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Deep state versus nation state: The case of the KEERFA "anti-racist" movement

Petros Konstantinou is an Athens city councilman who heads a major “anti-racist” organization, while little is publicly known about his background.

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In Greece every year, the UN sponsors an “anti-racist” rally which is run by KEERFA (“Movement United Against Racism and the Fascist Threat”). Who are they and what do they stand for? They are an “anti-racist” unit that appears everywhere anytime an “issue” develops with illegal migrants.
What does one mean by the word “illegal”? No migrants in Greece were ever legal or did they ever arrive with an agreement prior to appearing in Greece (apart from a few under the military junta of the late 1960’s-70’s from Pakistan). Once the Soviet Union fell, tens of thousands of Albanians arrived. Decades later, the government started to “legalize” their status. The Greek population was never told that Albania had de-facto joined the Schengen zone, nor were they ever told when joining the EEC (precursor to the EU) that a regime of open borders would exist with neighboring countries such as Bulgaria or Italy. Hence, anyone and more often than not everyone who fancied coming to Greece arrived, from Bangladeshis to Pakistanis, and in the last two years according to Frontex (the EU’s “border force”) from over 70 countries. A neoliberal free-for-all.

The omnipresent Petros Konstantinou


KEERFA was set up as a front by a far-left group called SEK, whose leader Panos Garganas is the twin brother of the ex-central banker of Greece (under the PASOK-Costas Simitis government that introduced the Euro) and is currently led by a certain Petros Konstantinou. This individual has been involved in almost everything and pops up everywhere like a jack in the box. Konstantinou rallied the migrants when the Greek police allegedly burnt a Koran, he was outside Marfin Bank when it was burnt to smithereens by alleged “anarchists,” he was present when migrant strawberry fruit pickers were allegedly shot at, he attended rally after rally to open the borders in the Evros region adjacent to Turkey, and also made his appearance at all of the migrant squats that developed in Athens after German chancellor Angela Merkel invited half the planet to the EU. A characteristic example is that of the former Olympic Airways terminal at the decommissioned Ellinikon Airport in Athens. Konstantinou has also been instrumental in organizing anti-Trump rallies in Athens.

Petros Konstantinou (in white) near a young Alexis Tsipras (circled) at the G8 protests in Genova in 2001.


Indeed, Konstantinou has apparently been making the rounds going back quite a few years. In 2001, at the infamous G8 “anti-globalization” summit in Genova, which has long been a cause célèbre for the globalist “anti-fascist” left, Konstantinou is seen pictured with a young Alexis Tsipras, at a time when Tsipras was an unknown for the majority of Greeks. In 2005, Konstantinou appeared in court as one of the witnesses in defense of the alleged co-founder of the infamous November 17 terrorist group Giannis Serifis, at his trial.
Will the real Petros Konstantinou please stand up?
Who is he really? Despite being an elected councilor in the municipality of Athens, it is almost impossible to find an actual biography, resume, or CV of this individual. He originally hails from Cyprus, and his English is superb. He has appeared at British Labour Party sponsored rallies in the UK and with their affiliated trade unions, speaking about “racism” in Greece and fighting… Golden Dawn. Recently this famous “anti-racist” was published in the Avgi newspaper — a SYRIZA party organ — supporting the nationalism of Skopje (FYROM) whilst condemning the… “nationalism” of Greece.
Despite the murders of countless of Greeks at the hands of migrants, Konstantinou has never once organised a rally in defense of the Greeks murdered (as there have never been violent deaths of Greeks according to Konstantinou after torture for petty thefts!). Meanwhile, one of the two most infamous cases of murder by migrants against Greeks, the case of Manolis Kantaris — who was murdered inplain sight for his camera, leaving behind a wife that was about to give birth — never once reached the radar of KEERFA. After all, anti-racism works only in one direction. It can only be Greeks who are racist, no one else.

