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Kazakhstan: strikes and riots rock the regime

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The movement of protest and revolt that has been affecting the country for a week, was triggered by the sudden decision of the authorities to double the price of gas and gasoline; as soon as this announcement protest demonstrations of workers and unemployed began to take place on Sunday morning, January 2, in the oil city of Janaozen, in the west of the country (Mangystau region) (1).

During the day the protest actions (rallies, sit-ins, etc.) spread to the nearby large port city of Aktau to demand the withdrawal of the increases – or the doubling of wages! The next day the protest continued to spread despite the deployment of the police and more and more companies stopped work; social networks broadcast scenes of fraternization between police and protesters. On January 4, although the prefect (the “akim”) and the minister of energy announced a reduction in the price of gas…

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Britain warns Russia over Ukraine

Britain warned Moscow on Thursday that it was working with Western partners on high-impact sanctions targeting Russia’s financial sector should it invade Ukraine. Russia has massed some 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s border and though Moscow says it has no plans to invade its neighbour, President Vladimir Putin has demanded legally-binding guarantees that NATO will not expand further eastwards.

“We will not accept the campaign Russia is waging to subvert its democratic neighbours,”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told parliament.

“They have falsely cast Ukraine as a threat to justify their aggressive stance.”

“Russia is the aggressor here,”

Truss said.

“NATO has always been a defensive alliance.”

Truss said that any further military incursion into Ukraine by Russia would bring “massive consequences, including coordinated sanctions to impose a severe cost on Russia’s interests and economy.”

There are crucial talks this week between Russia and American diplomat. Last week has seen the US and UK threaten severe sanctions on Russia if it does invade Ukraine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned Moscow of “massive consequences” if it continues what he called aggressive actions in Europe. Britain’s Foreign Secretary also used the same language of “massive consequences”. Russia has responded saying it would be a “colossal mistake”.

We do know that eastern Ukraine was once part of Magog. And for this reason it makes sense scripturally for Putin to control this area at the time of the end. We also know in Daniel 11:40 that the king of the south (US/UK) will push (militarily provoke) Russia. It is this push that causes Russia to descend south to Israel. Ukraine might be where the push happens. We watch and await developments.

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.  He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: (Daniel 11:40-41)

Andy Walton

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Risk of accidental war with Russia highest in decades, general warns

A lot of talk about a war beginning soon

Boris Johnson warns Putin against Ukraine invasion

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Additional reading

  1. Russian take-over of Crimea (Our World) = Russian take-over of Crimea (Some View on the World)
  2. Swallowing up Crimea, who is next (Our World)  = Swallowing up Crimea, who is next (Some View on the World)
  3. Christadelphian brothers and sisters in Ukraine
  4. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  5. Russia reacting to attempts to break ‘strategic parity’
  6. Signs of the times – “Ukraine under pressure”
  7. Andy Walton’s Weekly World Watch of October 17 – 23, 2021
  8. Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine update
  9. Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies
  10. Are we shambling into WWIII?
  11. PM warns Vladimir Putin against ‘tragic mistake’ as tensions rise with Ukraine
  12. Britain in talks to sell missiles in first arms deal with Ukraine
  13. President Joe Biden speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin to expect a clarification about the troop build up at the Ukraine border
  14. Russia has ‘no trust’ in Nato over Ukraine
  15. Tensions increase along Ukrainian frontlines amid Russia conflict
  16. Moscow lists demands for defusing Ukraine tensions
  17. Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Russian troop movements
  18. If Russia chooses to fail to de-escalate
  19. Putin and Xi form a new axis against Nato
  20. Looking at 2021 in a nutshell
  21. From a communist country to a capitalist dictatorship
  22. The world on the very brink of conflict

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  1. The Maidan Coup in Kazakhstan Fails
  2. kuleba: Ukraine praises ‘unity’ with West against Russian ‘ultimatums’ – Times of India
  3. The Uninvited Relative Who Just Won’t Leave
  4. Russia holds tank drills near Ukraine
  5. Biden wants to reduce the chance of war in Europe. Putin has other plans – the country
  6. The NATO-Russia council is back after more than two years. At the center of the talks Ukraine and security in Europe
  7. Nato could reinforce in eastern Europe if Ukraine attacked, Jens Stoltenberg says after Russia talks – Times of India
  8. What Does Putin Want and How Does He Plan to Get It?
  9. russia: US Senate Democrats unveil Russia sanctions bill to bolster Ukraine – Times of India

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Andrá Tutto Bene, Everything will be fine!

