Friday, August 31, 2012
Via France 24: A recent essay, entitled "Literary Eulogy for Anders Breivik", has prompted some within France's literary community to criticize the author, Richard Millet, for openly sympathizing with the man responsible for killing 77 people in Norway last year. Millet describes Breivik as "a desperate and despairing sign of how Europe has underestimated the ravages of multiculturalism. He is also a sign of how spirituality has been beaten down for monetary profit.... Naively, Breivik, far from incarnating evil, has become a sacrificial instrument for all the evil that is eating away at our societies". From Millet’s point of view, literature, immigration, the dictatorship of money, and Breivik’s massacre are all interconnected. The literary critic elaborates by expressing his regret that Europe has, over time, "renounced asserting its Christian roots" and that it "refuses to consider the Muslim call to prayer as sounding the death knell of Christianity, and therefore the end of our nations". "Amid such decadence, Breivik is without doubt what Norway deserves, and what awaits all societies that continue to blind themselves in order to better deny themselves, in particular France and England", Millet wrote.
Lady Gaga had two lucky girls to come up on stage with her yesterday, at Lady Gaga's concert in the Stockholm Globe Arena, Sweden, to her last song "Marry the Night".
Via American Power: Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday by making a direct appeal to Americans who were captivated by President Obama’s hopeful promises of change, pledging that he could deliver what the President did not and move the country from its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
Via The Swedish Wire: Sweden plans to hike infrastructure spending radically over the coming decade in a move to boost long-term economic growth and create new jobs. The government said it would invest an additional 85.5 billion kronor ($13 billion) in infrastructure projects for the years 2014 to 2025. Investments include a high-speed train line between Stockholm and the city of Linköping, and other train lines across the country. "Sweden's main lines date to the middle of the 19th century and clearly Sweden is very different now", Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a press conference. "The Sweden of today has a greater need to bind different parts of the country together, enable people to commute to work and create the conditions for industry to be competitive". Politicians in affected municipalities were applauding the initiative and even the green-red political opposition gave it the thumbs up. The Finance Ministry said in a separate statement that the country's public finances are among the strongest in Europe, which provides scope for boosting investment to create more jobs in growing enterprises. "To equip Sweden for even tougher international competition, the government will focus on infrastructure and research, as well as measures to improve the Swedish investment climate", said Minister for Finance Anders Borg. The government has also said it wants to cut the level of corporate tax. The government is looking at spending measures and tax cuts totalling 23 billion kronor in the budget, double this year's level, and 27 billion kronor in the 2014 finance bill. The four-party ruling Alliance will present its government budget for 2013 late September.
Via The Local: Stockholm football club AIK achieved a stunning two goal away victory over CSKA Moscow to advance to the next round of the Europa League tournament. The game - dubbed the "Miracle in Moscow"- was described by Swedish press as the biggest feat by a Swedish football club in the past decade. CSKA dominated the opening minutes of the match until AIK striker Kwame Karikari scored the team's first goal in the sixth minute, which levelled the aggregate score at 1-1 after the Russians' narrow win in the first leg in Stockholm. After a second goal by AIK's Martin Lorentzson in stoppage time, which put the Stockholm club up 2-0 and assured its advancement to the next round of the Europa League tournament, the team could hardly contain its excitement. "It feels ecstatic. There's no other way of putting it", Lorentzon told the tabloid Expressen after the match. "We thought we could do it, and we did. It's fantastic", AIK's star striker Nebojsa Novakovic told the TT news agency. 2005 UEFA Cup winners CSKA Moscow had 31 attempts on goal, but they could not get the ball past Swedish keeper Ivan Turina. The AIK goalie blocked shot after shot. "Ivan Turina was fantastic", said Novakovic. "He rescued at least four to five situations which not many keepers would have been able to do". AIK's unexpected success in Europe comes a day after Helsingborg, the reigning Allsvenskan champions, were knocked out of Champions League play by Celtic, which secured a convincing 2-0 home win against the club from southern Sweden.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Via RT: Two women were stabbed to death in a gruesome killing in Russia's Kazan, and "Free! Pussy Riot" [sic] was painted on the wall in what police believe was the victims’ blood. An elderly woman, Farida Zaripova, 76, and her daughter, Liliya Zaripova, 38, were murdered in their apartment in the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan. The victims’ bodies were discovered by their neighbors on Wednesday evening, though the women were most likely killed between August 24 and 26, investigators said. The women’s bodies "have been mutilated beyond recognition" by multiple stab wounds, Interfax cited a police source as saying. "They’ve been killed very cruelly: the murderer stabbed each of them at least eight to ten times", RIC spokesperson Andrey Sheptitskiy told Izvestia daily. "This has astounded our experts. We never saw anything like this before, it’s right out of a horror movie". A slogan was painted on the kitchen wall with what is alleged to be the victims’ blood. The Russian Investigative Committee (RIC) said the composition of the substance had not yet been confirmed. Detectives and forensic experts are currently combing the crime scene, and police have launched a criminal investigation into the killings. Investigators say the motive behind the killings may be difficult to determine, which they speculate was connected to a robbery. It is highly unlikely the killings were committed by supporters of the punk band, though police will investigate any possible complicity in the double murder, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported. The two women lived together, with the older woman mostly staying at home while her daughter worked at a grocery store nearby, Life News quoted neighbors as saying. Farida was cautious, and never opened the door for anyone she didn’t know, they said. Liliya also tried not to leave her mother alone for extended periods of time, since Farida was grieving the loss of her husband and son. The son died in a car crash several years ago, and the husband lost his life to cancer. Nikolay Polozov, defense attorney for the convicted members of Pussy Riot, called the killings an "abominable and dirty provocation. … I regret that some bastards use Pussy Riot name for such goals", he told Interfax on Thursday. Three members of the protest collective were each sentenced to two years in jail for performing a "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow cathedral in February. Protests in support of Pussy Riot cropped up around the world in the wake of the August 17 verdict. The leader of Ukrainian activist group FEMEN used a chainsaw to cut down a cross in Kiev; four people wearing masks and carrying signs with pro-Pussy Riot slogans stormed Germany’s Cologne Cathedral and disturbed a service; four Orthodox Christian crosses were chopped down in different parts of Russia; and several statues in Moscow were "balaclavized" on the day of the verdict.
