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Are Recessions Inevitable?

Ron Paul Aug 19, 2019

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Stocks fell last week following news that the yield curve on Treasury notes had inverted. This means that a short-term Treasury note was paying higher interest rates than long-term Treasury note. An inverted yield curve is widely seen as a sign of an impending recession.
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Behind a Made-for-TV Hong Kong Protest Narrative, Washington is Backing Nativism and Mob Violence

Dan Cohen Aug 19, 2019

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President Donald Trump tweeted on August 13 that he “can’t imagine why” the United States has been blamed for the chaotic protests that have gripped Hong Kong. 

Trump’s befuddlement might be understandable considering the carefully managed narrative of the US government and its unofficial media apparatus, which have portrayed the protests as an organic “pro-democracy” expression of grassroots youth. However, a look beneath the surface of this oversimplified, made-for-television script reveals that the ferociously anti-Chinese network behind the demonstrations has been cultivated with the help of millions of dollars from the US government, as well as a Washington-linked local media tycoon. 

Since March, raucous protests have gripped Hong Kong. In July and August, these demonstrations transformed into ugly displays of xenophobia and mob violence. 

The protests ostensibly began in opposition to a proposed amendment to the extradition law between Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, and Macau, which would have allowed Taiwanese authorities to prosecute a Hong Kong man for murdering his pregnant girlfriend and dumping her body in the bushes during a vacation to Taiwan.
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End Foreign Aid to Israel and Everyone Else

Jacob G. Hornberger Aug 20, 2019

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Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are calling on the US Congress to reevaluate US foreign aid to the Israeli government. Their reason? Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, denied entry into Israel for the two of them, owing to their public support of the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions movement, a global protest against the Israeli government’s longtime mistreatment of Palestinians.

Omar stated:

We give Israel more than $3 [billion] in aid every year. This is predicated on them being an important ally in the region and the only democracy in the Middle East. But denying a visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally, and denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy.
Unfortunately, however, Omar and Tlaib, like the rest of their Democratic counterparts, just don’t get it. In fact, neither does their nemesis, President Trump, and his Republican cohorts. Not only should the US government stop foreign aid to the Israeli regime, it should stop it for every other regime in the world.

For one thing, consider that the Trump administration is spending $1 trillion this year more than it is bringing in with taxes. The difference? He’s borrowing it, thereby adding another trillion dollars to the $22 trillion dollars in federal debt that is already hanging over American taxpayers.
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Trump Administration Wants Permanent Repeal of the 4th Amendment

Aug. 19 - Departing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent Congress a letter requesting that several features of the misnamed USA FREEDOM Act be made permanent, allowing the US government to spy in Americans in perpetuity. The Trump Administration wants to be able to intercept phone calls and text messages as well as snoop into business records and other violations of the Fourth Amendment. The FREEDOM Act was passed after Ed Snowden revealed that the NSA was illegally spying on American citizens. Falsely advertised as "reform," the replacement bill only made "legal" the illegality of the PATRIOT Act. Will Americans find the will to oppose this creeping tyranny? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:



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Red Flag Laws Are Far from Harmless
When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.”
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Neocons See Hong Kong as China’s ‘Soft Underbelly’ – Daniel McAdams
Are suggestions that the US government is involved with the Hong Kong protest just more Beijing paranoia? RPI's Daniel McAdams points out that US support for the Hong Kong separatists goes back years and US government officials' ties to the protest leaders are widely and openly established. How far is China willing to go to shut down the US-backed regime change operation? RPI's Daniel McAdams speaks to RT America about it...
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ISIS Comeback in Syria and Iraq? McAdams on RT America
Is ISIS really making a "comeback" in Syria and Iraq? RPI's Daniel McAdams talks to RT America about a new Pentagon Inspector General report finding that ISIS is transitioning from a territory-holding entity to an insurgency. US news media is seizing upon the report to argue that the US cannot continue its withdrawal from Syria, but do they really want the US to forever illegally occupy Syrian territory?
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President Trump’s Response to Shootings Includes an Internet Crackdown
After any mass shooting, you can expect many politicians to jump in front of reporters and voters to herald support for cracking down on the ability of people to obtain, keep, and carry guns. President Donald Trump fits that mold, expressing his continuing support for imposing red flag laws to deprive people of their guns in his Monday statement in response to killings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
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Is This The End Of The Fed? Surviving The Coming Crisis - With Guest Jeff Harris
Yesterday's Fed rate cut was much too little for President Trump, but moving toward zero or negative rates only hastens the coming economic collapse. Long-time financial management expert Jeff Harris joins today's Report to discuss what the collapse might look like and what people might do to protect themselves. Watch today's Liberty Report...
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