First, something very unusual from Kyiv Post
Bernard Casey: Last chance for peace in Ukraine
March 22, 2015, Op-ed — by Bernard Casey
<<In my report "Economic Integration of Russia and Ukraine" submitted to the governments of the Russian Federation and of Ukraine in 2011, I recommended "Ukraine’s geopolitical support of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization; Russia and Ukraine’s joint building of a Common Economic Space or joint establishment of a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union; and Ukraine’s subsequent accession to the Common Economic Space, or joint establishment of an FTA, with Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan." >>
Second, the rather usual
Ukraine's Poison Pill for Peace Talks. By Robert Parry
Exclusive: The Ukraine government’s latest maneuver – undermining the Minsk-2 agreement with a requirement for a rebel surrender – is likely to drive the country back into a full-scale civil war and push the U.S. and Russia closer to a nuclear showdown, reports Robert Parry.
Third, the defiant sabre rattling from Washington in support of Kiev:
US House Votes 348-48 To Arm Ukraine, Russia Warns Lethal Aid Will "Explode The Whole Situation". Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/25/2015
<<in a vote that largely slid under the radar, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging Obama to send lethal aid to Ukraine, providing offensive, not just "defensive" weapons to the Ukraine army - the same insolvent, hyperinflating Ukraine which, with a Caa3/CC credit rating, last week started preparations to issue sovereign debt with a US guarantee, in essence making it a part of the United States...>>
Now, if you want to have all such "under the screen" reports handy, in one place, and timely delivered, please put your money, energy and imagination where your mouth is, that is on the side of normalization of US-Russia relations and WORLD PEACE. Please support Charles Bausman's "baby" Russia Insider, a media watchdog News and Opinion site. Here is Charles:
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Please help me reach my goal of $60,000. Almost 500 people have already back it, and I need your help to get there.
Please take a minute to watch my video, and if you can, give what you can to help us invent a better way to do the news.
I'll try to write to many of you separately with individual emails, but in the meantime just let me say thanks, and I look forward to being in touch with you all in the future.
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There is a plenty of testimony as to the seriousness of Mr. Bausman's enterprising endeavor. But when one fights against Leviathan of US military-industrial complex cum profit-oriented biased mass media, one needs strong spiritual underpinnings from both East and West, Russia and USA. Please read his interview with Nun Cornelia (Rees) about his remarkable bi-cultural background which is of great help in his endeavor.
Orthodox American Crowdfunds a Major Volunteer Media Watchdog Site
Nun Cornelia (Rees), Charles Bausman
The site has been remarkably successful. Launched in September of 2014, it rapidly became one of the leading global sources of news and analysis about Russia. Now Charles and his staff are launching a crowd-funding campaign on the largest American crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter (see his video here).
Charles has a fascinating family history. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany to an American father and German mother. His father, a foreign correspondent, brought the family to Moscow where they lived from 1968-72. After Moscow the family moved to a Connecticut suburb of New York City. He studied history at Wesleyan University, and later finance at Columbia Business School. He worked briefly as a journalist for NBC in Moscow from 1987–1990, then returned to New York to earn his MBA, and has worked on and off in Moscow since 1994 in finance and business. He first came to Russia as an adult in 1985 on a summer language program. Before starting Russia Insider he worked in private equity, specializing in large-scale industrial investment in agriculture.
Charles has appeared on Russian television, including the English version of RT. An interview about him and Russia Insider can be found here.
—Charles, it is interesting to see that after all your work in business and finance, you have returned to your father’s footsteps as a journalist based in Moscow. Could you talk a little about your father’s work here and the time of your childhood in the Soviet Union?
—Our family moved to Moscow when I was a small child and I lived here from age four to eight, from 1968-72, because my father was the bureau chief for the AP (Associated Press), a leading American news agency. This was during the height of the Brezhnev era.
My parents loved being in Russia and found it fascinating. They stayed in close touch with friends they made during that time, both Russian and non-Russian. I suppose they inculcated a fondness for the country in us four children.
