Showing posts with label Masha Gessen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Masha Gessen. Show all posts

Friday, 24 July 2015

Gay Identity Geopolitics

"We have always been proud of our nation. But we do not claim to be any sort of superpower with a claim to global or regional hegemony; we do not encroach on anyone’s interests, impose our patronage onto anyone, or try to teach others how to live their lives. But we will strive to be leaders, defending international law, striving for respect and national sovereignty and peoples’ independence and identity

This is absolutely objective and understandable for a state like Russia, with its great history and culture, with many centuries of experience, not so-called tolerance, neutered and barren, but the actual common, natural life of different peoples within the framework of a single state.

Today, many nations are revising their moral values and ethical norms, eroding ethnic traditions and differences between peoples and cultures. 

Society is now required not only to recognise everyone’s right to the freedom of consciousness, political views and privacy, but also to accept without question the equality of good and evil, strange as it seems, concepts that are opposite in meaning. 

This destruction of traditional values from above not only leads to negative consequences for society, but is also essentially anti-democratic, since it is carried out on the basis of abstract, speculative ideas, contrary to the will of the majority, which does not accept the changes occurring or the proposed revision of values."

V.V. Putin.

"In 1991, Masha Gessen, a journalist on assignment, arrived in Moscow, her childhood home. 

[ Firstly, she's not Russian, she's a Polish Jew born in the Soviet Union. She is an implacable enemy of Russia. ]

Ten years earlier, she and her family had immigrated to the United States for the perennial reasons: to escape anti-Semitism and find opportunity. "

Yeah - if a family of Ashkenazim Jews were able to emigrate (and defect) from Moscow to Boston in 1984, by definition there isn't any anti-Semitism.

Jews were allowed to leave the USSR and fast-tracked to the front of the queue - anyone else attempting to defect or emigrate at that time risked going to prison for ten years.

"Peacetime brought horrors of its own, including state-sponsored persecution of Jews in the Soviet Union.

Ruzya, now a war widow and single mother desperate for work, faced a paralyzing decision: She could teach history or take a government position as a "political editor" in other words, a censor. Choosing the latter, Ruzya felt that at least she would not be lying to schoolchildren. Over the years, she worked hard, cultivated detachment, and never tried to ennoble her choice, telling Gessen candidly, "I acquiesced to the circumstances that life had forced on me."

Gessen devotes a section of her memoir to her efforts to learn about Jakub Goldberg, Ester's father, and his role on the Judenrat in the Bialystok ghetto. Did he resist the Nazis? Collaborate with them? Did his actions save or at least prolong lives?"

[ Fascist collaboration runs in the family. ]

“I agree that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it is a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist… 

Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. 

The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change, and again, I don’t think it should exist.”

Again - this is fascism.

"We have three kids and five parents…more or less, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally.” 

Because that's what an aunt is.

"I don't see why we should take two of those five parents and turn them into a sanctioned couple."

Because one of these "parents" (the sperm-donor) is your own brother - which sort of almost makes you married to your own brother, in your social fascist scheme of things.

I am not 

"The Americans want to adopt Russian children and bring them up in perverted families like Masha Gessen's."

Texas investigator found 30+ bruises, cuts on dead boy adopted from Russia

Authorities: Adopted Russian boy's death an accident
A 3-year-old adopted boy -- whose death in West Texas has drawn stern criticism from Russia -- had more than 30 bruises, cuts and other marks on his body soon after he was pronounced dead, according to a report from a Texas medical examiner obtained by CNN.

Along with his 2-year-old brother, Max Shatto arrived in the United States with his adoptive parents in November 2012. Just more than two months later, his adoptive mother told authorities that she found him unresponsive in the family's Gardendale, Texas, backyard. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a nearby hospital.

Soon after Max's death on January 21, Russia's top child rights advocate tweeted that the boy had been "killed" or "murdered." Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov later acknowledged he might have spoken too soon -- though he has remained highly critical of the U.S. handling of the case.

Russia slams Texas prosecutors for not charging parents

The documents were obtained Thursday from the medical examiner's offices for Ector County and Tarrant County. They offered more details from the account by Laura and Alan Shatto about the boy's time in America as well as the condition of his body at the time of his death.

Russia's consul general in Houston has received the report, said Yevgeniy Khorishko, a spokesman with Russia's embassy in Washington. Russian officials will review the findings, but until then they have no comment.

