could send a nearly 900-pound warhead more than 600 miles, to targets as distant as Shanghai, military analysts said. Some Taiwanese military specialists have argued for decades that Taiwan should develop offensive weapons, including missiles, as a deterrent to the mainland, which has threatened to attack the self-governing island if...
  • Taiwan continues series of `open' military exercises

    09/17/2007 10:25:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 135+ views
    The Taipei Times ^ | Sep 17, 2007 | Jimmy Chuang
    MND continues series of `open' military exercises By Jimmy Chuang STAFF REPORTER Monday, Sep 17, 2007, Page 2 A Kidd-class destroyer opened its doors to the media on Wednesday, offering visitors a display of its might during a live-fire exercise at sea. The flagship Tsoying was accompanied by the Perry-class frigate Tzuyi and the Knox-class frigate Fengyang during the exercise in Tsoying, Kaohsiung. Replenishment-at-sea and anti-submarine exercises were also held that day. "What you are witnessing are drills that we hold on a routine basis," said Vice Admiral Chiang Lung-an (姜龍安), deputy commander of the Fleet Command Headquarters. Lieutenant Chuang...
  • US Said to Put Off Planned F-16 fighter Sale to Taiwan

    09/17/2007 8:32:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies · 379+ views
    defense-aerospace.com ^ | Sept. 17, 2007
    US Said to Put Off Planned F-16 Sale to Taiwan (Source: compiled by defense-aerospace.com; posted Sept. 17, 2007) PARIS --- The U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, a US business lobby group, has accused the Bush administration of jeopardizing Taiwan’s security by indefinitely putting off the pending sale of 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters. The sale is valued at $4.9 billion. The group says that the US is delaying the sale, which was due to pass a contractual milestone next month, to show its displeasure with the policies of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian. On June 15, Taiwan's parliament passed the 2007 defense budget...
  • U.S. eyes $2.2 bln P-3 Orion, SM-2 missile sale to Taiwan

    09/12/2007 9:51:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 630+ views
    Reuters India ^ | Sep 13, 2007 | Jim Wolf
    U.S. eyes $2.2 bln aircraft, missile sale to Taiwan Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:04AM IST By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon announced tentative plans on Wednesday to sell surplus P-3C Orion submarine-hunting aircraft and air-defense missiles to Taiwan in deals potentially worth more than $2.23 billion, including related gear and services. Taiwan is seeking to buy 12 surplus P-3C maritime patrol aircraft with T-56 turboprop engines, data terminals and a mobile operation command center in a deal that could be worth $1.96 billion, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a notice to Congress. It said in...
  • Taiwan's budget proves new cruise missile is in development

    09/02/2007 3:57:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 506+ views
    The Taipei Times ^ | Sep 02, 2007 | Hsu Shao-hsuen
    MND budget proves new cruise missile is in development By Hsu Shao-hsuen STAFF REPORTER Sunday, Sep 02, 2007, Page 1 Next year's budget request submitted by the Ministry of Defense (MND) to the Legislature yesterday officially revealed for the first time that the nation is developing the Hsiung Feng 3, (雄風三型) or Brave Wind 3 anti-ship missile. In addition,the MND's Missile Command's increasing expenditure is being seen as an important indicator that large numbers of cruise missile,code-named Hsiung Feng-IIE ,will start production and deployment next year. Although the defense budget has reached 3 percent of Taiwan's GDP, the military still...
  • US officials confirm submarine sale to Taiwan will go ahead

    08/21/2007 8:27:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 866+ views
    The Taipei Times ^ | Aug 20, 2007 | Nadia Tsao
    US officials confirm diesel submarine sale will go ahead By Nadia Tsao Staff Reporter in Washington Monday, Aug 20, 2007, Page 3 Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Shuai Hua-min (帥化民) said on Saturday US officials have told a delegation of Taiwanese legislators that Washington will go ahead with the sale of diesel-powered submarines to Taiwan even if the Democrats win next year's US presidential election. The delegation was also told that four US companies that intend to participate in the bid have found European manufacturers to cooperate with, Shuai said. In a visit arranged by the Ministry of Defense, Shuai,...
  • U.N. Worker Charged in Immigration Scam

    08/06/2007 9:40:29 AM PDT · by jdm · 14 replies · 1,013+ views
    AP | August 06, 2007 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER
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  • Taiwan applies for UN membership

    07/22/2007 4:49:27 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 14 replies · 531+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, July 20, 2007.
    Taiwan has submitted its first formal application to join the United Nations, a government spokesman has said.He said an application signed by President Chen Shui-bian had been delivered to the UN Secretary General. The Chinese foreign ministry immediately dismissed the move, saying it was "doomed to failure". Taiwan has long campaigned to join the UN but all such attempts have been blocked by China which regards the island as a breakaway province. The government in Taipei held the UN seat for China until 1971 when it was replaced by Beijing. This was the first time the country launched a...
  • ANALYSIS-Taiwan air force loses ground to rival China

    05/29/2007 8:47:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 482+ views
    Reuters ^ | 29 May 2007 | Richard Dobson
    ANALYSIS-Taiwan air force loses ground to rival China 29 May 2007 07:20:59 GMT Source: Reuters By Richard Dobson TAIPEI, May 29 (Reuters) - The military balance across the Taiwan Strait is continuing to shift in China's favour, with Taiwan fast losing ground to its diplomatic rival in its last remaining area of dominance -- in the air. The Pentagon's annual report on China released last week highlighted Beijing's efforts to modernise its air force and navy, aimed largely at military contingencies against Taiwan, but also further afield. Communist China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since the end of the civil...
  • Pentagon tracks global buildup in China's military

    05/26/2007 7:24:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 1,035+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    China's military buildup is moving beyond countering Taiwan to global operations from the Middle East through Southeast Asia, according to the Pentagon's annual assessment of Chinese military power. "China's military acquisitions and strategic thinking suggests Beijing is also generating capabilities for other regional contingencies, such as conflict over resources or territory," the report to Congress said. The statement, released yesterday, contradicts assessments of some pro-China analysts and intelligence officials who have said the nation's military buildup is relatively benign and limited to resolving the sovereignty issue of Taiwan, which was separated from China in 1949 during a civil war. China...