* Yes we all know that Obama is merely a figurehead, and that he is not making these decisions by himself… But we have to hold our President accountable here. This is dangerous ground, and cousin Barry aint no JFK.
Geopolitical conditions today are incendiary. Obama’s war on Syria rages. No end in sight looms.
Washington manipulated peace talks to fail. Odds favor full scale US intervention. Doing so risks regional war.
In late February, Israel bombed Hezbollah targets. It did so along Lebanon’s border with Syria.
Hezbollah vowed to respond “at the appropriate time.” It justifiably denounced “blatant” Israeli “aggression.”
Washington and Israel partner in regional adventurism. Do Obama and Netanyahu want war on Lebanon? Are they planning regional conflict?
Will Iran be targeted? Will US-orchestrated Venezuelan violence continue? Will other nations be targeted for regime change?
The damn fool in the White House risks global war. Ukraine is a major flashpoint. Conditions today are the most dangerous since the 1962 missiles of October crisis.
Jack Kennedy was president. Early in his administration he changed from cold warrior to peacemaker.
He wanted all nuclear weapons abolished. He favored “general and complete disarmament.” He wanted all US forces out of Vietnam by December 1965.
He wanted to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”
After resolving the 1962 crisis, he said he “never had the slightest intention” of confronting Cuba or Soviet Russia aggressively.
The damn fool in the White House is no Jack Kennedy. Neocons infest his administration. Rogue elements make policy.
Ousting Ukraine’s democratically elected government was planned long before violence erupted last November.
Obama partnered with neo-Nazis extremists. He’s got a tiger by the tail. Millions of Ukrainians reject them. Expect millions more to join them once their agenda becomes apparent.
Eastern Ukraine is largely pro-Russian. Crimeans may choose independence. East/West tensions keep escalating.
The damn fool in the White House risks war. He outrageously warned Putin against intervening.
On Saturday, Russia’s upper house Federation Council authorized use of military forces in Crimea.
Putin requested deployment permission to protect the safety of Russian nationals.
On Sunday, RIA Novosti reported “(l)arge movements of Russian troops…around the (Crimean) peninsula…”
Western media headlines lied. They screamed Russian invasion. The CIA-linked Washington Post claimed “Russian forces seize(d) Crimea.”
Neo-Nazi coup d’etat interim Ukraine president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russia of “direct aggression against the sovereignty of Ukraine.”
Neocon WaPo editors headlined “Condemnation isn’t enough for Russian actions in Crimea.”
“Invasion,” they screamed. They outrageously accused Putin of “provoking a separatist rebellion…”
Obama and EU partners “must act quickly to prevent Ukraine’s dismemberment,” they said.
They support Ukraine’s illegitimate xenophobic, ultranationalist, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi coup plotters. They demand Moscow recognize them.
They demand Obama order a “heavy price” otherwise. They want Western monied interests given a free hand to rape and pillage Ukraine. They barely stopped short of urging war.
On Saturday, Obama and Putin spoke for 90 minutes. The damn fool in the White House wrongfully accused him of breaching international law.
He threatened unspecified “costs.” Washington won’t participate in upcoming preparatory G-8 talks, he said. Russia risks political and economic isolation, he added.
Ukrainians have the right to determine their own future, he claimed. His orchestrated coup denies them entirely.
Putin won’t be bullied. He won’t roll over for Washington. He’ll responsibly defend Russian interests.
He’ll do so, he told Obama. He’ll protect the safety and security of Crimean Russian nationals, he said. He’ll do so in other eastern areas if needed.
Real threats exist. He’ll address them responsibly. If violence threatens Russian nationals, he’ll take “all necessary measures” against it.
He’ll do so “within the framework of international law.” He stressed the need to prevent crisis conditions from escalating. He expressed concern about Kiev ultranationalist putschists usurping power.
Security Council members held an emergency Saturday session. Vitaly Churkin is Russia’s UN ambassador.
Crimean authorities requested Russian help, he said. Claims about invading Russian forces are false.
“In the eastern part of Ukraine and Crimea in particular, we have seen the emergence of people from Kiev with a clear intention of repeating what has been happening in the Western part of Ukraine,” he said.
Coup plotters “want to replace regional governments,” he stressed.
Radicalized elements control Kiev, he added. They replaced what remains of legitimate Ukrainian governance.
Churkin called on Security Council members to act responsibly. He wants them to tell Kiev elements to refrain from violence.
Gunmen attempts to seize control of Crimean government buildings were foiled, he explained.
Russia’s Federation Council authorized limited stabilizing military forces “on the territory of Ukraine” until “socio-political” conditions “normal(ize).”
Putin hasn’t yet ordered it, he said. Claims otherwise are false. Or that Russia intends using military force against Ukraine.
Churkin urged all sides act “with cool heads.” He wants Security Council members to order reinstitution of the February 21 agreement.
He wants Ukraine’s legitimate government respected. He recommended establishing national unity governance.
Events in Ukraine remain fluid. Voice of Russia (VOR) reported mass defections from Ukraine’s military serving in Crimea.
Deployed units are joining local self-defense forces. Soldiers doing so reject Kiev putschists. They resigned from Ukraine’s military. Key is what its commanders do ahead.
At the same time, thousands of pro-Moscow supporters rallied in eastern Ukrainian cities. They back Russia’s anti-Kiev position.
On Saturday, RT.com headlined “Ukrainian Navy flagship takes Russia’s side – report.”
The Hetman Sahaidachny reportedly refused to follow Kiev orders. It hoisted the Russian flag.
