“The real Syrian moderates: voices of reason…”

http://rt.com/op-edge/240797-syria-moderate-voices-peace-stability/

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Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun and Syrian Greek Orthodox Bishop Luca al-Khoury (Photo by Eva Bartlett)

«”While the Western-led, anti-Assad bloc mind-blowingly speaks of arming non-existent “moderates” to fight in Syria, they also continue to demonize and silence the very voices that offer a true means of bringing peace and stability back to the region.

Two of these voices are: Political and Media Adviser to President al-Assad, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban; and Syria’s highest Muslim official and scholar, Grand Mufti Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun. Both are highly-educated and convey messages of dialogue, understanding, and peace. And both seemingly terrify the West, which has been quick to sanction and deny them visas, lest the anti-Syria lies and propaganda be challenged before a Western audience.

From February 24-26, 2015, the US delegation I accompanied met a number of important Syrian figures, including Mufti Hassoun and Dr. Shaaban.

Dr. Shaaban is known to her American friends as “the bridge,” she says. “I always wanted to be a bridge between Syria and Western cultures.” She has lived abroad, earning a PhD in English literature from Warwick University, on a Fulbright scholarship at Duke University, and later as professor at Eastern Michigan University.

She speaks affectionately and respectfully of Americans: “I enjoyed American people, their hospitality and kindness.” Affection for the people aside, she is heavily critical of the US government and allies’ prolonged attack on Syria.

Not only has the West backed and trained terrorists in Syria, the so-called “opposition” they hand-picked to represent Syrians can’t even pretend to do so. “They adopted personalities who haven’t lived in Syria for 30 years! Further, they took the wrong step in closing embassies, instead of communicating with us and observing from the ground. In the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ they are destroying our country.”

As for countries neighboring and near Syria, Dr. Shaaban notes:

“Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar…they are the spearhead of what has happened here.” She points out that beyond President Erdogan’s suits and smiles; he is a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has long sought to disrupt Syria. Add to the fray Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi extremism and the result is the “moderate” organ-eating, head-chopping, crucifying mercenaries plaguing Syria, from the so-called FSA to al-Nusra to Da’esh (ISIS). “With external support and financing, and an over 800 kilometer border with Turkey, it’s very difficult to stop the flow of terrorists.”

In our meeting, Shaaban paints a picture of the Syria that existed prior to this multi-regime attack on its sovereignty.

“Syria was formerly one of the fastest developing countries in the world, and one of the safest. We have free education and health care. We did not know poverty; we grew our food and produced our own clothing. At universities, 55 percent of the students were women.” Already, these are points the West would prefer remain unheard, points which dispute the lies that Syrians were living in miserable oppression prior to the faux-revolution, and also which could not be said about NATO’s Gulf state allies.

“The souk of Aleppo was the most beautiful. It’s now rubble, they destroyed it. In whose interest is it to destroy this heritage? Who is the beneficiary of this? I’m sure if the American public knew the truth about what is happening in Syria they wouldn’t accept Syrian people being slaughtered.”…»

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Presidential Adviser, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (R) with former Attorney-General Ramsey Clark (Photo by Eva Bartlett)

‘No to anti-Semitism’: Norwegian Muslims form human chain around Oslo synagogue

The day I am proud to be a human being!
I hope this to be the day when mankind have decided to raise above the pragmatic interests of money empires…
Thank you, true Muslims of Norway!
I have dreamed for long of the day when Muslims and Jews will finally come together, showing the world that there are more things to unite us, than those to divide us!

Please feel free to reblog this article, spreading the hope!

http://rt.com/news/234463-muslim-rally-synagogue-norway/

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«Muslims join hands to form a human shield as they stand outside a synagogue in Oslo February 21, 2015. (Reuters/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix)

Muslims in Oslo formed a human chain around the city’s main synagogue, chanting “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia.” Over 1,000 people took part in the rally to show solidarity with Jews just a week after a fatal shooting in a Denmark synagogue.

Muslims in Norway, many young women, formed what they called a ring of peace, as the small Jewish congregation filed out of the synagogue after Shabbat prayers on Saturday.

The Muslim message to the Jews in Norway was simple – they mourn and stand in solidarity with the victims of increasingly instances of violence against Jews in Europe, including the terror attacks in France in January and in neighboring Denmark last week.

“This shows that there are many more peacemakers than war-makers,” Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the organizers told the crowd. “There is still hope for humanity, for peace and love across religious differences and background.”

The spirit of solidarity filled the air, with Norway’s chief rabbi performing a traditional Shabbat ceremony outside.