Via WND: The arrival of Hurricane Isaac exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans has some people wondering if there’s more to it than random chance, and suggesting the popular homosexual festival Southern Decadence may be part of a judgment from God. "A hurricane hitting a celebration of decadence … twice in seven years. What are the odds?" asks Robin Cox, a lifelong Gulf Coast resident. "Does it seem God has it in for New Orleans?" adds Mary Starkey. "Just contemplating why this has happened twice in seven years at exact same time of year". Dating back to 1972, Southern Decadence bills itself today as "one of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, it has become known as the 'Gay Mardi Gras' ". One of its promotional websites indicates: "People begin to arrive on the Wednesday before Labor Day, and generally don’t even think about stopping or going home until the following Tuesday. With over 120.000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender participants, and an economic impact estimated to be in excess of $125 million, the city has recognized the festival’s importance with an official proclamation to welcome the event". A Facebook page for Southern Decadence indicates the annual event will still go on this week: "OMG! Over 1.000 emails about Decadence!" the page states. “Don’t worry guys. All is set to begin on Thursday, August 30th running through Labor Day, September 3rd for the 41st Southern Decadence. The biggest problem I’m hearing is flight cancellations. I sure hope the airline industry will do their best to get all of you revelers here for this big circuit weekend … We need y’all for its success!" The timing of Isaac in relation to Katrina has caught the attention of some Christian pastors, including John McTernan of the Defend and Proclaim the Faith website: "Katrina was the greatest natural disaster ever to hit America. Now seven years later, to the day, another hurricane is heading towards this city. The fact the events are seven years apart is very significant as this number is biblically important. It is the number of completion: God created the universe in seven days. The church, city, and nation have not repented and the homosexual agenda is far worse than it was in 2005. "New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city. It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end. … Let’s all watch this very closely, because if New Orleans is destroyed, it is a sure sign that the final judgment for the national sin of America has arrived". Dwight Douville, senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Appleton in Wisconsin, says the anniversary is reminiscent of a disaster cycle proffered by author Jonathan Cahn in the bestselling book, "The Harbinger", suggesting America is now under focused judgment from God. Douville’s Church is now researching facts about New Orleans, and says it’s the fourth most dangerous city in the world in which to live with 95 murders per 100.000 people annually, 10 times the national average. In addition to the Southern Decadence event, the Church also notes the prevalence of voodoo, illegal drugs, and sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS in the region. As WND reported in 2005, the catastrophic damage left by Katrina did not stop homosexuals from partying, as less than a week after the disaster, while thousands of citizens were suffering from homelessness, hunger, and looting in their flooded city, a group of "gays" marched down Bourbon Street in the Big Easy. "It’s New Orleans, man. We’re going to celebrate", Matt Menold, a 23-year musician wearing a sombrero and a guitar slung on his back, told the Associated Press. An account of the small parade on the homosexual news site 365gay.com noted: "It was a scene like something from a Fellini movie. Amid the death, the destruction, and suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina a small parade behind a tattered rainbow flag made its way up Bourbon Street on Sunday". A few days later, other homosexuals gathered in Lafayette, La., to hold what they called the Southern Decadence Parade in Exile. Then in October 2005, another hurricane system forced the postponement of another large homosexual event, Florida’s annual Fantasy Fest in Key West. "We’ve never had a hurricane interfere with Fantasy Fest, at least as long as I’ve been here", Harold Wheeler, director of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council for 10 years told the Key West Citizen. "In fact, it’s just the opposite – Fantasy Fest has always been there to open up our season". At least one state Senator attributed 2005′s hurricane devastation to the hand of God punishing the U.S. for its national breaking of biblical laws. "America has been moving away from God", said Alabama Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo. "The Lord is sending appeals to us. As harsh as it may sound, those hurricanes do say that God is real, and we have to realize sin has consequences".
Via Disclose.tv: Astronomers have for the first time discovered two alien planets whirling around a pair of stars: a complete solar system with twin suns just like Luke Skywalker's fictional home world Tatooine. Most stars like our sun are not singletons, but rather come in pairs that orbit each other. Scientists had found planets in these binary systems, so-called circumbinary planets with two suns like Tatooine in the "Star Wars" universe. To find more circumbinary planets, astronomers analyzed data from NASA's prolific Kepler space telescope, which has detected more than 2.300 potential alien worlds since its March 2009 launch. Kepler had to date detected four systems with circumbinary planets - Kepler-16, 34, 35, and 38. The scientists have now announced the detection of Kepler-47, the first system seen with multiple worlds encircling a pair of stars. The star and its planets, called Kepler-47b and Kepler-47c, dwell about 5.000 light-years away, in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. "Kepler-47 shows us that binary stars can have close-in planetary systems, just like the ones we see in single stars", study lead author Jerome Orosz at San Diego State University told SPACE.com. "Most of the stars in the galaxy are in binary or higher-order multiple systems, so the fact that planetary systems can exist in these types of systems is important. If we were restricted to looking for planets around single stars, we would be missing most of the stars in the galaxy".
Via Just Jared: LeAnn Rimes has volunteered to seek help with personal and emotional issues, People reports. "This is just a time for me to emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old woman I can be", The country singer expressed. "All the things in my life will be there when I get out, but you know what? I’m hoping they’re not going to affect me as much", LeAnn continued. "I’ll have the tools to know how to deal with them", she said. LeAnn‘s husband Eddie Cibrian plans on fully supporting his wife. "My wife is the most remarkable and courageous woman I know. I am so proud of her for having the strength to finally take some time for herself. I will be with her every step of the way", Eddie said.
Via The Local: A research team set off for northern Sweden on Thursday to get to the bottom a "Ghost Rocket" sighting from 1980, that has been labelled as "the biggest UFO mystery in the world", and which the Swedish military kept classified for years. The expedition leader and head of UFO-Sweden, Clas Svahn, set off on the trip to Jokkmokk, far northern Sweden on Thursday together with a support team, divers, a film crew, and the original witness who watched the craft land in the water. "I expect to be surprised", Svahn told The Local, explaining that while he is not a "believer", he hopes that the trip can provide answers. Svahn said: "People mistake UFOs with flying saucers. There are many, many reports of strange things in the air, but what we’re interested in is explaining what they are. Every answer is a good answer". The craft the team is looking for was seen crash-landing in the south end of a lake in Muddus, back on July 31st, 1980. The witnesses, Bo and Liz Berg, watched as the "elongated, cigar shaped object with two protrusions on its sides" came whizzing by them, turned 180 degrees, and performed a controlled landing in the water, disappearing in a spray of bubbles. The description of the object led the research team to conclude it was a so-called Ghost Rocket – a spacecraft that has long held captured the attention of both UFO investigators and the military alike. Since 1946, witnesses have reported nearly 20.000 unidentified objects in the skies over Sweden, with 1.000 alone in 1946. According to the UFO Sweden homepage, the sheer number of these reports caused the Swedish military to send out research teams. The rockets were at first believed to be Russian tests of V-1 or V-2 missiles captured from the Germans during World War Two. However, since no fragments have ever been found, the Swedish, British, and U.S. military failed to find an explanation. The only concrete evidence the military found was occasional craters in the lake bottoms and damaged aquatic plants. But Svahn believes that where the military failed, his team may succeed. He confesses that he has long been interested in UFOs and has been compelled to find out more about them since he was a teenager in the seventies. And while he admits that he is unsure exactly what the Ghost Rocket may be, Svahn is confident that it is made of steel, and that the landing described by the witnesses suggests that the object was being controlled. Svahn said: "Someone was sitting somewhere. Even better, this is the only occasion we’ve heard of where the object landed rather than crashed. There’s a very real chance that we may find it intact". The team will begin diving with a host of professional equipment on Friday and will continue their search until Monday. Meanwhile, a film crew accompanying the expedition is making a documentary about the exploration, which has caught the attention of an international audience and fan base. However, regardless of the film crew, Svahn explains that the sky is the limit when it comes to the possibilities if something is indeed found at the bottom of the lake. "There are many more sightings in Sweden that match the Ghost Rocket description. If we find what we’re looking for this weekend, we’ll be investigating the other cases as well", Svahn concluded.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Hurricane Isaac slammed into the southern Louisiana coast late on Tuesday, sending floodwaters surging and unleashing fierce winds, as residents hunkered down behind boarded-up windows. New Orleans calmly waited out another storm on the eve of the devastating Hurricane Katrina's seventh anniversary, hoping the city's strengthened levees will hold.
