Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2018 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Sat, 20 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Sat, 20 Oct 2018 16:48:26 GMT Nevada Brothel Owner and Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Supporter Dennis Hof Has Died Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/16/nevada-brothel-owner-and-ron-paul-presidential-campaign-supporter-dennis-hof-has-died/

One of the quirky news stories of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign was the support Paul received from Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof and some of Hof’s employees. In Nevada, brothels may be legally operated in several counties.

Hof since entered elective politics himself, in June defeating an incumbent in a Republican primary race for the Nevada state Assembly.

Hof died this week.

Asked in a Reason interview about Hof’s support for Paul, Hof described himself as a libertarian and discussed the importance of states’ rights, making your own decisions, and a “live and let live” outlook.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nikki Haley, Canada Marijuana, Government Statistics, Expungement, Mexico Drug War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nikki-haley-canada-marijuana-government-statistics-expungement-mexico-drug-war/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams, in a Wednesday RPI email list message, discussed Nikki Haley’s Tuesday announcement that she will be leaving her position as United States ambassador to the United Nations. McAdams calls Haley an “extreme warhawk,” noting some of her comments regarding US relations with Russia, Syria, and North Korea in explanation. Yet, McAdams notes that the New York Times, in a Twitter post announcing Haley’s departure, said Haley is a “moderate Republican voice.” While calling Haley moderate seems absurd to someone who values peace, McAdams argues it may seem correct to many people in Washington, DC where “being extreme pro-interventionist and pro-war is the orthodoxy.”

You can sign up for the RPI email list by clicking on the “subscribe” link near the top of the web page ronpaulinstitute.org.

Issue two.

With countrywide marijuana legalization kicking in in Canada next week, Polly Washburn explored Wednesday at Marijuana Moment different ways Canada provinces are handling legalization.

One important way all the provinces’ marijuana laws will differ from those in American states that have legalized is the minimum age to purchase. Washburn writes:
As with alcohol, the age at which Canadians can purchase cannabis is lower than in the United States. In Quebec and Alberta, 18 year-olds will be able to purchase adult-use marijuana. In every other province, the legal age will be 19. By contrast, in the U.S., every state that has legalized recreational marijuana to date has set the legal age at 21, which is also the legal drinking age in the states.
Issue three.

Be skeptical of government statistics.

Take, for example, the US government’s widely reported measure of unemployment. When the new monthly unemployment statistic was announced last week, an Associated Press article started off by stating, “[t]he last time the U.S. unemployment rate was roughly as low as the 3.7 percent it is now” was in December of 1969.

However, Peter Schiff, in the October 5 episode of his podcast, explained that, while “all the headlines are ‘we have the lowest rate of unemployment since 1969,’” the 2018 to 1969 unemployment rate comparison is an “apples to oranges comparison” or even an “apples to refrigerators comparison.” Schiff elaborates that in 1969 people working part time but seeking full time work were considered unemployed as also were people who would like to work but have given up looking for work. Now all those people are not considered unemployed. If you compare “apples to apples,” Schiff says he believes the unemployment rate today would be “way above ten percent.”

Issue four.

In the February 3 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the San Francisco, California district attorney adopting a process whereby San Francisco prosecutors would review marijuana convictions for expungement or reduction so individuals would not have to undertake the difficult and expensive process of seeking the relief made available under California’s recently enacted recreational marijuana legalization.

Similar action has been taken in other cities, such as Seattle, Washington.

Now a state government is also pursuing automatic review of marijuana convictions. Lindsay Schnell wrote last week at USA Today that, while several states have laws allowing people with certain marijuana convictions the opportunity to pursue the reduction or removal of those convictions, last week, the California governor signed into law the first statewide legislation that charges a state government with undertaking the process automatically.

Issue five.

In the July 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Mexico government potentially legalizing marijuana given that Andrés Manuel López Obrador had won the presidential election the week before.

It turns out President-elect Obrador is, in fact, considering legalization of drugs beyond marijuana. Reuters reports that Obrador on Sunday said he “would consider legalizing certain drugs as part of a broader strategy to fight poverty and crime.”

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Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Hey, Loyola Students, Don’t Boycott Prof. Walter Block Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/09/hey-loyola-students-don-t-boycott-prof-walter-block/

Loyola University Economics Professor Walter Block starts off his Tuesday article at lewrockwell.com stating it has come to his attention “that many Loyola students will not enroll in my classes, will boycott my public lectures, will have nothing to do with me, because they think I favor slavery and am a racist and a sexist.” Block then proceeds to refute each of the assertions put forward to urge students to boycott him.

In addition to the boycott effort being based on false claims, it threatens to cause participating students to receive a much lesser college education. That is an argument Robert Wenzel convincingly presents in a Tuesday Target Liberty article. After providing his own refutation of the assertions used to support the Block boycott, Wenzel concludes with some comments regarding what students participating in the boycott will miss out on. Wenzel writes:
But aside from the specifics of Dr. Block's views, it is a particularly limited student mind that refuses to contemplate or consider thinking that is different from what a student already thinks he knows.

College should be a period of open thinking and consideration of all types of views.

The students boycotting Dr. Block will never do anything impressive on the intellectual front. They will be moved by the intellectual fads of the day. They will be anti-plastic straw today, and who knows, maybe pro-butt tattoos tomorrow. They are in an important way insignificant. The student that takes Dr. Block's class to challenge him or learn from him is taking the first step toward deep thought, independent thought and maybe original thought. This will be the type of person that may make an intellectual contribution down the road.
At the Ron Paul Institute, we highly value Block’s insights, especially regarding the institute’s areas of focus — advocacy for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home. We are thankful for Block’s membership in the institute’s Academic Board and hopeful that many Loyola University students will both reject the call to boycott Block and take advantage of their opportunity to learn with him.]]>
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Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell’s Wide-ranging Q&A at the Mises Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/08/ron-paul-and-lew-rockwell-s-wide-ranging-qa-at-the-mises-institute/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Drug War Treaty, Yemen, License Plate Readers, Marijuana Crackdown, Iran Summit Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/07/five-minutes-five-issues-drug-war-treaty-yemen-license-plate-readers-marijuana-crackdown-iran-summit/ A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Friday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Did you know that United States drug war policy can be dictated by an international treaty?

Kyle Jaeger reported Monday at Marijuana Moment that a newly released letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) advises that cannabis-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, does not meet the criteria for US government restrictions under any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act. However, the DEA ultimately decided last week to keep CBD in the most restrictive Schedule 1 and to put Epidiolex, a new FDA-approved epilepsy drug utilizing CBD, in the less restrictive Schedule 5, which allows doctor-prescribed use.

Why did the DEA not follow the FDA’s advice? Jaeger notes that correspondence between the two agencies indicates the DEA justified its decision by pointing to obligations under a treaty — the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Issue two.

Jason Ditz recounted Sunday at antiwar.com some specifics regarding one of the ways the US has played a key role in the Saudi Arabia-led war on Yemen. Ditz writes that new data from the US Air Force indicates that “the US has conducted 2,919 sorties, offloading 92.3 million pounds of fuel” to airplanes involved in the war on Yemen.

Issue three.

Last week, I wrote a blog post at the Ron Paul Institute website beginning with the observation that “[t]he United States government is using every bit of technology it can grab onto to facilitate mass surveillance.” In the blog post, I suggested that the US government may in the future use brain implant technology to snoop on and even manipulate people’s thoughts.

