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Leaked Phone Call: Kiev Killers Hired by Maidan Leaders

The snipers who shot and killed protesters and police in Kiev were hired by the riot leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet. The riot leaders themselves have been working with the U.S. and EU, as the conversation between Jewish Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, make clear.

The video has been squelched by You Tube, which, when the user clicks onto the site to view the video, finds himself on a page which will not allow viewing unless he signs into YouTube "to confirm your age." Once he manages to do that, he still doesn't get to see the video. More questions are asked: "Help us keep your account secure. Just verify your mobile phone number, and we'll let you know if we notice unusual activity in your account," with more barriers to come.

YouTube, owned by Google, with this kind of barriers in place, appears to have cut down significantly the number of people who hear this highly important telephone conversation. Nevertheless, it has over 900,000 views, which doesn't count views on non-YouTube sites, such as Hawaii Political Info.

Estonian Foreign Ministry confirms authenticity of leaked call


Dennis Kucinich on U.S. Involvement in Ukraine

Bill O'Reilly tries hard to get former Democratic U.S. Rep. from Ohio Dennis Kucinich to utter a sound bite that Bill and others in the mainstream media can use to try to make him look bad among low information Americans.

Kucinich lost his seat in the Ohio 2012 primary election, a victim of Repubican gerrymandering.

Bill O'Reilly leans heavily Republican and seldom if ever sees a war that the U.S. can get into that he doesn't like, as one might expect from a Fox anchor. The prickly pear is not Kucinich-friendly.


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Ohio gerrymandering costs Congress a liberal [MSNBC] Mar 7, 2012

Can the U.S. Afford Ukraine?

Sunday March 9, 2014

Officially, US debt stands at more than $17 trillion. In reality, it is many times more. The cost of the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq may be more than six trillion dollars. President Obama’s illegal invasion of Libya cost at least a billion dollars and left that country devastated. The costs of US regime change efforts in Syria are likely thus far enormous, both in dollars and lives. That’s still a secret.

So who in his right mind would think it is a good time to start a war with Russia over Ukraine? And worse, who would commit the United States to bail out a Ukraine that will need at least $35 billion to survive the year?

Who? The president and Congress, backed by the neocons and the so-called humanitarian interventionists!

The House voted overwhelmingly last week to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. That is just the beginning, you can be sure. But let’s be clear: this is not money for the population of that impoverished country. The Administration is sending a billion dollars from US taxpayers to wealthy international bankers who hold Ukrainian debt. It is an international bank bailout, not aid to Ukrainians. And despite the escalating anti-Russia rhetoric, ironically some of that money will likely go to Russia for Ukraine’s two billion dollar unpaid gas bill!

So what happened in Ukraine? The US government and media claims that the US must save Ukrainian democracy from an invading Russian army that is threatening the country’s sovereignty. But in reality the crisis was instigated in part by US meddling. Remember the intercepted telephone call in which two senior Obama Administration officials discussed plans to replace the elected government in Ukraine with US puppets? That is exactly what happened. Is that not a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty? Is that what democracy is all about?

The Obama Administration’s policy toward Ukraine is hypocritical. The overthrow of the government in Kiev by violent street protests was called a triumph of democracy, but when the elected parliament in autonomous Crimea voted last week to hold a referendum to decide its future, President Obama condemned it as a violation of international law. What about the principle of self-determination, which is also enshrined in international law?

I have long thought that a referendum to reorganize Ukraine into a looser confederation of regions might help reduce tensions. I still believe this could help, but it seems the US government is not so enthusiastic about democracy when there is a chance for an outcome it opposes.

I strongly believe that Crimeans have every right to transfer sovereignty over their peninsula to Russia if they wish. The only question that remains is whether there will there be an honest election, and I don’t see any reason there can’t be.