“It is unique that Muslims stand to this degree against anti-Semitism and that fills us with hope…particularly as it’s a grassroots movement of young Muslims,” said Norway’s Jewish community leader Ervin Kohn.

Just to be on the safe side, authorities, apart from ramping up the police presence, also dispatched sharp shooters around the building.

“It has been calm as we expected. We had no reason to expect any trouble but we were prepared,” said police superintendent Steiner Hausvik, adding that about 1,300 people attended the vigil.

The disturbing spate of attacks against the Jewish minority in Europe prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge European Jews to immigrate to Israel if they felt unsafe. Europe’s Jewish population has been steadily declining over the past seven decades after the WWII. While in 1960 it was about 3.2 million, by 2010 only 1.4 million were living there – or roughly 0.2 percent of Europe’s population, according to the PEW Research Center.»

​‘It’s a slippery slope from yoga to Satan’ – Irish priest

You have been warned…!?
Beware, ye yogies and Potter readers…!?

Any thoughts…?

http://rt.com/uk/234443-priest-yoga-satan-danger/

«A Catholic priest in Northern Ireland cautioned against practicing yoga and receiving Indian head massages, saying that those who take such risks with their “spiritual health” are opening themselves up to “Satan and the Fallen Angels.”

Father Roland Colhoun warned that those partaking in the ancient practice may be led into the “Kingdom of Darkness.”

“Pope Francis said ‘do not seek spiritual answers in yoga classes’. Yoga is certainly a risk. There’s the spiritual health risk,” he told the Derry Journal.

“When you take up those practices from other cultures, which are outside our Christian domain, you don’t know what you are opening yourself up to,” he added.

“The bad spirit can be communicated in a variety of ways. I’m not saying everyone gets it, or that it happens every time, and people may well be doing yoga harmlessly. But there‘s always a risk and that’s why the Pope mentioned it and that’s why we talk about that in terms of the danger of the new age movement and the danger of the occult today. That’s the fear.”

Prominent officials in the Catholic Church have expressed wariness about yoga in the past.

In 2011, the Vatican’s chief exorcist, Gabriele Amorth, said that yoga leads to a belief in Hinduism, and that “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”.

“Practicing yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter,” he told the Telegraph.

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Father Gabriel Amorth … and yoga fan

Even the late former Pope Benedict XVI cautioned Christians in 1989 against partaking in yoga, Zen and other forms of meditation, suggesting that they could “degenerate into a cult of the body.”

One Derry yoga instructor, however, defended the practice, telling the Belfast Telegraph that teaching yoga for 15 years has not stopped her from being a “good, practicing Catholic.” Evelyn Donnelly said that her yoga students come to classes to “learn good posture and breathing to help them with tension in their bodies and to help calm a busy mind.”

“In all the time I have been teaching, not one person has ever expressed an interest going deeper into the spiritual elements of yoga,” she added.»

So much for pope Francis’ open mindedness; it sounds more like open madness, but why am I surprised…?

“‘Anti-Hitler’ Mein Kampf? Germany to republish Nazi leader’s manifesto after 70 years…”

I’m shocked. Skeptic about any good could come out of this monstrosity, even if “annotated”…
The Bavarian authorities seem to have lost their commonsense, for a start. Is this something posterity can’t live without?
What is YOUR opinion? Is it appropriate, given the racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic overtones felt like ripples following an evil earthquake, to still do this?
I’m open to any -decent- discussion…
http://rt.com/news/234179-hitler-mein-kampf-germany/

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«Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ will be published in Germany for the first time since World War II, though scholars have heavily annotated the 2016 edition, turning the Nazi leader’s infamous manifesto into an “anti-Hitler” text.

Researchers at the Munich Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) have been preparing the edition since 2010 in anticipation of the expiration of the copyright deadline for the book, which comes 70 years after the author’s death.

Hitler shot himself on April 30, 1945 as advancing Soviet troops were engaged in street battles with Nazi forces just several blocks away from his bunker in Berlin.

IfZ deputy director, Magnus Brechtken, told The Local website that the new ‘Mein Kampf’ edition will consist of two volumes, totaling 2,000 pages.

Less than a half of those pages will be occupied by Hitler’s original 27 chapters, with the rest being made up of around 5,000 comments by the academics, an introduction and the index.

Last year, IfZ director Andreas Wirsching, said that the institute have turned its edition of ‘Mein Kampf’ into “an anti-Hitler text.”