Here is a new means of technology-assisted mass surveillance the US government is planning to employ soon. Justin Rohrlich wrote Monday at Quartz that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is planning to purchase some of those trailer-mounted speed displays you have likely seen at the side of roads displaying the purported speed of approaching cars. But, here’s the catch. The DEA speed displays will also include license plate reader technology to identify cars. Rohrlich further notes that some license place readers also include facial recognition technology to identify people.

Issue four.

In a guest editorial last week at the Denver Post, Bob Troyer, after stating a bunch of highly-questionable “sky is falling” criticisms of marijuana legalization in Colorado, proceeds to this conclusion:
Now that federal enforcement has shot down marijuana grows on federal lands, the crosshairs may appropriately shift to the public harms caused by licensed businesses and their investors, particularly those who are not complying with state law or trying to use purported state compliance as a shield.
OK, an editorial says the US government should increase its marijuana law enforcement in one of the first states to relegalize recreational marijuana sales. That is often not a big deal. But, in this case, it may be a big deal because Troyer is the US attorney for the district of Colorado. He has the power to follow through on increasing US government enforcement of marijuana laws in the state.

I think any major increase in enforcement would be out of step with President Trump’s policy on the matter and, thus, would likely be stomped out rather quickly. Still, this development is something to watch.

Issue five.

In a new interview with Aaron Maté at The Real News, Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson examined relations between the US and Iran. In the interview, Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W Bush administration, suggests President Donald Trump may, prior to the November midterm election, announce that he will be sitting down with Iran President Hassan Rouhani to negotiate a deal. Such a move, says Wilkerson, would be similar to when Trump went to Singapore for a summit with Kim Jong-un of North Korea after Trump and Trump’s administration had regularly directed strong insults and threats at North Korea.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Iran Sanctions Workaround, Julian Assange, Venezuela, MeK, Wisconsin Hemp Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/30/five-minutes-five-issues-iran-sanctions-workaround-julian-assange-venezuela-mek-wisconsin-hemp/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

This week, the governments of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the European Union (EU) jointly announced their intention to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The SPV is intended to enable people in these governments’ jurisdictions to conduct trade with Iran in circumvention of United States sanctions.

Issue two.

In the June 23 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about how, at Ecuador’s London embassy, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks was being restricted to what seems much like solitary confinement in a prison. In contrast to his previous time of asylum at the embassy during which he could communicate with the world electronically and meet with guests, Assange was being deprived of visits and silenced. The weeks on end of isolation, I suggested, may be torture.

This isolation has now been imposed on Assange for 26 weeks — half a year.

Issue three.

In the September 15 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about President Donald Trump and high-level Trump administration officials commenting favorably about the use of military force against or the overthrowing of the Venezuela government.

On Thursday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined protestors outside the UN headquarters where she spoke through a megaphone. Agence France-Presse quotes Haley as saying at the protest, "We are going to fight for Venezuela and we are going to continue doing it until [Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro] is gone!"

In contrast, in a speech the day before at the UN General Assembly, Bolivia President Evo Morales advocated for the US butting out. Morales said:
The sister Bolivarian republic of Venezuela is suffering from outright aggression by the United States and its allies. Latin America strongly rejects attempts to intervene militarily in Venezuela. Venezuelan problems have to be resolved by the Venezuelan people themselves. The United States must immediately withdraw illegal and unilateral steps it has taken, which have been in fact one of the causes of the economic situation in that country.
Issue four.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Daniel Fried was tasked with ensuring the safe passage of members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, within Iraq and then to Albania.

In a Sunday BBC interview, Fried discussed United States National Security Advisor John Bolton a year ago and President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani last week presenting speeches at MeK-organized events in which they endorsed overthrowing the Iran government. Fried said that the MeK is a “radical group” with “characteristics of a cult organization” that he believes pays “rather well for the public support of various high profile advocates.”

Asked if anyone in Iran supports the MeK, Fried responds:
I don’t think so. I think it is thin support. I think their rather odd cultish qualities mean that more democratically-minded, more pro-Western elements of Iranian society, and there are significant pro-Western elements in Iranian society, would want to have nothing to do with the MeK.
Issue five.

Sixteen years ago this week, Ed Thompson was in the final weeks of his run for Wisconsin governor. The Libertarian candidate, whose campaign I co-managed, would end up winning over ten percent in the November general election.

Thompson promoted major changes in the state’s marijuana laws as key goals in his campaign platform. These changes included legalizing hemp farming and ending state restrictions related to recreational and medical marijuana.

One of those Thompson campaign goals has become reality in the state this year, though with more restrictions than Thompson supported: Hemp is being legally harvested in Wisconsin for the first time since the 1950s.

When will Wisconsinites also be able to possess and consume medical and recreational marijuana without fearing arrest? I expect it will take much less time than 16 more years for those changes to be adopted in Wisconsin and countrywide.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Good News: Court Dismisses Case Against Civil Disobedience Hero John Miska Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/28/good-news-court-dismisses-case-against-civil-disobedience-hero-john-miska/ wrote about John Miska having been arrested the previous weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia for buying some drinks and common household items in defiance of draconian restrictions imposed in the city over the weekend. Here is an update with good news: A local trial court has dismissed the prosecution of Miska.

The Rutherford Institute, which has been defending Miska and had filed a motion to dismiss the case against him, relates in a Friday statement that, “[i]n throwing out the charges against Miska, the court ruled that the provision of the ordinance used to justify Miska’s arrest is overbroad and unreasonable and, therefore, unenforceable.”

Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead, in his speech at the Ron Paul Institute’s August conference, spoke about Miska’s arrest and the “martial law” that had been imposed in Charlottesville. You can watch Whitehead’s speech here:

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Lawrence Wilkerson: ‘Irreconcilable Elements’ Stand in Way of Korean Deal Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/27/lawrence-wilkerson-irreconcilable-elements-stand-in-way-of-korean-deal/
Wilkerson points to “irreconcilable elements” as supporting his conclusion. These irreconcilable elements, says Wilkerson, are “China’s interest in not having a unified Korea with US presence still there, the North’s interest in not surrendering all of its nuclear weapons capability, the South’s interest ultimately in — if it is a unified peninsula — having those nuclear weapons itself, and, ultimately, both Koreas — were they to be united — wanting themselves to kick the United States presence off the peninsula.”

Wilkerson, who is an Academic Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, presented this conclusion near the end of an in-depth discussion of the ongoing negotiations.

One factor related to several of the irreconcilable elements Wilkerson lists is the US military presence in South Korea. Wilkerson says he supports, and advocated during much of his military career from which her retired as an Army colonel, removing US military forces from Korea. However, “we could go forever on the reasons” such a military withdrawal will not occur, he concludes, mentioning as among the reasons pressure from the military industrial complex and the military itself for maintaining the US military’s presence.

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

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Given Government’s Apparent Goal to Eliminate Our Privacy, Will Mandatory Brain Implants Be Next? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/25/given-government-s-apparent-goal-to-eliminate-our-privacy-will-mandatory-brain-implants-be-next/
Kurt Nimmo, whose written and video commentaries are posted at kurtnimmo.blog, suggests the likely answer to this question is “yes.” In a new seven-minute video, Nimmo provides an overview of why he believes so and how government may in the future be able to monitor our thoughts and, as Nimmo puts it, even “reboot” our brains to make them “think in a way acceptable to the state.”

Watch Nimmo’s video here:

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Advice for Young Libertarians: Check Out the Ron Paul Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/24/advice-for-young-libertarians-check-out-the-ron-paul-institute/

Over at 71 Republic, Joshua D. Glawson wrote Monday about libertarian and liberty-friendly organizations that every young libertarian should know about. The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) made the list.

