What's Next for Putin? Some Thoughts on the Hit Movie "Frozen" and Christians in Africa Suffer Violence

Ukraine fears Russia 'ready to attack'

"The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine... His troops massed at the border are ready to attack at any moment," Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council chief Andriy Parubiy told a mass unity rally in Kiev.

Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya reaffirmed that message in an interview broadcast on Sunday on a top US political talk show.

"We do not know what Putin has in his mind and what would be his decision. That's why this situation is becoming even more explosive than it used to be a week ago," Deshchytsya told ABC's "This Week".

Crimea's Russia-backed prime minister Sergei Aksyonov said in an impassioned address he posted on Facebook and read out on local TV that Crimea began facing a "sad fate" the moment three months of deadly protests involving a mix of nationalist and pro-Western forces toppled the pro-Kremlin regime in Kiev.

"But we resisted and won! Our motherland -- Russia -- extended her hand of help," said Aksyonov. "So today, I appeal to you with a call to fight." -- a call by its self-declared premier for Russians across the ex-Soviet country to rise up against Kiev's rule.

Obama aide: 'Possible' Russia could enter Ukraine

A top White House aide says it's possible that Russia could invade eastern Ukraine, and even U.S. military assistance would be unlikely to prevent it.

Deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken says Russia seems to be trying to intimidate Ukrainians by massing thousands of troops along the border.

But Blinken also tells CNN's "State of the Union" that "it's possible they are preparing to move in."

He says the U.S. is looking at providing military assistance to Ukraine. But he also says "it's very unlikely to change Russia's calculus and prevent an invasion."

NATO commander warns of Russian threat to separatist Moldova region
By Adrian Croft and Aleksandar Vasovic

NATO's top military commander said on Sunday Russia had built up a "very sizeable" force on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region in another ex-Soviet republic, Moldova, in its sights after annexing Crimea.

Russia was acting more like an adversary than a partner, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said, and the 28-nation alliance should rethink the positioning and readiness of its forces in eastern Europe.

"The (Russian) force that is at the Ukrainian border now to the east is very, very sizeable and very, very ready," the NATO commander told an event held by the German Marshall Fund think-tank.
Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard in front of a Ukrainian marine base

U.S. President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said the build-up might just be aimed at intimidating Ukraine's new pro-Western leaders but that Russia could invade the country's mainly Russian-speaking east. "It's possible that they are preparing to move in," he told CNN.

One Dad’s Thoughts on Frozen’s Smash Hit “Let it Go”

"Our girls relate to the emotion more than the music. Have you really listened to the song? I mean really. I think our daughters love it because it describes what they feel deep down inside."


Just a note from me (Beacon2Light) about Frozen (spoiler alert):  I was taken in immediately by Olaf's definition of love:  self-sacrifice for the sake of one loved even if it meant that there was no reward for the one who did the sacrificing, then or even ever. It's not what he said but it is what he meant.  And it is biblical.

Nobody seems to be talking about Elsa being wronged for so long. Her very human mistake as an impressionable, innocent girl was taken out of proportion. A troll warned her of her gift's ability to wreak havoc and thus filled her and her parents with utter fear of it.  She was further wronged by her parents who isolated her and separated her from everyone including her adoring sister Anna that she loved so much as well. Dad's ongoing advice was destructive, reinforcing fear.  Then, when mom and dad were gone and she was left only with her sister and her coronation, she was ill-prepared to control that gift in love but dreaded its revelation (which her daddy also pressed her to conceal).  Chaos ensued.  

I love that this movie doesn't have a handsome and proper prince that comes to the rescue and thus a typical Disney happily-ever after.  Instead, it is the persevering love of a sister, though confused and isolated from her only sibling for so many years without even so much as an explanation, that breaks the ice of the heart of Queen Elsa and leads to their reconciliation and Queen Elsa's own version of happy ever after.  

It is the awkward younger sister who is the heroine (instead of the pretty and coordinated one).  And the one who gets the "prince" is the one you least expect and Anna's "prince" is actually a man who loves without reservation, who is wonderfully imperfect and charmingly weird.  This movie is a modern "revenge of the nerds." And all of us wonderfully imperfect, charmingly weird, awkward yet loving people said, "It's about time, Disney!"

Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab forces children to watch mother's execution; aims to 'wipe out' country's tiny Christian community.

Villagers were reportedly forced to witness the murder, including Omar's eight and 15-year-old daughters. Locals described the harrowing scenes as the younger daughter screamed in vain for someone to save her mother from the brutal killing.

Gunmen kill four in attack on Kenyan church


By Peter Martell (AFP)

Attackers shot dead four worshippers on Sunday when they burst into a church service near the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, spraying the congregation with bullets, police said.

The attack, which also left about 17 people wounded, came amid heightened warnings of a threat of Islamist violence in Kenya and despite boosted security in major cities including Mombasa.

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