Federation Council member Igor Morozov said it “c(ame) over to our side today.” The move came after Ukraine’s “Navy command resigned Friday,” said RT.
Coup d’etat president Aleksandr Turchinov appointed Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky new navy chief.
He defected straightaway. “I, Berezovksy Denis, swear allegiance to the Crimean people and pledge to protect them, as required by (military) regulations.,” he said.
The Hetman Sahaidachny headed home to Sevastopol after taking part in a Yanukovych authorized counter-piracy operation with NATO and the EU.
On Saturday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke to his illegitimate Ukrainian counterpart, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He urged both sides prioritize stability.
He said Russia reserves the right to protect “the lawful interests of citizens and servicemen deployed in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.”
If needed, Russian forces “have the right to act in the framework of the mandate issued by the Federation Council to the president,” he added.
Ukrainian officials act irresponsibly “if they make unlawful decisions on the use of force against Russian citizens,” he stressed.
On Sunday, Ukraine’s coup d’etat parliament held an emergency closed-door session. Reports suggest martial law may be imposed.
Neo-Nazis operate this way. Rule of law principles don’t matter. Imposed tyranny ups the stakes further.
It remains to be seen how western Ukrainians react. Expect eastern ones to ignore Kiev diktats. What happens then is up for grabs.
On Sunday, Crimean Prime Minister Vladimir Konstantinov told Kiev to stay out of Crimea’s business.
“You in Kiev sort it out between yourselves, and we will deal with the republic’s problems,” he said.
Most Crimean law enforcement and military officials feel the same way, he added. They support local defense forces.
They want protection from anti-Russian elements. Konstantinov warned Kiev against forcefully trying to usurp control in Crimea as well as other areas resisting its authority.
On March 2, Ukraine’s Belgorod Governor Yevgeny Savchenko said three pro-Russian regions reported increasing refugee flows.
Thousands from southern, eastern and central Ukraine came to Belgorod. They reject Kiev authority. They’re concerned for their safety.
Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev said Ukrainians no longer feel safe in their country. Bryansk Region Governor Nikolay Denin said the same thing.
Russia’s Federal Border Guard Service estimates around 675,000 Ukrainians sought refuge in Russia in January and February.
Expect many thousands more to join them. Chaotic conditions drive them to seek safety.
On Saturday, Russian immigration authorities reported 143,000 asylum requests in a two week period. They promised expedited processing of their requests.
According to Federal Migration Service citizenship department head Valentina Kazakova:
“The tragic events in Ukraine have sharply increased the number of applications to regional migration authorities.”
“People are bewildered, frightened and despondent, she added.
Increasing numbers of Ukrainians living in Russia are applying for citizenship.
The neocon infested Project for the New American Century (PNAC) renamed itself the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI).
Its directors and staff include a rogue’s gallery of hard-right extremists. They deplore peace. They crave war. On March 1, they issued a statement on Russia’s so-called “intervention in Ukraine.”
They lied claiming “Putin has violated Ukrainian sovereignty…” Obama ‘warned’ him, they said. ‘(T)here will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,’ he said.
FPI rogues want Obama to “lead the world (in) impos(ing) (them) and to ensure his bullying fails.”
They demand Putin renege on his promise to protect Crimean Russian nationals.
They want John Kerry and Chuck Hagel to visit Kiev. They want them to “show solidarity” with its neo-Nazi coup d’etat government.
They want bilateral US/Russian discussions suspended unrelated to ongoing events.
They want financial sanctions imposed on Russian officials.
They want NATO member states having the option of abandoning NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997 provisions.
They include prohibiting NATO force deployments in former Warsaw Pact countries. Ten, including former Soviet republics, are NATO member nations.
“It is critical that the United States and the international community make clear to President Putin that his military intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable, and will isolate the Russian government diplomatically, politically and economically,” said FPI.
“Failure to do so will only reward President Putin’s indefensible and dangerous actions, and could embolden him to take further actions towards Ukraine and its neighbors.”
Obama’s administration is infested with FPI type extremists. How he’ll respond to events remains to be determined.
At stake is world peace. Will the damn fool in the White House undermine it further? His track record isn’t encouraging.
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I told you so.
There. I’ve said it.
The biggest Bitcoins exchange has gone bye-bye. It took with it the money that the investors thought was safe.
Reuters reports: “Mt. Gox had $174 million in liabilities against $32.75 million in assets. It was not possible to verify the document or the exchange’s financial situation.”
I say: “A fool and his digital money are soon parted.”
How will the investors prove in a Japanese bankruptcy court that they deserve a part of the supposed $32.75 million? After all, the transactions are all secret.
They wanted secrecy, and they got it, good and hard!
I have said it from the beginning. Bitcoins are not money. They are a crap-shoot. Those who invested in Mt. Gox have lost all of their money. Real money. Dollars.
The programmers (with little money then and less now) said Bitcoins will replace dollars. They said Bitcoins are safe. They said, “this is the wave of the future.” Yes, it was. A tsunami. Think of Mt. Gox as Fukushima.
You go to your bank. You take digital money out. Real digital money. Dollars. This leaves a record. You buy Bitcoins on an exchange. You lose control of your money. It’s not money any more. It’s Bitcoin digits. These digits are not money. They are promises to pay issued by some outfit you know nothing about.
Then it goes belly-up. Goodbye money. Goodbye dreams. Goodbye hype. “Sorry about that. Better luck next time.”
The programmers will say, “Well, it’s only one case! Accidents happen.” I say: “Don’t invest in accidents that are clearly waiting to happen.”
It will happen again. Who’s next? I don’t know. Neither do the programmers.
