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Paul Craig Roberts: VP Biden's Harvard Speech on Foreign Policy Could Backfire

Hawaii Political Info note: RIA Novosti is a Russian-government-owned news outlet.

WASHINGTON, October 4 (RIA Novosti), Liudmila Chernova – Speech of the US Vice President Joe Biden can backfire on Washington, as it embarrasses the European Union members and demonstrates the US has intimidated them, Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, believes.

"One of the possible consequences is that his speech embarrasses European governments by showing that Europe is Washington's vassal," Roberts told RIA Novosti on Friday. "The other is that by pressing Europeans to act against their own interests, Washington might have been too much of a bully and hurt its future influence in Europe."

US Vice President said Thursday that the United States and US President Barack Obama, in particular, had forced the European Union members to "take economic hits to impose cost" on Russia.

"It is true that they did not want to do that. But again, it was America's leadership and the President of the United States insisting," Biden noted, speaking at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

"It is a known fact that Western European peoples and business interests, and even the governments themselves oppose Washington's sanctions on Russia," Roberts noted, underlining that many Europeans know full well that Russia is not responsible for the trouble in Ukraine. "They know that the cause is Washington's use of the CIA and the NGOs established by the National Endowment for Democracy and other US "democracy groups" to orchestrate protests and use the protests to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine."

"Washington forced its European vassal states to impose sanctions on Russia," the former assistant Secretary of the Treasury said, adding that one of the US aims was to portray Russia, not Washington, as the government that is interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine and must be punished.

"By punishing Russia, the sanctions support Washington's propaganda that it is Russia that is the aggressor," he asserted. "This image also serves to boost the budgets of Washington's military and security complex in order to defend NATO countries against the alleged "Russian threat."

Another aim of the sanctions is to break up Europe's economic and political relationships with Russia, according to Roberts.

"Washington is afraid that growing relationships between Europe and Russia will loosen Washington's hold on Europe. European countries do not have independent foreign policies, and Washington wants to keep it that way," Roberts stated.

In addition, Roberts thinks its goal was also to answer the Republicans' claims that Obama had taken a weak position in foreign policy and toward Russia, as Biden's speech comes one month before the November general elections in the US.

"Biden emphasized that Obama was strong and forced Europe to take action against Europe's own interests. In other words, Obama gives orders to Europe just as Stalin gave orders to the Warsaw Pact," former assistant Secretary of the Treasury said. "Obama, like Stalin, is a man of steel. The speech is a domestic political message designed to neutralize Republican criticisms of the Democrats' foreign policy," Roberts explained.

Over the past few months, the United States has introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia, blaming Moscow for meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs – claims that Russia has repeatedly denied. The EU and US allies have followed in Washington's footsteps, drawing up their own blacklists.

In August Moscow responded to western sanctions, implementing a one-year ban on certain food imports from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway.

Link:

Joe Biden's Full Speech at Harvard (video) [Hawaii Political Info] Oct 4, 2014

Is US Govt Actively Working to Spread Ebola in America?

Natural News

By Mike Adams
Editor, Natural News

The more closely our team investigates the facts about Ebola here at Natural News, the more I'm convinced the United States government is intentionally trying to increase the spread of the outbreak rather than contain it. I realize this assertion may sound outlandish, but review the evidence below and decide for yourself. This story is extensively sourced with verifiable links.

As microbiologist Dr. Gil Mobley recently said in protest of all the lies and disinformation, "CDC is lying! ... [and] If they're not lying, they are grossly incompetent." [1]

Here are the top ten pieces of evidence that point to the U.S. government seemingly wanting to see Ebola spread even more. Because, just as Dr. Mobley says, if all this isn't intentional, then it's a showcase of extreme incompetence on the part of government:

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City Council Improprieties May Invalidate HNL Rail Approval


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)

September 29, 2014

Key votes on the city rail transit project and other issues might be invalidated because Honolulu City Council members failed to disclose conflicts of interest after being wined and dined by lobbyists.

City Ethics Commission records show that former council members Romy Cachola, Todd Apo, Nestor Garcia and Donovan Dela Cruz as well as current council members Ikaika Anderson and Ann Kobayashi were treated to meals worth more than $200 each several on several occasions by lobbyists between 2006 and 2012. The city lawmakers then voted on rail transit stations, the rail project and rezoning land but none of them apparently declared a conflict as required by law.

So the ethics commission is now looking into a key issue.

"Whether there are any unlawful gifts that required disclosure and the disclosure did not occur, making council members' votes null and void," said Chuck Totto, executive director of the city Ethics Commission.

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The 5 Proposed State Constitutional Amendments on Your Ballot

Honolulu Magazine

Get to know these five constitutional amendments up for vote across the state. Plus, seven county charter amendments on the Big Island, Maui and Kaua‘i.

By Honolulu Magazine staff

September 29, 2014

This year, there are five constitutional amendments up for vote across the state. Here are the questions as they will appear on the ballot, with links to the full text of each proposed amendment at capitol.hawaii.gov. Any questions should be directed to the appropriate clerk's office: House, 586-6400; or Senate, 586-6720.

H.B. 420, H.D. 1
CON AMEND: Relating to Disclosure of Judicial Nominees

“Shall the judicial selection commission, when presenting a list of nominees to the governor or the chief justice to fill a vacancy in the office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court, circuit courts or district courts, be required, at the same time, to disclose that list to the public?”

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Duke Aiona 2014 - A Hawai'i Where Housing Is Affordable

...and a Living Wage Possible

Campaign ad published on YouTube September 26, 2014

The True Status of Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq

October 5, 2014

After 13 years of war in Afghanistan – the longest in US history – the US government has achieved no victory. Afghanistan is in chaos and would collapse completely without regular infusions of US money. The war has been a failure, but Washington will not admit it.

