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Russian 'Soldiers Mothers Committees' -- a US Covert Op?
A major component in the latest western government and media claims of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is protests of the various Russian "Soldiers' Mothers Committes" over the supposed disappearance of their soldier sons in Ukraine. Absent compelling visual evidence of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, these NGOs are said to provide the evidence that, as NATO claims, 1,000 young Russians have been forced to go fight in Ukraine.

30 August 2014read on...

About That Russian Invasion...
Day after day we hear new frantic claims of a Russian incursion into -- or now, invasion of -- Ukraine. Thousands of Russian troops are fighting in Ukraine, we are told. The "evidence" is an ambiguous satellite photo procured from a private satellite firm and offered up by a NATO whose member states surely have far more sophisticated satellite intelligence capabilities.

29 August 2014read on...

Ron Paul and Charles Goyette: Syria and Iraq the Fruits of Interventionism
It was only weeks ago that President Obama requested an extra $500 million dollars for Syrian rebels. Now we are told that the US must start bombing some of those rebels in Syria. The elective Bush war in Iraq for WMDs that never were is a good case history in the folly of U.S. interventionism. But the rise of ISIS is an even more compact representation of interventionism’s contradictions and failures.

29 August 2014read on...

Freedom and Moose on Patriot's Lament in Alaska
I joined Alaska freedom fighters Jim O'Connor and Joshua Bennett at the Patriot's Lament radio program this week and I really would love for you to hear this show! After a wonderful conversation with these great guys, I had the double pleasure of being sent plenty of amazing photos by Joshua of the real free life in Alaska! Moose anyone?!?

29 August 2014read on...

Is a Nationwide Local Government Backlash Against Police Militarization Beginning?
KCRA TV is reporting that the Davis, California City Council voted Tuesday evening, after hearing from concerned people at the city council’s meeting, to get rid of the police department’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle. The police department had obtained the MRAP, which is valued at nearly $700,000, for free recently from the US government.

28 August 2014read on...

Liberty Across the Board: Ron Paul vs Boston Globe on The Right to Use Heroin
The Boston Globe published this week a guest editorial arguing, as RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul memorably did during a 2011 Republican presidential primary debate in South Carolina, that heroin should be legalized. While the Globe editorial presents strong arguments for heroin legalization, it shies away from discussing the right to use heroin. In contrast, when asked in the debate about legalizing heroin, Paul zeroed in on individual rights, saying that protecting the right to use heroin is part of his commitment to protecting liberty “across-the-board”...

28 August 2014read on...

Ron Paul Challenging Government Secrecy and the “Truther” Label
Ron Paul, speaking Friday with Charles Goyette in their weekly podcast discussion, decries the trend of the US government keeping more and more information secret. Paul also laments that people trying to discover the truth — whether about the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, or other matters regarding which the US government is keeping much information classified and thus out of sight — are disparagingly labeled “truthers.”

24 August 2014read on...

Against The Murder Machine: Daniel McAdams on the Lew Rockwell Show The wheels are coming off the US empire, RPI Director Daniel McAdams tells Lew Rockwell today. Chaos breaks out, unintended consequenses, blowback: ISIS, Kurds, PKK, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Libya, and more. 

In Kurdistan, the US arms the PKK, which is on its terrorist list, to fight the ISIS, which the US earlier armed and is also on the US terrorist list, McAdams points out.

23 August 2014read on...

Islamist Rise and The Fall of Tripoli Airport
Today Islamist fighters of the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) have taken control of the international airport in Tripoli, Libya, after weeks of intense fighting.

23 August 2014read on...

Ron Paul: The Battle is Between Liberty and Interventionism, Not Republicans and Democrats
In a Ron Paul Channel commentary on Wednesday, Ron Paul took issue with aspects of the August 7 New York Times article “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?” In particular, Paul argues that the article describes the growing influence of libertarianism wrongly when it pigeonholes libertarianism within the Republican Party. Instead, Paul explains, the crucial issue is Americans’ expanding understanding of libertarian ideas.

22 August 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

US and Russia Reach Agreement on Syria Weapons -- Can The US Stop Arming the Jihadists Now?


Kerry Lavrov

The US and Russia yesterday reached what looks to be a solid agreement on how to proceed with the dismantling of the chemical weapons stores of the Syrian government as well as destruction of Syria's production capabilities. Syria agreed to the Russian-proposed deal (with a little inspiration from US Secretary of State John Kerry) with the understanding that giving up its chemical weapons would avert a US military attack.

The agreement seems full enough of ambiguities regarding the consequences of less than full Syrian compliance to allow the US government some face-saving saber rattling about retaining the option to strike unilaterally, while being vague enough in defining what exactly constitutes non-compliance to make difficult a clear cut case for a UN Chapter 7 use of force resolution. In other words, seemingly win-win.

The process of identifying and destroying the Syrian cache of chemical weapons is supposed to be completed by next year, but adhering to such a timeline can be difficult. In 1997, the US promised to destroy its vast stores of chemical and biological weapons in ten years. Thirteen years later, the US retains some 2,611 tons of mustard gas and 524 tons of other chemical weapons, including sarin gas.

The US and Russian side have both indicated a new determination to bring the Syrian government and the insurgents fighting to overthrow it to a new round of talks in Geneva, optimistically by October. This is unlikely, however, as although the Russian side had managed to secure agreement to attend on the part of the Syrian government, with which it maintains cordial relations, the US has been completely unable to secure any agreement with the various insurgent factions it is supporting.

Western media and governments claimed that the armed Syrian rebellion started because the Syrian government fired on peaceful demonstrators. That has been proven false many times over, as it became clear that the Islamist extremist struggle against the secular Assad regime had been planned well in advance by forces outside Syria and had been armed from the start.

That Assad retains a level of popularity among the Syrian population -- particularly the Christian minority that has come under attack by the insurgents -- has been confirmed by polls and by the simple fact that two years into an insurgency heavily supported by outside powers he has managed to retain his position. If his government were as unpopular as was claimed, it would have been impossible to withstand the internal and external pressure.

The US/Russia agreement takes the WMD issue off the table for the US and its regime change allies in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and elsewhere. US action is required, it has been claimed, because the Syrian government's chemical weapons stores are a threat to the region and beyond. Those are to be secured by the UN.

So by what justification does the United States continue to arm and train, in violation of international law, the insurgents that seek to overthrow the Syrian government?

The answer is that there is no justification, as should be obvious at this point. Will the media begin asking these questions? Don't hold your breath, but there is a sense that a profound shift in the "unipolar moment" that has categorized the post-Cold War period has taken place. There is a sense that the tectonic plates of the existing world order have shifted slightly. History shows us that when a shift occurs, in plate tectonics and in world balance of power, the resulting earthquake can be sudden and profound.

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