EXTREMES OF GOOD AND EVIL ON MOUNT ATHOS

May 28, 2016

“It is true, alas, it is true, that there are many sluggards, gluttons, profligates, and insolent beggars among monks,” says Father Zosima in “The Brothers Karamazov”.

Well, I can now say from personal experience that Zosima fell far short of reality as anyone who reads my legal actions concerning a monastery in northern Greece with a view of Mount Athos (!) can see.

A local middle aged, married, solidly professional man in Larisa told me he was warned not to visit Mount Athos because he might be raped by the monks. His sister visting Ouranopolis was told by a doctor that he had just been called out for an emergency visit to Mount Athos to treat a monk injured in a sex act. On Patmos island I was told monks pay for gay sex with young men in cars.

The general view of the Orthodox clergy is that they are the worst, most avaricious and decadent people in the country.

Time magazine reported in the 1940s that Mount Athos, which sided with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in World War Two, about the plague of homosexuality (not enough visitors at that time, it seems), kidnapping of male children and male prostitutes.

https://scottnevinssuicide.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/the-hitler-icon-how-mount-athos-honored-the-fuhrer/

“An alarming number of monks have taken to smoking, alcohol, even narcotics. And the immemorial escape from celibacy has threatened to become a fever sickening the whole “Great Academy of the Greek Clergy.” The Greek press has stormed about the kidnapping of male children for the monks of Athos, and motorboats carrying male prostitutes are constantly reported chugging into the monastery harbors.”

If you don’t hear about these activities today, it is because the Orthodox church works in league with the police and government to silence anyone who tries to bring charges against them, as my case shows.

Local people tell me anyone who tries to take legal action against the Orthodox church is murdered, and I believe it, in the meantime.

“And yet how many meek and humble monks there are, yearning for solitude and fervent prayer in peace! These are less noticed, or passed over in silence,” says Father Zosima.

“Meanwhile, in their solitude, they keep the image of Christ fair and undefiled, in the purity of God’s truth, from the times of the Fathers of old, the Apostles and the martyrs.”

For just as there are the utterly corrupt, and the utterly depraved among the Orthodox clergy, there are also a few, a very few, saintly people such as the Elder Porphyrios, whose gift of healing enabled thousands of people to recover from illnesses.

http://www.abbamoses.com/porphyriosbio.html

Porphyrios was a monk on Mount Athos, albeit in a small “Skete,” and warned by his “elders” to stay away from other monks.

He became the chaplain at a hospital of Athens where many of his miraculous cures were recorded.

That said, my experience is a warning to anyone not to go to a Greek Orthodox monastery.


IS PUTIN A HYPOCRITE? OR DOES HE REALLY BELIEVE? AND IN WHAT?

May 28, 2016

As Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the service inside the Russian monastery in Athos, it is perhaps churlish to ask just how sincere his belief is.

Is he just interested in boosting his popularity by being seen at a church service? Does he just want to promote an ideological or culturally driven church to supports his political power? Is his preferred type of monk, the fawning sycophant who tried to make out that an encounter between Putin and a donkey on a road was something “miraculous” and divine ly inspired?

Well, by all accounts, Putin is a sincere believer, and likes to tells the story of how he was baptized in secret by his mother in the Soviet era.

And from my chats with Russians visiting monasteries in Greece and with Russian novices, the faith of Russian people should not be underestimated.

Chatting to them, I was remined of the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky and his sprawling, imperfect but every struggling character Father Zosima.

When he is eight years old, Zosima sees rays of light pouring down into church and merging with incense and has a flash of insight.

“I felt a profound new tenderness as I looked around me, and for the first time in my life I consciously received the first seed of the word of God in my soul.”
 
“Whoever does not believe in God will not believe in the people of God. But he who believes in the people of God will also see their holiness, even if he did not believe in it at all before.” Zosima says all of creation creatures “witness to the divine mystery, and ceaselessly enact it.”

 


VALAAM “THE MOUNT ATHOS OF THE NORTH”

May 28, 2016

President Vladimir Putin has arrived at Panteleimonos Monastery, the ‘Russian Monastery’ on Mount Athos with Russian monks only.

The monastery, funded by the Czars, reached its zenith at the end of the 19th century with over 1,000 monks.

After Communism, the monastery declined. The monastery has been recently renovated with funds from Putin’s government.

But while the spotlight is on Athos, let’s not forget the beautiful  Russian monastery complex of Valaam, the so called Athos of the North.