Petros Konstantinou at an ANTARSYA event


Konstantinou’s economic motives and the sponsors behind him are globalist big business who want wages adjusted downwards between the EU and Asia. If they can’t export all business to low cost zones, they import tens of thousands of workers to higher income regions. KEERFA is there to defend illegal migration, illegal business operations and a zero tax economy with slave labor wages. It’s that blunt.
For more than a decade, right in the middle of Greece’s main shopping thoroughfare in central Athens, Ermou Street, there were African migrants selling their wares (Chinese counterfeits of famous named brands). While Greeks who have been caught selling goods on the street without a licence are immediately arrested and fined up to €5,000 for tax evasion, no such laws apply to migrants. When shopkeepers began protesting and chasing migrants who were camped outside their shops they were immediately branded as “racist.” Paying workers wages and social insurance is obviously racist when maintaining a shop with legal employees and maintaining a license to operate.
KEERFA’s neoliberal free-for-all is from a dystopian future whereby anyone does whatever they want, irrespective of any given laws which have emerged over the course of history. They appear to be “progressive” whilst promoting absolute degenerate decline. If, for instance, dozens of migrants set up camp in a square (as they did in the infamous Agios Panteleomonas neighborhood in Athens) drinking booze and selling drugs all day and harassing local women, those who are seen to be complaining about such behavior (as for instance local Greek residents did) makes those people unwilling to accept migrants and their …shortcomings.
Globalism has its moral equivalence: everything is to be accepted, from female genital mutilation to the rapes of women, religious obscurantism, overt male chauvinism and sexism, and public displays of gross anti-gay prejudice all in the name of accepting any race of migrants from wherever they happen to arrive from. Nowadays, being part of an indigenous nation with its own issues and shortcomings is passé. Being a citizen of the world, footloose, with no concern as to how one affects others is the new fashion. “Tolerance” and “acceptance” are the new catchphrases. So in practice, to paraphrase George Orwell in Animal Farm, “[a]ll beliefs are equal, but some beliefs are more equal than others.” The result is extreme intolerance towards all nation state-based cultures.
One could argue that this range of global diversity in a city encourages people to stay put. They don’t need to go to Colombia to obtain cheap cocaine or fly to Indonesia to rape underage children. These services can be available right around the corner, and if you are still in a protected occupation like a successful author or a lawyer, you can always find a cheap builder who pays no taxes or social insurance contributions to service your housing needs, when not looking for small boys to service your… sexual needs. KEERFA caters for all tastes by branding individuals and entire groups of citizens as… “racists.” By sheer “coincidence,” these “racists” are always Greek. What else could they be?
In fact, certain studies that have been carried out show that too much ‘diversity’ leads to massive increases in mental health issues and what has been termed as “white flight.” Who would want their children attend schools where the overwhelming majority do not speak the main language of the country they are residing in, or where customs are so different whereby one cannot eat certain foods or drink alcohol without being branded an… “infidel”?
Konstantinou is apparently isolated, and politically is located on the “far left” in a group known as ANTARSYA, which receives around 1 percent in national parliamentary elections but is always in the media and always holds highly visible press conferences. Konstantinou himself always is protected wherever he goes.
Oddly enough, ANTARSYA proclaims itself as a leaderless party, governed collectively by committee instead of by one individual. In turn, Konstantinou, a public official via his position as city councilman in Athens, is a man without a past, with no public biography available. However, the CIA’s World Factbook in fact lists Konstantinou as the leader of the “leaderless” ANTARSYA. Slip of the tongue?

Did the CIA World Factbook reveal Petros Konstantinou as the leader of the “leaderless” ANTARSYA party?


In a new public rally by KEERFA (Socialist Workers Party, SWP) appeared alongside DEA (Sunday School for Migrants) and the occupation of City Plaza on March 17 against “Fortress Europe,” as their statement declares. This is the slogan raised three years ago by the SWP as a cornerstone of the anti-imperialist demand of the whole of the anti-imperialist movement (in relation, of course, to the pro-NATO “left”).
To be precise, once again there is an attempt of the Greek deep state and the migrant exploiters to place pressure to “open the borders” with Turkey in the Evros region. This is a demand of the arch-“philanthropist” and funder of the NATOist and deep state “left” George Soros.
Soros, via the pseudo-humanitarianism of “open borders,” aims for concrete things:

a) Getting employment for migrants
b) Abolishing labor standards and workers’ rights
c) Weakening the states where the migrants are trapped
d) Using the migrants as a “trojan horse” in fronts the deep state seeks to break
e) The rise of xenophobia and the far right, to serve as a “bogeyman.”
f) Organizing anti-Trump rallies in support of Hillary Clinton, as KEERFA has usefully done.

