sexta-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2020

Vídeos: Em Tempos de Coronavirus, Turquia Solta Refugiados na Europa

Um dos países mais afetados pelo  Coronavirus no mundo é o Irã (mais de 200 mortos até agora). O Irã tem presença expressiva na Síria, além de iraquianos, paquistaneses e marroquinos.

Recentemente, 33 soldados turcos, que estão na Síria, foram mortos em um ataque aéreo. Dizem que foram as forças aéreas russas, mas a Turquia acusa o governo da Síria. Combater a força aérea russa é mais complicado, não é mesmo?

Em todo caso, por causa disso, ou aproveitando isso, o governo da Turquia resolveu abrir as portas da fronteira com a Síria e deixar que centenas de refugiados avancem para a Europa em tempos da epidemia do Coronavirus. O repórter do vídeo acima diz que a Turquia quer forçar a Europa a combater o governo sírio. Mas acho que ele não conta a história toda

É o pesadelo europeu. Europa paga milhões para que a Turquia segure os refugiados. Pesadelo que vem junto com um vírus letal.

Bom, não se pode esperar que o governo do ditador Erdogan seja bonzinho, né Europa? Afinal, não é boa chance de destruir a economia e a vida nos países europeus com o vírus?

Aliás, se a história ensinou alguma coisa na Europa é que não se pode confiar na Turquia.

Vejam abaixo reportagem e vídeos do Zero Hedge abaixo:

European Nightmare As Turkey "Opens The Gates" On Refugees While Covid-19 Ravages Nearby Iran

As coronavirus ravages Iran and threatens to spread through the broader Middle East, potentially hitting refugee and war-torn populations hardest, it appears Erdogan is now making good on prior threats to "open the gates" of a flood of refugees on Europe. On Friday top Turkish officials were quoted as saying Turkey has no choice but to "loosen" its stance on the some 3.4 million refugees it is hosting.

This was the immediate, and perhaps predictable reaction, to Thursday's dramatic escalation involving the deaths of some 33 Turkish soldiers in Idlib via airstrike, in the single deadliest day for Turkey in Syria throughout the entirety of the war. Widespread early reports said it was a Russian strike, but in a sign that Ankara doesn't want to confront the more formidable Russian Air Force, it has blamed Syrian forces. 

Turkey has announced it has opened its until now sealed border with Idlib for at least 72 hours, and will allow unhindered passage of refugees to Europe

Turkish TVs broadcast footages showing migrants are boarding boats off Turkish coast, departing to Greek islands

So it begins, as Middle East Eye reports
Turkey will open its southwestern border with Syria for 72 hours to allow Syrians fleeing the pro-government forces' assault free passage to Europe, Turkish official sources have told Middle East Eye.
The decision came after a security meeting chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara late on Thursday after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in Syria's Idlib province.
A senior Turkish official said on Thursday that Syrian refugees headed towards Europe would not be stopped either on land or by sea.
The European Union is downplaying the fact that crowds of Syrian refugees have already been seen en route to Greece via land borders as well as the Aegean Sea.
Buses in Istanbul were filmed providing transport to refugees and migrants to the Bulgarian and Greek borders. 
Refugees gathered in Fatih, Istanbul, today after 5 buses brought by Turkey already left toward the Greek/Bulgarian border. Syrians know they are being used, but they don't care. They want to live without fear.

An EU spokesman was quoted in Reuters as downplaying the potential "flood" from Turkey coming: "I would like to stress that there was no official announcement from the Turkish side about any changes in their asylum seeker, refugee or migrant policy," the spokesman for the EU's executive said. "So from our point of view the EU-Turkey statement ... still stands and we expect Turkey to uphold its commitments."
But the reality on the ground may quickly prove these words moot: 
Al Jazeera's John Psaropoulos, reporting from Athens, said the situation was "a European nightmare" as "the floodgates [are] being opened".
As European officials mull whether this is but more of Erdogan's threats or perhaps an early "taste" of what's to come, or whether the flood has begun, Greece and Bulgaria have begun taking action, bolstering patrols along border areas with Turkey.
If you are a refugee in Turkey, this is what you are watching the whole day on TV.

Live coverage with a clear message: borders are open to go to Europe.

"Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Turkey have begun preparing to travel towards the country’s borders with Greece and Bulgaria after Ankara’s sudden decision to no longer impede their passage to Europe," The Guardian  reports early Friday.
"Turkish police, coastguard and border security officials were ordered to stand down overnight on Thursday, Turkish officials briefed reporters," the report adds.
Greece appears to be responding by completely shutting any Turkish border access point to any and all traffic. 
Buses line up in Istanbul to take refugees to European borders, via Al-Akhbar.

nd further, according to The Guardian: "Turkish news agency Demirören showed footage of what it said was 300 people, including women and children, walking on highways and through forested land in north-west Turkey towards the EU border early on Friday. Syrians, Iranians, Iraqis, Pakistanis and Moroccans were among those in the group, it said."
The WHO is especially concerned of an outbreak among refugee populations in war-torn regions of Iraq and Syria. 
"Refugees and internally displaced populations across Iraq and Syria have been identified as the most vulnerable groups in the region, should the spread of the virus become a pandemic," The Guardian reports of recent statements. 
"Health officials in both countries remain under-equipped to deal with such a a reality that seems more possible with each passing day," the report added.

Sprawling and densely packed "tent cities" of refugees along the border areas of Syria remain the most vulnerable. 

Needless to say, we now have a dual crisis unfolding that's indeed even more of a "nightmare" for Europe and the world than many could have predicted: a refugee flood, borders being opened, and the global threat of Covid-19.

Artigos: Heréticos da Semana. Eles Morreram, Mas as Heresias Não.

Charles Coulombe escreve semanalmente uma coluna chamada Heretic of the Week, no jornal The Catholic Herald. É muito interessante para conhecer o pensamento teológico herético de gente que influenciou e influencia muita gente. E assim a pregação herética deles continua a se alastrar. A morte deles não significou a morte de suas heresias.

Esta semana,  o herético é o ex-presidente dos Estados Unidos que era fiel da Igreja Anglicana, mas não acreditava em Cristo, nem na Trindade, nem em um Deus pessoal (era um deísta) e chegou a publicar sua própria Bíblia, excluindo as partes que não gostava.

Além de Thomas Jefferson, eu vou colocar aqui três heréticos famosos que Coulombe já descreveu no seu site: Arthur Conan Doyle (escritor famoso por Sherlock Holmes que virou um fanático espírita, crente em espírito e em médiuns, depois de ter sido maçom, apesar de ter sido criado católico); René Guénon (um espiritualista famoso que via o Islã como a religião ideal, depois de ter passado por muitas seitas e tendências, inclusive depois de ter trabalhado com católicos como Jacques Maritain, que quis incluir os livros de Guénon entre os livros proibidos); Maximilien Robespierre (um dos líderes da Revolução Francesa, que criou sua própria religião para afastar o cristianismo da França, o Culto do Ser Supremo, que era um aditivo do Culto da Razão, criado pelos radicais franceses, que tentava destruir tudo de católico e cristão na França).

Há muitos mais no site de Coloumbe, pesquisem.

1) Thomas Jefferson

Heretic of the week: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) is a world-renowned figure. Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence, ambassador, first secretary of state, third president of the United States, founder of the University of Virginia, inventor, farmer – the list goes on. To this day, his Virginia plantation, Monticello, is a shrine of sorts. But what is less well known (and our current interest) are the religious beliefs of the famed statesman.
On one level, Jefferson was a conventional Anglican/Episcopalian, as was expected in the planter class into which he was born. Baptised, married, and buried with Anglican rites, he never belonged to any other denomination, and was a vestryman of his home parish. He was a regular worshipper at churches of that denomination in Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Philadelphia and Washington.
But that attendance was about as far as his adherence to the Church of England or its American daughter went. His theology was very different from that of either high church or low church in his day or ours.
Jefferson first began to doubt conventional Christianity while a student at Williamsburg’s William and Mary College. Deism, with its rejection of Christ’s divinity, the Trinity, miracles and indeed any kind of a personal God, was very much in the air.
In time Jefferson came to absorb all of these denials, save the last (to some degree).
He came to believe that most of Christianity was a sort of Platonism grafted on to what he considered the “primitive religion of Jesus” – primarily to benefit the priesthood; for this reason, he conceived a particular hatred of Catholicism and a suspicion of most clerics of any kind. In 1820 he published a Bible of his own, with all the miraculous elements of the Gospels excised, calling himself Unitarian (though he never joined a Unitarian church).