Bitcoins are no threat to central banks. They are a major threat to programmers who think Bitcoins are money.
Programmers bought Bitcoins from Mt. Gox. They could have bought gold. They were going to get rich with Bitcoins. Now they cannot find the head of Mt. Gox.
Read it and weep. The key words: “8 hours, 47 minutes ago.”
Six leading Bitcoin exchanges – which allow users to trade Bitcoins for U.S. dollars and other currencies – distanced themselves from the Tokyo-based exchange.
“This tragic violation of the trust of users of Mt. Gox was the result of one company’s actions and does not reflect the resilience or value of Bitcoin and the digital currency industry,” the companies – Coinbase, Kraken, Bitstamp, BTC China, Blockchain and Circle – said in the statement. “As with any new industry, there are certain bad actors that need to be weeded out, and that is what we’re seeing today.”
Certain bad actors? Give me a break! This was the largest Bitcoins exchange on earth. This was Bitcoins in the minds of most Americans who knew about Bitcoins.
If you think Bitcoins are a threat to the Federal Reserve System, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in New York. A digital bridge. But I want payment in dollars, not Bitcoins.
Here’s what we think may be going on:
Hitlery got in too early (unlike Jeb Bush) and she has taken a pretty good beating so far in the media / social media. The reason she got in was to get these attacks in early. Yep… A well know tactic that puts all the dirt “behind” a candidate, so when it comes up during the actual “selection” process; they can say that that issue(s) was already discussed and lets move on….. Also: She has most of the money now to set up a strong run in 2015.
BUT, now that this has been accomplished, and the threat of losing a 2016 national election looms ever closer… Team Hitlery unveils (leaks) news or a potential Brain Tumor. – We predict that after a short break, her doctors will clear her. A miraculous recovery (again) and H Clinton will received the token nomination she has been promised. The media will be “sym-PATHETIC” and will generally keep the gloves on while questioning her qualifications to be President.
2016? We still believe that ALL signs point to the 45th president being named BUSH. Unless we the people change something in the moment… This is a political certainty.
Does it matter? Probably not…. A Bush is no different than a Clinton in our book.
Hillary Clinton does NOT have brain cancer: Officials slam ‘nonsense’ claims debilitating illness was behind collapse and decision to step down
Sources Confirm, Hillary Clinton Will NOT be Running in 2016 Due to Health Issues
<NationalReport>A collective sigh of relief could be felt across the Republican party on Capitol Hill today as news broke that Hillary Clinton will NOT be running for President in 2016 due to health issues.
According to her followers, Clinton was the clear favorite to win the Democratic Primary and was considered to be a shoe-in for the 2016 Presidential bid against a field of allegedly weak Republican challengers who recent surveys have found continuously damage their brand and put party over country.
Multiple insiders have confirmed to National Report that the former Secretary of State has been diagnosed with a brain tumor discovered during a recent colonoscopy. These latest finding have caused Ms. Clinton to cancel her bid to become the nation’s first female President. The news was leaked during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative taking place this week in New York.
James Garner, President of the “Ready for Hillary” initiative spoke with NR and had this to say: “This is a truly devastating day for me both as an American and as a Democrat. Hillary was clearly the front-runner and would have easily won the bid for President in 2016. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clinton family and we appreciate their efforts in public service spanning nearly 4 decades.”
Hillary stepped down as Secretary of State earlier this year in the wake of criticisms regarding her involvment in the massive Benghazi (we will never forget) cover-up.
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Via Global Research
Professor Francis A. Boyle
It is a fact that since 9-11-2001, the US Government has been in the business of destroying countries and using NATO as it principle instrument. That was stated more than a decade ago by then US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and later by General Wesley Clark.
The Pentagon drew up a list of 7 states that were to be destroyed: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria and they have systematically proceeded to destroy all of the countries on the list.
The strategy in Ukraine is the same, US/NATO/EU are promoting the destabilization and the breakup of Ukraine in order to achieve the NATO goal of moving into Ukrainian territory closer to Russia.
University of Illinois Professor Francis Boyle spoke on these issues and more in an interview with the Voice of Russia.
While Russia was distracted into believing that the US wanted a reset US foreign policy was being planned and dictated by rabid Russia haters like Zbignew Brzezinski and Richard Pipes. Brzezinski wants to breakup Russia into approximately 68 parts and has placed his protégés in key US foreign policy posts. According to Mr. Boyle Brezezinski has staffed the Obama administration with his acolytes and protégées, including the US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a specialist in color revolutions. At the end of the day the US plan is to see the breakup of the Russian Federation, that is the goal.
This is John Robles, you are listening to an interview with Professor Francis Boyle. He is a Professor in International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. This is part 1 of a longer interview. You can find the rest of this interview on our website at voiceofrussia.com
Robles: Thank you Sir! And thanks for agreeing to speak with us. News of the day is Ukraine. Now you’ve recently made some statements and done some work regarding Syria. I’d like to ask for your correlations between what is going on right now in Syria and what is going on right now in Ukraine. Do you see a connection? Some people are saying that Ukraine, the push there was because the US was not allowed to carry out military operations against Syria. Do you see a relationship between them?
Boyle: Well I wouldn’t say that is “necessarily” the reason. As we know, Ukraine has for a long time been a strategic objective of the United States and trying to get Ukraine into NATO. And this EU plan was simply a first step in that direction. The EU wasn’t really offering anything to Ukraine. But it was very clear, if they could move Ukraine closer to the EU, that would be a step closer to NATO. In fact, I regret to say over the years, even though I have EU citizenship and carry an EU passport, the EU now has become nothing but an anteroom to NATO.