An investigator with the Ector County office who examined Max's body externally soon after his death documented 31 bruises, abrasions, scratches and other issues from head-to-toe, according to the death investigative report.

Both parents in the report claimed that the boy -- who they and a doctor said was born to an alcoholic mother -- would try to hurt himself in various ways.

Russia concerned over adopted boy's cause of death

"They stated that (Max) was displaying behaviors such as banging his head on the bathtub, throwing himself down, holding his breath and clawing himself," wrote investigator Sondra Woolf.

A Denton, Texas, doctor told authorities that after examining the child's deteriorating condition during a second visit and listening to the parents' accounts, he prescribed the boy Risperidone, an antipsychotic medication. The Shattoes said they first gave Max the drug on January 15 but stopped on January 18, concerned it was affecting his ability to swallow, the report said.

Laura Shatto told authorities that she last saw Max outside, believing he was about to go on a slide, just before she went inside to use the bathroom. She came out to find him prone on the ground, and she called his name and shook him vigorously before calling 911.

The documents also included a preliminary autopsy report conducted by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, completed on January 23.

Medical Examiner Lloyd White wrote to his colleagues in Ector County, "Based on the findings at this point, I suggest laceration of small bowel mesentry due to blunt trauma to (the) abdomen as the cause of death. I'll leave the manner of death up to you pending investigation.

[ Sounds to me as though he was buggered to death ]

"On the whole, there appears to be a strong likelihood that this death was accidental, probably the consequence of a fall from playground equipment in his yard."

[ But that's not enough, he would nI think we may have a Satanist-Paedophile Medical Examiner, here - note the wordsmithing. "Playground equipment" is usually constructed of metal and steel and could cause serious damage if you fell on it, particularly below the ribcage; back yard toys are typically constructed from mainly soft plastics and occasionally aluminium frames and generally wouldn't, unless you were especially unlucky in how and where you fell ]

The Ector County medical examiner later concluded that Max Shatto's death was accidental, finding that the bruises and other issues were consistent with a "self-inflicted" injury, District Attorney Bobby Bland said March 1.

Astakhov had accused the adoptive mother of killing the boy and giving him "psychotropic substances," Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.

[ Anti-psychotics are psychotropic drugs, and the Russian authorities known what they are talking about when it comes to medicating dissidents and malcontents ]

But toxicology reports came back negative, and there were no substances found that could have contributed to the child's death.

[ So they weren't giving him his medicine - this suggests that perhaps he was never sick and the injuries themselves were in no way self-inflicted. Well, obviously. ]

Soon after the news came out that Max's death had been deemed accidental, Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed concerns and noted it did not receive the information from U.S. officials but rather from the media. It asked the United States to give Russian consular representatives the relevant forensic documents, including a death certificate.

A few weeks later, Astakhov again slammed Texas authorities -- this time after they decided not to charge the adoptive parents.
Bland announced March 18 that a grand jury had declined to indict Laura and Alan Shatto, adding that they'd found no evidence to charge the people and stating the boy died of a "tragic accident."

[ A tragic buggery accident ]

The Russian child rights advocate responded to that development with a tweet, reported by a RIA Novosti, claiming the district attorney hadn't done enough to the investigate the death of the boy also known as Maxim Kuzmin.

"The Texas prosecutors' position in the case of Maxim Kuzmin is upsetting because they refused to scrutinize the circumstances of his death," Astakhov wrote.

The boy's death aggravated U.S. State Department efforts to push through more than 500 adoption cases in which American families have already begun the process to adopt a Russian child before Moscow in December passed a law banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans.

That law bans adoptions by Americans ostensibly because of documented cases of abuse by adoptive parents. But others say the Russian move is in retaliation for a U.S. law that places restrictions on Russian human rights abusers.

Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to State Department figures.

Though the number has dropped in recent years, Russia remains the third-most popular foreign country after China and Ethiopia for U.S. foreign adoptions.

You can't force your morality onto people with legislation and it inflicts incalculable harm on the cause of gay rights and gay liberation worldwide by making the cause seem petty, self-obsessed and trivial at a time when the vast majority of the gay population globally are still closeted and struggling daily to assert their right not to be lynched.

Respect must be earned - you can't just lobby government to force people to respect and honour those rights which you actually already have by writing new laws just to get an endorsement from Attitude when the next set of elections roll back around again.