They have on their side all the organizations that are directed by Soros and function for the furtherance of his agenda, such as the deep state KEERFA, that uses the aid it provides to the migrants to exploit them later on. For instance, migrants have been used by KEERFA as an object for the promotion of the pre-electoral campaign of Petros Konstantinou. Another example is the migrants KEERFA has transported to Evros to demand the abolition of the border with Turkey, as without them, KEERFA would have no one to show up at these protests.
Now how can work be found when real unemployment in Greece is between 30 and 40 percent, and even those that allegedly are “employed” can’t find work for more than a few hours a day? How can they claim there is a border between Greece and Turkey now it has been revealed that Greek soldiers were allegedly caught wandering across the woods and ended up in Turkish territory? The media then was obliged to reveal that there is no actual physical border between Greece and Turkey, but that did not stop the globalists from marching with the slogan “down with the fence in Evros.”
Murder and rape of Greek nationals
No Greek government ever stated they would open the borders en masse to all and sundry. A study of neoliberal globalisation and the labour movement is encapsulated in an article here, and more extensively in a book on the purpose behind mass migration. Indeed, a Parliamentary Committee of all the main parties in 1992 did not agree to uncontrolled migration or migration specifically from Muslim countries, as that would endanger the Greeks’ way of life, but as with everything, political parties in Greece always go back on their word.

Placard reading “we are all Pakistanis” at a KEERFA rally


What becomes interesting is that KEERFA realizes that the opposition of the average Greek is massive against uncontrolled migration, and no opinion poll has ever shown otherwise. Realizing they are losing the globalist war of or propaganda in defense of all migrants under any and all conditions, KEERFA focused on the death of a Pakistani migrant and assigned “racist” credentials to it. So in other words, someone can arrive illegally in the country then start blaming the locals for… racism, irrespective of what they have done, or his other compatriots and how they have behaved.
Of course, none of the migrants ever hang out in any wealthy suburbs, so those blamed as being racist are always working class and that is the stick used to beat them into silence. The only alternative would be the dispatch of riot police and imprisonment, as in the famous cases of Ag. Panteleomonas, where a whole community was penalized for not wanting their public square to be turned into a latrine and their women accosted every time they went out. Konstantinou then held rallies with Pakistanis and started chanting in central Athens “we are all Pakistanis”! Konstantinou, of course, can allege to be whatever he wants.
Video of Petros Konstantinou chanting “we are all Pakistanis”:

When a young 15-year old Greek girl from the island of Paros by the name of Myrto was raped and bashed in the head by a Pakistani migrant and left to die, but ended up living in a vegetative state, the response from the “anti-fascist” globalists was that Greeks do much worse things.

15 year old Myrto, raped and brutally attacked by a Pakistani migrant in the island of Paros, now living in a vegetative state


