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Why Communist Gennady Zyuganov brings shame upon Liberal Atheists

Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov demonstrates a respectful, intellectual view on atheism that shames manic western liberals to the core.




Over five years ago, Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Part of the Russian Federation, attended a conference whose main topics included dialogue between religious faiths and combatting the western invention of ‘Islamophobia’. When interviewed at the conference, the leader of one of the world’s most prominent left-wing/atheistic parties said the following:

“Orthodox Christians and Muslims have always lived in peace (in modern Russia). They established a great country together…I have read the Bible and The Koran and I can say that the moral and ethical bases of these religions are commonly related. Moral values are considered higher than material values. There is no reason for phobia”.

In the remainder of the interview, Zyuganov went on to talk about the common struggle for morality and social justice that atheist Communists, Christians and Muslims share in common. This is of course the same Zyuganov who once spoke of Christ being an exemplar of Communist values. Nietzsche said much the same, albeit from a greatly different perspective.

Zyuganov’s remarks bring shame upon western liberal atheists who use and abuse atheism to justify their immoral behaviour. For decades, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and its successor, the Communist Party of The Russian Federation have been the literal vanguards of left-wing Leninist-Marxism for not just the Russian people but for the world. Yet the leader of this party is far more measured and sensible in his approach to religion than western liberal atheists.

Zyuganov, far from seeking to sow divisions, seeks to unite people in what he as a leftist sees as a common struggle against injustice, unequal distribution of wealth and inequality. As a true conservative (as opposed to some right wing nutter or neo-liberal moron), I am sympathetic to much of this. What’s more, as a non-religious person myself, I am fully sympathetic to the idea that religious people and institutions ought to be respected as sovereign entities, just as foreign states whose ethos one might disagree with, have the right to exist on their own terms, free from invasion, intimidation or blackmail.

But the compassionate, sensible, respectful and pragmatic attitude taken by Zyuganov is far removed from western liberal atheists. Western atheists have become a sad and pathetic sight. They are individuals aping all they claim to hate about religious people. They force their version of events on others, they feel others are inferior to them, they spit upon traditions derived from religion, even when celebrated among the putatively agnostic.

Worst of all, many of them use their atheism as carte blanche to act in ways which are manifestly immoral by the standards of any moral philosophy, including and in this instance, especially, secular moral philosophy. In this sense, they bring shame to the title ‘atheist’  as it feeds the misconception that to be without religious belief, one is necessarily without morals or a nihilist. This simply isn’t true.

Gennady Zyuganov is an exemplar of morality based on secular belief, one which seeks to draw people together as humans and common citizens rather than a false creed which seeks to segregate, deride and divide.

This naturally leads to a discussion of ‘Islamophobia’, a term I earlier said was a western invention. Western liberals have committed an intellectual crime by confusion mainstream Sunni and Shi’a Islam with Wahhabism, Salafism and Takfiri beliefs. The terrorist atrocities committed across the world in the name of Islam are not committed by normal Sunnis nor Shi’a Muslims. They are committed by Wahhabists, Salafists and Takfiris.

These latter three ideologies are evil, wicked occultist beliefs which are far removed from Islam, which is one of the world’s great religions. They are in fact blasphemous according to true Islamic scholars. Just because one says ‘I am a Muslim’ this doesn’t make it so, they could well be a Salafist which is in fact a blasphemous perversion of Islam. Those who bomb and kill in the name of Islam are not Muslims at all, they are Wahhabists, Salafists and Takfiris and there is nothing wrong with hating such people, let alone being afraid of such people. They are ferocious and thus are correctly feared.

One could indeed say ‘I am a Christian’ but if they are not baptised they would be lying according to the very tenets of true Christianity. Likewise, one could say ‘I am Jewish’ but if they are not circumcised, they would be lying according to the very tenets of true Judaism.

But to the western liberal, none of this matters. For them, their contempt for religion is so great that they are willing to disparage all Muslims as radical Salafists, just because they want to prove a point about the evils of religion.

Irrespective of one’s beliefs, one must stand up for the sensible and genuine followers of atheism (Communist or otherwise), and all of the legitimate religions of the world. Gennady Zyuganov understands this and his left wing credentials are far more serious than the liberal atheists who sow hatred in order to sell books and t-shirts.

This is yet another reason why if the proposed summit between Israeli and Palestinian leadership takes place in Moscow, there may be real chance for peace. The Russian state is respected by both sides in this prolonged conflict. This is a unique position amongst great powers. America, Iran, Britain and Saudi Arabia cannot say the same for themselves. Whilst Gennady Zyuganov is an opposition figure, he is a product of a society which treats differences with respect rather than consternation.

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4 resignations and counting: May’s government ‘falling apart before our eyes’ over Brexit deal

The beginning of the end for Theresa May’s government.

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Via RT

Four high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett, predicted that this is the beginning of the end for May’s government.