2) René Guénon

Heretic of the week: René Guénon

René Guénon (1886-1951) was a fallen-away Catholic and convert to Islam who is seen as father of the “Traditionalist” school – which in this context means that all existing religions are equally good and valid inheritors of a single primeval faith. This is more authentically reflected in some religions than in others – and for Guénon, at best in Islam.
Born in Blois to a Catholic family, Guénon went to Paris to study. There he fell in with members of the 19th and early 20th century Occult revival in that city, becoming (and falling out of favour with) successively a Martinist, Gnostic and Freemason.
Guénon then began to study Theosophy and Hinduism – writing several books on the latter, in one of which he critiqued the former, as well as modern materialism.
This led to a period in the 1920s of collaboration with such Catholics as Jacques Maritain and Louis Charbonneau-Lassay – going so far as to write articles for the
latter’s journal, Regnabit, based in Paray-le-Moniale.
Charbonneau-Lassay saw traces in other world religions of the original Revelation from whence Judaism and then Catholicism had sprung; but for him these were to be used to draw people to the One True Faith. For Guénon, however, Catholicism fell short of being a genuine conduit – which led not only to a break with his Catholic friends (Maritain tried to have his work put on the Index of Forbidden Books), but to his own conversion to Islam and subsequent emigration to Cairo. There he died.
René Guénon has been a controversial figure, exercising great influence on such scholars of comparative religion as Huston Smith and philosophers including Frithjof Schuon. The whole idea of being “spiritual, but not religious” might be seen as a result of his work, though he probably would have disapproved. 

3) Arthur Conan Doyle

Heretic of the week: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a physician and writer, renowned for creating the immortal detective Sherlock Holmes. Less well known is his religious journey, which took him from Catholicism to some very odd places. Born in Edinburgh to a Catholic family (his father was English of Irish descent; his mother was a native of Ireland), his father’s alcoholism shadowed family life, and the senior Doyle would die in an asylum.
Wealthy uncles arranged for Arthur to be sent to Stonyhurst, the elite Jesuit public school; he had unpleasant memories of the place. He was then sent for the 1874-75 school year to the Stella Matutina school – likewise Jesuit – in Austria. From there he returned home to study at the University of Edinburgh medical school, graduating in 1881. He lost his faith soon after he was no longer under the influence of his mother.
In 1882, as his medical practice floundered, Doyle began fiction writing in earnest. Four years later – basing his creation on Joseph Bell, a professor under whom he had studied – he introduced Holmes to the world.
But while Holmes shared Bell’s profound scientific scepticism, Doyle most assuredly did not. In 1887, he became a Freemason and started on his own course of psychical research, investigating hauntings and séances – and coming away very much convinced. By 1893 he was a spiritualist, joining the Society of Psychical Research and later the Ghost Club – breaking with both later because of their refusal to accept spiritualism and their condemnation of certain mediums as frauds.
After World War I he became a missionary for his new creed, defended numerous spurious mediums, and broke with Harry Houdini over the issue. Doyle defended in particular the Cottingley Fairies, an egregious fraud involving faked photos of “fairies”.

4) Robespierre 

Heretic of the week: Maximilien Robespierre

Most people think of Robespierre (1758-1794) simply as a bloody-handed mass murderer. But there was another side to the master of the Terror.
Born in Arras to a family of the minor nobility, when he was 11 he received a scholarship from his bishop, Hilaire de Conzié, to study at the prestigious Collège Louis-le-Grand in Paris, followed by four years at the university there.
Upon his graduation in 1781, Robespierre’s episcopal benefactor made him a judge. What the reverend gentleman did not know was that his protégé’s admiration of classicism during his schooldays had turned him into an admirer of the Roman Republic; nor did he know that the young jurist had become a disciple of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Although the bishop appointed Robespierre a judge, the latter soon resigned to avoid giving death sentences, and became a defence attorney.
Robespierre’s subsequent rise and fall as leader of the Jacobins and then France is well known – along with his attacks on the Church. What is less well known, perhaps, is his attempt to create a cult to replace Catholicism. Already a Cult of Reason had been created, which sought to displace the Church with worship of the abstract principle. But Robespierre believed with Rousseau that a god of some sort was necessary to encourage the people on the path of virtue: the deity would be the mainstay of the state. So the Cult of the Supreme Being was inaugurated on June 8, 1794, with a huge ceremony in Paris. Robespierre presided over the proceedings, “with feathers on his hat, and fruit and flowers in his hands”.
Many witnesses at the time and historians since have speculated that this spectacle contributed to the subsequent overthrow and murder of the great man himself. In any case, his religion died with him, and Napoleon banned it; there have been no attempts to revive it.

quinta-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2020

Um Projeto que Falhou: Educação de Garotos por Professoras e entre Garotas.