Here in Greece, I have had the opportunity to meet Russian novices and visitors to monasteries. One of them told me she went to visit Valaam regularly. She said it was a stunning place but life there was very hard. Monks are expected to work long, long hours…


PUTIN ARRIVES ON MOUNT ATHOS AS RUSSIA FACES UNPRECEDENTED THREATS

May 28, 2016

Guarded by heavy security, Russian President Valdimir Putin arrived on Mount Athos to take part in celebrations marking 1000 years of the settlement of Russian monks on the peninsula.

Watch live on Ruptly…

https://ruptly.tv/live-event/38181

The Orthodox Church is enjoying a huge revival in contemporary Russia with more than two thirds of the people or 100 million now nominally Orthodox. Greece is also an increasingly popular destination for Russian tourists interested in pilgrimages.

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/05/21/greek-russian-religious-tourism-explores-divine-cooperation/

Putin will be hoping his trip to Athos relayed live on the internet and TV will boost his popularity at home, and also abroad as Russia faces unprecedented challenges and is in search of allies.

The Greek government of Alexis Tsipras has aligned itself with the opponents of Russia, by fostering close relations with Iran, whose policies have helped undermine the price of oil, by setting up a new gas pipeline into southern Europe to bypass Russia and by imposing sanctions on agricultural exports to Russia.

The Russian oil dependent economy has been destabilized by the engineered plunge in oil prices as well as by European sanctions, applied after the Kiev regime, foisted into power with the help of Billionaire George Soros, attacked Eastern Ukraine.

http://www.infowars.com/soros-admits-responsibility-for-coup-and-mass-murder-in-ukraine/

Eastern Ukraine is ethnically Russian, but western mainstream media and the European Union have portrayed the ethnic Russians attempting to defend themselves against a fascist invasion, led by the neo Nazi Azov battalions financed by oligarchs, as the aggressors.

Another acute threat to Russia is the huge build up of Nato troops on Russia’s eastern front.

More than 5,000 tons of U.S. Army Europe ammunition arrived at a port in Germany last week, reports NBC.

“Some 415 containers, with a variety of small arms, combat vehicle ammunition, artillery rounds and similar munitions, were loaded onto trains at the north Germany port of Nordenham and taken to a U.S. Army depot in Miesau.”

The amunnition will be distributed to NATO forces conducting “manoeuvres” along the alliance’ eastern frontier with Russia.

Germany has also boosted its troop numbers and is investing in new tanks and weapons systems.

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ruestungsoffensive-bundeswehr-will-mehr-geld-fuer-kampfpanzer-ausgeben-14246761.html

Soros has urged European countries to take on vast new debt to finance a war against Russia

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/george-soros-eu-must-issue-100bn-bonds-solve-growth-crisis-1454766

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/01/03/soros-eu-soll-fuer-krieg-gegen-russland-neue-schulden-machen/

Globalists are anxious to ignite a third world war to distract attention from the implosion of economies under the private creation of money.

Against this background, Putin will, no doubt, be hoping to soften his image also in the West by appearing as one of the humble “faithful” attending church services and showing homage to the church.
 
In reality, the Russian Orthodox Church is largely subordinate to politics. The current head of the church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Rus’ is considered to be authoritarian and reactionary.

In the past few years, the Russian Orthodox Church has received hundreds of millions of rubles in grants as part of a federal program aimed at “strengthening the unity of the Russian nation”.

The money has been used to renovate churches, Cathedrals and monasteries such as the “Mount Athos of the North” in Valaam.


TSIPRAS REQUIRED TO PASS MORE LEGISLATION TO GET BAILOUT

May 28, 2016

The government has just four days to make changes required by the country’s creditors to the laws voted on in the last few weeks in order for the first review of Greece’s third bailout to be definitively concluded and the process for the disbursement of the sub-tranche of 7.5 billion euros to Athens to begin. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos appeared relatively optimistic on Friday about the outcome of the negotiations.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/209088/article/ekathimerini/business/review-not-quite-finished-yet


WATCH PUTIN’S VISIT TO MOUNT ATHOS ON LIVE TV TOMORROW

May 27, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Athens to day for talks with Alexis Tsipras concerning gas, investments as part of the privatisation programmes and easing the sanctions imposed on Greek farmers for exporting to Russia.

On Saturday, Putin is due to visit the Russian Panteleimon monastery on Mount Athos.

You can watch his visit to Mount Athos live on Russian TV.

http://tsargrad.tv/

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/93631.htm

About 2,300 monks are believed to live on the 335 square miles of the autonomous republic of Mount Athos, which enjoys special tax privileges and whose criminal property dealings helped topple the government of Kostas Karamanlis in 2009.

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2016-05/athos-griechenland-wladimir-putin-kloster-besuch-orthodoxie/seite-2

Supreme Court prosecutor Efstathias Spyropoulou played a key role in the Mount Athos property swap court case. That is same prosecutor who is proven to have helped pervert the course of justice my case and who is now investigating the top judge of the Supreme Court Vassiliki Thanou after bankster Andreas Vgenopoulos filed charges against her.


