HannibaltheVictor13 an archeology, anthropology, and history student created a great video on why people fail to understand both why history is important, but also why being a historian is much harder than many people think. Its primarily just audio but Its a great video lecture to watch, (or just listen to) and also it gives you some important things to think about.
Guess what? Wingnut religious right hero, Putin is persecuting evangelical Christians! Will the American religious right who has constantly complained about imaginary persecution of Christians in America take notice? Most likely no, they won’t. Most likely they either won’t believe that their homophobic hero is persecuting fellow Christians, ( In some cases certainly fellow conservative Christians ) or they’ll come up with some really dumb excuse.
Its sad whenever one group is denied their rights, but this just goes to show how far from reality our anti reality, anti gay, anti religious minority wingnuts really are.
Obama and other American Liberals should take the time to speak out against Russia persecution of non Orthodox Christians. Not only will they be helping innocent people, but they’ll be able to make our wingnuts look even worse than they already do.
Brian Tashman over at Rightwing Watch reports.
The same Religious Right activists who accuse President Obama of persecuting Christians by supporting gay rights, have over the last few years hailed Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a hero and global leader of conservative Christians.
Religious Right leaders such as Franklin Graham, Phyllis Schlafly, William Murray, Pat Buchanan, Bryan Fischer, Brian Brown, Don Feder and Scott Lively, among others, have lionized Putin as a fearless Christian leader who is bravely cracking down on gay rights. The World Congress of Families even decided to hold its annual summit in the Kremlin this year (the group officially cancelled the event after Russia began its conflict with Ukraine, but its Russian partners are quietly going ahead with it).
Of course, while claims that Obama is persecuting Christians are completely manufactured by conservatives, there is ample evidence that Putin-sponsored forces in eastern Ukraine are violently persecuting evangelical and Ukrainian Orthodox Christians.
The body of an independent Russian journalist was found in a wood the day after he had gone missing following threats from law enforcement authorities.
Timur Kuashev worked for the magazine Dosh (or Dosch) as its correspondent in Nalchik, the capital of the autonomous Kabardino-Balkar republic in the Russian Caucasus.
His body was found on Friday (1 August) in a wood near the Nalchik suburb of Khasania after he went missing the previous evening. There were no visible signs of violence. At the time of his burial on Saturday, the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of his death were unknown.
An article in Dosh said: “We believe that Timur was kidnapped from his home.” It pointed out that his mobile phone, which he always carried, was found in his apartment.
Kuashev had written about alleged human rights abuses by the security forces in the course of anti-terrorism operations. He also criticised Russian policy in Ukraine.
He claims to have uncovered an Instagram account of a Russian soldier operating a Buk missile launch system on the Ukrainian territory.
He quotes the soldier thus:
“Sitting around, working on a Buk, listening to music, basically a good Sunday.”
The context however does not support this translation. The original can be seen on this screenshot (courtesy of Backwoods Sleuth):
Notice two things:
1. The word “буке” (“buke”) starts with a small letter. In fact, the whole sentence is not capitalized. Therefore 2 interpretations of this word are possible - either it means a laptop computer “noutbuk” = “buk” (this not the abbreviation that I would use, I prefer “nout”, but the fact remains that many do use it). Or it could indeed mean Buk-the missile launcher.
2. The word in question is immediately followed by an Android emoji “personal computer”. Just as the word “music” is followed by an emoji meaning “speaker with three sound waves”. Note: you will probably only see them in your browser if you’re on an Android device.
So in the end it’s “we’re working on a laptop” instead of “on a missile launcher”.
The soldier’s comments under some other photos (like his usage of the #бтр = “APC” tag) make clear that his vehicle is an APC. Under one photo he wrote: “my APC[,] [we’re] sitting around doing nothing #excercises2014”.
Unfortunately, this mistranslation has spread like wildfire and after it is inevitably refuted, this faux pas will make it easier for some to dismiss the evidence from social networks about the role of the Russian military in the conflict, and such evidence is, in fact, in abundance.
I’m not sure “blunder” is the best word for the decisions Putin has made while in control of Russia, but that’s the term The Star newspaper of Malaysia chose for this report.
PETALING JAYA: In his 15 years at the helm of a new, capitalist Russia, President Vladimir Putin is no stranger to autocratic, if not oppressive and brutal moves to consolidate his grip on power and spread Russia’s influence.
These are just ten blunders Putin has made since taking the reins from Boris Yeltsin in 1999:
#10 is shooting down MH17 over Ukraine. While Russia’s ambassador to Malaysia says the pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine could not possibly have shot down the Malaysian Airlines jet, it seems Malaysians are not biting at that line at all.
PETALING JAYA: The passenger manifest of MH17 tells a grim tale. More than 20 families were wiped out when the Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down in Ukraine.
Two families of six were from Netherlands and Malaysia while there were a number of families of five, four and three that perished.
Many of those who died were children, of which at least 20 were below the age of 12.
A number of teenagers also perished along with couples who were returning from a holiday or embarking on one.
And now, where are their bodies?
MH17: Australian Toll Rises to 37 as Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Office Confirms Additional WA Resident on Board
Russia is to blame for the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17, an angry Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.
He called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to make sure the international community has full access to the crash site and the remains of the 298 crew and passengers killed. US experts have concluded the plan was brought down by a surface-to-air missile launched from an area of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russia separatists.
Abbott put the blame squarely on Russia.
“The Russians, as everyone has seen over the last 48 hours, are trying to wash their hands of this,” Abbott said.
“But it is impossible for Russia to wash its hands of something which happened in what is effectively Russian-controlled territory, it seems at the hands of Russian-backed individuals, most likely with a Russian supplied or facilitated weapon.” Abbott, who revealed two of his daughters had flown on the MH17 route recently on returning from Europe, said the tragedy touched the nation deeply given that 36 onboard called Australia home. Services were to be held Sunday for those who died.
Russian Minister for Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev, in Sydney for a G20 summit, was summoned for an unexpected meeting with Mr Abbott on Saturday.
The Prime Minister made clear his “dissatisfaction with the way this has been handled”.
“Russian controlled territory, Russian-backed rebels, quite likely a Russian supplied weapon - Russia can’t wash its hands of this,” he said.
Mr Abbott would not say if he had tried to make contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin, nor if Australia would block his attendance at November’s G20 meeting in Brisbane.
“It’s not too late for changes of heart,” he said.