So, I think this really has to be understood in terms of the gradual movement of NATO further to the east in violation of the pledge that George Bush Senior and Jim Baker gave to then President Gorbachev that if he agreed to the reunification of Germany, NATO would move no farther east, towards Russia’s boundaries.
Robles: Well, we’ve seen those promises, similar promises were made to President Gorbachev – the first and last President of the Soviet Union – those were also ignored. And regarding …
Boyle: The problem was – he never got them in writing.
Robles: That’s exactly what I was going to say.
Boyle: That is incredibly naive on his part not to get them in writing. And I would point out, right now the United States is trying to do the exact same thing on the deployment of BMDs (ballistic missile defense) into Europe and around the borders of Russia saying “you have to accept our assurances, but we are not going to give you anything in writing.”
You know, it is preposterous. In fact, we had something in writing and that was the Anti-ballistic Missile System Treaty of 1972 that prevented all of this. And then Bush Junior pulled out of that treaty. So, as it stands now, really anything goes, these verbal assurances mean nothing.
Robles: Getting away a little bit from the ABM system now, you mentioned NATO and Ukraine; there is a military objective, if you could tell us about that? And is there a similar military objective for Syria? Or what is the objective of the US Government in Syria?
Boyle: Since 9/11 2001, as publicly admitted by then Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, the United States Government would be getting into the business of destroying states. And that was later confirmed by General Wesley Clark, as you know in his memoirs, his meeting there at the Pentagon where they had the list of seven states they were going to proceed to take over.
Afghanistan was first, Iraq was second, Sudan was on the list, Libya was on the list and Syria was on the list, Iran was on the list. So, they are proceeding systematically down that list of destroying states. Syria is now near the top, Iran might be next. And it also appears now the same strategy is being applied to Ukraine to promote the crackup of Ukraine between east and west and, I would hate to say it, the dissolution of Ukraine as a state.
Robles: Can you repeat that quote again? He said…
Boyle: Yes Wolfowitz said… I have the citation in my book “The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence”, where Wolfowitz said: “We are going to get into the business of destroying states”. And then, soon thereafter General Wesley Clark (head of NATO) was in the Pentagon and can confirm they drew up a list of seven states that they were systematically going to go after.
So, that’s really, the objective here of Syria, against Syria, is as they did to Libya: to crackup Syria as a state into its constituent, religious and ethnic units not only for the United States but also for the benefit of Israel.
As you know, Israel has been a long time opponent to Syria. They headed a plan there, the Yi Nolan Plan to crackup surrounding states in order to better manage them and keep them under control. So, here you see a congruence of interests certainly between the United States and Israel.
And I regret to say it, but pretty much they have cracked up Syria in its constituent units, as they had done to Iraq. We now have basically three mini states in Iraq. The same has been done to Afghanistan and also Libya, where you have, you know it is hard to say there is a meaningful state there anymore. I have a new book out called “Destroying Libya and World Order” where I have all these citations in there and an analysis. And then, I tried to extend this to Syria near the end of the book.
And it does appear we are seeing a similar pattern of behavior here on Ukraine: to destabilize Ukraine, promote a crack up, some type of civil war or who knows what. And I guess the theory is, well if NATO-EU can get western Ukraine – fine! – they can extend the borders of NATO, the EU that far.
So, it is a very dangerous situation, because, as you know, Ukraine is of utmost strategic significance to Russia. And second, Russia believes that Ukraine is the cradle of its civilization.
Robles: Well it is, that’s not a belief. Ukraine is the mother of Russia.
Boyle: I’ve been to Ukraine and I’ve been to where Nestor wrote his chronicles, and I have studied Russian and Ukrainian history, sure, at Harvard. And I went through the same PhD program at Harvard that produced Zbigniew Brzezinski before me and Richard Pipes, both of whom were, are ardent Russia haters, there is no question at all about it. And that is really part of the problem here in the United States, when it comes to Russian studies, that so much of it is biased against Russia inherently.
Robles: Why is that, please, if you could? You’ve been through the system, you know the system. Why does the US hate Russia so much? Why?
Boyle: Well I spent ten years at the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School studying Russian history, Russian literature, Soviet politics, Russian politics. Indeed I even offered Soviet politics and Russian history on my PhD General Exams at Harvard, which qualified me to teach both those subjects to undergraduates at Harvard. But I never learned the language because that was not what I was intending to do.
And all those years, ten years of studying, I only had two professors who I thought were fair, reasonable and balanced when it came to Russia and the Soviet Union. And understand Harvard and Chicago are two of the leading centers in the United States for training Russian experts. They train professors and experts, government officials and things of that nature.
Boyle: So, and again, you had Brzezinski, I went through the same PhD program that produced Brzezinski and Kissinger. You know Brzezinski is an expatriate Pole who hates the Russians with a passion.
Robles: Oh God yes, yeah…
Boyle: Indeed Brzezinski wants to crackup Russia into its constituent units.
Robles: Right, I think it was 68 autonomous regions, if that’s what it was.
Boyle: It’s more dangerous than that! In that Obama’s mentor at Columbia was Brzezinski. And Brzezinski ran the foreign affairs apparatus for Obama’s campaign and he has staffed the Obama administration with his acolytes and protégés, like McFaul – the recently resigning ambassador.
Robles: I’m sorry, can you expand a little bit on McFaul? You said he is one of Brzezinski’s protégé.
Boyle: Yes, he is from the Hoover Institute at Stanford, which is a neo-conservative operation out there, and Brzezinski is one of these people.
Robles: Was McFaul chosen by Brzezinski?
