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Friday, 8 July 2011

8 July 2011. What the American Corporate Media Calls “Evil” and “Backward”… the Faces of FREE Byelorussia

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THIS is the face of what crackbrained rightwingers call the “last Soviet dictatorship in Europe”. This is “nasty”, in their lights. I’d say that they were people with a wicked and greedy agenda… they want to rip down the Byelorussian welfare state, which provides its people with a modest (but dignified) standard of living, and replace it with an American-style dog-eat-dog evil money-centred kleptocracy, where the people are raped for the benefit of the “five percenters” at the top of the pyramid. Don’t forget, the five percenters gave themselves a 29 percent raise in the USA last year, whilst shedding workers and giving the ones left a measly 2 percent increase (after a 10 percent increase in productivity). That doesn’t happen in Byelorussia… there’s not as much, to be sure, but it’s shared more equally, and there’s a smaller gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” as compared to the USA. A young Byelorussian girl recently visited the USA… some Americans tried to get her to stay here, but she said, “No, we have all that we need at home in Byelorussia. That’s where I belong”.

I have a special aside for po-nashemu people… those of us of Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Carpatho-Russian, or Slovak background. The rightwing of the US Republican Party HATES Byelorussia, and wants to replace its current government with a pro-oligarch junta. Don’t buy into it… if it were up to the Koch brothers, Rush Limboob, or the Fox News cabal, Minsk would’ve been a smoking bomb crater by now. Don’t forget what our forebears went through at the hands of the American oligarchs… don’t forget Black Lick or Homestead… the mines and the mills… the men who went to work and didn’t return because they died (the greedy bosses cut corners on safety to earn an extra buck). The American oligarchs haven’t changed… why are you supporting them? Look at the pictures above… these people are our blood kin. They look like our babas and dedes, our kids and our spouses, our brothers and sisters… they look like everybody in the old po-nashemu neighbourhood, don’t they? Why not stand WITH them, and not against them? At the least, don’t vote Republican…

They all have faces… they all have names. If you remember that, you’ll not go wrong. Do as you would be done by

BMD

Thursday, 7 July 2011

7 July 2011. At’sa My Boy! Byelorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko with His 6-Year-Old Son Kolya…

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

A Photo Essay. A Point of Unity. Orthodox and Catholic Easter in Byelorussia

Byelorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko (1954- ), with his extramarital son Nikolai (2004- ), lights a candle at St Nicholas Church in Petrikov (Gomel Oblast) on Easter Sunday

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Metropolitan Philaret Vakhromeyev of Minsk and Slutsk (1935- ), Exarch of all Byelorussia, serves Easter liturgy in Minsk at Holy Spirit Cathedral

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Believers at Easter liturgy at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk

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Blessing of Easter food baskets at the Nativity of the Mother of God convent in Grodno (Grodno Oblast)

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Blessing of Easter food baskets in Vitebsk (Vitebsk Oblast)

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Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz (1946- ) of Minsk and Mogilev, held the Easter Vigil in the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Believers at the Easter Vigil at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Minsk

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The Easter Vigil, was held at St Xavier Roman Catholic Cathedral in Grodno (Grodno Oblast). Catholic Bishop Aleksander Kaszkiewicz (1949- ) of Grodno lights the great Easter candle.

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In Byelorussia, most of the population is Orthodox, but some 15 percent are Catholic. Everyone lives together in peace… there’s no ethnic or religious strife there. That’s as it should be… we stay on our side of the fence, you stay on yours, and the gate between is unlocked… there can be no “unity”… but there can be friendship, and decent pragmatic folk will grasp that, for it’s good, no doubt on that score. As for the airy-fairy schemes of loud-mouthed pseudo-intellectuals, I think that all good Catholics would agree with me… “send us letters of friendship only… send us no more letters on doctrine”. We’d clink a glass and drink to that… and God would smile at it all. Is it so wrong to acknowledge our DIFFERENCES? They DO exist, after all…

My thanks to Mike, the original poster of these images.

BMD

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