Nov 26

Moscow Court Bans Church of Scientology:

A court in Moscow has banned the local branch of the Church of Scientology, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – During the inspection the Russian Ministry of Justice found out that the word ‘scientology’ had been registered as a trade mark owned by the US Religious Technology Center.

The court backed the Russian Justice Ministry’s claim that the organization’s activity did not comply with the federal law on freedom of religion. Continue reading »

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Aug 17

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EXCLUSIVE: Pictured up close for the first time, Scientology’s ‘alien space cathedral and spaceship landing pad’ built in the New Mexico desert for the ‘return of followers after Armageddon on Earth’ (Daily Mail Aug 16, 2013):

  • Tunnels stretch for hundreds of feet into cliff behind unassuming facade and reportedly hold sacred texts
  • Mysterious pair of overlapping circles with a diamond inside believed to be navigation markers for space craft
  • Compound is 20 miles from nearest town and has a landing strip and its own water supply
  • MailOnline can today reveal the first close-up pictures of the Church of Scientology’s ‘alien space cathedral’ built in a remote part of the New Mexico desert.

    The mysterious building which leads to an underground vault sits next to two giant symbols carved into the ground – believed to be markers for the religion’s followers to find their way back from the ends of the universe after humanity is destroyed in the future.

    While no one knows the definite meaning of the pair of overlapping circles, each with a diamond in them, it is believed to have been trademarked by the Church of Technology, a branch of Scientology.

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    Aug 20

    Romney Favors Hubbard Novel (New York Times, April 30, 2007):

    “What’s your favorite novel?” is a perennial campaign question, the answer to which presumably gives insight into leadership.

    A “Moby-Dick” lover may understand the perils of obsessively chasing of a goal. A fan of “To Kill a Mockingbird” may well focus on racial justice.

    When asked his favorite novel in an interview shown yesterday on the Fox News Channel, Mitt Romney pointed to “Battlefield Earth,” a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. That book was turned into a film by John Travolta, a Scientologist.

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    Jun 13

    Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, oversees a populist intelligence network. Digitally altered photograph by Phillip Toledano.

    The house on Grettisgata Street, in Reykjavik, is a century old, small and white, situated just a few streets from the North Atlantic. The shifting northerly winds can suddenly bring ice and snow to the city, even in springtime, and when they do a certain kind of silence sets in. This was the case on the morning of March 30th, when a tall Australian man named Julian Paul Assange, with gray eyes and a mop of silver-white hair, arrived to rent the place. Assange was dressed in a gray full-body snowsuit, and he had with him a small entourage. “We are journalists,” he told the owner of the house. Eyjafjallajökull had recently begun erupting, and he said, “We’re here to write about the volcano.” After the owner left, Assange quickly closed the drapes, and he made sure that they stayed closed, day and night. The house, as far as he was concerned, would now serve as a war room; people called it the Bunker. Half a dozen computers were set up in a starkly decorated, white-walled living space. Icelandic activists arrived, and they began to work, more or less at Assange’s direction, around the clock. Their focus was Project B-Assange’s code name for a thirty-eight-minute video taken from the cockpit of an Apache military helicopter in Iraq in 2007. The video depicted American soldiers killing at least eighteen people, including two Reuters journalists; it later became the subject of widespread controversy, but at this early stage it was still a closely guarded military secret.

    by Raffi Khatchadourian
    June 7, 2010

    Read the full article here: The New Yorker

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