[ Ed. note – One very important question Americans should ask themselves when trying to assess relations between the US and Russia, and to figure out why certain things are the way they are, is…of the two countries, Russia and America, which currently is moving toward a greater embrace of religious faith? And which is experiencing a lessening of spirituality and moving away from religious beliefs?
The answer, of course, is that the number of those in America who hold religious beliefs, most especially Christians, is dropping. This was the finding in a Pew Research poll released last year. The poll found that between 2007 and 2014, the number of Americans identifying as Christians declined from 78.4% to 70.6%. That’s still a pretty high portion of the population, but it does make for a 7.8% drop.
By Nahida Exiled Palestinian
Home, real home . . . is not of this world
Where only good is seen, evil has no place
Home is the place where there is no hate, no hurt, no harm
No quarrel, no prejudice, no qualm
It is a great picture, and I couldn’t resist sharing it. Christians and Muslims celebrate Eid together in Ramallah, Palestine. Retaining our humanity and getting in touch with our spiritual side is the key to defeating evil.
[ Ed. note – A very interesting article by Robert Parry on the extent to which those who work in mainstream media have become willing to promote wars–wars likely to kill thousands if not millions of people–solely for the sake of holding onto their jobs or climbing up the corporate ladder.
Below are some thoughts on prospects for the coming year from the perspective of several different writes. Views range from the gloomy and grim…to the less grim…to the hopeful…
A poem about seeking God…
This is another excellent documentary from RT on the spiritual awakening taking place in Russia. Valaam Monastery (the name means “high mountain ground”) sits on an island in Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe and the 14th largest freshwater lake in the world. The island on which the monastery sits is also called Valaam, and is located in the northern part of the lake—north of the city of St. Petersburg and east of Russia’s border with Finland.