That, of course, is why not these “antifa” and “anti-racist” groups have never once held a demo against the rape or torture of underage girls or pensioners. After all, Greeks are infamous for killing the elderly members of their society, its part of their tradition but they just don’t know it! And right on cue, we have Petros Konstantinou re-educating us, as he did over the Macedonian issue where the nationalism of FYROM is deemed “progressive”…
SEK – The Socialist Workers Party
SEK is a group which establishes various political fronts to promote pure globalism. The irony of the situation is that Konstantinou emerged from there to run their “anti-racist” front. Who runs SEK? None other than Panos Garganas, the twin brother of former central banker during the Simitis regime that introduced the euro to Greece. Not only are we talking Greek deep state here, but specifically its globalist wing which is allied with the shipowners who have no actual nation state-based address and act as footloose corporations in the world they have created: that of the offshore tax-free system that favors their operations. These are KEERFA’s political backers, for to believe that two sons of an ex-ERE (quisling right) member of parliament, the Garganas brothers are actually singing from a different hymn is like believing that KEERFA is interested in… stopping racism.
It was SEK that launched demonstrations in Greece against Trump when he was elected, but did not organize similar demonstrations against Obama who of course didn’t start… any wars. Their problems will magnify now that globalist corporations like Apple and Nike have begun criticizing the U.S. government for implementing protectionist laws against foreign imports, signifying the reversal of the process of globalization. They will be seen to be siding openly with the globalist wing of the ruling class. But they are on the retreat, as no one actually takes them seriously. Konstantinou’s eclipse is pre-determined, as it is part of the conflict between globalism and nation-states. If nations are to survive and thrive, globalism and all of its variants have to buried deep underground, as after all they originate from the shady deep state of politics.
The UN-sponsored anti-racism day

Poster advertising the March 17, 2018 KEEERFA “anti-racist day” rally, on an Athens street.


Every year in March, KEERFA organizes a demonstration alongside the UN’s anti-racism day. Taking into account that no one has never seen Konstantinou gainfully employed anywhere and no record exists of what he actually knows but that he is seen everywhere, one would assume he is on the payroll of various NGOs and is sponsored by some UN fund or other.
There are never any more than a thousand participants at any of the rallies for migrants, and they are specifically chosen to be held at around 3 pm on a Saturday to avoid contact with Greeks, as most would have left the center. In turn, the police, in order to ensure they can create maximum discomfort, block off all roads from Omonoia Square to Syntagma Square and alongside the Parliament all the way to the Megaro Maximou mansion (the prime minister’s official residence). This is done in order for the “demonstrators” to pretend they are railing against the government when, in fact, they are directly in favor of the government and the policy of open borders.
One also notices that Konstantinou readily has access to the global media. For instance, one reading such reports in the Chinese press might come away believing that the open border for the import and sale of Chinese goods in Greece has no repercussions on domestic production and unemployment. A similar argument was made when successive governments pushed hard to bring in Chinese companies and workers at Greece’s ports, operating on Chinese wages. The ideal world of Konstantinou and his “anti-racism” is all about a new global slave labour empire, whilst anyone who criticizes it is branded with the label of being a… racist.

KEERFA-sponsored “anti-racist day” rally at Omonoia Square in Athens, March 17, 2018


After this year’s anti-racist day march on March 17, which was supported by the SYRIZA breakaway party Popular Unity (LAE), KEERFA produced a statement on its website. It is noteworthy that they never publish an aerial view of their demos, as their size is minimal and the time chosen is when there are no Greeks in the vicinity. The statement claimed that they were again attacked by violent thugs from Golden Dawn. The fact is that KEERFA circulates leaflets bearing the name “Republic of Macedonia” just after the giant Macedonian rallies, while they allege Greece is being aggressive in the Aegean despite the kidnapping of the two Greek soldiers in full army uniform by Turkey, with accusations that they were spying (how could one be spying in military uniform!).
KEERFA demonstrators have been rounded upon by citizens in areas they considered their turf, such as Kallithea and Galatsi in Athens. KEERFA allege that the police didn’t intervene, as obviously they are all Golden Dawn supporters. The case may be that the “attackers” were instead average citizens who were provoked by the globalist garbage that spews out of the mouth of KEERFA.
Either way, this is perhaps a sign of things to come. Globalism is on the retreat in more ways than one.
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Saudi Arabia’s version of events: Jamal Khashoggi died during a fist fight (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 5.

Alex Christoforou

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The BBC examines the stunning Saudi admission that Jamal Khashoggi was murdered from three angles:

What is Saudi Arabia’s version of events?

The kingdom says a fight broke out between Mr Khashoggi, who had fallen out of favour with the Saudi government, and people who met him in the consulate – ending with his death.