Here is what Glawson writes about RPI, its email list, and its chairman and founder, Ron Paul:
The man, the myth, the legend himself, Dr. Ron Paul, is who got me into libertarianism. I am forever grateful to this man and his work. I had the honor of meeting him once through a YAL event, and it took everything I had not to shake his hand off because I was soo thrilled to meet him. His organization, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, has great video content advocating for Liberty and peace around the world. I cannot speak highly enough of Ron Paul and his organization, as he pushes his age in his 80s, he continues to do more for Liberty than most of us young men could ever even imagine. Be sure to sign up for his emails and stay motivated by his ongoing work.

(Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity about page.)
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Nevada Brothel Owner and Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Supporter Dennis Hof Has Died Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/october/16/nevada-brothel-owner-and-ron-paul-presidential-campaign-supporter-dennis-hof-has-died/

One of the quirky news stories of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign was the support Paul received from Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof and some of Hof’s employees. In Nevada, brothels may be legally operated in several counties.

Hof since entered elective politics himself, in June defeating an incumbent in a Republican primary race for the Nevada state Assembly.

Hof died this week.

Asked in a Reason interview about Hof’s support for Paul, Hof described himself as a libertarian and discussed the importance of states’ rights, making your own decisions, and a “live and let live” outlook.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nikki Haley, Canada Marijuana, Government Statistics, Expungement, Mexico Drug War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/october/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nikki-haley-canada-marijuana-government-statistics-expungement-mexico-drug-war/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams, in a Wednesday RPI email list message, discussed Nikki Haley’s Tuesday announcement that she will be leaving her position as United States ambassador to the United Nations. McAdams calls Haley an “extreme warhawk,” noting some of her comments regarding US relations with Russia, Syria, and North Korea in explanation. Yet, McAdams notes that the New York Times, in a Twitter post announcing Haley’s departure, said Haley is a “moderate Republican voice.” While calling Haley moderate seems absurd to someone who values peace, McAdams argues it may seem correct to many people in Washington, DC where “being extreme pro-interventionist and pro-war is the orthodoxy.”

You can sign up for the RPI email list by clicking on the “subscribe” link near the top of the web page ronpaulinstitute.org.

Issue two.

With countrywide marijuana legalization kicking in in Canada next week, Polly Washburn explored Wednesday at Marijuana Moment different ways Canada provinces are handling legalization.

One important way all the provinces’ marijuana laws will differ from those in American states that have legalized is the minimum age to purchase. Washburn writes:
As with alcohol, the age at which Canadians can purchase cannabis is lower than in the United States. In Quebec and Alberta, 18 year-olds will be able to purchase adult-use marijuana. In every other province, the legal age will be 19. By contrast, in the U.S., every state that has legalized recreational marijuana to date has set the legal age at 21, which is also the legal drinking age in the states.
Issue three.

Be skeptical of government statistics.

Take, for example, the US government’s widely reported measure of unemployment. When the new monthly unemployment statistic was announced last week, an Associated Press article started off by stating, “[t]he last time the U.S. unemployment rate was roughly as low as the 3.7 percent it is now” was in December of 1969.

However, Peter Schiff, in the October 5 episode of his podcast, explained that, while “all the headlines are ‘we have the lowest rate of unemployment since 1969,’” the 2018 to 1969 unemployment rate comparison is an “apples to oranges comparison” or even an “apples to refrigerators comparison.” Schiff elaborates that in 1969 people working part time but seeking full time work were considered unemployed as also were people who would like to work but have given up looking for work. Now all those people are not considered unemployed. If you compare “apples to apples,” Schiff says he believes the unemployment rate today would be “way above ten percent.”

Issue four.

In the February 3 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the San Francisco, California district attorney adopting a process whereby San Francisco prosecutors would review marijuana convictions for expungement or reduction so individuals would not have to undertake the difficult and expensive process of seeking the relief made available under California’s recently enacted recreational marijuana legalization.

Similar action has been taken in other cities, such as Seattle, Washington.

Now a state government is also pursuing automatic review of marijuana convictions. Lindsay Schnell wrote last week at USA Today that, while several states have laws allowing people with certain marijuana convictions the opportunity to pursue the reduction or removal of those convictions, last week, the California governor signed into law the first statewide legislation that charges a state government with undertaking the process automatically.

Issue five.

In the July 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Mexico government potentially legalizing marijuana given that Andrés Manuel López Obrador had won the presidential election the week before.

It turns out President-elect Obrador is, in fact, considering legalization of drugs beyond marijuana. Reuters reports that Obrador on Sunday said he “would consider legalizing certain drugs as part of a broader strategy to fight poverty and crime.”

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That’s a wrap.

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Hey, Loyola Students, Don’t Boycott Prof. Walter Block Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/october/09/hey-loyola-students-don-t-boycott-prof-walter-block/

Loyola University Economics Professor Walter Block starts off his Tuesday article at lewrockwell.com stating it has come to his attention “that many Loyola students will not enroll in my classes, will boycott my public lectures, will have nothing to do with me, because they think I favor slavery and am a racist and a sexist.” Block then proceeds to refute each of the assertions put forward to urge students to boycott him.

In addition to the boycott effort being based on false claims, it threatens to cause participating students to receive a much lesser college education. That is an argument Robert Wenzel convincingly presents in a Tuesday Target Liberty article. After providing his own refutation of the assertions used to support the Block boycott, Wenzel concludes with some comments regarding what students participating in the boycott will miss out on. Wenzel writes:
But aside from the specifics of Dr. Block's views, it is a particularly limited student mind that refuses to contemplate or consider thinking that is different from what a student already thinks he knows.

College should be a period of open thinking and consideration of all types of views.

The students boycotting Dr. Block will never do anything impressive on the intellectual front. They will be moved by the intellectual fads of the day. They will be anti-plastic straw today, and who knows, maybe pro-butt tattoos tomorrow. They are in an important way insignificant. The student that takes Dr. Block's class to challenge him or learn from him is taking the first step toward deep thought, independent thought and maybe original thought. This will be the type of person that may make an intellectual contribution down the road.
At the Ron Paul Institute, we highly value Block’s insights, especially regarding the institute’s areas of focus — advocacy for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home. We are thankful for Block’s membership in the institute’s Academic Board and hopeful that many Loyola University students will both reject the call to boycott Block and take advantage of their opportunity to learn with him.]]>
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Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell’s Wide-ranging Q&A at the Mises Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/october/08/ron-paul-and-lew-rockwell-s-wide-ranging-qa-at-the-mises-institute/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Drug War Treaty, Yemen, License Plate Readers, Marijuana Crackdown, Iran Summit Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/october/07/five-minutes-five-issues-drug-war-treaty-yemen-license-plate-readers-marijuana-crackdown-iran-summit/ A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Friday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Did you know that United States drug war policy can be dictated by an international treaty?

Kyle Jaeger reported Monday at Marijuana Moment that a newly released letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) advises that cannabis-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, does not meet the criteria for US government restrictions under any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act. However, the DEA ultimately decided last week to keep CBD in the most restrictive Schedule 1 and to put Epidiolex, a new FDA-approved epilepsy drug utilizing CBD, in the less restrictive Schedule 5, which allows doctor-prescribed use.

Why did the DEA not follow the FDA’s advice? Jaeger notes that correspondence between the two agencies indicates the DEA justified its decision by pointing to obligations under a treaty — the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Issue two.