More than 2,000 US fighters have been killed in the 13 year Afghan war. More than 20,000 Afghan civilians were also killed. According to a study last year by a Harvard University researcher, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost in total between four and six trillion dollars. There is no way of looking at the US invasion of Afghanistan and seeing a success.

So in light of this failure, what does the Obama Administration do? Do they admit the mistake? Do they pull the remaining US troops out of Afghanistan and try to avoid making matters even worse? No! As with all US government programs, if the desired result is not achieved they just pump in more resources and continue with the same policies. The past 13 years have been an utter failure, so this past week the US government signed on for ten more years of war!

US troops were legally required to be out of Afghanistan by the end of this year, according to a status of forces agreement between the US and Afghanistan. The US was unsuccessful in negotiating a new status of forces agreement with outgoing president Hamid Karzai. The Afghan leader had grown critical of the US military presence – which has actually increased under President Obama. So, the US needed a new puppet in government.

As international correspondent Eric Margolis pointed out recently, the elections in Afghanistan earlier this year were a farce. The candidates were hand-picked by the US government. Furthermore, wrote Margolis, “[t]he largest, most popular party in Afghanistan, Taliban…[has] been excluded as ‘terrorists’ from the current and past elections.”

But they got their new status of forces agreement. US troops will remain through 2024.

The United States’ war on Iraq has also been a failure. The neocons want to blame the current disintegration of Iraq on President Obama for pulling US troops out. This is historical revisionism at its worst. The real blame goes to those who put the troops in in the first place.

In fact, President Obama didn’t even want to pull US troops out of Iraq. He had tried to re-negotiate a new status of forces agreement with the Maliki government in Iraq, but Maliki hesitated to extend immunity from prosecution to the remaining US troops. The US responded by turning on Maliki, eventually demanding that he step down even though he had been elected.

Maintaining US troops in Iraq would not have prevented the current unrest there for the simple reason that it was the presence of US troops in the first place that caused the unrest. It was the US invasion that led to the emergence of al-Qaeda in Iraq and other extremist Islamist groups. This should not have been a surprise to war planners: Saddam Hussein had been using brutal means to keep these groups at bay for decades. The same is true with Afghanistan.

The Taliban government of 2001 in Afghanistan did not attack the United States. Al-Qaeda did. But the 2003 US attack on Iraq under false pretenses removed a leader who had fought ruthlessly against al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist fighters. The result was that the al-Qaeda we were supposed to be fighting in Afghanistan flourished in post-invasion Iraq, along with other even more brutal groups. Will our government ever learn that invasion and occupation are not the solution, but rather the problem? No new status of forces agreement can change that basic fact.

Panos Prevedouros on Alternative Solutions

Hawaii's lone Republican state senator (out of 25), Sam Slom, interviews University of Hawaii civil engineering professor Panos Prevedouros on Hawaii's traffic woes. Prevedouros' specialization is traffic.

September 4, 2014

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A caucus of one: Hawaii’s lonely Republican [Jewish Telegraph Agency] May 2, 2014

Poka Laenui: A Look at the Gaza Strip

September 18, 2014


Poka Lenui bio

Candidate Interview: State House District 51 and State House District 4

October 2, 2014

PBS Hawaii introduction: On the Windward side of Oahu, last year's special legislative session on same-sex marriage has been a major driver in the general election contest to represent House District 51 (Kailua and Waimanalo). Incumbent Representative Chris Lee, who championed the marriage equality legislation, is being challenged by insurance executive Wayne Hikida, whose opposition to the new law drew him into the political ring.

The program's second half features candidates for House District 4 – Puna on Hawaii Island, which was first battered by Hurricane Iselle and is now under threat from lava. Democrat Joy San Buenaventura and Republican Gary Thomas are trying to fill controversial Representative Faye Hanohano's seat after the incumbent was unseated in the Democratic primary. Daryl Huff moderates both discussions.

Israel's Diabolical Handling of Gaza

Backed by U.S. public opinion, the U.S. Congress, and U.S. cash

Paul Craig Roberts introduction to the Noam Chomsky commentary below: Noam Chomsky, a moral voice in the West, is 86 years old. Former President Jimmy Carter, another of the rare moral voices in the West turned 90 on October 1, three days ago. What will become of us in the West when these great men pass away and the moral voice in the West goes silent? Who can take their place? Obama? Biden? Jeb Bush? Hilary Clinton? Mitch McConnell? Harry Reid? Nancy Pelosi? John Boehner? Jack Lew? Lloyd Blankfein? Jamie Dimon? Janet Napolitano? Phyllis Wise? James Clapper?

There are no replacements. The total evil that America has become will soon be apparent to the world.

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Facts on the Ground

By Noam Chomsky

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Noam Chomsky, MIT professor emeritus in linguistics, grew up as the child of two Russian Jewish immigrants in Philadelpia. His father was a professor of Hebrew at Gratz College. Chomsky is well-known as one of America's prominent activists.

October 04, 2014 “ICH” – On Aug. 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind.

The agreement calls for an end to military action by Israel and Hamas as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

This is, however, just the most recent of a series of cease-fire agreements reached after each of Israel’s periodic escalations of its unremitting assault on Gaza.

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Links:

PCR Interviewed by pravda.ru about the attempt by the Advanced Placement History Curriculum to introduce some honesty into the teaching of US history [PaulCraigRoberts.org] Oct 3, 2014

Paul Craig Roberts on corporatism and Mosler on the economy [YouTube] (28 min 1 sec) Oct 2, 2014

PCR interviewed by blogtalkradio [PaulCraigRoberts.org] Oct 3, 2014

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