The US government tells the rest of the world, “We want you to be good democrats and have elections,” but if they don’t elect the right people then we complain about it and throw them out, like we did in Egypt. In Crimea they want to have an election to determine their future. President Obama condemned those plans for a vote by saying, “We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.” Does he not remember that the authorities in Kiev were installed just weeks ago after a US-backed coup against the Ukrainian constitution?

Congress next week will likely vote for sanctions against Russia. Though many mistakenly believe that sanctions are a relatively harmless way of forcing foreign countries to do what we say, we should be clear: sanctions are an act of war.

Cooler heads in the United States are not currently prevailing. There is a danger of an unimaginable conflict between the US and Russia. We must demand a shift away from a war footing, away from incendiary rhetoric. We are broke and cannot afford to “buy” Ukraine. We certainly cannot afford another war, especially with Russia!

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Snowden EU Testimony Released to Public

Edward Snowden says in testimony to the European Union that "There are many other undisclosed programs that would impact EU citizens' rights, but I will leave the public interest determinations as to which of these may be safely disclosed to responsible journalists in coordination with government stakeholders."

Shadow Rapporteur Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP, Greens Group, Germany, asked, "Could we help you in any way, and do you seek asylum in the EU?"

Snowden replied, "If you want to help me, help me by helping everyone: declare that the indiscriminate, bulk collection of private data by governments is a violation of our rights and must end. What happens to me as a person is less important than what happens to our common rights.

"As for asylum, I do seek EU asylum, but I have yet to receive a positive response to the requests I sent to various EU member states. Parliamentarians in the national governments have told me that the US, and I quote, "will not allow" EU partners to offer political asylum to me, which is why the previous resolution on asylum ran into such mysterious opposition. I would welcome any offer of safe passage or permanent asylum, but I recognize that would require an act of extraordinary political courage."

Click on "1 attachment" (pdf) below to read the rest of Snowden's testimony to the European Union.

European Border Changes from 1140 to 2012

Hawaii Political Info introduction: This map showing rapidly changing borders over time give a clue as to the amount of aggression and war that has gone on in Europe and why feelings run high in certain countries against their neighbors.

Uploaded on YouTube May 17, 2012

U.S. State Dept. Says Putin Lying on Ukraine

Hawaii Political Info introduction: In what Reuters says is a "highly unusual" move, and RT says was sent out to news sources, the U.S. State Department has issued an official statement saying that President Putin is giving false information on the Ukrainian crisis.

The Russian government was not amused.

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President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
March 5, 2014

As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.”

Below are 10 of President Vladimir Putin’s recent claims justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine, followed by the facts that his assertions ignore or distort.

1. Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. It is “citizens’ defense groups,” not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea.
 
The Facts: Strong evidence suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea. While these units wear uniforms without insignia, they drive vehicles with Russian military license plates and freely identify themselves as Russian security forces when asked by the international media and the Ukrainian military. Moreover, these individuals are armed with weapons not generally available to civilians.

Read more . . .

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich responds [Russia Today (Russian government-funded news source)] Mar 6, 2014

Did U.S. Carry Out a Coup in Ukraine?

March 4, 2014


Transcript

Russian Ambassador: 'Power in Kiev Has Nothing to Do with Democracy'

Published on YouTube Mar 8, 2014

Russia Today introduction: Russia's UN envoy has slammed the US mainstream media for ignoring the staggering leak - which revealed it was Ukraine's former opposition who allegedly ordered the shooting on Maidan. For more, RT talks to Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.

The Looting of Ukraine Has Already Begun

Ukrainian pensions to be cut in half

By Paul Craig Roberts

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Read more . . .

Mainstream Media's Mistakes on Ukraine

Published on YouTube Mar 7, 2014

Russia Today introduction: At an EU summit in Brussels, Ukraine's interim Prime Minister has claimed that there are Russian tanks on the ground in the country. That's despite Ukraine's own border patrol maintaining that no forces had crossed the frontier. Well in her regular report - Gayane Chichakyan has put together the many other claims around events in Ukraine that simply don't add up.

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