Via Disclose.tv: Nature is a wondrous beauty as the ice age flower blooms after 32.000 years of being non-existent. According to Discover Magazine, Russian scientists announced that they had unearthed the fruit and brought tissue from it back to life. after the seeds were buried over 32.000 years ago. The discovery was made in northwestern Siberia, where the winter team of Russian scientists found the seeds of the flower and regrew it. The plant breaks the previously held record of the oldest tissue to give life to healthy plants, which was previously held by the Israeli date palm seed. In 1995, researchers studying and working with ancient soil composition in an exposed Siberian riverbank found 70 fossilized Ice Age squirrel burrows, some of which stored up to 800.000 seeds and fruits. With the help of the permafrost, the narrow-leafed campion plant tissue was preserved well enough for the team at the Russian Academy of Sciences to culture the cells to see if they would grow. The team, led by team leader Svetlana Yashina, were successful and re-created Siberian conditions in the lab and watched as the refrigerated tissue sprouted buds that developed into 36 flowering plants within weeks. Now, if scientists could culture the cells that developed into flowering plants after 32.000 years, would it be possible to resurrect well preserved dinosaur fossils found in Siberia? Now that would be mind blowing. Would there finally be a Jurassic park after all, in the not too distant future?
Via The Local: Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Tuesday warned against the possibility of sectarian tensions in Syria after the inevitable departure of President Bashar al-Assad. "One thing is clear, the secular Syrian dictatorship the Baath Party created will not survive", Bildt said in a speech in Stockholm, a copy of which was released to the media. "But whether it will be replaced by a secular democracy, an Islamic one, or by a sectarian fragmentation remains to be seen. The longer the conflict lasts, the greater the risk that we will see the latter development", Bildt said. "There are great risks in this. We see already how tension is building between Shiites and Sunnis in the entire region. And those who think that they can play on these in a bid to try to weaken Iran are really playing with fire", Bildt warned. But he did not specify to whom he was referring. Bildt noted that the influx of Syrian refugees to Sweden was on the rise, and said the Scandinavian country already counted "50.000 people of Syrian origin, primarily from various Christian denominations". France will not use a $1.2 billion contract to build Mistral class amphibious assault ships for the Russian Navy to put pressure on Moscow over the Syrian issue, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday, according to RIA Novosti. The West is pushing for President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster, while Russia and China are trying to prevent outside interference in Syria, saying the Assad regime and the opposition are both to blame for the bloodshed. Russia and China have blocked three UN resolutions on Syria. In an interview with the France Inter radio station, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country “is putting pressure on Russia only in the diplomatic dimension". "We continue negotiations with Russians, we must find a solution [on Syria]. To achieve some progress, we discuss it in parallel with the Arab states, with our neighbors, and the Russians", Fabius said. He also said that French military equipment must not be sold to third states. “If we learn about reselling, we will end all future supplies", Fabius said. Russia and France signed the contract for two French-built Mistral class ships, including the transfer of sensitive technology, in June 2011. Two more ships are expected to be 80% built in Russia, 20% in France. The first Mistral class warship is expected to be put in service with the Russian Navy in three years. A Mistral-class ship is capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, 70 armored vehicles, and 450 personnel. The Russian military has said it plans to use Mistral ships in its Northern and Pacific fleets.
Via The Political Commentator: At Michigan State University a student is beaten unconscious by a group of men who asked if he was Jewish, flashed the Nazi salute, and cried out "Heil Hitler"! This while a group of 20 people stood and watched while this man had his mouth stapled shut after he had been knocked out. A problem is that Zionism is disregarded not only in the United States, but all over the world. It is clear that the Orthodox Jews probably are the biggest threat against Zionist Jews - the real Jews - who want their land in peace, and understand that every inch of land God gave the Jews is Jewish. We, who are Christians, have a moral obligation to support the Zionist Jews, and also to increase the understanding of the Church for their plight. The devil has of course his finger in the game, as always when it comes to anti-Semitism. The Satanic Masoretes, who denied Jesus Christ and replaced the Septuagint Greek Old-Testament with their horrible revised Old Testament in Hebrew - which now unfortunately is translated and used by Protestants instead of the Septuagint - should not be forgotten. The Jews have a long way to go before they sort out all the counterfeit Orthodox Jews from their midst, in order to restore a peaceful Zionist greater Israel, such as is prophesied in the Bible. I believe, the Christian Orthodox Church, will soon be restored to full power in Constantinople and globally, for the benefit not only for the true Jews, but for all mankind. With a strong Christian Orthodox Church in the United States - similar to that in Greece and in Russia - there will hopefully be fewer incidents where Jews are persecuted and beaten up, like the recent one in Michigan. But when I look at the candidates for the upcoming Presidential election in the U.S., I feel somewhat worried.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Via Disclose.tv: Nobel Prize laureate Brian P. Schmidt has said it is probably unwise for human beings to be telling aliens where we are. "I think it is probably not the smartest thing to tell the aliens where we are, as any encounter with aliens may not be a happy one", said Schmidt during the 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) held from Aug. 21 to 31. "Aliens may not be something that we need to worry about. It will be so far away and it takes so long to travel from point A to point B in the universe that it won't be a problem. But it will happen when it happens", said Schmidt, who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Before their discovery, it was commonly thought that the expansion of the universe was slowing down. However, their findings show that dark energy pushes every galaxy apart and the universe will continue to expand at a quicker pace and eventually fade away. According to his research, it will be harder to reach another planet in an accelerating universe, meaning it is less likely to meet higher intelligent extraterrestrial life in the future. "The future of the universe seems to be dark. Things are getting faster and faster. In terms of looking for aliens, it's gonna be quite a challenge. It may never happen. Things like us are probably very rare in the universe", he said. In 2010, Stephen Hawking, one of world's most famous theoretical physicists, said humans should be extremely cautious of extraterrestrial life and attempts to make contact with alien races is "a little too risky". Schmidt agrees with Hawking and said humans have more things to worry about: "The reality is that the sun is going to give out on us in about 4 billion years, and is becoming very hot. So in the future about 800 million years from now we need to figure out how to deal with that first".
Via The Swedish Wire: Bloomberg said on Monday that Sweden’s krona rose to the highest level against the dollar in almost six months in Stockholm trading. "The macro picture is still strong in Sweden and no one expects the Riksbank to cut rates", said Anders Eklöf, a currency strategist at Swedbank. Eklöf added: "We also have some softness in the dollar ahead of Jackson Hole later in the week". The Swedish krona rose against all major currencies tracked by Bloomberg and climbed 0.25 percent versus the euro to 8.2444. It strengthened as much as 0.59 percent against the dollar to 6.5662.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Via EUobserver: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a new EU treaty convention by December, despite opposition from many countries, Der Spiegel reports in its latest print edition on Monday (27 August). Merkel's push for a new EU treaty is in line with her demand for a true political union in return for debt being pooled in the eurozone and Germany's own constitution being changed to allow for more power transfers to Brussels. Myself, I'm happy Sweden is not a member of the eurozone and next election I will definitely vote for the political party which wants Sweden to leave the EU altogether and as soon as possible. Both Germany and France are pushing for more power over the European Union since several years, but with the lesson of the failed union between Sweden and Norway - which broke up in 1905 - it is clear that Sweden definitely has nothing to gain from further political cooperation with other EU member states. The solution for Sweden to get out of the greedy hands of the power thirsty EU bureaucrats might be a military union between Sweden and Russia, which also could lead to a merger between the Orthodox Church and the Swedish Church, and which also would be very positive. I have basically lived abroad, in Belgium and France, since April 2000 until last month, and my experience is that the EU bloc not should be treated as our friend, but rather as a respected foe. If Sweden should change currency - which God forbid - we should rather adopt the U.S. dollar than the Euro. The catastrophic EU handling of the Euro crisis is enough proof of that. I don't believe in a deepened European Union either at the moment, but in case a union should be inevitable for Sweden, Russia is a better alternative to work together with, because at least we have the same roots, common interests, and understand each other better and for a common future. The European Union should anyway never make any decisions without Russia having a significant saying in the decision making.