Boyle: I think all the high-level appointments in the Obama administration in foreign affairs have been run by Brzezinski. That is my personal feeling looking at it. Yes, Brzezinski decided not to take a position himself, but all these people that have surrounded Obama, not just on Russia, but other areas, are Brzezinski protégés and indeed that goes back in the Democratic Party I think since Carter came to power and Brzezinski was his National Security Advisor. You know, he was the one who started the Afghan Mujahidin war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and bragged about it.
So, within the Democratic Party Brzezinski is considered to be their foreign affairs guru and he was Obama’s mentor at Columbia, and it is a matter of public record that Brzezinski was running the foreign affairs apparatus for the Obama campaign.
Boyle: So, I certainly believe he helped staff this administration on foreign affairs matters.
Robles: People are thinking about a reset and trying to improve relations. And I don’t think anyone knew that it was all Brzezinski, because people knew who Brzezinski was a long time ago.
Boyle: Right. Well, this I think is part of their plan to see the crackup of the Russian Federation, at the end of the day. Sure, that’s I think what his objective is.
You know, if you want to get credentialed as an expert on Russia, you have to go to somewhere like Columbia or Harvard, or Chicago and get your Master’s degree or PhD from people like that. At Harvard they also had Richard Pipes, he was the Reagan’s top guru on the Soviet Union, The Committee on the Present Danger.
I had Pipes for imperial Russian history, again, another expatriate Pole who hates the Russians with passion. Pipes was so bad in his course on Imperial Russian history, he used to break into sweat when he was lecturing on Peter the Great or Catherine the Great and had to take a handkerchief out of his pocket and wipe his brow. So, he is another fanatic against the Russians, only prominent in the Republican Party.
So, we don’t really have … you know Professor Cohen at NYU I think is fair, balanced and reasonable when it comes to Russia. He just wrote something in The Nation on Ukraine. And I think he wrote a very good book on Russia. But you know, he is really the exception to a pretty abysmal rule here in the United States when it comes to training and credentialing what were Soviet and now Russian experts.
Robles: So, why are you fair-minded Sir?
Boyle: I try to come at Russia and the Soviet Union with an open mind. I lived through the Cuban missile crisis and I concluded that probably the most important issue of my time would be to learn to understand Russia across the board and the Soviet Union. So, that’s why I spent the ten years studying at the University of Chicago and Harvard and getting formally credentialed in these areas.
And I have to say I was pretty appalled. I did have Professor Edward Keenan at Harvard who was my teacher, mentor and friend. And he was Director of the Russian Research Center. And he is very fair, balanced and reasonable, and Professor Harold Berman at Harvard Law School, again, very fair, balanced and reasonable. But that was pretty much about it.
I was invited over twice by the Soviet Government to lecture, once around the country in 1986 and then in 1989. And I guess they just figured I was a reasonable American to talk to. And I was open, I met with people and lectured and I seemed to get along with everyone. We didn’t necessarily agree about everything, but at least we could try to talk it out.
But that’s not what we are seeing now. That’s for sure! As we know from the Nuland tape here with the US Ambassador in Kiev, she admits they had spent at least $5 billion right away now trying to promote opposition to the democratically elected government in Ukraine. Whatever you think of Yanukovych, he is democratically elected and so far I think he’s shown a remarkable restraint.
Interview with Professor Francis Boyle. He is a Professor in International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. That was part 1 of a longer interview. You can find the rest of this interview on our website at voiceofrussia.com
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“Many of the same companies that benefited from increased Pentagon and war spending were top contractors for other security related agencies. For example, Lockheed Martin was not only the top contractor for the Pentagon, but it also ranked number one at the Department of Energy; number eight at the Department of Homeland Security (Boeing was number one); number two at the State Department; and number three at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Contracts let by these agencies were only a fraction of the levels awarded by the Pentagon, but they were significant nonetheless. For example, the Department of Homeland Security issued $13.4 billion in contracts in FY2008, NASA $15.9 billion, the State Department $5.5 billion, and the Department of Energy $24.6 billion.”
This dramatic growth in budgets is even more significant, when viewed in the context of world expenditures of other counties. Leaving aside the relative merits of the dangers and risk of external threats, the gigantic enterprise of fostering the biggest military apparatus in history has made select factions rich at the expense of the many.
“A new report has detailed how the military has cooked the books to hide trillions, that’s right trillions, in missing money and equipment. The military calls them “plugs,” a curious term for fraud. These are knowingly fake figures used to hide the fact that there is no accurate record of the money.
The plugs are generally the work of the office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Pentagon’s main accounting agency. Required to complete an audit, the staff simply faked the numbers.”
“Over the past 10 years, the Defense Department has signed contracts for the provision of more than $3 trillion in goods and services. How much of that money is wasted in over-payments to contractors, or was never spent and never remitted to the Treasury, is a mystery. That’s because of a massive backlog of “closeouts” – audits meant to ensure that a contract was fulfilled and the money ended up in the right place.”
A rational reform of a depraved money laundering arrangement is impossible without a fundamental repudiation of the internationalist foreign policy doctrines that permeates the State Department. Funding advance technological warfare platforms that are unheard of to even congressional oversight is profoundly unconstitutional.
When such practices become routine, the economic incentives breed crooked abuses. The obligations for responsible public policy are methodically destroyed, when transparency is eliminated.
“The Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a law that requires annual audits of all government departments. That means that the $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996, the first year it was supposed to be audited, has never been accounted for. That sum exceeds the value of China’s economic output last year.”
Evidently, the elites that benefit from bilking appropriations and the board members that steer the defense contractors want the con to continue. For all the money directed towards maintaining the war machine, our actual security become less secure.