After Moscow, we grew up in a suburb of New York City. In those years many Russian émigrés were coming through New York, and we had a steady stream of visitors to our home.
But you could say that my connection to Russia goes back even further in my family history. My great-grandfather, Richard T. Greener, was an American diplomat in Tsarist Russia for seven years at the end of the nineteenth century. That is an unusual story, because he was a prominent black American politician of that era—notable also as the first black man to graduate from Harvard. On my mother's side, my German grandfather spent two years on the Eastern front during World War Two. Remarkably, he survived.
—Your love for Russia extends even to its very soil. Could you tell us a little about your involvement in Russian agriculture, and how you see its future?
—Sure. I specialized in this for seven years, and know the topic very well. Russia’s agricultural potential is simply enormous, and as yet largely untapped; it represents a giant growth area for the country, more than is commonly understood.
There are a handful of barriers holding Russia back in this respect, but these barriers decrease with each passing year; and there is no question that Russia will make dramatic gains in this area. It is not a question of “if”, but of “when”.
—What led you to accept the Orthodox faith?
Raised Episcopalian as a young man, I rejected Christianity because I did not see how I could believe in what seemed to me to be irrational. I was, I suppose, an ambivalent atheist.
About fifteen years ago, I read some books that argue that in fact there is nothing irrational about Christianity, and that indeed atheism is more irrational than any religious faith. One of these is C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. Another book that makes this argument indirectly is Bulgakov’s Master and Margerita.
I happened to be living in Moscow at the time, and being eager to explore these new ideas I sought out priests—who all turned out to be Russian—and they explained that there are significant differences in the three main branches of Christianity—Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox—and that Orthodoxy holds certain advantages.
I studied their arguments and found them convincing. I also had the simply practical idea that, living in Russia, being Orthodox would allow me to participate in church services. Honestly, it was a bit of the “when in Rome, do as the Romans” kind of thinking. A bit superficial, I’m afraid.
It was only in subsequent years, thanks to experiences with deeply Orthodox friends, that I became very interested in Orthodoxy.
—Can you describe those experiences?
--Have you any experience with other Local Orthodox churches?
Well, not really. My family lived in Connecticut in the early 2000s and we would go to a lovely ROCOR church in Nyack. I’ve also been to several of the ROCOR churches in the New York area.
--Have you delved into the writings of the holy fathers?
—I’m afraid hardly any. Except I have read a little bit of St. John Chrysostom on marital relations, and even translated some works about this from Russian into English as a favor to a priest friend.
--Back to your popular website. Where is Russia Insider based?
—We are a global network of people, so we really have no base—we are just networked via the internet.
--Who helped you develop the website?
—The whole thing was put together by volunteers. This is truly remarkable.
--Why do you make an effort to cover Orthodox topics?
—This has little to do with my faith, actually, and more with what I see as media bias. It is completely evident to me that the mainstream media basically ignores the story of Christianity in Russia, and when they do cover it, they give it a negative spin.
I think this is ridiculous. First of all the Christian revival in Russia is massively important and is having a huge effect on the society there. To ignore it is basically irresponsible journalism.
Furthermore, it is completely obvious to me that for the most part, it is a force for positive change in Russia. Sure, there are problems, and they need to be discussed. But to only focus on the problems is, again, hugely biased.
That is really what our site is about—exposing and countering bias in the media.
--What are some examples of misleading media coverage of Orthodoxy?
--Why do you think this bias occurs?
You know, I grew up in journalistic circles, and understand that world very well, and the profession tends to attract more liberal, secular people. In the U.S., for example, if perhaps sixty percent of the population are practicing Christians, I would estimate that among journalists, that number must be less than ten percent. Then you have this recent phenomenon of what I would call “hostile atheists,” and that type of person I would guess is well-represented in journalism circles. So it’s a basic imbalance, and it really shows up when you analyze media coverage.
--Charles, we really wish you success with your website, and that you receive the all support you deserve.
Nun Cornelia (Rees) spoke with Charles Bausman
11 / 03 / 2015
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