Throughout 2020 and 2021 people wondered how long their restrictions would take. In many countries doctors and nursers had to give more than their best to save lives. In the health area they were at war, daily fighting this war whose enemy is invisible.
For them, there is this message.

We keep praying for all those involved to help people to survive this crisis.

As citizens, we can all do our best to stay safe by keeping to the Corona measures. Let us not forget all those health workers and in respect of them stay protected at home stay.

Andrá Tutto Bene, Everything will be fine!

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Hungary’s unprecedented attack on LGBT & free press

Dear friends –

Earlier this year, my government rolled out an unprecedented attack on LGBT+ lives, like mine.

Hungary’s anti-LGBT+ legislation bans any content, from TV and movies to books or even flyers, that features queer characters and could be seen by minors.

The impact has been devastating. LGBT+ people like me are viewed not only as second-class citizens, but as people who should be ashamed, hidden away, silenced, and punished, just because of who we are.

But something positive also happened this year. And that’s YOU.

As soon as this hateful attack was launched, my organization, Budapest Pride, partnered with All Out on a global campaign urging the European Union to take action and require Hungary to change its course. So far, over 91,000 people have signed the petition.

But we can’t stop now. We’re gearing up for a huge continuation of this fight in 2022 when we will broaden our strategy against Hungary’s hateful laws.

 

Viki
Budapest Pride

STILL HERE, STILL FIGHTING BACK!

Imagine being thrown in jail, just for who you love. Or being tortured because people think you have a disease that needs “curing.” Every day, this is happening to LGBT+ people all over the world.

The good news is that together, we can stop it.

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All Out is a global movement of ordinary people around the world coming together for a common cause: lifting up the dignity, freedom, and safety of LGBT+ people, Together, we are powerful.

All Out connects local to global and global to local. We place value on connecting hundreds of thousands of individual citizens to the frontline of the global struggle for LGBT+ rights. We enable strong ties of solidarity. We are accountable to our supporters for the time and money they invest. We are accountable to frontline activists to deliver campaigns transparently and based on their priorities.

A global backlash of bigotry is underway, attempting to reverse our human rights, erase our families and challenge our right to be who we want to be and love who we want to love.

All Out

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Boris Johnson warns Putin against Ukraine invasion

Boris Johnson has told President Putin that any invasion of Ukraine would have “significant consequences” as Russia warned conflict was inevitable if Nato continued its expansion toward its borders. In a phone call Johnson told Putin that the UK was committed to Ukraine’s “territorial integrity and sovereignty” and that any “destabilising action” by Russia would be met with a united response from the West.

In Moscow Russia’s deputy foreign minister gave the Kremlin’s first explicit warning of military action, amplifying tensions with Ukraine.

“A lack of progress towards a political-diplomatic solution would mean that our response will be military and military-technical,”

Sergei Ryabkov told the state news agency RIA Novosti.

“There will be confrontation. There’s no trust in Nato as an alliance. We’re no longer playing these kinds of games and don’t believe in Nato’s assurances.”

Last week it was president Biden warning Putin of severe sanctions if he decided to invade Ukraine. This week it is the turn of the UK prime minister Boris Johnson to phone Putin. He has given the same warnings. Boris Johnson said there would be an “extremely tough package” of sanctions and that NATO forces would build in the “periphery” of Ukraine if needed before saying such a decision would be “catastrophic” for everyone involved. The European Union is ready to scale up its sanctions and take “unprecedented measures” against Russia if it shows further aggression towards Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

Daniel 11 says that the king of the south (US/UK) will push (militarily provoke) Gog – the king of verse 36-39 of the same chapter. Ukraine could be where the push comes.

Thus shall he [Gog] do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he [Gog] shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he [Gog] shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.  And at the time of the end shall the king of the south [US/UK] push at him [Gog]: (Daniel 11:39-40)

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My perspective: Virtual v Physical church attendance

After several months having the churches being closed, people now allowed again to meet in small circles (with the Covid Safe Ticket or Pass) every individual should check for himself or herself and should examine for the family if it would already be safe to go to gatherings, be it for relaxation, Bible study or church service.

