Tuesday 21st of March 2023

annoying the faithful.....

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), on Saturday urged Christian leaders of various denominations and international organizations, including the UN, to pressure Kiev over its plan to evict monks from Ukraine’s largest Orthodox monastery, the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.

The controversial plan was put in motion on Friday, when the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) was informed that its monks and clergy must vacate the monastery by March 29. The notice was given after a government commission decided the country’s largest religious organization was somehow in violation of the terms of its lease from the state. The church, however, has already stated that it refuses to move out, insisting there are no legal grounds for the eviction.

In his address, carried by the ROC press service, Patriarch Kirill condemned the continuous persecution of Orthodox Christians by the Ukrainian authorities, likening their conduct to the anti-clerical  of the Soviet era.

“Throughout the thousand-year history of the monastery, it has repeatedly suffered from raids, foreign conquests and outright persecution of Christians. But only during the reign of militant atheists in the 20th century were the monks of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra expelled from the monastery,” the Patriarch said.

The monks of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra have been the victims of numerous hostile actions from Ukraine’s authorities, the Patriarch noted, including “humiliating”searches and raids by the country’s domestic security agency, the SBU. 

The Patriarch expressed his concerns over the Lavra standoff in letters to several Christian leaders and international organizations, urging them to “make every possible effort to prevent the forced closure of the monastery, which will lead to a violation of the rights of millions of Ukrainian Orthodox faithful.” The letters were sent to the heads of all Orthodox Churches, Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Coptic Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria,  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and others, according to the ROC press service.

Ukraine has long experienced religious tensions, with multiple schismatic entities claiming to be the true Orthodox church of the country and challenging the authority of the UOC, which has been formally subordinate to Moscow’s Patriarchate. The tensions deteriorated back in 2018, when the schismatics established the brand-new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). This was done with active participation of then-President Pyotr Poroshenko, who managed to secure recognition of the new entity by the Turkish-headquartered Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The OCU remains favored by Ukraine’s incumbent leadership as well.

Following the beginning of the hostilities between Moscow and Kiev in February 2022, the UOC formally proclaimed independence from Moscow. The move, however, has not spared it from accusations of covertly supporting Russia in the ongoing conflict or from the crackdown by Ukraine’s authorities.









by Sputnik Africa

“One missile is enough to shoot down a combat aircraft”. The accuracy of the new R-37M long-range air-to-air missiles used by Russian forces in Ukraine was found to be close to 100%, Sputnik learned from a knowledgeable source.

Highly combat-effective in the special military operation, Russia's new R-37M air-to-air missile is almost 100% capable of hitting its target, a knowledgeable source told Sputnik.

« When using this missile, the probability of hitting the targets is close to 1, i.e. one missile is enough to shoot down a Ukrainian combat aircraft “, indicated the interlocutor to our correspondent.

The R-37Ms shot down “ Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters, Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-24M front-line bombers, low-flying helicopters and various drones, including Bayraktar. At the same time, the missile proved to be very effective in hitting aircraft maneuvering with a large overload She added.

R-37M missile

The R-37M belongs to the long-range air-to-air missiles. It can fly at six times the speed of sound (Mach 6) which makes it hypersonic. It has a range of 300 km and can hit a target flying at an altitude of 30 meters to 25 kilometers, according to information from open sources.

The missile was designed to destroy fighters, attack aircraft, bombers, military transport aircraft, helicopters, drones and cruise missiles day and night, from all angles, and despite the enemy's use of means electronic warfare.

According to the interlocutor of Sputnik, R-37M version intended for the Russian Aerospace Forces is more efficient than the RVV-BD version intended for export.









holodomor legend.......



Famine en Ukraine en 1932 et 1933 ?

L’Holodomor, nouvel avatar [NEW concocted BULLSHIT] du vieil anticommunisme et de l’actuelle russophobie!


MONDAY, 13, MARCH, 2023


Chers amis,

With the sanctification of the Holodomor about to become German law (with related penal sanctions against those who "deny or minimise" the alleged genocide), before eventually becoming French and "European" law, I take the liberty of communicate the email I have just sent to the friends of the excellent critical site german-foreign-policy.com.



Annie Lacroix-Riz


Annie Lacroix-Riz (born 18 October 1947) is a French historian, professor emeritus of modern history at the university Paris VII - Denis Diderot, specialist in the international relations in first half of the 20th century and collaboration. Her work concerns the political, economic and social history of the French Third Republic and Vichy Government, the relations between the Vatican and Reich, as well as the strategy of the political elites and economic French before and after the Second World War. She denounces contemporary history is under the influence of the world of finance. It appears that she bases her powerful analysis on documentation (secret and otherwise).





