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'We Tortured Some Folks...And Thinking About Torturing Some More Folks'
The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration is considering a return to the Bush-era interpretation of the UN Convention Against Torture, which is that it does not apply to torture conducted outside US borders. This would mean that those conducting what would be considered torture in the US would not be legally liable for such actions in CIA facilities or US military prisons overseas.

20 October 2014read on...

Germany Knows Who Shot Down Flight MH-17?
That is the claim of the head of German intelligence, BND, writes German newsmagazine Der Spiegel over the weekend. On RT, RPI's Daniel McAdams remains skeptical of these supposed German claims and criticizes the secrecy and lack of transparency in the investigation....

20 October 2014read on...

Only One US Congressman Cares About US Military?
US Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), a Ron Paul Institute Board Member, expressed his concerns yesterday over the Obama Administration's decision to deploy thousands of US military personnel to Africa without Congressional authorization.

19 October 2014read on...

'Revisionist' Russia Has Moved to the 'Doorstep of NATO'?
Senior members of the Obama administration appear to be hopelessly unschooled in basic geography and history. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday, attempting to ratchet up his government's revisionist anti-Russia rhetoric, told the Association of the United States Army that the United States military "must deal with a revisionist Russia — with its modern and capable army — on NATO's doorstep.”

18 October 2014read on...

With Us Or With the Terrorists?
Immediately after the 9/11 attacks on the United States, then-President George W. Bush told a joint session of Congress that “either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

17 October 2014read on...

White House 'Inherently Resolved' to Defeat ISIS
Sometimes it takes a while for the PR folks to come up with a branding scheme for another US war.

16 October 2014read on...

Phony ISIS Fight and Ukraine's Gas Problems — McAdams and Taylor on Real News of Week
What is Obama's war on ISIS going to cost? Well is the US really at war with ISIS? Or is it a war for regime change in Syria? RPI Director Daniel McAdams again visits with Jay Taylor to go over the real news of the week.

14 October 2014read on...

Khorasan Group: Anatomy of Propaganda
Remember the Khorasan Group? It was only three weeks ago, when the Obama Administration was desperate for any kind of legal justification for its plan to begin bombing Syria, that we began hearing about a horrifically dangerous group that was worse than ISIS and was in the final stages of planning an attack on the United States.

14 October 2014read on...

New Post
Is Baghdad about to fall to ISIS, a group which the US media has told us is more evil than evil itself (except, of course, for the Khorasan Group, which is far more terrifying)?

12 October 2014read on...

Crimes and Hope: Ron Paul's Conversation With Lew Rockwell
Two legendary voices for peace and liberty are at the top of their game in this historic conversation between Ron Paul and his first Congressional chief of staff, Lew Rockwell. Having worked so long for Dr. Paul I can say it sounds in many ways like the conversations we would have in his Congressional office in the 2000s-2010s. I imagine Lew Rockwell, who went before my colleagues and me, in Dr. Paul's Congressional office sitting down and bouncing ideas off of him. Listening to Dr. Paul's perspectives and latest thinking. Taking that as inspiration for further research. It brings back so many memories.

11 October 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Dennis Kucinich: US Fueled Christian Persecution in Iraq; More Intervention Is Not the Answer


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Former US House of Representatives member and Democratic Party presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, speaking Wednesday with Bill Hemmer on Fox News, explained that “Christians, in effect, are receiving the blowback from the US war against Iraq,” and that further US intervention in that country is not the answer.

Kucinich elaborates that the US government’s invasion and occupation of Iraq starting in 2003 fueled the situation today with the Christian population of Iraq reduced by three-quarters. Kucinich explains that this population reduction arose in large part from Christians, along with people in other religious minorities, being “targeted by jihadists who did not have a presence in Iraq prior to the US invasion.”

Regarding ISIS’ persecution of Christians in Iraq, Kucinich, an RPI Advisory Board member, notes that ISIS has benefited from financial aid from the US and US “allies” including Saudi Arabia, as well as from US-supported training in Jordan. Kucinich additionally suggests that the US Congress should investigate possible ties between the US Central Intelligence Agency and ISIS.

Here is a sample of Kucinich’s analysis in the interview:
Well, if we’re concerned about ISIS waging genocide, then we should be concerned about the fact that the US government helped to fund jihadists who were wiping out Christians in Syria. I mean, the American people have to understand that these groups that are right now working inside of Iraq and in Syria have basically been supported with money from Saudi Arabia and resources from the United States. Some of them were trained in Jordan. And now they’re attacking Christians in Iraq. We have to change our international policy. Every occupation, every intervention, fuels an insurgency, and Christians are getting the blowback from this. We’ve got to look at what America does in helping to fuel these wars where Christians are the ones to take it in the neck.
Concerning US intervention in Iraq, Kucinich succinctly sums up his position, stating:

The United States should have never gone in in the first place, and us going back creates even more problems.

Watch the complete interview here:


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