Going to “the grocery store, the restaurants, the beauty shop, the office, the classroom, the gym, and the doctor” is something totally different than going to a church, where people are sitting close together and normally also would sing and say prayers together in an enclosed space making it very easy for a virus to spread.

When people go to the supermarket, they are only limited by the amount of people allowed per square metre, and as such have to follow the red and green light indications or the stewards allowing only the right amount of people entering the wide space. To enter the shops only a regulated amount of people per square metre is allowed and often only two at a time, plus always with a mouth mask.

To go to a café, snackbar or restaurant a person has to have the Covid Safe Ticket or Pass and the same regulation is there for other places (as churches) and events.

For going to a gp or doctor one must make an appointment and maximum two people are allowed in the waiting room, which should be ventilated and normally is spacey enough to receive much more people than two.

For going to church there is in many cases no controlling system, though there should be someone at the door asking and checking your CST.

Worship and Bible class are not simply about our being fed spiritually and matters that can be done on our own or via online meetings. Such online meetings can never take in the place of an actual real-life meeting. But we must be fully aware of the present conditions and dangers for each other when coming together in real life.
For every follower of Christ and every lover of God the gathering between all members of the faith community should be very important and not negligible. But, and a great But, we should be fully aware of the situation.

We must consider one another to stimulate unto love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24), and that the best way to do that would be in connection with assembling together (Heb. 10:25), but this also can be done by going in conversation online by the present technical progress. There are Zoom, Jitsi a.o. to have interaction when meeting online.

That people would stay away from the assembly in present times does not mean that they would be less religious or would have abandoned their faith. It is essential to protect the own health as well as the health of others. This can mean that we still have to wait sometime before coming together in real-time and/or real life.

Our relationship with God and with His beloved son shall not be less or of less value. It is from the depth of our heart that the love for God should rise above all our present limitations.

 

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Ideas about Religiosity

May we have doubts

Religious Resistance against vaccination

Covid-19 update | Covid Safe Ticket

New rules in Belgium to stop the spread of coronavirus

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Additional reading

  1. Christian in Christendom or in Christianity
  2. Daily thought for July the 8th and the Summer months
  3. Not created to be on our own
  4. No time yet to relax the CoViD-19 restriction measures
  5. Fourth wave of COVID-19 a pandemic of the unvaccinated
  6. According to Pew Most White Evangelicals Don’t Think COVID-19 is a Medical Crisis
  7. Did the first followers of Jesus have ‘church’
  8. Priorities for our Christadelphian community and for the spreading of Good News
  9. Worship

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  1. Get Back to Church
  2. Is church attendance linked to higher rates of coronavirus?
  3. Enjoying Christian Fellowship
  4. Church attendance is often a distraction from biblical Christianity
  5. Normal Christian Doctrine Explained: Church Attendance
  6. Three good reasons to come back to church
  7. Millions skipped church during pandemic; will they return?
  8. No Family Is Too Busy for Church by Desiring God
  9. Why are people attending church less frequently?
  10. Why We’re Not Going Back to Church

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This post is dedicated to all the virtual churchgoers like myself and those who are still unsure about whether it is best to worship virtually or physically in a church every Sunday. If this is the first time reading any of my blog posts and you want a straight answer, then please don’t proceed because this post is meant to get you thinking to find the answer within yourself.

Prior to COVID, I wouldn’t say I was a consistent church goer. If there was an attendance register, I am sure I would be called to ask why I get in late or why I have been absenting myself from church. COVID however resulted in a lot of churches going online because of physical safety restrictions so I guess I found it very convenient to wake up and have church right in the comfort of my living room.

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Thought on the birthday of an encyclopaedia

I have always been interested in the “what, how and why” of things and wanted to find out more about certain things or events.

Stimulated by the subjects we had in our formation as dancers, we had a class for each subject: history of ballet (or theatrical dance), history of music, history of culture and history of costumes. Though the practical classes were the most important, I loved those courses and later in life I also went studying anthropology.

Whilst I was a dancer I was interested in what went on all over the world and about ballet or theatrical dance (musical, classical and contemporary ballet or dance) I collected dance magazines and newspaper cuttings which after some years became the basics for my Dance Archive, which I gave out of my hand after my serious car accident in 1987, to the Flemish Theatre Institute.