Jason Ditz recounted Sunday at antiwar.com some specifics regarding one of the ways the US has played a key role in the Saudi Arabia-led war on Yemen. Ditz writes that new data from the US Air Force indicates that “the US has conducted 2,919 sorties, offloading 92.3 million pounds of fuel” to airplanes involved in the war on Yemen.

Issue three.

Last week, I wrote a blog post at the Ron Paul Institute website beginning with the observation that “[t]he United States government is using every bit of technology it can grab onto to facilitate mass surveillance.” In the blog post, I suggested that the US government may in the future use brain implant technology to snoop on and even manipulate people’s thoughts.

Here is a new means of technology-assisted mass surveillance the US government is planning to employ soon. Justin Rohrlich wrote Monday at Quartz that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is planning to purchase some of those trailer-mounted speed displays you have likely seen at the side of roads displaying the purported speed of approaching cars. But, here’s the catch. The DEA speed displays will also include license plate reader technology to identify cars. Rohrlich further notes that some license place readers also include facial recognition technology to identify people.

Issue four.

In a guest editorial last week at the Denver Post, Bob Troyer, after stating a bunch of highly-questionable “sky is falling” criticisms of marijuana legalization in Colorado, proceeds to this conclusion:
Now that federal enforcement has shot down marijuana grows on federal lands, the crosshairs may appropriately shift to the public harms caused by licensed businesses and their investors, particularly those who are not complying with state law or trying to use purported state compliance as a shield.
OK, an editorial says the US government should increase its marijuana law enforcement in one of the first states to relegalize recreational marijuana sales. That is often not a big deal. But, in this case, it may be a big deal because Troyer is the US attorney for the district of Colorado. He has the power to follow through on increasing US government enforcement of marijuana laws in the state.

I think any major increase in enforcement would be out of step with President Trump’s policy on the matter and, thus, would likely be stomped out rather quickly. Still, this development is something to watch.

Issue five.

In a new interview with Aaron Maté at The Real News, Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson examined relations between the US and Iran. In the interview, Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W Bush administration, suggests President Donald Trump may, prior to the November midterm election, announce that he will be sitting down with Iran President Hassan Rouhani to negotiate a deal. Such a move, says Wilkerson, would be similar to when Trump went to Singapore for a summit with Kim Jong-un of North Korea after Trump and Trump’s administration had regularly directed strong insults and threats at North Korea.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Iran Sanctions Workaround, Julian Assange, Venezuela, MeK, Wisconsin Hemp Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/30/five-minutes-five-issues-iran-sanctions-workaround-julian-assange-venezuela-mek-wisconsin-hemp/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

This week, the governments of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the European Union (EU) jointly announced their intention to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The SPV is intended to enable people in these governments’ jurisdictions to conduct trade with Iran in circumvention of United States sanctions.

Issue two.

In the June 23 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about how, at Ecuador’s London embassy, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks was being restricted to what seems much like solitary confinement in a prison. In contrast to his previous time of asylum at the embassy during which he could communicate with the world electronically and meet with guests, Assange was being deprived of visits and silenced. The weeks on end of isolation, I suggested, may be torture.

This isolation has now been imposed on Assange for 26 weeks — half a year.

Issue three.

In the September 15 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about President Donald Trump and high-level Trump administration officials commenting favorably about the use of military force against or the overthrowing of the Venezuela government.

On Thursday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined protestors outside the UN headquarters where she spoke through a megaphone. Agence France-Presse quotes Haley as saying at the protest, "We are going to fight for Venezuela and we are going to continue doing it until [Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro] is gone!"

In contrast, in a speech the day before at the UN General Assembly, Bolivia President Evo Morales advocated for the US butting out. Morales said:
The sister Bolivarian republic of Venezuela is suffering from outright aggression by the United States and its allies. Latin America strongly rejects attempts to intervene militarily in Venezuela. Venezuelan problems have to be resolved by the Venezuelan people themselves. The United States must immediately withdraw illegal and unilateral steps it has taken, which have been in fact one of the causes of the economic situation in that country.
Issue four.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Daniel Fried was tasked with ensuring the safe passage of members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, within Iraq and then to Albania.

In a Sunday BBC interview, Fried discussed United States National Security Advisor John Bolton a year ago and President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani last week presenting speeches at MeK-organized events in which they endorsed overthrowing the Iran government. Fried said that the MeK is a “radical group” with “characteristics of a cult organization” that he believes pays “rather well for the public support of various high profile advocates.”

Asked if anyone in Iran supports the MeK, Fried responds:
I don’t think so. I think it is thin support. I think their rather odd cultish qualities mean that more democratically-minded, more pro-Western elements of Iranian society, and there are significant pro-Western elements in Iranian society, would want to have nothing to do with the MeK.
Issue five.

Sixteen years ago this week, Ed Thompson was in the final weeks of his run for Wisconsin governor. The Libertarian candidate, whose campaign I co-managed, would end up winning over ten percent in the November general election.

Thompson promoted major changes in the state’s marijuana laws as key goals in his campaign platform. These changes included legalizing hemp farming and ending state restrictions related to recreational and medical marijuana.

One of those Thompson campaign goals has become reality in the state this year, though with more restrictions than Thompson supported: Hemp is being legally harvested in Wisconsin for the first time since the 1950s.

When will Wisconsinites also be able to possess and consume medical and recreational marijuana without fearing arrest? I expect it will take much less time than 16 more years for those changes to be adopted in Wisconsin and countrywide.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Good News: Court Dismisses Case Against Civil Disobedience Hero John Miska Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/28/good-news-court-dismisses-case-against-civil-disobedience-hero-john-miska/ wrote about John Miska having been arrested the previous weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia for buying some drinks and common household items in defiance of draconian restrictions imposed in the city over the weekend. Here is an update with good news: A local trial court has dismissed the prosecution of Miska.

The Rutherford Institute, which has been defending Miska and had filed a motion to dismiss the case against him, relates in a Friday statement that, “[i]n throwing out the charges against Miska, the court ruled that the provision of the ordinance used to justify Miska’s arrest is overbroad and unreasonable and, therefore, unenforceable.”

Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead, in his speech at the Ron Paul Institute’s August conference, spoke about Miska’s arrest and the “martial law” that had been imposed in Charlottesville. You can watch Whitehead’s speech here:

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Lawrence Wilkerson: ‘Irreconcilable Elements’ Stand in Way of Korean Deal Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/27/lawrence-wilkerson-irreconcilable-elements-stand-in-way-of-korean-deal/
Wilkerson points to “irreconcilable elements” as supporting his conclusion. These irreconcilable elements, says Wilkerson, are “China’s interest in not having a unified Korea with US presence still there, the North’s interest in not surrendering all of its nuclear weapons capability, the South’s interest ultimately in — if it is a unified peninsula — having those nuclear weapons itself, and, ultimately, both Koreas — were they to be united — wanting themselves to kick the United States presence off the peninsula.”

Wilkerson, who is an Academic Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, presented this conclusion near the end of an in-depth discussion of the ongoing negotiations.

One factor related to several of the irreconcilable elements Wilkerson lists is the US military presence in South Korea. Wilkerson says he supports, and advocated during much of his military career from which her retired as an Army colonel, removing US military forces from Korea. However, “we could go forever on the reasons” such a military withdrawal will not occur, he concludes, mentioning as among the reasons pressure from the military industrial complex and the military itself for maintaining the US military’s presence.