Dear Friends,

I appreciated, as usual, your very good article this morning on the theme of the Holodomor and the political significance of its deployment since the 1980s. But this history deserves a greater investigation.

This German-Vatican propaganda theme, adopted by all the friends of the Hitler Reich (including the Poland of Pilsudski and Beck) began just after the famine — serious food scarcity — was stopped by the excellent harvest of the summer of 1933, and that, concerning the numbers of victims of the famine is all the more difficult since, obviously, the connection is not made between the dead and the rural exodus, a particularly caricatural phenomenon in the very bad thesis of Mrs Ohayon — The sedentarisation of the Kazakhs, the Collectivisation and social change (1928-1945), Paris, Maisonneuve and Larose, 200, of which you will find attached a comment, with some other parts, this one included: https://www.historiographie.info/ukr33maj2008.pdf

This last text, which quotes many archival texts, underlines the pioneering role of the photographer-historian Tottle Douglas, "Fraud, Famine and Fascism. The Ukrainian Genocide Myth from Hitler to Harvard ”, Toronto, Progress Book, 1987.

The case has been running in France since 2004 (where the clerical association "Ukraine 33" unleashed bile against my preparatory professorial teachings in Paris). This attack has continued without obstacle since then, after a short break in 2006. In 2017, it gave rise to a remarkable demonstration of cowardice from the French academics (see my Letter to Delphine Bechtel, March 17, 2017, and “The Ukrainian banderists and the French university”, Completed June 11, 2018).

The "rewriting of history" that you have discussed is all the more decisive since, precisely, the myth of the Holodomor was born from the summer of 1933 in Western Ukraine under Polish management and that, until the campaigns that you mention, the only Ukrainian regions supposedly subjected to the serious agricultural crisis — that is to say those of Soviet Ukraine before 1939 — had no memory of it (with, according to estimates, from 3.5 to more than 10 million deaths, according to Robert Conquest), and Kazakhstan (Mrs. Ohayon deplores it) had no recollections either…

The methods employed in regard to the alleged “photos” of the 1932-33 famine are exposed in my email to Jean-Jacques Marie, one of the most committed Trotskyist scholars against the “Stalinists” of the USSR and elsewhere, for decades. This email is mentioned1 in the article by Laure Daussy. “Otto Schiller, Agricultural Attaché at the German Embassy in Moscow", which is widely discussed in: https://www.historiographie.info/ukr33maj2008.pdf

Otto Schiller took pictures non-stop: he points this out several times in the correspondence of the British archives reproduced in "The Foreign Office and the Famine. British documents on Ukraine and the Great Famine of 1932-1933 ”, Ontario, The Limeston Press Kingston, 1988, work edited by Marco Carynnyk, Lubomyr Y. Luciuk and Bohdan S. Kordan, all pushing the “famine” Holodomor theory. This work was financed by the Ukrainian associations of Canada, that very active in the 1980s, during the Reagan offensive against the USSR and very active ever since (funding mentioned p. L and LI). 

Where are the 1933 photos of Schiller, never published?

Note: It goes without saying that the current Holodomor propaganda campaign is part of the current US war against Russia in Ukraine. This is done to make it look like Putin wants to starve Ukraine as Stalin allegedly did before.

source: Long live the revolution




the pope says....

Pope Francis has voiced concern over the situation in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra following attempts by the Ukrainian authorities to expel monks from the iconic Orthodox Christian site.

Speaking at the end of a general audience on Wednesday, the pontiff said he was “thinking about the Orthodox monks in the Kiev Lavra.”

“I ask warring parties to respect religious places,” he added, asserting that the clergy of any denomination “are the support of the people of God.”

His comments came after Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, last week issued an appeal to Christian leaders of various denominations and international organizations over what he described as “a sharp increase in state pressure on Orthodox Christians in Ukraine.”

Referring to Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Kirill called for “every possible effort to prevent the forced closure of the monastery, which would lead to a violation of the rights of millions” of faithful.








Nazi banderists in the pre-war period
It is in this context that Bandera grew up, a typical product of the Uniatism of Eastern Galicia (Western Ukraine) [UNIATISM: the union of an Eastern Rite church with the Roman Church in which the authority of the papacy is accepted without loss of separate liturgies or government by local patriarchs] was a weapon of war of the Roman Church against Orthodoxy since 1595-1596.




not going well...


BY Douglas Macgregor


The crisis of American national power has begun. America’s economy is tipping over, and Western financial markets are quietly panicking. Imperiled by rising interest rates, mortgage-backed securities and U.S. Treasuries are losing their value. The market’s proverbial “vibes”— feelings, emotions, beliefs, and psychological penchants — suggest a dark turn is underway inside the American economy.