It says investigations are under way, and so far 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested.

Unnamed officials speaking to Reuters news agency and the New York Times say the Saudis did not know the whereabouts of the body after it was handed to a “local collaborator” to dispose of.

In addition to the arrests, two senior officials have been sacked over the affair – deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

The Saudi authorities have yet to give evidence to support this version of events.

Observers are questioning whether Saudi Arabia’s Western allies will find their account of a “botched rendition” convincing – and whether it will persuade them not to take punitive action against them.

US President Donald Trump said what had happened was “unacceptable” but that the arrests were an important “first step”. The UK Foreign Office said it was considering its next steps after hearing the report.

What did Turkey say?

“Turkey will reveal whatever had happened,” said Omer Celik of Turkey’s ruling AKP party, according to Anadolu news agency.

“Nobody should ever doubt about it. We are not accusing anyone in advance but we don’t accept anything to remain covered [up].”

Publicly Turkey has so far stopped short of blaming Saudi Arabia for the killing.

Turkish investigators, however, say they have audio and video evidence which shows Mr Khashoggi was killed by a team of Saudi agents inside the consulate and dismembered. Reports in Turkish media this week gave gruesome details of what are said to be his final minutes.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Saudi King Salman on Friday evening, and the two agreed to continue co-operating in the investigation.

How have Saudi’s Western allies reacted?

President Trump praised the kingdom for acting quickly and said the official explanation was “credible”, despite many US lawmakers expressing disbelief over the Saudi account.

Mr Trump stressed the importance of Saudi Arabia as a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East, and pushed back against the need for sanctions against the country in light of the new information, talking about the effect of such a move on the US economy.

Earlier this week he warned of “very severe” consequences if Saudi Arabia was proved to have killed the journalist.

A number of US lawmakers, including a Republican highly critical of the Saudis, Senator Lindsey Graham, said they were sceptical about the report on the journalist’s death.

The UK Foreign Office described it as “a terrible act” and said the people behind the killing “must be held to account”.

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at Saudi Arabia’s admission to killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a fist fight inside the Istanbul consulate…a story that the Trump White House has so far accepted, but many US Congressmen and mainstream media pundits outright reject.

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Meanwhile Reuters floated this story on turmoil inside the Saudi Kingdom as a trial balloon to see if anyone has the might to challenge a very unstable crown prince, by appealing to the frail King and his western allies.

Since he acceded to the throne in January 2015, the king has given MbS, his favorite son, increasing authority to run Saudi Arabia. But the king’s latest intervention reflects growing disquiet among some members of the royal court about MbS’s fitness to govern, the five sources said.

MbS, 33, has implemented a series of high-profile social and economic reforms since his father’s accession, including ending a ban on women driving and opening cinemas in the conservative kingdom.

But he has also marginalized senior members of the royal family and consolidated control over Saudi’s security and intelligence agencies.

His reforms have been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent, a purge of top royals and businessmen on corruption charges, and a costly war in Yemen.

Khashoggi’s disappearance has further tarnished the crown prince’s reputation, deepening questions among Western allies and some Saudis about his leadership.

“Even if he is his favorite son, the king needs to have a comprehensive view for his survival and the survival of the royal family,” said a fourth Saudi source with links to the royal court.

“In the end it will snowball on all of them.”

Saudi officials did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

MISCALCULATION

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied any role in Khashoggi’s disappearance. But the sources familiar with the royal court said the reaction from the United States, an ally for decades, had contributed to the king’s intervention.

“When the situation got out of control and there was an uproar in the United States, MbS informed his father that there was a problem and that they have to face it,” another source with knowledge of the royal court said.

The crown prince and his aides had initially thought the crisis would pass but they “miscalculated its repercussions”, this source said.

Turkish officials have made clear they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, and two Turkish sources have told Reuters police have audio recordings to back up that assertion.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to President Donald Trump, on Tuesday accused MbS of ordering Khashoggi’s murder and called him a “wrecking ball” who is jeopardizing relations with the United States. He did not say what evidence he was basing the allegation on.