Via The Local: The deep financial crisis in Europe has led to more Greek citizens arriving in Sweden to seek employment, with twice as many coming 2011 compared to the year before. "We have a lack of engineers here; there are not enough university trained engineers in Sweden to cover the demand", said Peter Karancsi, of the European Job Mobility Portal EURES to Sveriges Radio (SR). Fresh figures from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) show that the number of Greeks registering as residents in Sweden doubled in 2011, compared to the year before. "I have a better chance to getting a job here than in Greece", said electrical engineer Charis Katsakakis, just arrived from Athens, to the broadcaster. A positive result of Greek immigration to Sweden will be - beside Sweden getting educated and intelligent people - that we will get more Greek Orthodox Churches here. Malmö, for example, is Sweden's third largest city, but there is unfortunately no Greek Church here, yet... The spirit of God is nevertheless very strong up here in the north, which brings both peace to the mind and to society. The Greeks hopefully bring beautiful icons, incense, and that perfect Lord's prayer with them: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner". Modern Greek is not vere biblical, but hopefully the Greeks coming to Sweden will rediscover their true roots, the Septuagint Greek, and in the light of the New Testament.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Via The Local: "Ban Islam in Sweden and deport those who persist in believing in the religion", said Pär Norling, group leader of the Sweden Democrats (SD) in Bollnäs, in an interview with national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). Opinion polls have the Sweden Democrats as Sweden's third largest political party right now. The neo-nazi Swedish Resistance Movement (Svenska Motståndsrörelsen) marched in the central Swedish town of Bollnäs earlier this summer, after a controversial rape case had rocked the community. On Saturday they marched again and anti-racist protests were held nearby. Swedish Democrat Norling said he disapproves of Nazism, but by and large considers Nazism a by-product of immigration. Norling also agrees with the neo-nazi movement that Islam has no place in Sweden. "That can exist elsewhere but in Sweden it doesn’t fit in", he said to Sweden’s national television, SVT. When asked what ought to be done with those who still want to believe in Islam despite it being banned, Norling responded: "Then the solution is deportation". To be fair, Swedish society is however still much more inclusive and tolerant than for example the societies of Belgium or France. After the U.S. invasion in Iraq, Sweden has received more refugees from Iraq than the U.S. and Canada together. If U.S. President Barack Obama persists wishing to attack Syria with military bombardments, the U.S. must first make room for all the new millions of Arab refugees, before bombing all these people in Syria to flee from their country. It is true the political landscape is getting radicalized and very fast in Europe because of the massive immigration. But that is probably what the global bankers, who sit on all the money, want. Their appetite is now wet to once again make so much money as when the Jews were exterminated at the holocaust. But they count this time the Jews will not be exterminated but the Muslims. When people are getting killed it is always a great tragedy because we are all created in the image of God. The U.S. didn't support the Shah of Iran, or President Mubarak in Egypt, but now U.S. President Obama is rubbing his hands at the prospect of al-Assad being replaced by a radical muslim-extremist Ayatollah in Syria. The question is how long the bigger countries in Europe and Russia will put up with the U.S. installing dictatorship after dictatorship in the world. It is anyway clear that people are having more than enough of massive immigration and storm of refugees from other cultures and languages. In France, the far right Front National has more support and is more intolerant to strangers than ever before, and the image is the same in Germany, in BeNeLux, and in the rest of Europe. Maybe that is why so many immigrants are stealing, raping, and killing. We have even seen how a different cultural climate even maybe turned an intelligent man like Julian Assange into a serial rapist. In order for you to live in a country with a different religion and a different language to that you are used to, you must either be mentally very strong, or very rich, which is rather rare. If the trend continues with masssive immigration and millions of refugees, those who want free speech and democracy will have no other option than to go to other countries like Ecuador, or to decide to stay and fight terror with terror. A new generation of young European politicians have obviously decided for the second option. The situation is very sad indeed with all these neo-nazi movements shooting up like mushrooms all over the world. Unfortunately there are many people like Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik waiting in the wings.
Via Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: A Moscow court has sentenced three members of Pussy Riot to two years in prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity. The Russian justice system got a show of support this week from an unlikely source -- former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who said the hooliganism verdict handed down last week to Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich was "just and to be applauded". The 87-year-old former mayor argued Pussy Riot's actions - performing a "punk prayer" protesting Vladimir Putin in the middle of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral - was less a matter of free speech and more a matter of religious hatred. Koch said: "The right to free expression is not unlimited and does not mean one can say anything anywhere and at any time". And while one might quibble with the severity of the two-year sentence, Koch added, "I for one am delighted they now punish religious hatred. Aren't you?" I think everybody agrees with former New York Mayor Ed Koch when he said Pussy Riot "went physically into the Church, dancing around the altar, making prayers that were salacious. In my judgment, that requires punishment… I applaud the Russian justice system that says finally, 'Churches have rights' ".
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Via The Swedish Wire: Sweden's fashion industry is growing at record speed as export demand keeps booming, according to new figures from trade organisation Swedish Textile and Clothing Industries Association. "Sweden has never exported as much fashion as during the first half of 2012", CEO Ola Toftegaard said in a statement. Toftegaard continued: "The Swedish fashion industry as a whole is moving forward abroad despite the financial crisis. In other words, the unexpected development during the first quarter is continuing". Up until May 31st this year Swedish fashion export had reached 5.1 billion kronor ($773 million) compared to 4.66 billion for the same period last year. June figures are also expected to be good. For example, Tiger of Sweden has reported all time high for the fiscal year 2011/2012, Björn Borg increases Q2 sales and is launching its first Chinese store, Atlas Design Group increases export sales by 15 percent during the first six months, Kriss i Länna increased export figures 6 percent, and H&M plans to enter India with its collaboration with Beckham keeping the cheap 'n' chic brand high in the fashion stakes.
Via The New York Times: CNN's Mike Brooks details cell phone video of the shooting scene in New York as cops take down the suspected gunman. The two men at the center of a fatal shooting outside the Empire State Building on Friday had brushed shoulders for years — often literally, two large egos stuffed into a small office — and yet could hardly have been less alike.
Via The Local: The Organization of American States declared "solidarity and support" Friday for Ecuador in its dispute with Britain over granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The meeting of the Americas bloc was convened at Ecuador's request to consider a resolution rejecting any attempt to put at risk the "inviolability" of its embassy in London, where Assange is holed up. In the resolution, foreign ministers and representatives of the 34-member regional body rejected "any attempt that might put at risk the inviolability of the premises of diplomatic missions". The text, adopted by consensus after five hours of arduous negotiations in Washington, also expressed "solidarity and support for the government of the Republic of Ecuador". It urged Ecuador and Britain to "continue to engage in dialogue in order to settle their current differences in accordance with international law, taking into account the statements made recently by authorities of both governments". Reservations about the resolution were expressed in footnotes by the United States and Canada, OAS members who are also firm British allies.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Via BBC News: The United Nations refugee agency says that more than 200.000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries as the conflict has intensified. About 30.000 arrived in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan in the past week.
Via The New York Times: A court on Friday sentenced Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who admitted killing 77 people, to at least 21 years in prison after ruling that he was sane when he carried out his country’s worst peacetime atrocity. The sentence was the most severe permitted under Norwegian law, but it can be extended at a later date if he is still deemed to be a danger to society. Mr. Breivik, 33, who had insisted that he was sane when he carried out the attacks last year as part of what he called a campaign against multiculturalism in Norway, smiled when the verdict was announced. As he arrived in court on Friday, lightly bearded and wearing a dark suit and tie, he flashed a right-wing salute with his right arm jutting from his body and his fist clenched.