The government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the prime minister’s Brexit plan. This so-called deal has unraveled before our eyes

Shailesh Vara: UK to be stuck in ‘a half-way house with no time limit’

Kicking off Thursday’s string of resignations, Vara didn’t mince words when describing his reservations about the cabinet-stamped Brexit deal.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in a “halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally become a sovereign nation,” his letter of resignation states. Vara went on to warn that the draft agreement leaves a number of critical issues undecided, predicting that it “will take years to conclude” a trade deal with the bloc.

“We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he added.

Dominic Raab: Deal can’t be ‘reconciled’ with promises made to public

Announcing his resignation on Thursday morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

Raab claimed that the deal in its current form gives the EU veto power over the UK’s ability to annul the deal.

No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said that Raab’s resignation as Brexit secretary is “devastating” for May.

“It sounds like he has been ignored,” he told the BBC.

Raab’s departure will undoubtedly encourage other Brexit supporters to question the deal, political commentators have observed.

Esther McVey: Deal ‘does not honor’ Brexit referendum

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey didn’t hold back when issuing her own letter of resignation. According to McVey, the deal “does not honour” the result of the Brexit referendum, in which a majority of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Suella Braverman: ‘Unable to sincerely support’ deal

Suella Braverman, a junior minister in Britain’s Brexit ministry, issued her resignation on Thursday, saying that she couldn’t stomach the deal.

“I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by cabinet,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter.

Suella Braverman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU © Global Look Press / Joel Goodman
Braverman said that the deal is not what the British people voted for, and threatened to tear the country apart.

“It prevents an unequivocal exit from a customs union with the EU,” she said.

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Five Saudis Face Death Penalty Over Khashoggi Killing; Crown Prince Cleared

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime.”



Via Zerohedge

Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to “interrogate” Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had “no knowledge” of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

The charges were handed down after the kingdom dismissed five senior intelligence officers and arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Saudi insider-turned-dissident journalist disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents that would have allowed him to marry his fiance. Khashoggi was a legal resident of Virginia.

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime,” according to CNN.

The prosecutor said that the former Saudi deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, ordered a mission to force Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia and formed a team of 15 people.

They were divided into three groups, the Saudi Public Prosecutor said: a negotiation team, an intelligence team and a logistical team.

It was the head of the negotiating team who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, the prosecutor said.

The Saudis stuck by latest (ever changing) narrative that the Washington Post columnist was killed after a mission to abduct him went awry. The deputy chief of intelligence ordered that Khashoggi be brought back to the kingdom, Shaalan said. The team killed him after the talks failed and his body was handed to a “collaborator” in Turkey, he said.

Asked whether Saud al-Qahtanti, an aide to Prince Mohammed, had any role in the case, Shaalan said that a royal adviser had a coordinating role and had provided information. The former adviser was now under investigation, the prosecutor said, declining to reveal the names of any of those facing charges.

Al-Shaalan did reveal that a total of 21 suspects are now being held in connection with the case. Notably, the decision to charge the 5 comes after National Security Advisor John Bolton repudiated reports that a recording of Khashoggi’s murder made by Turkish authorities suggested that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the murder plot.

But as long as OPEC+ is planning to do “whatever it takes” to boost oil prices, the US’s willingness to give the Saudis a pass could always be tested if crude prices again turn sharply higher.

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U.S. May Impose Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 “Threat” To F-35

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform.

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Authored by Al Masdar News:

Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara’s purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019.

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform, and may impose sanctions against Ankara, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported, citing a high-ranking source in Washington.

“I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue,” the source said.

While admitting that Turkey was a sovereign state and therefore had the right to make decisions on whom it buys its weapons from, the source stressed that from the perspective of these weapons’ integration with NATO systems, the S-400 was “problematic.”

The source also characterized the deployment of S-400s in areas where US F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are set to fly as “a threat,” without elaborating.

Emphasizing that negotiations between Washington and Ankara on the issue were “continuing,” the source said that there were also “positive tendencies” in negotiations between the two countries on the procurement of the Patriot system, Washington’s closest analogue to the S-400 in terms of capabilities.

Designed to stop enemy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 km and altitudes of up to 30 km, the S-400 is currently the most advanced mobile air defense system in Russia’s arsenal. Russia and India signed a ruble-denominated contract on the delivery of five regiments of S-400s worth $5 billion late last month.

Last week, the Saudi Ambassador to Russia said that talks on the sale of the system to his country were ongoing. In addition to Russia, S-400s are presently operated by Belarus and China, with Beijing expecting another delivery of S-400s by 2020.

Washington has already slapped China with sanctions over its purchase of S-400s and Su-35 combat aircraft in September. India, however, has voiced confidence that it would not be hit with similar restrictions, which the US Treasury has pursued under the 2017 Counter America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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