Tag: Lithuania

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Hill of Crosses

 

The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania is where rebellion and faith meet. Kryžių kalnas, or the Hill of Crosses, is a pilgrimage site north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. It is believed the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising against Russia. Not only crosses and crucifixes, but statues of the Virgin Mary, carvings of Lithuanian patriots and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been placed on the hill by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses on the hill is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.

Photo by By Pudelek (Marcin Szala).

From 1944 to 1990, the decades of Soviet Union domination and occupation, the Lithuanians continued to place crucifixes, crosses, and rosaries on the hill. A reminder of their allegiance to their Catholic faith and their nation. The Russians tried to destroy the site several times by bulldozing and removing crosses. One of the attempts to destroy the site was made as late as 1963, and another was made in 1973.

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Listening to the most recent Newshour program from the BBC World Service, I was bombarded by shellshocked reporters and Eurocrats tearing their hair and beating their breasts about what to do about – you guessed it – the Trumpian Menace. Given the newsreaders’ and reporters’ open sympathies with the EU, one would think “BBC” stands […]

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Do be sure to check out this brilliant, marvelous, incandescently stupendous piece by our very own Messiah of the Moment, Max “I used to be Otto von Bismarck in a previous life” Fisher, in which Fisher explains the Obama Administration’s attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from gobbling up any of the Baltic states. Especially wonderful and heartwarming is Fisher’s tendency to breathlessly explain the principles of deterrence to his audience as though (a) he just learned about those principles and (b) his audience consists exclusively of two-year olds. Consider the following excerpt:

President Obama gave a speech on Wednesday, in a city most Americans have never heard of, committing the United States to possible war against Russia. He said that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a Western military alliance better known as NATO, would fight to defend eastern European members like Estonia against any foreign aggression. In other words, if Russian President Vladimir Putin invades Estonia or Latvia as he invaded Ukraine, then Putin would trigger war with the US and most of Europe.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Violent Weekend

 

Let us begin our tour with a quarrel in a faraway country. As Yahoo Japan reports, “A Vietnamese fishing vessel has sunk after being rammed by a Chinese vessel and the 10 fishermen have been rescued. While Vietnam has not responded yet, the Coast Guard warned “the situation at the site it very tense.”‘

This is not an isolated incident, but rather an escalation of recent tensions. It is most likely a response to last week’s announcement of cooperation between Vietnam and Japan, which followed the Chinese “deploying an oil rig off the Paracel Islands, which Vietnam also claims, leading to physical clashes between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels.”

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