Via Yahoo! News: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande presented a united front toward Greece on Thursday, telling Athens it should not expect leeway on its bailout agreement unless it sticks to tough reform targets. Samaras has given interviews to German media stressing that while Athens may seek more time to meet its fiscal targets, it is not asking for more money. But German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and others seemed unconvinced. "More time is not a solution to the problems", Schaeuble said, addressing Samaras' hopes that his country might be given four years instead of two to push through painful economic reforms, to alleviate the impact on the Greek people. Schaeuble said more time could also mean "more money" and Europe's help for Greece had already "gone to the limits of what is economically viable". From the sidelines, Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees De Jager - a staunch ally of Berlin - urged Germany to "stick with its strict position" and giving Greece more time would not help. With German patience wearing thin after repeated requests for financial help from Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, Merkel is under pressure to defend taxpayers' interests while also upholding the stability of the currency. "It's up to the Greeks to make the effort that is essential for that goal to be met", said France's Socialist President Francois Hollande. Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, said Greece was staring at its "last chance" to avoid bankruptcy.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Via Worthy Christian News: Syrian Christians are reportedly targeted by rebels linked to Islamic terror groups and it remains unclear whether everyone fleeing the violence will be able to reach neighboring Turkey. In published remarks, Greek Orthodox Priest Maximos al-Jamal said rebels had kept the Christians in the city as bargaining chips and that, "Gunmen [had] told the besieged people that if [they] go out of these areas, [they] will die". He added that thousands of Christians had lived in Homs prior to Syria’s uprising early last year, but today only 100 Christian civilians remain. Washington-based ICC said it welcomed that U.S. Congressman Gus Bilirakis introduced a resolution on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on August 2 that would direct American policies towards protecting Christians and other minorities in Syria. The resolution follows reports indicating that "Islamic extremism is on the rise in a civil war that is taking on increasingly stronger sectarian overtones", ICC said. On Thursday, August 23, The Los Angeles Times newspaper quoted officials as saying that The Pentagon has made "contingency plans" to send small teams of special operations troops into Syria if the White House decides it needs "to secure chemical weapons depots" now controlled by security forces loyal to President Assad. President Obama warned this week that any effort by Assad to move or use his arsenal of chemical munitions in the country's conflict would cross a "red line", implying possible U.S. intervention. The exodus of refugees to Turkey, including Christians, has intensified in the last week as a result of a Syrian army offensive and fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, observers said, reaching a total of 70.000 people. There are fears in Turkey that the increasing flow of refugees will lead to a repeat of the Gulf War in 1991, when some half a million Iraqi Kurds massed along the common border. Christians and others also face difficulties in neighboring Lebanon, amid fears the nation will be drawn into Syria's bloodshed. In Syria all religions live together, and Syria is one of the few, maybe the only country in the Middle East, where you have all these denominations, Greek Orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, Maronite, Sunni, Shia, Alawi. Russia is best aware of the complex situation in the Middle East, and also offers the best protection for Syrian minorities. Where U.S. President Barack Obama stands concerning democracy and religious freedom in general, and especially in the Middle East - also with the upcoming U.S. Presidential election - is rather unclear. To avoid further bloodshed in Syria, Russia should take charge over the region, to protect the infrastructure there, which would help all those hundreds of thousands of starving and homeless people, now trapped and on the run inside Syria.
Via American Power: At the premiere for his first self-named feature film, comedy star Keith Lemon reveals how he gathered his celebrity cast and the Hoff discusses whether he thinks the film will translate to American audiences.
Via The Local: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer Thursday said he had key information relating to the rape claims his client was facing which would be surprising when revealed, a report said. Baltasar Garzon, who spent hours in a briefing with Assange on Sunday discussing his legal strategy, said the defense had requested a prosecutor from Sweden travel to London to take a statement from the former hacker. "I think that will be a very good option", he was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. The 41-year-old Australian, who has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since June, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and molestation, claims he denies. British authorities won their case to extradite him to Sweden but because he sought asylum in Ecuador's embassy they have so far been unable to send him there. Assange believes Stockholm plans to hand him over to the United States, where he fears prosecution over WikiLeaks' release of a vast cache of confidential U.S. government files. Garzon, best known for trying to extradite Chile's Augusto Pinochet from London to Madrid in 1998, declined to go into specifics on the rape claims but said there was "fragmented knowledge" about the matter. He reportedly said the defense was in possession of a number of fundamental elements about the allegations that when made public would be a "big surprise". "We cannot divulge them right now but we have requested that the prosecution take a statement from Mr. Assange", he said on the sidelines of a conference in the Australian city of Brisbane. Meanwhile, Garzon hit out at Australia, claiming Canberra had ignored requests by Assange for diplomatic assistance, including a letter sent as recently as 15 days ago. He said the government's response had been "entirely negative". "Not at any point in time have consular authorities visited Mr. Assange", he said. "And I understand that to be an obligation for all citizens of Australia". Australia insists it has offered Assange the same assistance it would give any other citizen in trouble overseas.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Via Disclose.tv: During the recent Olympics in Great Britain, the Illuminati is said to have communicated, through Satanic rituals and symbols, an occult message to a global audience. According to Nielsen Media Research, 4.7 billion viewers worldwide (approximately 70% of the global population) viewed it. Although, the vast majority of the audience did not consciously understand the symbols and rituals, many sensed something ominous, disturbing, and dark. Anyway, myself I found the closing olympic ceremony artistic, beautiful, and innovative, as I watched it on television. The London olympic games were themselves brilliantly organized.
Via The Local: Experts investigating the fake one krona coins which defame Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf have revealed the complex secrets behind the counterfeit change. In June this year, a number of coins were discovered in circulation in Sweden with an altered text. Instead of the usual “Carl XVI Gustaf Sveriges Konung” ('Carl XVI Gustaf Sweden’s King'), the text written around the image of the King's head on each coin read “Vår horkarl till Kung”, which translates roughly into English as “Our whorer of a King”. On the flip side, the coins were normal and seemingly untouched. Experts have explained that the forgery seems professionally done. “Whoever made it is clearly skilled", explained Ian Wiséhn at Sweden’s Royal Coin Cabinet (Myntkabinettet) to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD). “The back is very well made. And the grooves on the side are also as they should be, you can’t see any difference". Now, the experts have revealed that the coins themselves are not fake – rather, "half fake". Specialist equipment has been used to hollow out one whole side of the coin all the way out to the edges, removing the image of the king’s face, SvD reported. In the hollowed out space remaining, the forgers have inserted their own pre-cut image of the king together with the new libelous text, glued it into place, and sharpened the grooves. The intricate handiwork is impossible to discern with the naked eye, and each fake coins weighs only 0.47 grammes more than a real 7 gramme coin. Experts claim to be “one hundred percent sure” that this is the method the counterfeiters used. The investigation into the counterfeit money has not yielded any results as to the identity of the forgers or their whereabouts. Sweden's King is a great asset for Sweden and he is funny, witty, and well-appreciated by most people. As a matter of fact, the whole Swedish royal family is very popular both in Sweden and abroad. As every important public person, the Swedish King is unfortunately the object of not so flattening rumors from enemies, but he is handling that very well.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Via The Local: Divers off the coast of Birka, an ancient Viking village near Stockholm, have uncovered 100 meter long jetties suggesting a coastal marketplace that was not previously imagined. The team found that jetties stretching off the coast of the Björkö island were actually significantly longer than they initially believed, and could provide valuable information about the Vikings and their habits. Andreas Olsson, a marine archaeologist who is heading the international team, was amazed by the find. "We have found stone piers in deep water and these were rare for this age. Timber, logs and poles as well. Previously, it was not thought that the Vikings could build stone piers at a depth of eight meters", he told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN), adding that the team is in the process of figuring out how the port might have looked from this information. The marine archaeologists, who have now estimated that the village was 30 percent bigger than previously imagined, also believe that a marketplace may have been based in the waters of the harbor. Olsson explained that the jetties, which are five times longer than previously believed, were likely connected with the Vikings' extensive trade system, and could indicate that the area was indeed a bustling village. "The remains of the port structures show that it was actually a port, not just small jetties jutting out onto the beach as previously thought", he said. "Everyone has ideas about the Viking age. Many of these emphasize the wild, warlike nature of the people, but what we're working on will distinguish the picture. This is great, not least because that age is ever-present in popular culture", Olsson told the paper. The village of Birka, which is often considered to be Sweden's oldest town, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
Via Israel National News: Egyptian cleric Sallah Sultan said on television that people he meets everywhere "thirst for the blood of the Jews". He said on TV, Israel used girls with AIDS to seduce young Egyptians and infect them. In 2010, Sultan accused Zionists of making Pesach matzas from the blood of Christian children. In 2011, he declared that a 1994 edict that called for the murder of "every Zionist who enters Egypt – tourist or not" would be renewed. This unfair hatred against the Jews is a tragedy, and could lead to a war similar to WWII, which also had its roots in hate toward the Jews. But the real tribulation only comes when Satan arrives from Hell as written in Revelation, chapter 11. As we have seen the great falling away from true faith in our God and Lord Jesus, we know that Satan is soon to appear. As the Lord Jesus goes down to Hell with the keys to open Hell's gate to allow Satan to come free spiritually to take charge of the Earth as its master, we better build up ourselves in our most holy faith with the Septuagint and the New Testament.