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

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Given Government’s Apparent Goal to Eliminate Our Privacy, Will Mandatory Brain Implants Be Next? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/25/given-government-s-apparent-goal-to-eliminate-our-privacy-will-mandatory-brain-implants-be-next/
Kurt Nimmo, whose written and video commentaries are posted at kurtnimmo.blog, suggests the likely answer to this question is “yes.” In a new seven-minute video, Nimmo provides an overview of why he believes so and how government may in the future be able to monitor our thoughts and, as Nimmo puts it, even “reboot” our brains to make them “think in a way acceptable to the state.”

Watch Nimmo’s video here:

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Advice for Young Libertarians: Check Out the Ron Paul Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/24/advice-for-young-libertarians-check-out-the-ron-paul-institute/

Over at 71 Republic, Joshua D. Glawson wrote Monday about libertarian and liberty-friendly organizations that every young libertarian should know about. The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) made the list.

Here is what Glawson writes about RPI, its email list, and its chairman and founder, Ron Paul:
The man, the myth, the legend himself, Dr. Ron Paul, is who got me into libertarianism. I am forever grateful to this man and his work. I had the honor of meeting him once through a YAL event, and it took everything I had not to shake his hand off because I was soo thrilled to meet him. His organization, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, has great video content advocating for Liberty and peace around the world. I cannot speak highly enough of Ron Paul and his organization, as he pushes his age in his 80s, he continues to do more for Liberty than most of us young men could ever even imagine. Be sure to sign up for his emails and stay motivated by his ongoing work.

(Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity about page.)
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Nevada Brothel Owner and Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Supporter Dennis Hof Has Died Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/october/16/nevada-brothel-owner-and-ron-paul-presidential-campaign-supporter-dennis-hof-has-died/

One of the quirky news stories of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign was the support Paul received from Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof and some of Hof’s employees. In Nevada, brothels may be legally operated in several counties.

Hof since entered elective politics himself, in June defeating an incumbent in a Republican primary race for the Nevada state Assembly.

Hof died this week.

Asked in a Reason interview about Hof’s support for Paul, Hof described himself as a libertarian and discussed the importance of states’ rights, making your own decisions, and a “live and let live” outlook.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nikki Haley, Canada Marijuana, Government Statistics, Expungement, Mexico Drug War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/october/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nikki-haley-canada-marijuana-government-statistics-expungement-mexico-drug-war/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams, in a Wednesday RPI email list message, discussed Nikki Haley’s Tuesday announcement that she will be leaving her position as United States ambassador to the United Nations. McAdams calls Haley an “extreme warhawk,” noting some of her comments regarding US relations with Russia, Syria, and North Korea in explanation. Yet, McAdams notes that the New York Times, in a Twitter post announcing Haley’s departure, said Haley is a “moderate Republican voice.” While calling Haley moderate seems absurd to someone who values peace, McAdams argues it may seem correct to many people in Washington, DC where “being extreme pro-interventionist and pro-war is the orthodoxy.”

You can sign up for the RPI email list by clicking on the “subscribe” link near the top of the web page ronpaulinstitute.org.

Issue two.

With countrywide marijuana legalization kicking in in Canada next week, Polly Washburn explored Wednesday at Marijuana Moment different ways Canada provinces are handling legalization.

One important way all the provinces’ marijuana laws will differ from those in American states that have legalized is the minimum age to purchase. Washburn writes:
As with alcohol, the age at which Canadians can purchase cannabis is lower than in the United States. In Quebec and Alberta, 18 year-olds will be able to purchase adult-use marijuana. In every other province, the legal age will be 19. By contrast, in the U.S., every state that has legalized recreational marijuana to date has set the legal age at 21, which is also the legal drinking age in the states.
Issue three.

Be skeptical of government statistics.

Take, for example, the US government’s widely reported measure of unemployment. When the new monthly unemployment statistic was announced last week, an Associated Press article started off by stating, “[t]he last time the U.S. unemployment rate was roughly as low as the 3.7 percent it is now” was in December of 1969.

However, Peter Schiff, in the October 5 episode of his podcast, explained that, while “all the headlines are ‘we have the lowest rate of unemployment since 1969,’” the 2018 to 1969 unemployment rate comparison is an “apples to oranges comparison” or even an “apples to refrigerators comparison.” Schiff elaborates that in 1969 people working part time but seeking full time work were considered unemployed as also were people who would like to work but have given up looking for work. Now all those people are not considered unemployed. If you compare “apples to apples,” Schiff says he believes the unemployment rate today would be “way above ten percent.”

Issue four.

In the February 3 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the San Francisco, California district attorney adopting a process whereby San Francisco prosecutors would review marijuana convictions for expungement or reduction so individuals would not have to undertake the difficult and expensive process of seeking the relief made available under California’s recently enacted recreational marijuana legalization.

Similar action has been taken in other cities, such as Seattle, Washington.

Now a state government is also pursuing automatic review of marijuana convictions. Lindsay Schnell wrote last week at USA Today that, while several states have laws allowing people with certain marijuana convictions the opportunity to pursue the reduction or removal of those convictions, last week, the California governor signed into law the first statewide legislation that charges a state government with undertaking the process automatically.

Issue five.

In the July 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Mexico government potentially legalizing marijuana given that Andrés Manuel López Obrador had won the presidential election the week before.

It turns out President-elect Obrador is, in fact, considering legalization of drugs beyond marijuana. Reuters reports that Obrador on Sunday said he “would consider legalizing certain drugs as part of a broader strategy to fight poverty and crime.”

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Hey, Loyola Students, Don’t Boycott Prof. Walter Block Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/october/09/hey-loyola-students-don-t-boycott-prof-walter-block/

Loyola University Economics Professor Walter Block starts off his Tuesday article at lewrockwell.com stating it has come to his attention “that many Loyola students will not enroll in my classes, will boycott my public lectures, will have nothing to do with me, because they think I favor slavery and am a racist and a sexist.” Block then proceeds to refute each of the assertions put forward to urge students to boycott him.

In addition to the boycott effort being based on false claims, it threatens to cause participating students to receive a much lesser college education. That is an argument Robert Wenzel convincingly presents in a Tuesday Target Liberty article. After providing his own refutation of the assertions used to support the Block boycott, Wenzel concludes with some comments regarding what students participating in the boycott will miss out on. Wenzel writes:
But aside from the specifics of Dr. Block's views, it is a particularly limited student mind that refuses to contemplate or consider thinking that is different from what a student already thinks he knows.

College should be a period of open thinking and consideration of all types of views.

The students boycotting Dr. Block will never do anything impressive on the intellectual front. They will be moved by the intellectual fads of the day. They will be anti-plastic straw today, and who knows, maybe pro-butt tattoos tomorrow. They are in an important way insignificant. The student that takes Dr. Block's class to challenge him or learn from him is taking the first step toward deep thought, independent thought and maybe original thought. This will be the type of person that may make an intellectual contribution down the road.
At the Ron Paul Institute, we highly value Block’s insights, especially regarding the institute’s areas of focus — advocacy for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home. We are thankful for Block’s membership in the institute’s Academic Board and hopeful that many Loyola University students will both reject the call to boycott Block and take advantage of their opportunity to learn with him.]]>
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Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell’s Wide-ranging Q&A at the Mises Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/october/08/ron-paul-and-lew-rockwell-s-wide-ranging-qa-at-the-mises-institute/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Drug War Treaty, Yemen, License Plate Readers, Marijuana Crackdown, Iran Summit Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/october/07/five-minutes-five-issues-drug-war-treaty-yemen-license-plate-readers-marijuana-crackdown-iran-summit/ A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Friday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Did you know that United States drug war policy can be dictated by an international treaty?