Anthony Esolen, autor de livros sobre educação, sobre poesia, sobre catolicismo, escreveu nesta semana para a revista Crisis Magazine sobre o avanço do feminismo na educação de garotos, especialmente no aspecto de termos muitas professoras ensinando garotos junto com garotas. Isso ocorre até em escolas militares, hoje em dia.

Faltam homens nas famílias cuidando de seus filhos e também faltam homens ensinando garotos.

Não se pode negar que o mundo (especialmente o mundo ocidental) está muito mais efeminado.

Sempre vale muito à pena ler Esolen, recomendo qualquer livro dele.

Aqui vai parte do texto dele:

Why Boys Are Failing

When he was 13 years old, a mere boy was effectively the American ambassador to Russia, in Saint Petersburg. This was because the lad was fluent in French while his nominal superior, the ambassador himself, was not. The boy had already, at his father’s instruction, translated works of Plutarch from Greek and poems by Horace from Latin. His name was John Quincy Adams.
When Gian Carlo Menotti was 11 years old, he wrote his first opera, both the libretto and the music: The Death of Pierrot. You may know him for his popular opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. His first formal training in music came when he entered the Milan Conservatory, at age 12.
When he was 14 years old, Srinivasa Ramanujan discovered the general solution to quadratic equations (those of the form ax^4 + bx^3 + cx^2 + dx + e = 0), which had evaded mankind until 1540. Without formal instruction, the boy had already mastered college level mathematics. In this respect, as in his deeply religious sensibility, he was like Pascal—who, according to his sister, played with conic sections when he was a small child.
Where are these boys now?
I draw a conclusion that never occurred to me when I was younger. We have undertaken a great experiment unknown to any society until a hundred years ago. It is the education of boys en masse by women, always indoors and in the company of girls. I think we can say, with reservations, that the experiment has failed.
I’m not saying that no woman can teach boys, because that is obviously not true. Many a woman can do so very well. There are women who simply like boys and their ways, and who take no perverse delight in trying to force-feed them a feminine etiquette. Such women may prefer to teach Treasure Island to boys than to teach Anne of Green Gables to girls. They will know better than to expect boys to catch fire from stories of gossip and social climbing, however finely written. My observation is of a general truth, not a universal one.
I understand, too, that there is much blame to go around. If in other respects boys had a healthy world to grow up in, their often uninspiring experiences in the schoolroom would not harm them so much—if they all had a father in the home, for instance—but millions do not. If they spent most of their waking hours outdoors, exploring, hunting, fishing, and playing—but school, television, and computers have seen to that. If they were learning to plow the earth, cut down trees, dig wells, or lay pipes alongside older brothers and uncles—but where’s the opportunity, even supposing that the law would permit them to help? If they knew that excellence or competence were necessary for a good young lady to give them a second glance—but porn is a flick of the finger away.
But what if we want the boys to fail? Not, of course, that this boy should fail, a motive that would be outright wicked. I mean that there’s something about how we live that fears the fearless man, the far-sighted man, the man for whom all the contemporary pieties are straw. To rob the house, you must bind the strong man first. Strong men and strong women make for strong families—for truly strong men and women honor strength in the other sex—and strong families can resist and threaten our overlords in politics, education, entertainment, and industry. The conformists of our time are all “revolutionary” in the same stale, dispirited way, ruining good, old things and then turning to structures of the masses to make up for it. For those in the middle classes and above, the result has been a life of cushioned mediocrity—one comfortable with the largely hidden hierarchies that keep man small and tidy, and fearful of the too near and personal hierarchies that can make man fit to participate in greatness.
However that may be, the facts speak for themselves. The experiment has failed. It is time for men to resume the responsibility to educate their sons.