Why is Russia’s church backing Putin’s war?

The JERUSALEM POST

Opinion by Scott Kenworthy: Church-state history gives a clue

By THE CONVERSATION/REUTERS

Published: MARCH 22, 2022

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, conducts a service on Orthodox Christmas at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia January 6, 2018.
(photo credit: MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS)

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has defended Russia’s actions and blamed the conflict on the West.

Patriarch Kirill’s support for the invasion of a country where millions of people belong to his own church has led critics to conclude that Orthodox leadership has become little more than an arm of the state – and that this is the role it usually plays.

The reality is much more complicated. The relationship between Russian church and state has undergone profound historical transformations, not least in the past century – a focus of my work as a scholar of Eastern Orthodoxy. The church’s current support for the Kremlin is not inevitable or predestined, but a deliberate decision that needs to be understood.

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Maasai elders of Ngorongoro District

We are Maasai Elders from Northern Tanzania. Any day now, tens of thousands of our community could be evicted from our ancestral lands to make way for tourism and trophy hunting. Last time Avaaz raised the alarm,the President shelved the plan. So we urgently need you to stand with us again! Global public pressure can change our new President’s mind, but time is running out. Sign now to help us protect our lands!

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Dear friends,

We are Maasai elders from Northern Tanzania. Any day now tens of thousands of our community could be forced off our ancestral lands to make way for elite tourism and trophy hunting.

We urgently need your support.

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Mark Passio, slobodni istraživač, govornik i aktivista, priredio je ovu kratku video prezentaciju na protestu protiv zatvaranja od strane vlasti i obaveznih maski, održanom u Filadelfiji, 6.12.2020.

Krešimir Mišak – Na rubu Znanosti

Anita Kasalo

21. studeni 2021

🔴 Negativna dinamika situacije koju diktiramo osnovom krivih uvjerenja. To je vjerovanje da sam koncept vlasti nad drugima može na bilo koji način biti legitiman.

Vjerovanje u vlast je vjerovanje da neki ljudi imaju više prava od drugih. To je vjerovanje da pojedinci sa punim pravom mogu naređivati drugima. To je vjerovanje da su pojedinci punopravni gospodari, dok drugi imaju moralnu obvezu pokoravati se ovoj gospodarskoj klasi koja sebe naziva vlašću…

Prema bilo kojoj istinitoj definiciji, ono što TO zaista jest JE ROPSTVO‼️

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Religious Conflicts Around the World

Joe Bara

8. listopada 2020.

The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The conflict in Northern Ireland, which has killed thousands, has political and religious roots that are centuries old.

Since the 12th Century constant revolts challenged the often brutal British rule of Ireland, climaxing in the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin.

It sparked a chain of events leading to civil war and partition of the island.

In the south 26 counties formed a separate state, while six counties in the north stayed within the UK.

Over successive decades the Catholic minority there suffered discrimination over housing and jobs, which fuelled bitter resentment.

In modern times the conflict is centred on opposing views of the area’s status.

Some people in Northern Ireland, especially the mainly Protestant Unionist community, believe it should remain part of the United Kingdom.

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What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update

October 12, 2021 • By Matthew Woodall

Copernicus Sentinel captured this image of La Palma island and the ongoing eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, Oct. 10, 2021. (European Space Agency via Twitter @ESA_EO)

We know all too well that disaster can strike at any time, in any place in the world. Some disasters make headlines; others do not. Here at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), we keep an eye on the status of disasters worldwide and compile a list of the ones we’re tracking weekly, along with relevant disaster-related media coverage.

Here’s what we’re watching for the week of Oct. 11, 2021.

New or emerging disasters
Earthquake – Pakistan: A powerful and shallow 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Balochistan region of Pakistan near the town of Quetta on Oct. 6. Homes and other buildings in the region are constructed mainly from mud and other materials that aren’t earthquake-resistant, leading to the collapse of approximately 100 homes while people were sleeping. At least four people were killed in the collapse of a coal mine, while at least 19 more died as a result of the earthquake.

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10 Biggest Natural Disasters Of 2020 That Shook The World Costing Money & Lives

Curly Tales

by Natasha Monteiro December 29, 2020 69155 

The year 2020 is finally coming to an end and thank God for it.  From the most deadly virus ever known to mankind to forest fires and locust swarms,  2020 has sure been the year that our ancestors warned us about. The natural disasters in 2020 brought catastrophic results for millions across nations in 2020. They not only caused thousands of deaths but also tens of billions of dollars in losses. Here are some of the most destructive climate disasters of the year which led to damage worth millions.

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Weather-related disasters increase over past 50 years, causing more damage but fewer deaths


© 2021 World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Published 31 August 2021

Atlas of Mortality of Weather and Climate Extremes

Climate change leads to more extreme weather, but early warnings save lives

A disaster related to a weather, climate or water hazard occurred every day on average over the past 50 years – killing 115 people and causing US$ 202 million in losses daily, according to a comprehensive new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The number of disasters has increased by a factor of five over the 50-year period, driven by climate change, more extreme weather and improved reporting. But, thanks to improved early warnings and disaster management, the number of deaths decreased almost three-fold.

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