Kyle Jaeger reported Monday at Marijuana Moment that a newly released letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) advises that cannabis-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, does not meet the criteria for US government restrictions under any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act. However, the DEA ultimately decided last week to keep CBD in the most restrictive Schedule 1 and to put Epidiolex, a new FDA-approved epilepsy drug utilizing CBD, in the less restrictive Schedule 5, which allows doctor-prescribed use.

Why did the DEA not follow the FDA’s advice? Jaeger notes that correspondence between the two agencies indicates the DEA justified its decision by pointing to obligations under a treaty — the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Issue two.

Jason Ditz recounted Sunday at antiwar.com some specifics regarding one of the ways the US has played a key role in the Saudi Arabia-led war on Yemen. Ditz writes that new data from the US Air Force indicates that “the US has conducted 2,919 sorties, offloading 92.3 million pounds of fuel” to airplanes involved in the war on Yemen.

Issue three.

Last week, I wrote a blog post at the Ron Paul Institute website beginning with the observation that “[t]he United States government is using every bit of technology it can grab onto to facilitate mass surveillance.” In the blog post, I suggested that the US government may in the future use brain implant technology to snoop on and even manipulate people’s thoughts.

Here is a new means of technology-assisted mass surveillance the US government is planning to employ soon. Justin Rohrlich wrote Monday at Quartz that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is planning to purchase some of those trailer-mounted speed displays you have likely seen at the side of roads displaying the purported speed of approaching cars. But, here’s the catch. The DEA speed displays will also include license plate reader technology to identify cars. Rohrlich further notes that some license place readers also include facial recognition technology to identify people.

Issue four.

In a guest editorial last week at the Denver Post, Bob Troyer, after stating a bunch of highly-questionable “sky is falling” criticisms of marijuana legalization in Colorado, proceeds to this conclusion:
Now that federal enforcement has shot down marijuana grows on federal lands, the crosshairs may appropriately shift to the public harms caused by licensed businesses and their investors, particularly those who are not complying with state law or trying to use purported state compliance as a shield.
OK, an editorial says the US government should increase its marijuana law enforcement in one of the first states to relegalize recreational marijuana sales. That is often not a big deal. But, in this case, it may be a big deal because Troyer is the US attorney for the district of Colorado. He has the power to follow through on increasing US government enforcement of marijuana laws in the state.

I think any major increase in enforcement would be out of step with President Trump’s policy on the matter and, thus, would likely be stomped out rather quickly. Still, this development is something to watch.

Issue five.

In a new interview with Aaron Maté at The Real News, Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson examined relations between the US and Iran. In the interview, Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W Bush administration, suggests President Donald Trump may, prior to the November midterm election, announce that he will be sitting down with Iran President Hassan Rouhani to negotiate a deal. Such a move, says Wilkerson, would be similar to when Trump went to Singapore for a summit with Kim Jong-un of North Korea after Trump and Trump’s administration had regularly directed strong insults and threats at North Korea.

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Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Iran Sanctions Workaround, Julian Assange, Venezuela, MeK, Wisconsin Hemp Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/30/five-minutes-five-issues-iran-sanctions-workaround-julian-assange-venezuela-mek-wisconsin-hemp/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

This week, the governments of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the European Union (EU) jointly announced their intention to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The SPV is intended to enable people in these governments’ jurisdictions to conduct trade with Iran in circumvention of United States sanctions.

Issue two.

In the June 23 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about how, at Ecuador’s London embassy, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks was being restricted to what seems much like solitary confinement in a prison. In contrast to his previous time of asylum at the embassy during which he could communicate with the world electronically and meet with guests, Assange was being deprived of visits and silenced. The weeks on end of isolation, I suggested, may be torture.

This isolation has now been imposed on Assange for 26 weeks — half a year.

Issue three.

In the September 15 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about President Donald Trump and high-level Trump administration officials commenting favorably about the use of military force against or the overthrowing of the Venezuela government.

On Thursday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined protestors outside the UN headquarters where she spoke through a megaphone. Agence France-Presse quotes Haley as saying at the protest, "We are going to fight for Venezuela and we are going to continue doing it until [Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro] is gone!"

In contrast, in a speech the day before at the UN General Assembly, Bolivia President Evo Morales advocated for the US butting out. Morales said:
The sister Bolivarian republic of Venezuela is suffering from outright aggression by the United States and its allies. Latin America strongly rejects attempts to intervene militarily in Venezuela. Venezuelan problems have to be resolved by the Venezuelan people themselves. The United States must immediately withdraw illegal and unilateral steps it has taken, which have been in fact one of the causes of the economic situation in that country.
Issue four.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Daniel Fried was tasked with ensuring the safe passage of members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, within Iraq and then to Albania.

In a Sunday BBC interview, Fried discussed United States National Security Advisor John Bolton a year ago and President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani last week presenting speeches at MeK-organized events in which they endorsed overthrowing the Iran government. Fried said that the MeK is a “radical group” with “characteristics of a cult organization” that he believes pays “rather well for the public support of various high profile advocates.”

Asked if anyone in Iran supports the MeK, Fried responds:
I don’t think so. I think it is thin support. I think their rather odd cultish qualities mean that more democratically-minded, more pro-Western elements of Iranian society, and there are significant pro-Western elements in Iranian society, would want to have nothing to do with the MeK.
Issue five.

Sixteen years ago this week, Ed Thompson was in the final weeks of his run for Wisconsin governor. The Libertarian candidate, whose campaign I co-managed, would end up winning over ten percent in the November general election.

Thompson promoted major changes in the state’s marijuana laws as key goals in his campaign platform. These changes included legalizing hemp farming and ending state restrictions related to recreational and medical marijuana.

One of those Thompson campaign goals has become reality in the state this year, though with more restrictions than Thompson supported: Hemp is being legally harvested in Wisconsin for the first time since the 1950s.

When will Wisconsinites also be able to possess and consume medical and recreational marijuana without fearing arrest? I expect it will take much less time than 16 more years for those changes to be adopted in Wisconsin and countrywide.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Good News: Court Dismisses Case Against Civil Disobedience Hero John Miska Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/28/good-news-court-dismisses-case-against-civil-disobedience-hero-john-miska/ wrote about John Miska having been arrested the previous weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia for buying some drinks and common household items in defiance of draconian restrictions imposed in the city over the weekend. Here is an update with good news: A local trial court has dismissed the prosecution of Miska.

The Rutherford Institute, which has been defending Miska and had filed a motion to dismiss the case against him, relates in a Friday statement that, “[i]n throwing out the charges against Miska, the court ruled that the provision of the ordinance used to justify Miska’s arrest is overbroad and unreasonable and, therefore, unenforceable.”

Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead, in his speech at the Ron Paul Institute’s August conference, spoke about Miska’s arrest and the “martial law” that had been imposed in Charlottesville. You can watch Whitehead’s speech here:

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Lawrence Wilkerson: ‘Irreconcilable Elements’ Stand in Way of Korean Deal Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/27/lawrence-wilkerson-irreconcilable-elements-stand-in-way-of-korean-deal/
Wilkerson points to “irreconcilable elements” as supporting his conclusion. These irreconcilable elements, says Wilkerson, are “China’s interest in not having a unified Korea with US presence still there, the North’s interest in not surrendering all of its nuclear weapons capability, the South’s interest ultimately in — if it is a unified peninsula — having those nuclear weapons itself, and, ultimately, both Koreas — were they to be united — wanting themselves to kick the United States presence off the peninsula.”