INFOWARS: AUSTRIAN ELECTION STOLEN FROM CONSERVATIVE POPULIST?

May 27, 2016

Establishment candidate and Green Party Leader Alexander van der Bellen could find that his election to President of Austria is contested on the grounds of fraudulent voting after the official results are published on Wednesday.

The Freedom Party leadership has done its best to ignore the evidence of vote rigging, but popular anger could force them to take action.

http://www.oe24.at/oesterreich/politik/Muss-Van-der-Bellen-jetzt-nochmals-zittern/237302336

http://www.oe24.at/oesterreich/politik/Wahlfaelschung-Strache-legt-nach/237081362

Infowars has reported on the stolen election.

Postal votes opened too early without witnesses in violation of federal law
Paul Joseph Watson – MAY 26, 2016
Austrian Election Stolen From Conservative Populist?

Suggestions that this week’s Austrian presidential election was stolen from the conservative populist who was narrowly defeated by a Green Party leftist are starting to emerge after it was revealed that crucial postal votes that swung the outcome of the race were opened without the presence of electoral officials the night before they should have been in violation of the law.
Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party, labeled “far right” by the media, was widely expected to come out on top in a close contest with his rival, socialist Green Party candidate Alexander van der Bellen.
Hofer was leading Bellen by a small margin before postal votes were counted. However, the socialist managed to pull off a 0.6% swing with the aid of absentee ballots, enabling him to defeat Hofer by a 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent margin.After Freedom Party supporters immediately asserted that the vote count had been rigged, Hofer publicly announced that he was satisfied with the legitimacy of the result and called on his voters to concentrate on helping the party achieve success in the next parliamentary election.
However, evidence soon emerged that bolstered the suspicions of those who thought the election had been stolen.
As Austrian daily broadsheet Die Presse reports today, Interior Ministry spokesman Robert Stein revealed that postal votes were opened and counted on Sunday night in four different districts in Carinthia without the presence of official election witnesses, prompting a complaint from the state’s official Economic and Corruption Prosecutor’s office.
By law, the absentee ballots should only have been opened at 9am on Monday in front of election commission officials. “The outer envelopes of absentee voting cards (had) been opened in advance,” states the report.
In all of the districts in question, Hofer had been leading Bellen before the postal votes were counted.
The socialist won 61.7 percent of postal votes nationwide, but only 55.2 percent in Carinthia. However, it remains to be seen if other examples of potential vote rigging are uncovered.
After initially brushing off suggestions of vote tampering, Hofer and Freedom Party chairman Heinz-Christian Strache are now backing the Interior Ministry’s investigation, with Hofer commenting that there was, “something a little bit strange in the way the postal vote is counted.”
Strache also pointed to inconsistencies in Linz and Waidhofen, where there were more votes cast than residents.
“Although there were only 9,000 people registered to vote in the tiny rural community of Waidhofen and der Ybbs, in Lower Austria, those recording the numbers claimed a voter turnout of 13,000 (149.9 per cent),” reports the Express.
In Linz, 3,580 people registered to allow other people to vote on their behalf, but this translated into a 598 per cent voter turnout.
As the New American’s William F. Jasper highlights, “Regardless of the outcome of the official postal vote fraud investigation, it is clear that the prospect of Norbert Hofer’s presidential run was a matter of great alarm in the higher circles of power inside the European Union.”
Jasper points to comments made by Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, who asserted that the European Union would simply refuse to acknowledge elected officials like Hofer because of their conservative stance.
“The prospect of seeing the far-right win forces me to say that I don’t like them,” Juncker told French newspaper Le Monde. “The Austrians don’t like to hear this but I don’t care: there is no debate or dialogue with the far-right.”
As Breitbart reports, the EU can now exert powers that completely disenfranchise member states if their leaders dare to challenge Brussels’ agenda for a federal euro superstate.
“The Commission can now trigger a “rule of law mechanism” (Article 7 TEU) against nations it perceives as deviating from “the common constitutional traditions of all Member States.” Ultimately, “far-reaching sanctions” can be exerted, and a country can be stripped of all voting rights in the EU and have funding blocked.”
With a populist conservative wave continuing to sweep Europe as a result of the EU’s disastrous economic policies and its support for flooding the continent with millions of Muslim migrants, it would be naive to think that next month’s Brexit vote in the United Kingdom isn’t also at risk of vote fraud.
If the referendum is close, don’t put it past those whose unelected power monopoly relies on Britain staying in the EU to try all manner of dirty tricks in order to swing the vote in their favor.

 


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