Via RT: U.S. President Barack Obama has a stern warning for the country of Syria. In an address made early Monday, the commander-in-chief confirmed that he has not ruled out an offensive strike on Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Speaking from the White House, President Obama said that if Syria were to deploy chemical or biological weapons, the United States will follow through with its threat of launching an attack. Obama needs war in Syria for re-election.
Via The Local: The United States denies Julian Assange's "wild assertions" that it has launched a witch-hunt for the WikiLeaks founder, who is holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid extradition. The Australian-born hacktivist rallied supporters Sunday from the balcony of the embassy, accusing the United States of pursuing him after his website angered Washington by publishing a trove of sensitive diplomatic cables. But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the United States had nothing to do with efforts by Britain to extradite Assange, who is wanted for questioning by Sweden on allegations of rape and molestation. "He is making all kinds of wild assertions about us when in fact his issue with the government of the United Kingdom has to do with whether he's going to face justice in Sweden for something that has nothing to do with WikiLeaks, it has to do with charges of sexual misconduct", Nuland told reporters. "He is clearly trying to deflect attention away from the real issue, which is whether he's going to face justice in Sweden", she told reporters. "That case has nothing to do with us. It's a matter between the UK, Sweden, and now Ecuador has inserted itself", she said. Nuland, in an exchange with reporters, later clarified that Assange was not charged in Sweden but was wanted for questioning. Two female WikiLeaks volunteers in Sweden have accused Assange of the sexual misconduct. Assange says that the accusations are politically motivated and that he would eventually be extradited to the United States. He says the sex was consensual. Assange has spent two months inside Ecuador's embassy, which occupies a small part of a red-brick mansion block in an upscale section of London. British authorities could arrest him if he steps outside. Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said Britain was "obliged" to carry out the extradition to Sweden after Assange exhausted all appeal options.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Via Ekathimerini: Greek Finance Ministry officials are to hold a new meeting on Monday in a bid to finalize proposals for 11.5 billion euros in spending cuts ahead of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s meetings with European leaders this week. Samaras is due to meet Eurogroup chief and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker in Athens on Wednesday. He is due to travel to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, and to Paris for a meeting with French President Francois Hollande on Saturday. Samaras hopes to have the package of 11.5 billion euros in measures demanded by the troika ready to present to his counterparts. The Finance Ministry has not ruled out cuts to basic salaries in the public sector as well. The government is also set to announce the gradual removal of 34.000 civil servants who will be placed in a labor reserve scheme, where they will receive a percentage of their salary for the next 12 or 24 months, and will no longer be employed in the public sector.
Via The Telegraph: Finland is battening down the hatches for a full-blown currency crisis as tensions in the eurozone mount and has said it will not tolerate further bail-out creep or fiscal union by stealth. "We have to face openly the possibility of a euro-break up", said Erkki Tuomioja, the country’s veteran Foreign Minister. Tuomioja said: "It is not something that anybody — even the True Finns [eurosceptic party] — are advocating in Finland, let alone the government. But we have to be prepared". He added: "Our officials, like everybody else and like every general staff, have some sort of operational plan for any eventuality". Tuomioja pointed out: "But let me add that the break-up of the euro does not mean the end of the European Union. It could make the EU function better". Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, chairman of the Finnish parliament’s Grand Committee on Europe, says a bail-out fatigue is nearing its limit. Mrs Kumpula-Natri said Finland can be pushed only so far: "There is a feeling on the street that there has to be a limit. I can’t say whether it is 10pc of GDP, or what. It’s not written. But it is obvious that a small country can’t help big countries eternally".
Via The Guardian: The diplomatic standoff between Britain and Ecuador deepened on Sunday after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange used an extraordinary appearance on the first-floor balcony of Ecuador's London embassy to berate the United States. Assange said: "I ask President Obama to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks". Assange said an alleged "FBI investigation" against his whistleblowing website should be "dissolved" and that the U.S. should go back to its original "revolutionary" values. "As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of our societies", Assange said, standing on a white balcony just above the pavement, and flanked by Ecuador's yellow, blue, and red flag.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
In South Africa, the police fired on machete-wielding workers engaged in a wildcat strike at a platinum mine, leaving a field strewed with bodies. As many as 34 persons were tragically gunned down. Tensions are rising in many places in the world. In some countries, governments will make sure that millionaires pay at least 75 percent tax, robbing their talented citizens, or making them leaving for other countries with greater opportunities. In other countries, the rich will defend their privileges and riches with bloodshed, and regardless of minorities of many millions without adequate food and medical care. Democracy is not possible without unity and technological advancement. Without good school education, medical care, and a sound political and religious system, civilization collapses. Democracy and freedom is very important, but so is life and quality of life. What happened in South Africa, could happen anywhere in the world, where lots of hungry, sick, and frustrated individuals come together.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Via American Power: Penelope Cruz’s latest role, in a new advert for Nintendo, is perhaps her most bizarre yet.
