Holy Fire - Holy Saturday
Holy Fire Lights Orthodox Easter in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher - with video and photos ~ link ~ In this stunning video, Orthodox Christians welcome the Holy Fire, a miracle that Orthodox Christians believe occurs every year on the evening before Easter Sunday.
Close to 10,000 people crowded the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, believed to be the location of Jesus' burial and resurrection. Since the 9th century, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Holy Fire ceremony with a belief that a mysterious 'blue fire' lights a candle held by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Jerusalem.
19 April 2014
Eastern Ukrainian militants snub Geneva deal on crisis ~ link ~ I am wondering if Putin just wanted to put the crisis off until after Holy Week. Yesterday, things were looking good, now we seem to be back in the crapper. Who knows what tomorrow or next week will bring. Stirling
De-Escalation OFF as US deploys troops to Poland ~ link ~ Yes, as crazy as it sounds, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and all the NATO states are getting ready to wage an air/land/sea WAR against Russia. Don't be surprised when this all gets 'messed up with' military events in the Middle East, in the Far East, and elsewhere and becomes the Third World War!!! Stirling
Meanwhile, Ukraine's foreign minister said "anti-terrorist" operations in the east would be put on hold over Easter.
Why the West's Financial War against Russia MAY LEAD TO THE REAL THING ~ link
New Russian sanction threats as Ukrainian stalemate continues ~ link ~ A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.
Leaders of gunmen who have taken over city halls and other sites in and around Donetsk this month in pursuit of demands for a Crimea-style referendum on union with Russia rejected the agreement struck in Geneva by Ukraine, Russia, the United States and European Union and demanded on Friday that the leaders of the Kiev uprising must first quit their own government offices.
Russia confirms army build-up on Ukrainian border areas - Warns the West that more sanctions are "absolutely unacceptable" ~ link ~ The Ukraine Crisis is a "tar baby" that we can't seem to get off of our hands!!! Stirling
New Russian sanctions threats as stalemate goes on ~ link ~ President Vladimir Putin's spokesman hit back, while voicing skepticism - of a kind also heard from the Ukrainian government - about how useful the cautiously worded Geneva pact would be.
"You can't treat Russia like a guilty schoolboy," said Dmitry Peskov. "That kind of language is unacceptable." The Russian foreign ministry said: "The Americans are once again stubbornly trying to whitewash the actions of the Kiev authorities, who have embarked on a course of violently suppressing protesters in the southeast who are expressing their legitimate indignation over the infringements of their rights."
CIA will soon roll out Death Squads to deal with activists in eastern Ukraine ~ link ~ Don't be surprised if the same thing happens here in the not too distant future!!! Stirling
The Establishment's war on Senator Rand Paul ~ link ~ The Rovians hate him because he challenges the whole Fox News-neocon right-wing paradigm that has kept the GOP a dwindling minority party ever since the Bush era ended with a whimper. The progressives hate him because he is the most likely candidate – at the moment – to be facing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and they know they’ll have a hard time selling a candidate who still refuses to second guess her 2003 vote for the Iraq war. So the two groups have a common enemy – which, in politics, is enough to cement a working alliance between two supposedly antithetical forces.
Of course they aren’t really antithetical: while Establishment Republicans and Establishment Democrats duke it out every election, it’s not an ideological fight so much as a battle for the spoils. And when it comes to foreign policy, "politics stops at the water’s edge," as that old reprobate Arthur Vandenberg used to say: left and right are united for the Empire.