The German State of Bavaria currently owns the rights for the book, but they expire at the end of 2015.

Bavarian authorities initially supported the republication of ‘Mein Kampf’, promising to invest €500,000 into the project in 2012.

State of Bavaria minister-president, Horst Seehofer, however, ultimately changed his stance on the project after a trip to Israel.

In 2014, justice ministers from all the German states ruled to prolong the ban on publishing non-annotated copies of “Mein Kampf” in the country.

Issuing an unedited copy of the book will result in prosecution for incitement to hatred, the ministers warned.

A spokeswoman for the Bavarian justice ministry said IfZ’s academic edition of Hitler’s work should be legal under certain conditions.

‘Mein Kampf’, which Hitler wrote while in prison after a failed coup attempt, was first issued in 1925, presenting the basics of his National Socialist ideology, which was later accepted by Nazi Germany.

The book is forbidden as extremist across the EU, in Russia, China, Argentina and many other countries.

Mein Kampf’ is available in most libraries in the US and is freely distributed, however, due to the country’s strong free speech protections. It sells around 15,000 copies annually.»

​Space invaders? Metal ball containing bio matter could be alien ‘seed,’ say British scientists

Should we be concerned?

http://rt.com/uk/233507-metal-ball-alien-seed/

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Mysterious metal ball. Credit: University of Buckingham

«A newly discovered microscopic ball could have been sent to earth by an alien civilization in an attempt to start new life, a British scientist has claimed.

The mysterious metal sphere has been photographed spewing out a biological substance, which scientists believe could be genetic material.

It was discovered by a team of researchers at the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology.

While several theories on the tiny ball’s origins have been volunteered, the most intriguing sound like pure science fiction.

They include the idea it was sent here by aliens with the intention of propagating life on earth, a scientific theory known as “directed panspermia.”

Notable scientists to advocate this idea include astrophysicist Carl Sagan and Nobel laureate Francis Crick, who co-discovered the structure of DNA.

Professor Milton Wainwright, who led the team, described the orb as “a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its center.”

Speaking to the Daily Express, Wainwright said: “We were stunned when X-ray analysis showed that the sphere is made up mainly of titanium, with a trace of vanadium.”

“One theory is it was sent to earth by some unknown civilization in order to continue seeding the planet with life.”

“Unless of course we can find details of the civilization that is supposed to have sent it in this respect it is probably an unprovable theory,” he added.»

“Move over Galileo! Saudi cleric says Earth doesn’t revolve around sun…”

Yeehaa!
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http://rt.com/news/233063-saudi-cleric-earth-sun/

«A Saudi cleric has appeared in a video rejecting that Earth revolves around the sun, claiming instead that it is “stationary.” His statements have incited a fiery response on social media.

When questioned by a student about whether the Earth was stationary or moving, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari responded with “stationary and does not move,” Saudi-owned broadcaster Al-Arabia reported.

He then attempted to support his theory with a strange blend of logic and clerical statements.

“First of all, where are we now? We’re going to Sharjah Airport to travel to China by plane, [is that] clear? Focus with me, this is the Earth,” he said while holding up a sealed water cup.

He proceeded to say that if the plane stopped dead in its tracks in mid-air, “China would be coming towards it in case the Earth rotates in one direction. If the Earth rotates in the opposite direction, the plane would never reach China, because China is also rotating,” he said.»

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Screenshot from YouTube user صقور محمد بن نايف

“500 Lithuanian fascists march near WWII-era execution site of 10,000 Jews…” on 17th February, 2015

I hope the US, Canada, Ukraine and the EU are happy to learn what their vote AGAINST the proposed UN resolution on combating the proliferation of Neo-nazism and similar ideologies may have unleashed once again upon Jewish people.
I wonder if there might be any link between the recent vicious criminal attacks against Jews and their memory, and the reluctance to clearly condemn Neo-nazism, anti-Semitism and xenofobia?

«“This march is particularly offensive because it is taking place where locals and Nazis murdered more than 10,000 Jews in one day,” Dovid Katz, a US-born Jewish scholar who moved to the capital Vilnius 16 years ago told the daily.

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Screenshot from YouTube user Gediminas Paplauskas

Katz, who edits a website called DefendingHistory.com, was referring to Kaunas massacre of October 29, 1941, where Nazi death squads, collaborating with Lithuanian partisans, killed 2,007 Jewish men, 2,920 women, and 4,273 children in a single day. It was the single worst massacre of Jews in the Baltics during the war.“»

http://rt.com/news/233119-neo-nazis-march-lithuania/