Wilkerson, who is an Academic Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, presented this conclusion near the end of an in-depth discussion of the ongoing negotiations.

One factor related to several of the irreconcilable elements Wilkerson lists is the US military presence in South Korea. Wilkerson says he supports, and advocated during much of his military career from which her retired as an Army colonel, removing US military forces from Korea. However, “we could go forever on the reasons” such a military withdrawal will not occur, he concludes, mentioning as among the reasons pressure from the military industrial complex and the military itself for maintaining the US military’s presence.

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

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Given Government’s Apparent Goal to Eliminate Our Privacy, Will Mandatory Brain Implants Be Next? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/25/given-government-s-apparent-goal-to-eliminate-our-privacy-will-mandatory-brain-implants-be-next/
Kurt Nimmo, whose written and video commentaries are posted at kurtnimmo.blog, suggests the likely answer to this question is “yes.” In a new seven-minute video, Nimmo provides an overview of why he believes so and how government may in the future be able to monitor our thoughts and, as Nimmo puts it, even “reboot” our brains to make them “think in a way acceptable to the state.”

Watch Nimmo’s video here:

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Advice for Young Libertarians: Check Out the Ron Paul Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/24/advice-for-young-libertarians-check-out-the-ron-paul-institute/

Over at 71 Republic, Joshua D. Glawson wrote Monday about libertarian and liberty-friendly organizations that every young libertarian should know about. The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) made the list.

Here is what Glawson writes about RPI, its email list, and its chairman and founder, Ron Paul:
The man, the myth, the legend himself, Dr. Ron Paul, is who got me into libertarianism. I am forever grateful to this man and his work. I had the honor of meeting him once through a YAL event, and it took everything I had not to shake his hand off because I was soo thrilled to meet him. His organization, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, has great video content advocating for Liberty and peace around the world. I cannot speak highly enough of Ron Paul and his organization, as he pushes his age in his 80s, he continues to do more for Liberty than most of us young men could ever even imagine. Be sure to sign up for his emails and stay motivated by his ongoing work.

(Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity about page.)
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Nevada Brothel Owner and Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Supporter Dennis Hof Has Died Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/october/16/nevada-brothel-owner-and-ron-paul-presidential-campaign-supporter-dennis-hof-has-died/

One of the quirky news stories of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign was the support Paul received from Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof and some of Hof’s employees. In Nevada, brothels may be legally operated in several counties.

Hof since entered elective politics himself, in June defeating an incumbent in a Republican primary race for the Nevada state Assembly.

Hof died this week.

Asked in a Reason interview about Hof’s support for Paul, Hof described himself as a libertarian and discussed the importance of states’ rights, making your own decisions, and a “live and let live” outlook.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nikki Haley, Canada Marijuana, Government Statistics, Expungement, Mexico Drug War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/october/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nikki-haley-canada-marijuana-government-statistics-expungement-mexico-drug-war/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams, in a Wednesday RPI email list message, discussed Nikki Haley’s Tuesday announcement that she will be leaving her position as United States ambassador to the United Nations. McAdams calls Haley an “extreme warhawk,” noting some of her comments regarding US relations with Russia, Syria, and North Korea in explanation. Yet, McAdams notes that the New York Times, in a Twitter post announcing Haley’s departure, said Haley is a “moderate Republican voice.” While calling Haley moderate seems absurd to someone who values peace, McAdams argues it may seem correct to many people in Washington, DC where “being extreme pro-interventionist and pro-war is the orthodoxy.”

You can sign up for the RPI email list by clicking on the “subscribe” link near the top of the web page ronpaulinstitute.org.

Issue two.

With countrywide marijuana legalization kicking in in Canada next week, Polly Washburn explored Wednesday at Marijuana Moment different ways Canada provinces are handling legalization.

One important way all the provinces’ marijuana laws will differ from those in American states that have legalized is the minimum age to purchase. Washburn writes:
As with alcohol, the age at which Canadians can purchase cannabis is lower than in the United States. In Quebec and Alberta, 18 year-olds will be able to purchase adult-use marijuana. In every other province, the legal age will be 19. By contrast, in the U.S., every state that has legalized recreational marijuana to date has set the legal age at 21, which is also the legal drinking age in the states.
Issue three.

Be skeptical of government statistics.

Take, for example, the US government’s widely reported measure of unemployment. When the new monthly unemployment statistic was announced last week, an Associated Press article started off by stating, “[t]he last time the U.S. unemployment rate was roughly as low as the 3.7 percent it is now” was in December of 1969.

However, Peter Schiff, in the October 5 episode of his podcast, explained that, while “all the headlines are ‘we have the lowest rate of unemployment since 1969,’” the 2018 to 1969 unemployment rate comparison is an “apples to oranges comparison” or even an “apples to refrigerators comparison.” Schiff elaborates that in 1969 people working part time but seeking full time work were considered unemployed as also were people who would like to work but have given up looking for work. Now all those people are not considered unemployed. If you compare “apples to apples,” Schiff says he believes the unemployment rate today would be “way above ten percent.”

Issue four.

In the February 3 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the San Francisco, California district attorney adopting a process whereby San Francisco prosecutors would review marijuana convictions for expungement or reduction so individuals would not have to undertake the difficult and expensive process of seeking the relief made available under California’s recently enacted recreational marijuana legalization.

Similar action has been taken in other cities, such as Seattle, Washington.

Now a state government is also pursuing automatic review of marijuana convictions. Lindsay Schnell wrote last week at USA Today that, while several states have laws allowing people with certain marijuana convictions the opportunity to pursue the reduction or removal of those convictions, last week, the California governor signed into law the first statewide legislation that charges a state government with undertaking the process automatically.

Issue five.

In the July 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Mexico government potentially legalizing marijuana given that Andrés Manuel López Obrador had won the presidential election the week before.

It turns out President-elect Obrador is, in fact, considering legalization of drugs beyond marijuana. Reuters reports that Obrador on Sunday said he “would consider legalizing certain drugs as part of a broader strategy to fight poverty and crime.”

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Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Hey, Loyola Students, Don’t Boycott Prof. Walter Block Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/october/09/hey-loyola-students-don-t-boycott-prof-walter-block/

Loyola University Economics Professor Walter Block starts off his Tuesday article at lewrockwell.com stating it has come to his attention “that many Loyola students will not enroll in my classes, will boycott my public lectures, will have nothing to do with me, because they think I favor slavery and am a racist and a sexist.” Block then proceeds to refute each of the assertions put forward to urge students to boycott him.

In addition to the boycott effort being based on false claims, it threatens to cause participating students to receive a much lesser college education. That is an argument Robert Wenzel convincingly presents in a Tuesday Target Liberty article. After providing his own refutation of the assertions used to support the Block boycott, Wenzel concludes with some comments regarding what students participating in the boycott will miss out on. Wenzel writes:
But aside from the specifics of Dr. Block's views, it is a particularly limited student mind that refuses to contemplate or consider thinking that is different from what a student already thinks he knows.

College should be a period of open thinking and consideration of all types of views.