Banks laundry ill-gotten gain, as prevailing practice, in the normal course of business because the arm merchants are protected players in the trade. The reprehensible circle that the dogs of war unleash the cash flow from their illicit drug sales, through arms sales, allows for the smooth transfer of hidden blood money into number accounts.
Such an organized system of mutual payoffs greases the ever growing industry of fear and destruction. All the missing money is buried in the unknown cashes of subterranean tyranny. Creating false flag threats allows for imaginary scourges to be new enemies. Protection from such manufactured foes is the real business of the military-industrial-complex.
So, when more details surface about the lost and unaccounted military funding money, it is just part of the price of keeping you safe.
James Hall – February 19, 2014
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The little known George P. Bush (from the powerful Bush Dynasty) is rising to political power in Texas on his ‘Hispanic’ credentials. His rising star is a Trojan Horse towards stopping a “Blue State” from emerging in Texas, swinging potentially Democratic voters back to the GOP, while priming the Southwest for the immigration reforms designed by his father Jeb Bush at the Council on Foreign Relations – in turn part of the larger plan to usher in a North American Union and seize vast land areas for the planned Trans-Texas Corridor which will fast-track NAFTA-on-steroids global trade.
With George P. Bush, grandson of George H.W. Bush, campaigning in Texas to secure political office and his place in the 4th generation Bush Dynasty as a “Hispanic” leader, a Latino activist named Hector Cubillos confronted him on the inconvenient truth of his family’s Nazi connections. George P. Bush was named after Sen. Prescott S. Bush, the father of George H.W. Bush, who was a partner at Union Banking Corporation – a bank that had its assets frozen under the 1942 Trading With the Enemy Act for financing Hitler and the Nazis.
Interview with activist Hector Cubillos who confronted George P. Bush & key details on the big picture agenda:
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Writing for the Atlantic Council, a prominent think tank based in Washington DC, Harlan K. Ullman warns that an “extraordinary crisis” is needed to preserve the “new world order,” which is under threat of being derailed by non-state actors like Edward Snowden.
In an article entitled War on Terror Is not the Only Threat, Ullman asserts that, “tectonic changes are reshaping the international geostrategic system,” arguing that it’s not military superpowers like China but “non-state actors” like Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and anonymous hackers who pose the biggest threat to the “365 year-old Westphalian system” because they are encouraging individuals to become self-empowered, eviscerating state control.
“Very few have taken note and fewer have acted on this realization,” notes Ullman, lamenting that “information revolution and instantaneous global communications” are thwarting the “new world order” announced by U.S. President George H.W. Bush more than two decades ago.
“Without an extraordinary crisis, little is likely to be done to reverse or limit the damage imposed by failed or failing governance,” writes Ullman, implying that only another 9/11-style cataclysm will enable the state to re-assert its dominance while “containing, reducing and eliminating the dangers posed by newly empowered non-state actors.”
Ullman concludes that the elimination of non-state actors and empowered individuals “must be done” in order to preserve the new world order. A summary of their material suggests that the Atlantic Council’s definition of a “new world order” is a global technocracy run by a fusion of big government and big business under which individuality is replaced by transhumanist singularity.
Ullman’s rhetoric sounds somewhat similar to that espoused by Trilateral Commission co-founder and regular Bilderberg attendee Zbigniew Brzezinski, who in 2010 told a Council on Foreign Relations meeting that a “global political awakening,” in combination with infighting amongst the elite, was threatening to derail the move towards a one world government.
Ullman’s implied call for an “extraordinary crisis” to reinvigorate support for state power and big government has eerie shades of the Project For a New American Century’s 1997 lament that “absent some catastrophic catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor,” an expansion of U.S. militarism would have been impossible.
In 2012, Patrick Clawson, member of the influential pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) think tank, also suggested that the United States should launch a staged provocation to start a war with Iran.
Ullman’s concern over failing state institutions having their influence eroded by empowered individuals, primarily via the Internet, is yet another sign that the elite is panicking over the “global political awakening”
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Who is Dr. Harlan K. Ullman?
Mr. Shock & Awe
Ullman, Mr. “Shock and Awe” himself, is one of the Neoconservatives who planned the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He’s a retired U.S. Naval Commander who is known as the mastermind behind the U.S. “Rapid Dominance” strategy used in the bombing of Iraq in April, 2003. Indeed, he coined the phrase, “Shock and Awe”. He is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Atlantic Council. One of his books, a product of the National Defense University, promotes the doctrine of shock and awe. It technically is known as “rapid dominance” and is a military doctrine based on the use of “overwhelming decisive force”, “dominant battlefield awareness”, “dominant maneuvers”, and “spectacular displays of power” to “paralyze an adversary’s preception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight”.
After the election of Obama in 2008, the driving impetus of the anti-war movement evaporated. No longer did it matter that the wars, covert operations, military tribunals and prison torture camps were continuing. In fact, it did not even matter that American military involvement escalated with the Obama handover, expanding into Pakistan and Yemen, involving more drone strikes and extrajudicial assassinations. This was, after all, a Democrat, and so many on the anti-war left were appeased. Groups like Veterans For Peace, which had so loudly and so admirably called for the impeachment of Bush for his participation in war crimes and atrocities have been happy to look the other way while “their guy” in the White House forwards the very same agenda.
Get your “village” away from my Child!
CNSNews.com – In addressing criticism of the Common Core national education standards, a panelist at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, said critics were a “tiny minority” who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because “the children belong to all of us.”