Trump said on Thursday he presumed Khashoggi was dead but that he still wanted to get to the bottom of what exactly happened. Asked what would be the consequences for Saudi Arabia, Trump said: “Well, it’ll have to be very severe. I mean, it’s bad, bad stuff. But we’ll see what happens.”

Trump has previously said “rogue killers” may have been responsible and has ruled out cancelling arms deals worth tens of billions of dollars. On Tuesday, Trump said he had spoken with MbS and that the crown prince told him he did not know what had happened in the consulate where Khashoggi went missing.

The case poses a dilemma for the United States, as well as Britain and other Western nations. Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil exporter, spends lavishly on Western arms and is an ally in efforts to contain the influence of Iran.

But in a sign of the damage, a succession of international banking and business chiefs, including IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, JP Morgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and Ford Chairman Bill Ford, have pulled out of a high-profile investment conference in Saudi Arabia this month.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday also abandoned plans to attend, as did Britain’s trade minister and the French and Dutch finance ministers, putting the event in question.

Saudi officials have said they plan to move forward with the conference, scheduled for Oct. 23-25, despite the wave of cancellations.

Neither JP Morgan nor Ford would elaborate on the reasons for the decision not to attend and did not comment on whether concerns about the disappearance of Khashoggi were a factor.

Lagarde had previously said she was “horrified” by media reports about Khashoggi’s disappearance. An IMF spokesperson did not give a reason for her deferring her trip to the Middle East.

TAKING CONTROL

Before the king’s intervention, Saudi authorities had been striking a defiant tone, threatening on Sunday to retaliate with greater action against the U.S. and others if sanctions are imposed over Khashoggi’s disappearance. A Saudi-owned media outlet warned the result would be disruption in Saudi oil production and a sharp rise in world oil prices.

“Reaction and threats to the possible sanctions of the last 24 hours were still (coming) from the crown prince,” the businessman close to royal circles said on Monday. “The king is now holding the file personally … and the tone is very different.”

The king has spoken directly with Erdogan and Trump in recent days. Both the king and his son met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he visited Riyadh on Tuesday.

King Salman, 82, spent decades as part of the inner circle of the Al Saud dynasty, which long ruled by consensus. In four decades as governor of Riyadh, he earned a reputation as a royal enforcer who punished princes who were out of line.

Whether he is willing or able to resume that role in this crisis remains unclear, palace insiders say. One source with links to the royal court said the king was “captivated” by MbS and ultimately would protect him.

Still, there is precedent for the king’s intervention.

He stepped in this year to shelve the planned listing of national oil company Saudi Aramco, the brainchild of MbS and a cornerstone of his economic reforms, three sources with ties to government insiders told Reuters in August. Saudi officials have said the government remains committed to the plans.

And when MbS gave the impression last year that Riyadh endorsed the Trump administration’s still nebulous Middle East peace plan, including U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the king made a public correction, reaffirming Riyadh’s commitment to the Arab and Muslim identity of the city.

Despite these rare instances of pushback, several of the sources close to the royal family said that King Salman had grown increasingly detached from decisions taken by MbS.

“He has been living in an artificially-created bubble,” said one of the sources. Lately, though, the king’s advisers have grown frustrated and begun warning him of the risks of leaving the crown prince’s power unchecked.

“The people around him are starting to tell him to wake up to what’s happening,” the source said.

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Kiev ‘Patriarch’ prepares to seize Moscow properties in Ukraine

Although Constantinople besought the Kiev church to stop property seizures, they were ignored and used, or perhaps, complicit.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The attack on the Eastern Orthodox Church, brought about by the US State Department and its proxies in Constantinople and Ukraine, is continuing. On October 20, 2018, the illegitimate “Kyiv (Kiev) Patriarchate”, led by Filaret Denisenko who is calling himself “Patriarch Filaret”, had a synodal meeting in which it changed the commemoration title of the leader of the church to include the Kyiv Caves and Pochaev Lavras.

