Last week we saw an encouraging sign that the 50-year cold war between the US and Cuba was finally coming to an end. President Obama announced on Wednesday that the US and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and that embassies could be re-opened in each country by the end of the month.
For this achievement, which was resisted by vested interests in the US, Obama should be praised. However we shouldn't be too optimistic about truly establishing normal relations until we understand how relations became so abnormal in the first place. The destruction of relations between the two countries was preceded by US intervention on behalf of a hated Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista, which had turned the Cuban people against the United States and set the stage for the emergence of Fidel Castro.
In 1944, after Batista's first term as president of Cuba, he emigrated to the United States. When his campaign to return to office in 1952 looked lost, he led a military coup, seized power, and declared himself president. The US government quickly recognized his military junta as the legitimate government of Cuba and began propping him up. Much of the Cuban economy was in the hands of well-connected US companies, and the US government exerted its influence to their financial benefit.
The Cuban dictatorship was helped along by US assistance. The secret police was trained by the United States and was used to brutally suppress any political opposition. Almost all US aid to Cuba was in the form of military equipment used brutally against the Cuban people. The US was seen as the force behind Batista's dictatorship.
As John F. Kennedy said while campaigning for the presidency in 1960:
Fulgencio Batista murdered 20,000 Cubans in seven years ... and he turned Democratic Cuba into a complete police state -- destroying every individual liberty. Yet our aid to his regime, and the ineptness of our policies, enabled Batista to invoke the name of the United States in support of his reign of terror.
US intervention in Cuban affairs really got a boost when Batista was overthrown by the young revolutionary Fidel Castro. As Stephen Kinzer writes in the excellent book, "The Brothers," Castro's rise to power was not immediately condemned by the US. When Castro traveled to the US shortly after taking power, he met with Vice President Richard Nixon, who found that Castro "has those indefinable qualities which make him a leader of men." But Nixon worried that the US might not be able "to orient him in the right direction." Nixon was concerned that Castro sounded too much like Indonesian president Sukarno, who urged countries to join a non-aligned movement to resist both superpower camps at the time. The US could not tolerate the non-aligned movement and pushed a zero-sum game in global politics.
When Washington realized it could not control Castro, it embargoed the island and began launching plots to overthrow and even kill him. US policy likely was responsible for Castro turning to the Soviet Union in the first place.
This US intervention in Cuba's internal affairs continues to this day. Even under Obama several US plots to overthrow the regime have been exposed. So while opening an embassy in Havana is a positive step, this embassy must be used to help promote truly normal relations with Cuba. That means an end to the embargo, an end to the travel ban, and an end to US interference in Cuba's internal affairs. A more free and prosperous Cuba will not emerge as long as US interventionism continues to turn Cubans against the United States.
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July 5, 2015
By Paul Craig Roberts
With 90% of the votes counted, the Greek people have voted 61% to 39% against accepting the latest round of austerity that the EU is trying to impose on the Greek people for the benefit of the One Percent. What is amazing is that 39% voted for the One Percent against their own interests. This 39% vote shows that propaganda works to convince people to vote against their own interest.
The vote was not a vote to leave the EU. With the backing of the Greek nation, the Greek government hopes to reopen negotiations with the EU and to find a solution to the debt problem that will actually work. The EU objects to the Greek people having a voice in their fate, and unless common sense prevails is inclined to disregard the vote and to maintain the EU’s inflexible position that the debt issue can be resolved only on the EU’s terms. As has been made perfectly clear, these terms are more looting of the Greek economy by the One Percent.
As the Greek banks are closed and evidently cannot reopen without a resolution of the issue, EU inflexibility would force Greece to leave the euro and return to its own currency in order to reopen the banks. This would not require Greece’s departure from the EU as the UK and one or two other EU member states have their own currencies. However, most likely the EU and Washington and Washington’s Japanese, Canadian, and Australian vassals would attack the new Greek currency and drive its value in exchange markets to such a low value that Greece could not import and wealth held in Greek currency would be worthless abroad.
An inflexible EU creates conditions for Russia and China to act. These two powerful nations have the means to finance Greece and to bring Greece into the economic relationships established by these two countries and by the BRICS.
Alexander Dugin, a Russian strategic thinker who has the ear of the Russian government, has said:
“The Russians are on the side of the Greeks, we will not leave them alone in their suffering. We will help them and give them every possible support. Brussels and the liberal hegemony seek to dismantle Greece. We want to rescue it. We took our religions faith from Greece, as well as our alphabet and our civilization.”
Dugin said that the Greek referendum is the start of “the fundamental European liberalization process from the dictatorship of the New World Order.” He says this also is “our own endeavor.”
The Greek drama is far from over. Pray that the Russian and Chinese governments understand that rescuing Greece is the start of the process of unravelling NATO, Washington’s mechanism for bringing conflict to Russia and China. The One Percent have Italy and Spain targeted for looting, and eventually France and Germany herself. If the Greek people rescue themselves from the clutches of the EU, Italy and Spain could follow.
As Southern Europe departs NATO, Washington’s ability to create violence in Ukraine is diminished as the world realigns against the Evil Empire.
Washington’s power could suddenly diminish, thus saving the world from the nuclear war toward which Washington’s neoconservatives are pushing.
Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2015
About Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments and his Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.
'Greek referendum results may cause domino effect in other European countries' [Russia Today] Jul 5, 2015
Hawaii Political Info introduction: Blacks in Hawaii have blended in well, for the most part, but the Mainland can be a different story. Bill O'Reilly tells it as he sees it, backed by hard numbers, with political correctness going out the window. Surprisingly, he still has his job.
Taser Video Shows Final Minutes Before Man's Death
Honolulu, HI - The Honolulu Police Department released video footage Tuesday showing two officers deploying their electric stun guns on Sheldon Haleck, who died in their custody March 16 shortly after being arrested.
Few details have been released about Haleck’s death by HPD or the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office, which had refused to release his autopsy results. The family is still trying to find out what actually happened the night Haleck, 38, died in police custody, a family attorney has said.
On Tuesday, the Medical Examiner’s Officer finally released the cause and manner of Haleck’s death, saying he died of “multiple metabolic and cardiac complications” following a physical altercation with police.
June 30, 2015
California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill eliminating the state's personal beliefs exemption for school vaccine requirements - legislation that was prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland linked to low vaccination rates.
The new law, which makes California only the third state to eliminate religious and other personal vaccine exemptions, generated vociferous opposition from some parents, many of them fearing what scientists say is a debunked link between childhood vaccinations and autism.
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"The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Brown, a Democrat, wrote in his signing message. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."
Recorded on July 30, 2014
YouTube introduction: This is a presentation done by a long-time news-reporter, by the name of Alison Weir., who is the Executive Director of an organization by the name of "If Americans Knew," and the president of the "Council for the National Interest."
She is also the author of the book Against Our Better Judgment - The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel.
This presentation was recorded on July 30 of 2014 at the "Common Good Cafe", which is at the "University Temple United Methodist Church", of Seattle, Washington. It's an AMAZINGLY "eye opening" *AND* "mind-expanding" presentation.!!!
If Americans Knew (website)
Jews, Israel & Zionism [Hawaii Political Info] (Collection of articles & videos)
By Rosemarie Bernardo
June 30, 2015
State Rep. Tom Brower said he does not hold any animosity against the two people who allegedly assaulted him in Kakaako on Monday.
“This was just an unfortunate circumstance,” said Brower (D, Waikiki-Ala Moana-Kakaako) at a news conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.
He said he has not decided whether to press charges.
Hawaii Political Info introduction: Oahu, bristling with major military sites such as Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Camp Smith, Schofield Barracks, Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, Fort Shafter and more, is a prime target for the nuclear attack that Chuck Baldwin writes he is expecting soon.
Dr. Baldwin is a Baptist minister in Montana. He was a Constitution Party presidential candidate in 2008.
June 23, 2015
I may vehemently disagree with many of my preacher-brethren, but I believe most of them to be true Christian brothers.
However, the more I listen to John Hagee, the more I believe him to be the personification of a hireling. I believe Hagee is a modern manifestation of a wolf in sheep's clothing. I believe he is totally bought and paid for by foreign influence--like many of our politicians in Washington, D.C.
Hagee's teaching regarding--and preoccupation with--the modern secular, socialist state of Israel is so blatantly unscriptural it can only be described as heresy. I believe the Lord Jesus and the Apostle Paul warned us of people like Hagee.
Beyond that, people like John Hagee, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Sean Hannity, et al. are leading America into World War III. And I think they KNOW that is what they are doing.
But ALWAYS remember that the globalists are the ones pulling the strings. The neocon war in the middle east is only the precursor for world war. After U.S.-backed ISIS topples the Assad government in Syria, Israel will launch a nuclear attack against Iran. This cannot be too far off. Months at most. ISIS rebels already control nearly half of Syria.
Plus, NATO is goading and inciting Russia into war as we speak. Putin will NOT take that forever. Say what you will, he is one tough cookie.
As I have already noted, keep your eyes on North Korea. It is the trigger.
When the globalists are ready to start the nuclear war between Russia and America, North Korea will launch an all-out invasion of South Korea. WWIII will begin very quickly thereafter.
How soon will this happen? None of us knows. But, whatever else you hear, KNOW this is the plan. Heretofore, I thought we were looking at ten years or so. But now I'm not so sure. Events are escalating rapidly.
Not everyone can relocate, but if you live near a major military installation, know that you are sitting in the epicenter of any nuclear attack.
I strongly suggest everyone obtain a copy of Joel Skousen's excellent book, "Strategic Relocation." It pinpoints all of the primary nuclear targets.
I realize most people will not be interested in this post, as they are too mesmerized with FOX News, but ALL of the best research and resources available to me confirm this is EXACTLY the course on which we are headed.
John Hagee is little more than a shill for globalist warmongers. He is not a preacher; he is a puppet.
The Germans paid a steep, unimaginable price for losing the war. Here's a side of war and the dark side of human nature it reveals that we don't often hear about. This BBC film soft pedals British and American participation in the savagery.
Related: The late Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), a 442nd battle-hardened WWII veteran, gives his candid thoughts on why many veterans don't like to talk about their war experiences. It's a guilty conscience, a feeling he shares. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbCfOsunmKs
Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Colorado.