The CAP was founded by John Podesta, former chief of staff to Bill Clinton and now an adviser to President Barack Obama. At a CAP event to promote Common Core on Friday, CNSNews.com asked about the critics who say federal monetary incentives attached to Common Core is driving the states to implement the standards.
Paul Reville, the former secretary of education for Massachusetts and a Common Core supporter, said, “To be sure, there’s always a small voice – and I think these voices get amplified in the midst of these arguments – of people who were never in favor of standards in the first place and never wanted to have any kind of testing or accountability and those voices get amplified.”
“But those are a tiny minority,” he said. “An overwhelming majority of teachers are saying this is something – as [panelist] Toby [Romer] said – that makes sense.”
Reville continued, “Again, the argument about where it came from I think privileges certain sort of fringe voices about federalism and states’ rights, and things of that nature, when really what we’re doing at the national level here now, state by state, is what a lot of our states thought made sense individually.”
“Why should some towns and cities and states have no standards or low standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move [to different states in their educational lives]?”
“And the same logic applies to the nation,” Reville said. “And it makes sense to educators. It makes sense to policymakers, and it’s why people have voluntarily entered into this agreement.”
“So, it’s less about where it came from and more about, ‘Okay, now we settled on this as a set of targets, what are the strategies we need to implement, to be successful at it?’ because educators and students want to be successful,” Reville said.
The Common Core website describes the creation and mission of the standards as follows:
“The nation’s governors and education commissioners, through their representative organizations the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) led the development of the Common Core State Standards and continue to lead the initiative.”
“Teachers, parents, school administrators and experts from across the country together with state leaders provided input into the development of the standards,” reads the website.
“The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt,” says the website. “The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four-year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.”
But critics such as Lindsey Burke, a Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation who has studied the standards, said the initiative is about federal funding and centralizing education rules.
“Common Core was developed by two national organizations, it’s adoption incentivized with billions in federal funding and waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind, and the national tests funded with federal grants,” Burke said.
“These are not the hallmarks of a ‘state-led’ process,” she said. “Moreover, these are not high standards.”
“They are, to reference the work of Stanford Professor of Mathematics Emeritus James Milgram, standards that prepare students for ‘non-selective community colleges,’” Burke said. “The English Language Arts standards de-emphasize the reading of fiction and classic literature in favor of informational texts.”
“But most concerning, Common Core removes the ability of parents and teachers to direct academic content and will have a homogenizing effect on the educational choices available to families,” Burke said.
The Washington Post published a commentary on Jan. 20 by Marion Brady, a retired teacher and author, who explained why Common Core has been criticized by people of all political stripes.
“Few oppose standards, but a significant number oppose the Common Core State Standards,” Brady wrote. “Those on the political right don’t like the fact that—notwithstanding the word ‘State’ in the title—it was really the feds who helped to railroad the standards into place.”
“Resisters on the political left cite a range of reasons for opposing the standards—that they were shoved into place without research or pilot programs, that they’re a setup for national testing, that the real winners are manufacturers of tests and teaching materials because they can crank out the same stuff for everybody—just to begin a considerably longer list,” Brady wrote.
But Jennifer Davis, co-founder and president of the National Center on Time and Learning who moderated the panel at CAP, told CNSNews.com that teachers are “truly embracing” Common Core.
“On the teacher side, I mean, all of the work were doing all over the country we’re finding teachers truly embracing and knowing that Common Core is important for their children and for their future in their schools,” Davis said, adding at one point, “It takes a village” to get this kind of education reform accomplished.
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The Killer (his alleged male prostitute boyfriend) is already out of jail, and “Gay Ray” aint talkin. This is more than we know about our 44th prez. What is the rest of the story? Recently the Hawaiian woman who “approved” Obama’s BC died in a plane crash. If you know something about Cousin Barry…. RUN!
EXCLUSIVE: Obama’s high school pot dealer who he thanked for the ‘good times’ was beaten to death with a hammer by his gay lover
- Raymond Boyer was known as ‘Gay Ray’ to Obama and his marijuana smoking ‘Choom Gang’ of privately-educated kids at Hawaiian high school
- Ray was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in 1986, seven years after he supplied the future president and his friends with drugs
- Lover Andrew Devere, a male prostitute, gave police a variety of reasons for the murder
- He said surfer Boyer put him down constantly and broke wind in his face
- Court documents uncovered for the first time by MailOnline
- Choom is island slang for pot smoking and group went on excursions to countryside to get high and party, sometimes in Ray’s surf van
- Devere is now living on the mainland after serving his life sentence
- Obama last week said marijuana was no more dangerous than alcohol
- Devere’s new wife Elizabeth told MailOnline doing drugs is fine if you are rich and ‘have the tools to deal with it’ but not if you are poor with problems
President Obama’s high school pot dealer who he thanked in his yearbook for the ‘good times’ was beaten to death by his lover after a series of fights over flatulence and drugs, MailOnline can reveal today.
Raymond Boyer, known as ‘Gay Ray’ to Obama and his marijuana smoking ‘Choom Gang’, was bludgeoned to death with a hammer seven years after he sold the future president and his friends drugs.
His lover Andrew Devere, a male prostitute, gave police a laundry list of reasons for the killing, including that Boyer, a surfer and unemployed chef, constantly put him down, made him beg for drugs and had a habit of breaking wind in his face.
Good times: Obama thanked Ray in his high school yearbook alongside his family and his Choom Gang buddies
The sordid end to the life of Boyer at 37 was in direct contrast to the young men he supplied drugs to who all went on to lead successful and productive lives.
Since getting high with Obama and his private school educated friends he lost his job as the manager of a local pizzeria and ended up on welfare living above a car repair shop.
