SOUTH BOUND BROOK/SOMERSET, N.J. – More than 500 people, including more than 100 clergy members, celebrated the centennial of the founding of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. on July 28 with a hierarchical divine liturgy led by Metropolitan Yurij of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. The feast day on July 28, according to the Julian calendar, is dedicated to Grand Prince Volodymyr the Great, who is credited with baptizing Ukraine into Christianity in 988. A procession, led by a cross-bearer who was joined by participants carrying church banners and flags of various church organizations, began the centennial celebrations as participants gathered to celebrate the centennial divine liturgy. From the steps of the Ukrainian Cultural Center, after snaking their way around the St. Sophia Seminary building, participants walked along Easton Avenue with the aid of local police who closed off a section of the road for the procession. A large tent set up in front of St. … [Read more...] about UOC-U.S.A. celebrates its centennial with liturgy and banquet
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There are many complex events and stories in Russian history. Instead of (sometimes) boring analysis, we decided to retell a few of these stories as short plays with countries, historical figures, and people as characters. Cast: Russia – an Eastern European empire, powerful, always short of money, and full of corrupt officials.U.S. – a young mighty state, but dealing with inner political problems. An enemy of Great Britain.Great Britain – “ruler of the seas.” Enemy (sometimes ally) of Russia and the U.S. Wants to cut profits for both of them.Russian-American company – a Russian state-funded company established for trade with America.Russian explorers – different Russian explorers, sailors, and merchants.Count Muravyov-Amursky– Governor-general of Eastern Siberia.Officers of the Russian-American company – naval officers, young Russian noblemen, as arrogant as they are … [Read more...] about Playing out Russian history: Russia selling Alaska to the U.S.
A U.S. grand jury has stepped up criminal charges against a woman accused of acting as a covert agent for Russia by cultivating ties with U.S. politicians, while Russian officials denounced the case. The U.S. grand jury late on July 17 charged Maria Butina, 29, a student at American University in Washington and founder of a Russian guns rights group, with conspiracy and acting as an agent of the Russian government. The charges against Butina are criminal offenses which carry maximum penalties of up to 10 years in prison, but she has not been charged with espionage or with being a member of a Russian intelligence service. Butina was arrested on July 15 and is scheduled to appear on July 18 in a U.S. court in Washington, the Justice Department said. U.S. prosecutors have accused Butina of cultivating ties with U.S. politicians and political organizations at the direction of a high-level official at the Russian Central Bank who was recently sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury because of his … [Read more...] about U.S. Steps Up Charges Against Alleged Russian ‘Agent’ In Washington
As a looming deadline approaches for the Iran nuclear deal, there may be a plan to prevent the United States from pulling out of the agreement -- essentially a workaround that would help President Trump deliver on a campaign promise of renegotiating the deal. "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan reports the U.S. and its European allies would create a proposal that addresses Mr. Trump's concerns about the agreement -- ballistic missiles, military site inspections and the sunset clause -- thus allowing Mr. Trump to claim he "fixed" the 2015 international agreement without actually altering a word of the agreement and without Iran's consent. It would be a workaround to help the U.S. and its allies promise to punish Iran for actions that were not included in the 2015 deal. This plan wouldn't include Russia, China and Iran. The U.K. ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, told "Face the Nation" Sunday that Mr. Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May there was no decision yet … [Read more...] about Could a workaround help the U.S. stay in Iran nuclear deal?
Still, some migrant advocates have questioned the benefits brought by the caravan. "We don't think it's a really good move," said the Rev. Patrick Murphy, who heads the Catholic-run Casa del Migrante in Tijuana, a 120-bed shelter that overlooks the city. "What happens to those people who have made this journey for quite a few weeks now, and they get rejected, or worse yet, they don't even get their asylum cases heard?" … [Read more...] about Dozens of Central Americans seek asylum at U.S. border today