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Orlov: First draft at a Greek revolution

Image from the Orlov Revolt

“The Orlov rebellion … was absurd in conception, devoid of genuine libertarian teleology and brutal and chaotic in execution.” – J. C Alexander Dean Kalimniou – 8 Apr 2015 In the popular Greek imagination, there was the fall of Byzantium and then, 400 hundred years of continuous darkness in which the Greek nation gradually lost its civilisation and spirit, oppressed ... Read More »

Diatribe: Saint Demetrios

St Demetrios of Thessalonica

      Saint Demetrios’ popularity in the Orthodox faith as a warrior saint is strange considering the Church’s pacifist teachings  Dean Kalimniou – Neos Kosmos – 20 Oct 2014 The traditional iconography of some of the ‘warrior’ saints of the Orthodox Church has always disconcerted me a little. Saint Eustathios, Saint Minas, Saint George and Saint Dimitrios are invariably ... Read More »

DEVELOPMENTS OVER THE UKRAINE – LATE MARCH 2014

PETRODOLLAR ALERT: PUTIN PREPARES TO ANNOUNCE “HOLY GRAIL” GAS DEAL WITH CHINA By Tyler Durden on 03/21/2014 If it was the intent of the West to bring Russia and China together – one a natural resource (if “somewhat” corrupt) superpower and the other a fixed capital / labor output (if “somewhat” capital misallocating and credit bubbleicious) powerhouse – in the process marginalizing ... Read More »

Humanism and atheism as civil religions

Author: Luke Bretherton – ABC Religion and Ethics – 4 Oct 2011 (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/10/04/3331539.htm) Rather than retaining its vocation as a prophetic witness, disabusing humans of our illusions and idolatries, atheism now seems content to become Pepsi to the Coke of religion. In the early 1990s I met the then Russian minister for education. He alleged that a representative of ... Read More »

On Atheistic Fanaticism

Author: Sergey Khudiev June 20th, 2012 Source: http://www.pravmir.com/on-atheistic-fanaticism/ A Typical Attack There are different ways to talk about religion and atheism. A deep, thorough discussion is possible, and I have had occasion to encounter serious, thoughtful atheists who are sincerely aspiring towards an honest and independent judgment. I am genuinely indebted to certain atheistic writers for helping me to acquire ... Read More »

Pussy Riot: The new Soviet League of Militant Godless

Author: Philip Jenkins ABC Religion and Ethics 21 Aug 2012 (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/08/21/3572305.htm) It sounds like a scriptwriter’s dream. Here we have Russia, a vastly powerful country with a floundering democracy, facing the imminent threat of tyranny. That danger is personified by Vladimir Putin, a former KGB man who looks like, well, a former KGB man, as imagined by John Le ... Read More »