Via The Local: The United States said Thursday it was not involved in the international row over WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, denying charges it was pressuring Britain to seize him. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined comment on Ecuador's offer of asylum to Assange but rejected assertions by WikiLeaks and Quito that the Internet activist needed protection against the United States. "With regard to the charge that the U.S. was intent on persecuting him, I reject that completely", Nuland told reporters. Asked whether the United States was pressuring Britain to seize Assange, who has been holed up for two months in Ecuador's embassy in London, Nuland said she had "no information to indicate that there is any truth to that at all". The Australian government maintained its stance that the asylum decision was a matter for the WikiLeaks founder and the governments of Britain and Ecuador. The EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton kept her distance Thursday from the furore in London and Stockholm over Ecuador's decision to grant Julian Assange asylum. Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning about allegations of rape and sexual assault, and a British court had already ruled that Assange could be extradited. Angering the United States by releasing a trove of classified U.S. documents on his whistleblowing website, Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador's embassy in London since June 19. Ecuador said Thursday that it was offering asylum to Assange because London, Stockholm, and Washington refused to guarantee that Assange would not be sent on to the United States. Ecuador has called a meeting of foreign ministers from the South American regional bloc UNASUR on Sunday. "Nobody is going to scare us", Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said on his Twitter account, minutes before the decision was announced.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Via The Local: Sweden on Thursday rejected Ecuador's claim that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not get a fair trial as a reason for granting him political asylum, and summoned Quito's envoy to explain. "Our firm legal and constitutional system guarantees the rights of each and everyone. We firmly reject any accusations to the contrary", Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on his Twitter account. Separately, Swedish foreign ministry spokesman Anders Jörle said: "The Ecuadoran ambassador is expected at the ministry as soon as possible. The accusations that (the Ecuadoran foreign ministry) has formulated are serious and it is unacceptable that Ecuador would want to halt the Swedish judicial process and European judicial cooperation". Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London on June 19 after a British court ruled he could be extradited to Sweden for questioning about allegations of rape and sexual assault. On Thursday, Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Quito decided to grant him asylum as London, Stockholm and Washington refused to guarantee that Assange would not be sent on to the United States, where he fears trial for the release of a trove of classified U.S. documents by his whistleblowing website. "The fact that Julian Assange was given asylum today changes nothing to the state of the Swedish preliminary investigation", the prosecution said in a statement.
Via RIA Novosti: The head of Russia’s overwhelmingly largest religious faith said on Thursday that while the Orthodox Church and the Kremlin shared a "common agenda", their constitutional separation was not under threat. "The state, the authorities, and the Church are autonomous from one another", Patriarch Kirill told journalists in Poland. "The Russian Orthodox Church values immensely its current freedom and autonomy", Patriarch Kirill said. But the Patriarch’s comments at the start of his four-day visit to Poland are unlikely to dampen a debate in Russia about what critics say are the deepening ties between the Orthodox Church and the Kremlin. There is no doubt President Putin is very popular and a great blessing for the Orthodox Church, and that is why the relations between the Church and the state are so good in Russia. The peoples of the world would undoubtedly face a better situation, and also have better prospects, if every King and President had the same attitude toward the Orthodox Church as Russian President Vladimir Putin has. There is nothing wrong in the "close cooperation" of the Church with the authorities. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who served as President from 2008 until May of this year, denied that the Orthodox Church influences Kremlin policy when he made an unexpected appearance on a popular television talk show this summer. "Yes, the Church occupies a fitting place in the life of our society and government", Medvedev said, and added: "But no one knows better than me that it is separate from decision-making". Patriarch Kirill nevertheless hit out at Russia’s "liberal media" over the failure of plans to introduce nationwide religious education lessons. The Patriarch says that Russia is a "religious society", citing as evidence the some half a million people who queued day and night late last year at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral to see a reliquary believed to hold the Virgin Mary's belt.
Via The Local: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, waiting in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for weeks, will be granted asylum to Ecuador, the country's authorities announced on Thursday. After weeks of keeping within embassy premises since his request for diplomatic protection at the end of June, the Australian national received word on Thursday that he will be granted asylum to the South American country. But Britain's charge d'affaires told Ecuador's government: "Should we receive a request for safe passage for Mr Assange, after granting asylum, this would be refused".
Via The Local: A group of about 10 police officers entered the Embassy of Ecuador in London early this morning. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up inside the building, hoping to get asylum in Ecuador, and British authorities have threatened to bypass international boundaries and arrest him. Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Wednesday that it would be "unacceptable" for British police to enter the embassy, but noted that his country "has made a decision" on Assange and will announce it Thursday at 7am (2pm CET). Patino said that Ecuador had received "an express threat in writing" from Britain "that they could storm our embassy if Ecuador does not hand over Julian Assange". "Ecuador rejects in the strongest terms the explicit threat made in Britain's official communication", Patino told reporters.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Via The Local: Lithuania summoned the Belarus ambassador Tuesday in protest after Minsk expelled Swedish diplomats in the "teddy bear" row, warning the move could further worsen relations with the European Union. The row erupted after Swedish activists illegally flew a plane into Belarus from Lithuania last month, dropping hundreds of teddy bears attached to little parachutes bearing signs calling for freedom of speech and human rights. Belarus expelled Swedish diplomats last week and threatened consequences for Lithuania. But Lithuania warned Tuesday that Minsk's move would "have an impact on relations between the EU and Belarus". Regarding "the recent actions in Belarus, the EU intends to consider restraining political contacts with Belarus", Lithuania's foreign ministry said in a statement.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Via The Local: The founders of the Swedish PR firm which dropped pro-free speech teddy bears over Belarus have written another open letter to President Alexander Lukashenko, declining his offer of a meeting in Minsk, and instead inviting him to their house in Skåne, southern Sweden. The letter comes in response to a letter the PR firm received Saturday which allegedly asked them to appear before the KGB in Minsk. “The way it stood, we would have been going to a Minsk prison as suspects with no neutral ground. But we thought - if he’s so interested, he can come here", Studio Total founder Per Cromwell told The Local on Tuesday. It is a good thing that the persons in this diplomatic affair want to meet and to talk with each other. Dialogue should always be encouraged. But maybe this encounter between Belarus and Sweden only can be possible on neutral ground!? A monastery could be built for this occasion in Alexandria, Egypt, to later be part of a greater ecumenical effort to unite the Swedish and other Protestant Churches with the Orthodox Church.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Via The Local: Sweden has evolved past stereotypes of blondes, Ikea, Abba, and Volvo that have defined the country for decades, writes The Local. Well, the Vikings were raiders who replaced the former cultures of the Goths, and the Vandals. Goths, Vandals, and Vikings were in fact internationalists. The Vandals were inspired by Christianity, but followed the heretic teachings of Arianism, that Jesus Christ is a created being but not God. The Vikings eventually refined the Christian faith. After the Vikings came the Reformation. The Roman Catholic Church invented many heresies and did terrible wrong to the Christian faith. Martin Luther and other people brought in the Reformation, but unfortunately built on a the erroneous Catholic faith as it opposed Christian Orthodoxy. The Protestants rightly revolted about many things in the Catholic Church which were against the traditions of the first and universal Orthodox Church. But things went wrong, very wrong. The Septugaint was thrown out by the Protestants and is replaced by a terrible Old Testament, which were decided and changed by those Jews who did not believe in Jesus Christ - the Masoretes. Martin Luther and the other Protestant reformators rightly protested against the godlessness and terrible wrongdoings of the Catholic Church. But Luther was not smart enough to change the Catholic tradition to the Orthodox faith and the result was a Protestant Bible with a New Testament building on something else than the Septuagint Old Testament. The original Christian tradition of the Orthodox Church became also still unknown to the Protestant world. However, even if everything not is fine in the Orthodox Church, progress will eventually happen here in the north and I would not be surprised if northern Europe and Scandinavia will merge with Russia and the Orthodox Church. The runes have been replaced with Latin letters. But my guess is that the biblical Greek of the Septuagint one day might very well be the written and spoken language of the educated world thanks to the northern peoples.