When I was made redundant and I had to go into retirement, I was forced to find another job to provide for my family. In addition to this paid work, I continued to work (unpaid) for my church community and focused on tackling different topics on several blogs.

But by getting older, I noticed that my brain was failing me and that I had to resort to encyclopaedias even more than before to verify facts and dates.

Encyclopaedia means a system or classification of the various branches of knowledge, and whether under the name of “dictionary” or “encyclopaedia” large numbers of reference works have been published and are luckily at my disposal.

A lot has changed since the first alphabetical encyclopaedia was written in English in a work of a London clergyman, John Harris (born about 1667, elected first secretary of the Royal Society on the 30th of November 1709, died on the 7th of September 1719), Lexicon technicum, or an universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, London, 1704, fol., 1220 pages, 4 plates, with many diagrams and figures printed in the text. Such alphabetical order makes it so handy to search for things.

Hannah Ashlyn (or Hanashlyn) Krynicki also looks at such works that function as a second brain for us. She writes:

The Encyclopaedia is basically like the internet. It is a slave that reminds me of random useless things and keeps track of all the details that I would otherwise forget.

What should I do with this epic battle scene that didn’t make the cut? Encyclopaedia. Where did I record the laws of succession for Agran? Encyclopaedia. How much older was Sardar than Elkay? Encyclopaedia. {Why I Wrote an Encyclopaedia (and Maybe You Should, Too)}

This 1921 advertisement for the Encyclopedia Americana suggests that other encyclopedias are as out-of-date as the locomotives of 90 years earlier.

Regarding the dance, I had a huge deck of cards with thousands of cards arranged alphabetically. Everything was easy to find in there. But now that all those files have been removed from the house and are accessible to the general public in a specialised library, I have to start my search again at home.

Because everything changes so quickly, some dictionaries and encyclopaedia had to be replaced (or better: supplemented) by more recent contemporary editions. Otherwise, we will very quickly become out of date and unable to keep up with all the new inventions and events.

For lots of writers it is a blessing that we now have the internet to do searches, but to save time we need still those dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

Krynicki her encyclopaedia saves her from having to re-do the same research over and over or scramble through a heap of sticky notes to find where she wrote my main character’s birth year.

Having all the information written down and organized in a place where I can easily find it allows me to focus on writing the actual novel. {How to Stay Organized as a Writer}

This way we, who want to write, need to have our own system next to the provision of printed reference works, dictionaries and encyclopaedia.

Please find out how I find my way in this world of so much printed and published material on the net. > 253 years ago the first edition of my favourite encyclopaedia was published

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A lot of talk about a war beginning soon

Today thirty years ago: 1991: Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus signed an agreement to form the Commonwealth of Independent States in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union.

Thirty years later: Western powers have called on Russia to lower tensions with Ukraine.

Responding to fears of a Russian invasion, Mr Biden agreed with leaders of the UK, France, Germany and Italy to use “all the tools at their disposal”.

The present-day definition of Donbas or Donbass a historical, cultural, and economic region in south-eastern Ukraine overlapping territories of Sloboda Ukraine

Moscow denies it has plans to attack but said that Nato expansion into Eastern Europe risked plunging the world into a “nightmare” of military confrontation and accused Ukraine of sending more than 100,000 troops to its Donbas conflict zone. Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, issued the warning before talks in Stockholm yesterday with Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, on the spiralling crisis over Ukraine. “The alliance’s military infrastructure is being irresponsibly brought closer to Russia’s borders in Romania and Poland, deploying an anti-missile defence system that can be used as a strike complex,” Lavrov, 71, said. “American medium-range missiles are about to appear in Europe, bringing back the nightmare scenario of a military confrontation.” President Putin has warned that he will train Russia’s new hypersonic weapons on western countries if Nato moves a missile defence shield into Ukraine.

There is a lot of talk about a war beginning soon.
Both sides are not only upping the rhetoric but also their actions against each other. Ukraine sits on the border between east and west. Russia wants it in “the east” under its control – Nato says it is up to the country itself to decide if it wants to join “the west”. Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato chief, issued a stark rebuke to Russia this week, saying:

“It’s only Ukraine and 30 Nato allies that decide when Ukraine is ready to join Nato. Russia has no veto, Russia has no say and Russia has no right to establish a sphere of influence to try to control their neighbours.”

