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  • President and Patriarch: What Putin Wants from the Orthodox Church

    12/19/2017 9:55:18 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Carnegie Moscow Center ^ | Dec 2017 | Andre Pertsev
    On December 1, Vladimir Putin addressed the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. His remarks on the Orthodox Church’s historical and contemporary value to Russian society illustrate his utilitarian view of the church as a conduit of the Kremlin tasked with maintaining “stability and unity.” Putin’s view is at odds with that of Patriarch Kirill, who criticized the state’s influence on the church in remarks delivered later that day. The differences in opinion between President Putin and Patriarch Kirill shed light on broader cleavages in Russian society over the future relationship between church and state, which the...
  • Leading Russian Prelate Calls for Expanded Religious Instruction, Laments West’s Rejection of God

    12/18/2017 6:19:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Moscow Patriarchate’s chief ecumenical officer praised a non-sectarian class in religions in Russia’s schools and called for the course’s extension beyond fourth grade. “If our children do not know religious teachings, they can involuntarily become an easy prey for terrorists,” Metropolitan Hilarion, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations, said in an interview with Ekaterina Gracheva of the television station Russia-24. “We must always remember that terrorism cannot be motivated by religion,” he continued, though “there are people who cover their criminal acts with religious rhetoric.” After stating that Orthodox children should learn about Islam, and Muslim...
  • Navy plans to build an upgraded version of corvette: source (Taiwan)

    04/09/2017 8:37:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | April 9, 2017 | Lo Tien-pin and William Hetherington
    A military source on Friday confirmed plans for the production of an upgraded version of the navy’s Tuo Chiang-class stealth corvette that is to incorporate expanded anti-aircraft capabilities. The new vessel type is to be longer, wider and equipped with 3D radar systems and a ship-to-air version of the Tien Chien II (“Sky Sword”) guided missile system. A total of 11 vessels are to be produced in three lots, for a total of 12 ships including the original Tuo Chiang-class corvette, the source said. The navy plans to begin operating three of the new vessels and make design adjustments where...
  • Third GOP debate 2016: Republican Party candidates squared off in Boulder, Colorado - TomoNews

    10/30/2015 6:59:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 29, 2015 | Taiwanese Animators
    BOULDER, COLORADO — The Republican Party held their third debate in Boulder, Colorado Wednesday night and if anyone came out on top of the third Republican debate Wednesday night, it was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The biggest spat of the night came when former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush attacked Rubio over his absence in the senate, which Rubio dodged gracefully and countered with an attack on what he called the mainstream media — Hillary Clinton's real super PAC. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scored some easy media-bashing points as well. Jeb Bush did nothing but dig deeper into his poll...
  • Statement of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Oregon Mass Murder of Christians

    10/04/2015 11:16:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 41 replies
    ROC ^ | 10-02-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    The Russian Orthodox Church is deeply grieved to learn about the terrible terrorist action in a college in the state of Oregon in the United States, in which peaceful people were killed. What makes the tragedy even graver is that the killer consciously chose to victimize young people who confess Christianity. This glaring inhuman act confirms once again that Christianity has become the most persecuted religion in the world. Extremists in various parts of the world increasingly seek to provoke hatred and enmity among religions and nations, for which they are ready to commit the most inhuman evil deeds. The...
  • Russian air strikes hit three Syrian provinces (Rus Orthodox Church calling it a “holy battle”)

    09/30/2015 11:24:54 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 155 replies ^ | 30 Sep 2015 16:38 | AFP
    <p>Warplanes have carried out air strikes in Hama, Homs and Latakia in what Russia's powerful Orthodox Church has termed a "holy battle".</p> <p>“Russian and Syrian airplanes carried out numerous strikes today against terrorist positions in Hama, Homs and Latakia provinces,” according to a Syrian security source.</p>
  • Russian Orthodox Church Ends Ties With Protestants Over Gay Marriage

    06/04/2015 11:46:40 PM PDT · by bad company · 9 replies ^ | June 04, 2015 | By RFE/RL
    The Russian Orthodox Church says it is severing ties with the main protestant churches of France and Scotland over the issue of same-sex unions. The Moscow Patriarchate said on June 3 that "formal contacts" with the two institutions were pointless after France's United Protestant Church last month voted to allow pastors to bless same-sex marriages and the Church of Scotland approved ordaining clergy in same-sex civil unions. "We regretfully acknowledge, that today we have a new divide in the Christian world, not only regarding theological subjects, but regarding moral issues as well," the patriarchate said in a statement. The Moscow...
  • China says Taiwan welcome to join AIIB with appropriate name

    04/02/2015 11:16:23 AM PDT · by kevin_in_so_cal · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 1, 2015 | Ben Blanchard, J.R. Wu
    Most countries, including the United States, do not recognise Taiwan due to pressure from China. Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund. However it is a member of the Asian Development Bank under the name of Taipei, China. China views Taiwan as a renegade province and has not ruled out the use of force to bring it under its control. However, since Taiwan's current president Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, enmity has declined considerably and the two sides have signed a number of trade and investment deals. The AIIB...
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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,...