Pew Research Center found that 71% of Americans identified as Christian in 2014 - down from 78% in 2007. In the same period, Americans identifying as having no religion grew from 16% to 23%. Fifty-six million Americans do not observe any religion, the second largest community after Evangelicals.
Iran vows to continue full support for Syria against western/Israeli terrorism ~ link ~
A senior Iranian official has reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s resolve to continue supporting the Syria in its battle against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists groups.
Addressing a group of Syrian activists in Tehran on Tuesday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, said Iran will continue helping Syria in its anti-terror fight until the Arab state emerges victories from the turmoil that has gripped it for four years.
“Iran’s strategic decision is to continue full support for Syria in the fight against terrorism and in order [for the Arab country] to finally and victoriously put the imposed crisis behind it,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
The Iranian diplomat further felicitated the Syrian nation on the recent gains made by the armed forces against the terrorist operating in the mountainous Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon.
Confirmed: American 'Operation Rooms' backing al-Qaeda in Syria ~ link ~ Remember this next time you see a story about how terrible the ISIS/al-Qaeda Islamic extremists are!!! Stirling
American Administration desperate to steer Greece away from Russian-Turkish Pipeline Project ~ link ~
Greece’s Syriza government is interested in a Moscow-backed ‘Turkish Stream’ natural gas pipeline project, bringing gas from the Black Sea through Turkey and into Greece.
The U.S. has moved in to block this option, selling an alternative plan to the Greeks – a ‘Trans-Adriatic’ pipeline project, bringing Azerbaijan’s gas from the Caspian Sea before entering into Europe, possibly via Greece, and eventually to Italy.
Russia invites Greece to join the BRICS Bank ~ link ~
Greece has been invited by Russia to become the sixth member of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). The $100 billion NDB is expected to compete with Western dominance and become one of the key lending institutions.
The invitation was made by Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak on Monday during a phone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, according to a statement on Greece’s Syriza party website. Tsipras thanked Storchak, who’s currently a representative of the BRICS Bank for the invitation, and said Greece was interested in the offer.
“The Prime Minister thanked Storchak and said he was pleasantly surprised by the invitation for Greece to be the sixth member of the BRICS Development Bank. Tsipras said Greece is interested in the offer, and promised to thoroughly examine it. He will have a chance to discuss the invitation with the other BRICS leaders during the 2015 International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg,” the statement said.
UK Unfree Elections ~ link ~
Imagine, then, this thought experiment. Consider how a general election might turn out if the media spectrum ran the whole gamut from the right – the BBC, Guardian and Independent, for example – to the hard right (the Mail, Sun, Express and so on). Some readers might object that the BBC, Guardian and the Independent are not right-wing at all, but centre or even left-liberal. But, as we have shown in numerous books and media alerts, these media organisations are embedded in powerful networks of big business, finance and establishment elites. Naturally, these are the one per cent – or even narrower – interests that corporate media largely serve and support. Such media do not even deserve to be called ‘centre’, if the term is to retain any meaning.
In this case, of course, a thought experiment is not required because reality carried out the experiment for us, with the results being all too obvious last Friday. The Tories were returned to Westminster with a 12-seat majority. Notably, they only had 37% support from a turnout of 66%. That means only 24% of the eligible electorate actually voted for a Tory government. Such is the undemocratic nature of the electoral system in the UK. The establishment wins every time.