This is a problem because Metropolitan Onuphry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church which is canonically accepted and acts as a very autonomous church under the Moscow Patriarchate has these places under his pastoral care.

This move takes place only one week after Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople unilaterally (and illegally) lifted the excommunications, depositions (removal from priestly ranks as punishment) and anathemas against Filaret and Makary that were imposed on them by the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate.

These two censures are very serious matters in the Orthodox Church. Excommunication means that the person or church so considered cannot receive Holy Communion or any of the other Mysteries (called Sacraments in the West) in a neighboring local Orthodox Church. Anathema is even more serious, for this happens when a cleric disregards his excommunication and deposition (removal from the priesthood), and acts as a priest or a bishop anyway.

Filaret Denisenko received all these censures in 1992, and Patriarch Bartholomew accepted this decision at the time, as stated in a letter he sent to Moscow shortly after the censures. However, three years later, Patriarch Bartholomew received a group of Ukrainian autocephalist bishops called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA, who had been in communion with Filaret’s group. While this move may have been motivated by the factor of Bartholomew’s almost total isolation within Istanbul, Turkey, it is nonetheless non-canonical.

This year’s moves have far exceeded previous ones, though, and now the possibility for a real clash that could cost lives is raised. With Filaret’s “church” – really an agglomeration of Ukrainian ultranationalists and Neo-Nazis in the mix, plus millions of no doubt innocent Ukrainian faithful who are deluded about the problems of their church, challenging an existing arrangement regarding Ukraine and Russia’s two most holy sites, the results are not likely to be good at all.

Here is the report about today’s developments, reprinted in part from OrthoChristian.com:

Meeting today in Kiev, the Synod of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) has officially changed the title of its primate, “Patriarch” Philaret, to include the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras under his jurisdiction.

The primate’s new official title, as given on the site of the KP, is “His Holiness and Beatitude (name), Archbishop and Metropolitan of Kiev—Mother of the cities of Rus’, and Galicia, Patriarch of All Rus’-Ukraine, Svyaschenno-Archimandrite of the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras.”

…Thus, the KP Synod is declaring that “Patriarch” Philaret has jurisdiction over the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras, although they are canonically under the omophorion of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Philaret and his followers and nationalistic radicals have continually proclaimed that they will take the Lavras for themselves.

This claim to the ancient and venerable monasteries comes after the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it had removed the anathema placed upon Philaret by the Russian Orthodox Church and had restored him to his hierarchical office. Philaret was a metropolitan of the canonical Church, becoming patriarch in his schismatic organization.

Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate have clarified that they consider Philaret to be the “former Metropolitan of Kiev,” but he and his organization continue to consider him an active patriarch, with jurisdiction in Ukraine.

Constantinople’s statement also appealed to all in Ukraine to “avoid appropriation of churches, monasteries, and other properties,” which the Synod of the KP ignored in today’s decision.

The KP primate’s abbreviated title will be, “His Holiness (name), Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus’-Ukraine,” and the acceptable form for relations with other Local Churches is “His Beatitude Archbishop (name), Metropolitan of Kiev and All Rus’-Ukraine.”

The Russian Orthodox Church broke eucharistic communion and all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate over this matter earlier this week. Of the fourteen local Orthodox Churches recognized the world over, twelve have expressed the viewpoint that Constantinople’s move was in violation of the canons of the Holy Orthodox Church. Only one local Church supported Constantinople wholeheartedly, and all jurisdictions except Constantinople have appealed for an interOrthodox Synod to address and solve the Ukrainian matter in a legitimate manner.

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Claims of Khashoggi death by fistfight expose Saudi brutality

The brutality of both state claims and unproven allegations in Khashoggi’s death raise serious questions about American alliances.

Seraphim Hanisch

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On October 2, 2018, Muslim Brotherhood member and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey, never to be seen or heard from again.

This chilling report has been answered with some horrifying and grisly stories about what happened – that he was dismembered while still alive, that his body parts were dissolved completely in acid, leaving nothing left.

Now after two weeks, the Saudi official word on what happened came out: He died in an unexpected fistfight in the embassy.