The full extent of Ray’s grisly end and the bizarre reasons for it were set out in mitigation by Devere, who was jailed for life for the murder.
Appeal court documents from 1991, uncovered for the first time by MailOnline, reveal Devere killed Boyer on New Year’s Day 1986 because: Boyer was killing a friend of his by supplying that friend with drugs; Boyer embarrassed Devere and put him down in front of other people; Boyer had developed a habit of farting in Devere’s face; Boyer once attacked Devere with a knife, slicing Devere’s finger; Boyer made Devere beg for drugs.
Finally, the documents say the last straw came on the morning that Devere killed Boyer when the victim had refused to give Devere money to buy medication to soothe the murderer’s sore throat.
Obama has never hidden his drug taking youth and recently put on record that he felt that marijuana was no worse than alcohol.
Killer: Andrew Devere, pictured in a variety of mugshots over the years, was sentenced to life for the grisly crime. He said he killed Boyer because he broke wind in his face, was killing a friend by selling him drugs, didn’t pick up his medicine for a sore throat and insulted him in public. Devere is now free and living on the mainland
Party bus: Obama and the Choom Gang used to go to parties in the hills in Ray’s surf van (file photo) and get high. Weed was rife in Hawaii during the counter-culture years of the 1970s and often smoked openly
He mentioned in his own autobiography that he took drugs. And David Maraniss’s book ‘Barack Obama: The Story’ revealed the existence of the Choom Gang (Choom is slang for smoking pot) and their dealer ‘Ray’.
It was even known that ‘Ray’ had been murdered but only now can the MailOnline can reveal the full tragic story of his life.
Raymond Boyer, originally from California, was an athletic surfer who earned a living as the day manager of a pizza restaurant near the private school where Obama and his teenage friends were taught in Hawaii.
Mama Mia Pizza restaurant, which also had a bar, was at the centre of a thriving university scene in Honolulu during the counter culture days of 1979.
At the time, marijuana – or pakalolo as it was known locally – was flourishing on the island. It was grown in the hills and sold and smoked openly on the streets and beaches.
Boyer, 30 at the time, lived the archetypal hippy existence, sleeping in an old bus with two pet monkeys, and enjoying in full the promiscuous and hedonistic lifestyle of the gay community on the Pacific island.
He also dealt drugs to friends – and it was through supplying marijuana that he came into contact with the young Obama, known as Barry, who was attending Punahou school nearby.
Obama, 18, who was only just beginning to explore his black roots – having been brought up by his white grandparents – was a leading member of a group called the Choom Gang.
Choom is island slang for pot smoking and the group went on excursions to the countryside where they would get high and party, sometimes in Ray’s surf van.
Experiments: Obama, 18, who was only just beginning to explore his black roots – having been brought up by his white grandparents – was a leading member of a group called the Choom Gang
Choom: The gang, whose other passions were beer and basketball, even made up rules about the smoking of ‘bud’. Obama was particularly fond of the ‘interception’ and ‘roof hits’, according to a biography
The gang, whose other passions were beer and basketball, even made up rules about the smoking of ‘bud’.
One of them was that you skipped a turn if you did not inhale properly and the other, a favorite of Obama, was that you could grab an extra drag of a joint if you elbowed in and shouted ‘intercepted’.
The young Obama popularized the concept of ‘roof hits’, when all the windows of a car were rolled up so you could suck up the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.
‘Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated,’ Tom Topolinski, one member of the Choom Gang, told Maraniss.
‘Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted “Intercepted!”, and took an extra hit. No one seemed to mind.’
Ray, although older, was an integral part of the gang, known for his ability to ‘score good bud’ and drive them up nearby Mount Tantalus to party.
He even got a mention in Obama’s school yearbook as the teenager wrote his thanks to: ‘Tut [his grandmother], Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times.’
While the other members of the gang went onto university and careers as lawyers, writers and businessmen, Ray’s wild life was just beginning to unravel.
He lost his job at Mama Mia’s and lived above a car repair shop in a rundown area of downtown Honolulu.
His relationships became ever more sordid and he ended up sleeping with a gay prostitute drug addict called Andrew Devere, 17 years his junior.
This was to be his undoing.
As he slept on New Year’s Day 1986, Devere, upset with Ray’s treatment of him, took a claw hammer and literally beat his brains out. His body was not found until eight days later.
Devere said that he had meant to shoot Boyer but could not get a gun and was planning to kill him at night but he fell asleep. He finally bludgeoned him to death the next morning.
Formative: It emerged last week that Obama believes that marijuana is no more dangerous than booze
Privileged: Devere’s current wife Elizabeth suggested that rich people have ‘the right tools’ to deal with taking drugs, but those like Devere, a former male prostitute, didn’t and they ‘subtract from the good’
He said: ‘I wasn’t mad at him at the time that I did it…. But I knew I had to do it because…. later on … I knew that I would, you know, I would forget about how he treated me’.
Devere, who jailed for life for the murder but released in 2007, has since moved to the mainland.
He now has a wife and although has since been convicted of minor drug offenses holds down a job.
He is too traumatized to talk about his old life but his wife, Elizabeth, told MailOnline that the gruesome episode was a warning to anyone.
‘He is embarrassed about it but I told him that you cannot run from it,’ she said. ‘Drugs always alter your mind. I have a past myself. Because of the drugs and his lifestyle it was a really tough environment to survive in.
‘He survived by being a prostitute. I think drugs affect people in different ways. It depends how you are brought up.
‘If you have the right tools to deal with them then it’s okay. But if not they definitely subtract from the good.’