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Homily: Bad Laws in Russia and Pakistan (plus Tweets)

I prepared the tweets for this post yesterday, but then the efforts of the previous few days overcame me. Translation: I spent the remaining three hours of the afternoon asleep! I haven’t looked at Twitter yet today, so some of the tweets may be out of date. However, New Zealand shuts down for three weeks over the Christmas/New Year period and you can’t expect me to break the habits of a... read more

Why the Iran Nuclear Agreement is a Good Deal

The official name of the Iran Nuclear agreement is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. It was signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 between the Islamic Republic of Iran on one side and France, Great Britain, China, Germany, Russia, and the US on the other. The alliance of France, Great Britain, China, Germany, Russia, and the US is known as the “P5 +1”. “P5” refers to the five permanent members of... read more

My Picks for Top Tweets: 14 September 2017

As an atheist, I don’t have much time for religion. There are, of course, many believers who are important people in my life. I even have a god-daughter – despite my atheism her parents consider me to be a person who can be a good example to her. That doesn’t stop me posting multiple tweets attacking religion. It’s the institutions and its leaders I have a problem with. However, I... read more

Russian Orthodox Church Values Are Now the Values of All Russia – and the US Right Too!

There are two threads to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s disruption of Western democracies. One is to make sure that democratic government as a political system appears unstable. Thus, he makes it seem like countries are better off with some form of totalitarian government such as he represents. Putin has been pushing this idea throughout the countries of the former Soviet bloc for some time. A... read more

Putin’s Russia

2016 has been Putin’s year. He has succeeded in much of what he wants. He tells himself it’s about Making Russia Great Again. In reality, it’s about Putin himself. The Russian people are suffering and because of Putin, so are millions of others. And it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Putin and Russia Putin has been the face of Russia since 2000. Since then, he has... read more

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