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Obama held a little unusual “State of the Union” speech  the other day, as he looked ahead, and challenged Americans not to fear the future.

Putin, giving an interview to the German magazine “Bild“, prefers to look backwards and talk about “what mistakes the West has made over the past twenty-five years.” It is, according to him, perhaps above all, that they did not take advantage of the opportunity, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to really overcome the division in Europe. Russia has also made mistakes, he says, by not having, in sufficient time, announced about their national interests…

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Now, twenty-five (26) years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with diverse sanctions from the West together with a russian effort to as much as possible escape influences from the west, at least some western stars remain over the russian-speaking cultural sphere. The movie “Star Wars” is said to have  rather high visitor numbers in Russia, and the creator of the song “Starman” – David Bowie –  is, after his death, certainly not exalted the way he is in western media, but a crowd of Bowie fans are said to have stood and sung his songs outside the British Consulate in St. Petersburg, while an awesome snow-storm whirled around their heads.

Let’s move forward in the new year 2016,  hoping that we may escape the great Jabba…

Wars and conflicts between “apes” and “men” are fought over the world in different places – Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and other countries – somehow dependant on where and how your prejudices are established. The role of media, and social media, is not to be underestimated.
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Facebook earning was beating expectations” – congratulation Mr. Zuckerberg ! /BBC, Time 

But isn’t  it a big question if Facebook and other IT-companies will not lose the russian public while sanctions are applied by the western powers, against Russia?

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Facebook drowning in the Black Sea? No, for heaven’s sake !

Not long ago representatives for both Twitter and Facebook – Twitter first  –  visited Moscow to speak with representatives for “Roscomnadzor”, that is to say the russian Board that  watches over electronic communications.

The Facebook delegation that later visited Russia “didn’t want  information about their meeting with ‘Roscomnadzor’ to become public”.

Izvestiya, nevertheless, made it public. In Russia.

New laws have recently  been written and adopted there, which might have inspired the deputy director of “Roscomnadzor”  to give the harsh message, that the Board he represents “.. tomorrow, within a few minutes, can block Facebook and Twitter in Russia“.

Also a part of Mr. Putins cherished “strategic balance” in the world ?

 

(Mostly russian articles linked in this post)
Try to get any idea of what is happening in the eastern regions of Ukraine!
I’ve looked at a few headlines today. What information can you trust?
It is clear that there is a giant question how Ukraine will survive the winter without Russian gas .
Or if not the Communist Party, in fact, should be brought to a ” Nürnberg “tribunal.

But an article in ” Pravda Ukrainskaya ” was dedicated to a pastor – unknown to me before I read this –  who has gone in to rescue people from the fighting in Slovyansk, and after the city was taken over by the Ukrainian army a few days ago, to supply it with food:

The story of the shepherd who saved his flock – about Petr Dudnik that do not divide people into “us” and “them”, but consider everybody as “us”.
The main transit point for refugees is located in Izjum, a city in the Kharkiv region, just north of Slovyansk . Here, on “Church Road”, at a building over which a plate with the words “The Good News The Parish” is set, buses regularly  drive with people who have decided to leave their homes. “When the militia placed a machine gun right on my property, then I understood that it is time to leave” – said a woman that has come from Slovyansk. “- They asked us nothing. And we said nothing. If you say something, then they directly send you to dig ditches.” The retired Galina holding a Pekingese in a leash and cries loudly. Two of her sons have gone from Slovyansk to Russia, and left her alone. Now they are prepared to send the woman to Zaporozche. “I do not want to go anywhere”, – complains the old woman with tears – “There is my home … maybe I will go back there right away.”

DudnikPetr Dudnik, who is pastor of “The Good News” (with background among initiative-baptists – “initiativniki” ) in Slovyansk, and one of those who have formed the charity fund “Sail of Hope”, shrugs.
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