Really. That is the Saudi’s explanation. A fistfight. In an embassy. With 18 people detained as suspects in the investigation.

And apparently the Saudi government expects the world to accept this explanation and just let it go.

This situation has just exposed the true nature of this “ally” of the United States. Even Rush Limbaugh, a staunch supporter of all conservative positions in America, has spoken from time to time about the amazing disconnect in American foreign policy with regards to Saudi Arabia. He continued that on his radio programs on both October 18th and 19th, 2018, as shown in this excerpted transcript, with emphasis added:

I’m simplifying this, folks, but generally that’s what happens. So, by the same token, you could say that this militant terrorist Islam that we’ve known since 9/11 and maybe 10, 15 years prior, that has been sponsored by Saudi Arabia, by the Saudi royal family. It’s why so many people have been upset with so many American presidents being buddy-buddy with the king, whoever he happens to be. The Saudis always fund former presidents’ libraries. I mean, the Saudis had a good thing going. They had relationships with every president, former president and so forth.

And while they were selling us oil, sometimes. Cooperative or uncooperative, depending on the time, with price. But during all of that, they were the primary thrust for Wahhabi Islam. Now, here comes MbS (Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia), and he wants to just reform the hell out of the country, get rid of Wahhabism, bring in petrodollars competitors such as Hollywood and Silicon Valley and basically bring Saudi Arabia into the twenty-first century instead of the seventh. And there’s some people that don’t want that to happen.

And from the 19th:

Wahhabi Islam is where the really radical clerics and Imams are who are welcoming anybody they can into their mosques and just literally converting them into suicide bombers, terrorists, and what have you, under the auspices of Islam. And the Saudi royal family stood by and let it all happen. Whether they were instrumental in advocating it, don’t know, but Saudi-funded charities all over the world promoted Wahhabism.

And that’s when I went back to Mr. Buckley and said, “I don’t see how the Saudi royal family, the Saudi government can be separated from these 19 hijackers.”

Now in the rest of these transcripts, which are very interesting, Rush explains that Khashoggi was a Muslim Brotherhood member, and as such, stood opposed to MbS’ reform plans and actions. However the brutality of the alleged murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the official “State version” account of his death are almost equally brutal. Death by fists? How is it that the United States considers such people allies?

President Trump is on record as saying that this explanation by the Saudi government is “credible.” However, this statement alone is out of context, so we bring you the entire statement:

This is not to be misunderstood as a Trump endorsement of belief. He points out that this is a first step, and that in his view it is a good one, but that is all.

Still, these events throw the real nature of the Saudi kingdom into sharp relief. They are the number one customer for US military equipment, now considered allies against Iran. In the complicated field of Middle East relations, the president’s caution is probably very wise for the moment. However, this is a nation which produced most of the 9/11 hijackers, which is said to be the last voice in what Islam is, and so promotes a very violent interpretation of an already violent faith.

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The news and information media got a great lesson in following something like “due process” with this matter, and while the President is doing that, this situation still invites some strong speculation. Allies that simultaneously seek an allied nation’s destruction do not seem like allies much at all. And embassies are usually held to be very safe places for people, not places where they meet their death in any way at all, let alone the cruel means alleged and later claimed.

This event may actually be very damaging to the Saudi Crown Prince’s effort to bring his nation out of Wahhabism and into some more kind interpretation of Islam, and indeed the West’s assessment of Khashoggi has taken to calling him a “teddy bear” when he is a Muslim Brotherhood member. Former US President Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and these people were so violent, killing Christians and destroying homes and businesses, that the Muslim Brotherhood’s uprising was followed by a second uprising from the more reasonable people in Egypt (which Obama promptly dropped).

If reports are to be believed, Mohammed bin Salman wants to end Wahhabism. It would seem to logically make sense that his agencies were involved in what happened to Kashoggi, who is a known critic of bin Salman. But if it really is true that the Saudi royals were not involved, then whoever it was certainly succeeded in stopping bin Salman’s efforts to modernize his country, at least for now.

 

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