October 25, 2014

Book Review: The Second Russian Revolution (1987-1991)

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Belows is the review I wrote of Leon Aron's new book Roads to the Temple: Truth, Memory, Ideas, and Ideals in the Making of the Russian Revolution, 1987-1991. It is a great read and I recommend it highly. It chronicles Glasnost, the period of awakening in Russia from around 1987-1991 that, Aron argues, was a moral awakening, indeed a repentance, of the first order that enabled the Russians to … [Read more...]

Russia Profile Weekly Experts Panel: Another Attempt to Get Russia Into NATO?

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For those of you interested in this type of thing, the Russia Profile site has a symposium that examines Russian's relationship with NATO. Most of you will remember that NATO was used to declare war on Serbia (the first time America went to war with an ally; the first time American troops were placed under foreign command) under the Clinton administration. Carl F. Henry, the late Evangelical … [Read more...]

Russia helps Kosovo Orthodox Church

General view of the Orthodox Monastery in Gracanica, Kosovo, 08 April 2010. The Gracanica monastery has been placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List under the name of Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, on 13 July 2006. Photo: EPA

HT: Orthodox News | Source: The Voice of Russia Under a document signed by Vladimir Putin, Russia will allocate 2 million dollars to reconstruct Orthodox monuments in Kosovo. The Prime Minister ordered to finance this work as a voluntary fee for the UNESCO for 2010 and 2011 allocated from the federal budget. Here are more details from Grigory Ordzhonikidze, the secretary-general of National … [Read more...]

Lithuania defies EU to promote family values

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Some European nations are resisting the secularist and statist over-reaching of the EU bureaucracy. The article mentions the Russian Orthodox Church's criticisms of EU cultural aggression and its overtures to the Roman Catholic Church in resisting it. Article from Mecator.net. ++++++++++++++++++++++ Sidestepping critics, Baltic nation strengthens family-friendly law on public … [Read more...]

Archbishop Hilarion responds to U.S. State Dept. report on religious freedom

In late October, the State Department released the 2009 Report on International Religious Freedom, a study annually submitted to Congress. Remarks on the study by Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, are available here. (The country report for Turkey is available here.) The Russian foreign ministry said, on publication of the report, that it was … [Read more...]

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM2qq5J5A1s[/youtube] Twenty years ago today. The following is from "The Origin of Russian Communism" by Nicholas Berdyaev (published by Geoffrey Bles, 1937): Marxism is not only a doctrine of historical and economic materialism, concerned with the complete dependence of man on economics, it is also a doctrine of deliverance, of the messianic … [Read more...]

Patriarch Bartholomew: Turkish Government Wants to Wipe Us Out

Asia News reports that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has issued a new report "which denigrates the 'minority' presence of the Greek Orthodox community in Turkey, and refuses to recognize the 'ecumenical' character of the ancient patriarchate." It seems that the Turkish foreign ministry is trying to make the patriarchate "disappear," continuing to call Bartholomew I "the patriarch of Fanar … [Read more...]

Kosovo prelude to Georgia?

In yesterday's Washington Times, James George Jatras looks at the unintended irony in Washington's opposition to the expected Russian recognition of an independent Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the wake of the Bush Administration's support for an independent Kosovo. Jatras, an advisor to AOI, asks: If Moscow stepped over the line in its crushing military response to Mr. Saakashvili's … [Read more...]