American national power is measured as much by American military capability as by economic potential and performance. The growing realization that American and European military-industrial capacity cannot keep up with Ukrainian demands for ammunition and equipment is an ominous signal to send during a proxy war that Washington insists its Ukrainian surrogate is winning.

Russian economy-of-force operations in southern Ukraine appear to have successfully ground down attacking Ukrainian forces with the minimal expenditure of Russian lives and resources. While Russia’s implementation of attrition warfare worked brilliantly, Russia mobilized its reserves of men and equipment to field a force that is several magnitudes larger and significantly more lethal than it was a year ago.

Russia’s massive arsenal of artillery systems including rockets, missiles, and drones linked to overhead surveillance platforms converted Ukrainian soldiers fighting to retain the northern edge of the Donbas into pop-up targets. How many Ukrainian soldiers have died is unknown, but one recent estimate wagers between 150,000-200,000 Ukrainians have been killed in action since the war began, while another estimates about 250,000.

Given the glaring weakness of NATO members’ ground, air, and air defense forces, an unwanted war with Russia could easily bring hundreds of thousands of Russian Troops to the Polish border, NATO’s Eastern Frontier. This is not an outcome Washington promised its European allies, but it’s now a real possibility.

In contrast to the Soviet Union’s hamfisted and ideologically driven foreign policymaking and execution, contemporary Russia has skillfully cultivated support for its cause in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. The fact that the West’s economic sanctions damaged the U.S. and European economies while turning the Russian ruble into one of the international system’s strongest currencies has hardly enhanced Washington’s global standing.

Biden’s policy of forcibly pushing NATO to Russia’s borders forged a strong commonality of security and trade interests between Moscow and Beijing that is attracting strategic partners in South Asia like India, and partners like Brazil in Latin America. The global economic implications for the emerging Russo-Chinese axis and their planned industrial revolution for some 3.9 billion people in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are profound.

In sum, Washington’s military strategy to weaken, isolate, or even destroy Russia is a colossal failure and the failure puts Washington’s proxy war with Russia on a truly dangerous path. To press on, undeterred in the face of Ukraine’s descent into oblivion, ignores three metastasizing threats: 1. Persistently high inflation and rising interest rates that signal economic weakness. (The first American bank failure since 2020 is a reminder of U.S. financial fragility.) 2. The threat to stability and prosperity inside European societies already reeling from several waves of unwanted refugees/migrants. 3. The threat of a wider European war.

Inside presidential administrations, there are always competing factions urging the president to adopt a particular course of action. Observers on the outside seldom know with certainty which faction exerts the most influence, but there are figures in the Biden administration seeking an off-ramp from involvement in Ukraine. Even Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a rabid supporter of the proxy war with Moscow, recognizes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s demand that the West help him recapture Crimea is a red line for Putin that might lead to a dramatic escalation from Moscow.

Backing down from the Biden administration’s malignant and asinine demands for a humiliating Russian withdrawal from eastern Ukraine before peace talks can convene is a step Washington refuses to take. Yet it must be taken. The higher interest rates rise, and the more Washington spends at home and abroad to prosecute the war in Ukraine, the closer American society moves toward internal political and social turmoil. These are dangerous conditions for any republic.

From all the wreckage and confusion of the last two years, there emerges one undeniable truth. Most Americans are right to be distrustful of and dissatisfied with their government. President Biden comes across as a cardboard cut-out, a stand-in for ideological fanatics in his administration, people that see executive power as the means to silence political opposition and retain permanent control of the federal government.

Americans are not fools. They know that members of Congress flagrantly trade stocks based on inside information, creating conflicts of interest that would land most citizens in jail. They also know that since 1965 Washington led them into a series of failed military interventions that severely weakened American political, economic, and military power.

Far too many Americans believe they have had no real national leadership since January 21, 2021. It is high time the Biden administration found an off-ramp designed to extricate Washington, D.C., from its proxy Ukrainian war against Russia. It will not be easy. Liberal internationalism or, in its modern guise, “moralizing globalism,” makes prudent diplomacy arduous, but now is the time. In Eastern Europe, the spring rains present both Russian and Ukrainian ground forces with a sea of mud that severely impedes movement. But the Russian High Command is preparing to ensure that when the ground dries and Russian ground forces attack, the operations will achieve an unambiguous decision, making it clear that Washington and its supporters have no chance to rescue the dying regime in Kiev. From then on, negotiations will be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

 Douglas Macgregor

Douglas Macgregor, Col. (ret.) is a senior fellow with The American Conservative, the former advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration, a decorated combat veteran, and the author of five books.