Via The Local: "We've received a document from the KGB...Three of us have been asked to appear before the KGB", said Tomas Mazetti, the co-founder of the advertizing agency that orchestrated the pro-democracy stunt. Irina Kozlik and Yulia Doroshkevich have each been fined the equivalent of around 325 euros, says the Belarussian Association of Journalists. The two young women had posed and taken photos of themselves with a teddy bear in solidarity with two Belarussians charged with complicity in the stunt. Still smarting from the invasion orchestrated by a Swedish PR firm, President Lukashenko has accused the Swedish embassy of being involved. Belarus has effectively expelled the Swedish ambassador in a growing diplomatic row. Lukashenko also attacked Lithuania, where the plane flew from. It must say why it let its territory be used to violate a state border, he said. The Belarussian leader sacked top generals after hundreds of teddy bears landed by parachute bearing messages calling for freedom of speech and human rights. Lukashenko has told security chiefs to shoot down future intruders into the country's airspace if necessary. In 1995, a year after he took office, Belarus shot down a hot air balloon over its territory, killing two Americans.
Via The Local: A South African high court ruled Monday that the murder trial of Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani will start this week after the man accused of gunning her down was found fit to stand trial. Mngeni was named as the gunman by his fellow accused Mziwamadoda Qwabe last week who pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder, which he said the pair had been recruited to carry out as a botched hijacking for her husband Shrien Dewani. Qwabe said Mngeni, who arrived in court with a walking frame, had fired the shot from the front passenger seat and that they had agreed to a 15.000 rand ($1.800) fee. Qwabe was jailed for 25 years after his guilty plea.
Via American Power: In a clip taken from Keith Lemon's "The Film", Kelly Brook is stripped down to lingerie...in Keith's imagination.
Via The Local: Sweden's embassy in Minsk has received a threat against Swedish nationals in Belarus, following the recent expulsion of the Swedish ambassador and diplomats. "Due to recent events, including the expulsion of Sweden's ambassador from Belarus, there is reason for Swedes to be particularly vigilant and exercise caution when traveling to and staying in the country", it said. At the same time Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is suspected of interfering with the work of an independent Swedish agency to help Russia in a legal dispute in Sweden. Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt clearly understands how important good relations are with Russia, and he is doing a good job.
Via The Local: Sweden's Prince Carl Philip was attacked on Saturday outside a nightclub in Cannes in southern France. Sweden's Prince Carl Philip has now spoken out after the attack, explaining that the assailant was unknown to him and that the matter is being investigated internally.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Via The Local: The row erupted after Swedish activists illegally flew a plane into Belarus from Lithuania last month, dropping hundreds of teddy bears attached to little parachutes carrying signs calling for freedom of speech and human rights. The E.U. shied away from a full-blown diplomatic crisis Friday at talks called to respond to the expulsion by Belarus of Swedish diplomats in a row over human rights in the former Soviet republic. A senior official chairing the talks -- who happens to be Swedish -- said a "very clear message" would be sent to Minsk in the next few days but that the possibility of pulling out all E.U. ambassadors was not discussed. Friday's emergency talks involving representatives of all 27 EU members were called after Belarus -- ruled by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko -- this week expelled all Swedish diplomats and closed its Stockholm mission. Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt had said ambassador Stefan Eriksson, who had taken up the post in Minsk in 2008, was being expelled because of his pro-rights stance and meetings he had with the Belarus opposition. Stockholm immediately retaliated by saying it would not welcome a new ambassador named by Minsk, and withdrew residency permits for another two Belarus diplomats. Bildt said on Twitter that Friday's meeting expressed "grave concern" over the actions of Belarus and "will impact also (the upcoming) sanctions decision". Brussels has already imposed a raft of sanctions against Belarus over its jailing of citizens for political reasons. The United States said Wednesday it "stands with Sweden" in its efforts to promote human rights in Belarus, amid a spat that led Minsk to expel all Swedish diplomats and close its Stockholm mission. I'm sure Sweden's relations with Belarus soon will normalize, as democracy and freedom of speech is in everybody's interest. Everyone also wants the best for the people of Belarus, and good relations with our neighbors are very important.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Via The Local: The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has spoken out about July’s teddy bear drop, claiming that the Swedish PR agency behind the stunt was collaborating with Sweden’s ambassador in Minsk – allegations the PR group has labelled as “baseless”. Per Cromwell said: “Lukashenko is simply trying to use the teddy bears to get rid of an ambassador who has been challenging him. It seems as if he just wants to make a connection, where there is none". “It’s probably impossible for him to understand that a small Swedish PR company was even able to make such a move as we did without collaboration from the government", Cromwell concluded. The Belarusian President claimed that he has “concrete evidence” that the Lithuanian airfield from which the Swedes' plane took off was also in cahoots with the Swedish government. According to Cromwell, these accusations are also baseless. “He is just paranoid - as most dictators usually are", Cromwell said.
"Nihil solliciti sitis, sed in omni oratione, et obsecratione, cum gratiarum actione petitiones vestrae innotescant apud Deum. Et pax Dei, quae exuperat omnem sensum, custodiat corda vestra, et intelligentias vestras in Christo Iesu". Philippians 4:6 - 7
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Via The Local: Johan Eurén became Sweden’s latest medal winner at the Olympic games after winning a bronze in Monday’s 120 kilogram men's Greco Roman Wrestling. The fight took place on Monday evening against Belarusian Joseb Tjugosjvili, and included a bloody third period after the Swede’s left eyebrow was cut open. The current diplomatic row between Sweden and Belarus will end up in the same way.
Via The Local: Sweden said on Wednesday all of its diplomats had been expelled from Belarus, five days after the ex-Soviet state expelled the Swedish ambassador in a move Stockholm linked to his pro-rights stance. President Alexander Lukashenko "is now throwing all Swedish diplomats out of Belarus. His fear of human rights reaching new heights", Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter. “He's acting like the bully he is", Bildt told the TT news agency. “I do not know why they escalate in this way. It's no secret that they were highly annoyed by our democracy programs for a long time and now their anger over this has now exploded". "The news came in on Wednesday morning", foreign ministry spokesman Anna Backlund told The Local. "We can confirm that Belarus has let us know that they're closing their embassy in Stockholm and at the same time revoked the diplomatic status for all Swedish diplomats in Belarus", she said. Bildt last week said ambassador Stefan Eriksson, who took up the post in Minsk in 2008, was expelled because of meetings he had held with the Belarus opposition. Stockholm retaliated immediately, saying it would not welcome a new ambassador named by Minsk to replace an envoy who left the post several weeks ago, and withdrew residency permits for two Belarus diplomats who were asked to leave the Scandinavian country. Belarus foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh denied last week that Stefan Eriksson was expelled, saying instead in more diplomatic language that "a decision was made not to renew his credentials". On Twitter Swedish FM Carl Bildt writes: "We remain strongly committed to the freedom of Belarus and all its citizens. They deserve the freedoms and the rights of the rest of Europe". As Swedes we should of course support the course of democracy and freedom all over the world.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Monday, August 06, 2012
The former Greek Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou wanted to travel by ferry to the Greek islands without a ticket, but the captain said no. Now the captain has been fired, writes the Greek news website Gazzetta. The event took place on the island of Samos last week. The ferry boat "Flying Dolphin Erato" was ready for departure when a car stopped, two men walked out, and announced that they had two passengers to the island of Patmos. It proved to be no less than the former Greek Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou and his wife. But they had no tickets. The captain announced that there were clear instructions from the company to not let anyone travel without a ticket, while Giorgos Papandreou and his wife insisted on a ride without a ticket. It ended with the captain giving orders for departure without Papandreou and his wife, and the ferry had been delayed. But when the ferry boat came to the final destination the Kos ferry company had already hired a new captain. The fired captain has since recanted the statement that the ferry company sacked him because he would not let the former Prime Minister travel without a ticket. Instead, the captain now says he resigned voluntarily...