These words will infuriate Putin as he sees the collapse of the Soviet Union as the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th Century. The Bible says that Gog will be pushed into coming down to Israel. Ukraine might be that push…

[Gog] will greatly honour those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.  “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. (Daniel 11:40 NLT)

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UNHCR recommends measures for strengthening security and refugee protection

A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy

We and the other – unitary idealism and tribalism

Risk of accidental war with Russia highest in decades, general warns

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Additional reading

  1. “If Perestroika Fails…”: The Last Summer of the Cold War – June-July 1991.
  2. Mother of Ukraine or Crimea
  3. Battling Borshct in Ukraine
  4. Mastery from Kiev, Ukraine
  5. Ukrainians should be free to shape the future of their country
  6. When Crimean people made their choice
  7. Crimea votes overwhelmingly to join Russia
  8. A Plan spoken of in long past times
  9. 70 years later
  10. Russian take-over of Crimea
  11. Swallowing up Crimea, who is next
  12. East Europe in 2017
  13. Signs of the times – “Ukraine under pressure”
  14. Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine update
  15. Estonia 2021 update
  16. Andy Walton’s Weekly World Watch of October 17 – 23, 2021
  17. Britain in talks to sell missiles in first arms deal with Ukraine
  18. Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies
  19. Iranian nuclear programme geared towards creating a bomb
  20. Russia taking full advantage of energy crisis in Europe
  21. Russia reacting to attempts to break ‘strategic parity’
  22. Germany blocks Nord Stream 2 pipe from Russia
  23. Russia not wanting it neighbours countries to cooperate with the West
  24. Russia not wanting it neighbours countries to cooperate with the West
  25. President Joe Biden speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin to expect a clarification about the troop build up at the Ukraine border
  26. Tensions increase along Ukrainian frontlines amid Russia conflict
  27. Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Russian troop movements

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  1. Of Wretched Little Puppets of America Between Mittleuropa and Greater Russia
  2. Realnaya Gazeta: Life in limbo for Donbas media
  3. Ukraine’s president visits Donbass as tension mounts with Russia
  4. Ukraine denies it is ‘preparing to attack Donbas’
  5. German Chancellor Merkel Demands Putin Pull Back Troops From Flashpoint Border As War Between Russia And Ukraine Seems Imminent
  6. Russia Amassing 100,000 Troops At The Border Of Ukraine
  7. Ukrainian President Reminds Biden And U.S. Of Promise To NATO As Tensions Escalate With Russia
  8. (Ukraine) President Volodymyr Zelensky to hold a crisis summit after days of bloody escalations in the war-torn Donbass region, insisting it hasn’t actually been invited to take part #AceNewsDesk report
  9. March to War or Annexation?
  10. Donbas Conflict Deepens: imperialist interests and working-class politics
  11. President Volodymyr Zelensky has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to “meet anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbas, where there is a war.” #AceNewsDesk report
  12. Ukrainian leader calls for revamp of peace process to end Donbas war
  13. Ukraine’s president orders aide to arrange talks with Putin
  14. Warmongers
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  16. Writing Through Ukraine’s War: ‘Absolute Zero’ and ‘Grey Bees’
  17. 08/31/21 Antiwar: Biden Pledges $60 Million in Military Aid to Ukraine
  18. Tskhinvali Leader in Donbas: “We Fight for Russian World”
  19. The Border Crisis Is Just The Beginning

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Why haven’t you ended the pandemic

 

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Freedom for whom?

 

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on, one thing is emminently clear to politicians, scientisits, business leaders and the public at large: mass vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic, and thus the only way out of the cycle of restrictions that have been imposed on our lives. Most people can see this, and thus most people in Britain have already gotten vaccinated at this point. But of course, not every country is as fortunate to have vaccination rates as high as ours.

In Austria, which has among the lowest vaccination rates in Europe at 42%, has recently become the first country in Europe to make it mandatory for all eligible citizens to recieve the Covid vaccine. In the US, only about 59% of the population has been vaccinated, which sounds fine until you remember that a large and vocal part of the population resists the idea…

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