The students boycotting Dr. Block will never do anything impressive on the intellectual front. They will be moved by the intellectual fads of the day. They will be anti-plastic straw today, and who knows, maybe pro-butt tattoos tomorrow. They are in an important way insignificant. The student that takes Dr. Block's class to challenge him or learn from him is taking the first step toward deep thought, independent thought and maybe original thought. This will be the type of person that may make an intellectual contribution down the road.
At the Ron Paul Institute, we highly value Block’s insights, especially regarding the institute’s areas of focus — advocacy for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home. We are thankful for Block’s membership in the institute’s Academic Board and hopeful that many Loyola University students will both reject the call to boycott Block and take advantage of their opportunity to learn with him.]]>
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Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell’s Wide-ranging Q&A at the Mises Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/october/08/ron-paul-and-lew-rockwell-s-wide-ranging-qa-at-the-mises-institute/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Drug War Treaty, Yemen, License Plate Readers, Marijuana Crackdown, Iran Summit Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/october/07/five-minutes-five-issues-drug-war-treaty-yemen-license-plate-readers-marijuana-crackdown-iran-summit/ A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Friday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Did you know that United States drug war policy can be dictated by an international treaty?

Kyle Jaeger reported Monday at Marijuana Moment that a newly released letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) advises that cannabis-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, does not meet the criteria for US government restrictions under any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act. However, the DEA ultimately decided last week to keep CBD in the most restrictive Schedule 1 and to put Epidiolex, a new FDA-approved epilepsy drug utilizing CBD, in the less restrictive Schedule 5, which allows doctor-prescribed use.

Why did the DEA not follow the FDA’s advice? Jaeger notes that correspondence between the two agencies indicates the DEA justified its decision by pointing to obligations under a treaty — the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Issue two.

Jason Ditz recounted Sunday at antiwar.com some specifics regarding one of the ways the US has played a key role in the Saudi Arabia-led war on Yemen. Ditz writes that new data from the US Air Force indicates that “the US has conducted 2,919 sorties, offloading 92.3 million pounds of fuel” to airplanes involved in the war on Yemen.

Issue three.

Last week, I wrote a blog post at the Ron Paul Institute website beginning with the observation that “[t]he United States government is using every bit of technology it can grab onto to facilitate mass surveillance.” In the blog post, I suggested that the US government may in the future use brain implant technology to snoop on and even manipulate people’s thoughts.

Here is a new means of technology-assisted mass surveillance the US government is planning to employ soon. Justin Rohrlich wrote Monday at Quartz that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is planning to purchase some of those trailer-mounted speed displays you have likely seen at the side of roads displaying the purported speed of approaching cars. But, here’s the catch. The DEA speed displays will also include license plate reader technology to identify cars. Rohrlich further notes that some license place readers also include facial recognition technology to identify people.

Issue four.

In a guest editorial last week at the Denver Post, Bob Troyer, after stating a bunch of highly-questionable “sky is falling” criticisms of marijuana legalization in Colorado, proceeds to this conclusion:
Now that federal enforcement has shot down marijuana grows on federal lands, the crosshairs may appropriately shift to the public harms caused by licensed businesses and their investors, particularly those who are not complying with state law or trying to use purported state compliance as a shield.
OK, an editorial says the US government should increase its marijuana law enforcement in one of the first states to relegalize recreational marijuana sales. That is often not a big deal. But, in this case, it may be a big deal because Troyer is the US attorney for the district of Colorado. He has the power to follow through on increasing US government enforcement of marijuana laws in the state.

I think any major increase in enforcement would be out of step with President Trump’s policy on the matter and, thus, would likely be stomped out rather quickly. Still, this development is something to watch.

Issue five.

In a new interview with Aaron Maté at The Real News, Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson examined relations between the US and Iran. In the interview, Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W Bush administration, suggests President Donald Trump may, prior to the November midterm election, announce that he will be sitting down with Iran President Hassan Rouhani to negotiate a deal. Such a move, says Wilkerson, would be similar to when Trump went to Singapore for a summit with Kim Jong-un of North Korea after Trump and Trump’s administration had regularly directed strong insults and threats at North Korea.

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Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Iran Sanctions Workaround, Julian Assange, Venezuela, MeK, Wisconsin Hemp Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/30/five-minutes-five-issues-iran-sanctions-workaround-julian-assange-venezuela-mek-wisconsin-hemp/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

This week, the governments of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the European Union (EU) jointly announced their intention to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The SPV is intended to enable people in these governments’ jurisdictions to conduct trade with Iran in circumvention of United States sanctions.

Issue two.

In the June 23 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about how, at Ecuador’s London embassy, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks was being restricted to what seems much like solitary confinement in a prison. In contrast to his previous time of asylum at the embassy during which he could communicate with the world electronically and meet with guests, Assange was being deprived of visits and silenced. The weeks on end of isolation, I suggested, may be torture.

This isolation has now been imposed on Assange for 26 weeks — half a year.

Issue three.

In the September 15 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about President Donald Trump and high-level Trump administration officials commenting favorably about the use of military force against or the overthrowing of the Venezuela government.

On Thursday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined protestors outside the UN headquarters where she spoke through a megaphone. Agence France-Presse quotes Haley as saying at the protest, "We are going to fight for Venezuela and we are going to continue doing it until [Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro] is gone!"

In contrast, in a speech the day before at the UN General Assembly, Bolivia President Evo Morales advocated for the US butting out. Morales said:
The sister Bolivarian republic of Venezuela is suffering from outright aggression by the United States and its allies. Latin America strongly rejects attempts to intervene militarily in Venezuela. Venezuelan problems have to be resolved by the Venezuelan people themselves. The United States must immediately withdraw illegal and unilateral steps it has taken, which have been in fact one of the causes of the economic situation in that country.
Issue four.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Daniel Fried was tasked with ensuring the safe passage of members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, within Iraq and then to Albania.

In a Sunday BBC interview, Fried discussed United States National Security Advisor John Bolton a year ago and President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani last week presenting speeches at MeK-organized events in which they endorsed overthrowing the Iran government. Fried said that the MeK is a “radical group” with “characteristics of a cult organization” that he believes pays “rather well for the public support of various high profile advocates.”

Asked if anyone in Iran supports the MeK, Fried responds:
I don’t think so. I think it is thin support. I think their rather odd cultish qualities mean that more democratically-minded, more pro-Western elements of Iranian society, and there are significant pro-Western elements in Iranian society, would want to have nothing to do with the MeK.
Issue five.

Sixteen years ago this week, Ed Thompson was in the final weeks of his run for Wisconsin governor. The Libertarian candidate, whose campaign I co-managed, would end up winning over ten percent in the November general election.

Thompson promoted major changes in the state’s marijuana laws as key goals in his campaign platform. These changes included legalizing hemp farming and ending state restrictions related to recreational and medical marijuana.

One of those Thompson campaign goals has become reality in the state this year, though with more restrictions than Thompson supported: Hemp is being legally harvested in Wisconsin for the first time since the 1950s.

When will Wisconsinites also be able to possess and consume medical and recreational marijuana without fearing arrest? I expect it will take much less time than 16 more years for those changes to be adopted in Wisconsin and countrywide.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Good News: Court Dismisses Case Against Civil Disobedience Hero John Miska Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/28/good-news-court-dismisses-case-against-civil-disobedience-hero-john-miska/ wrote about John Miska having been arrested the previous weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia for buying some drinks and common household items in defiance of draconian restrictions imposed in the city over the weekend. Here is an update with good news: A local trial court has dismissed the prosecution of Miska.

The Rutherford Institute, which has been defending Miska and had filed a motion to dismiss the case against him, relates in a Friday statement that, “[i]n throwing out the charges against Miska, the court ruled that the provision of the ordinance used to justify Miska’s arrest is overbroad and unreasonable and, therefore, unenforceable.”

Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead, in his speech at the Ron Paul Institute’s August conference, spoke about Miska’s arrest and the “martial law” that had been imposed in Charlottesville. You can watch Whitehead’s speech here:

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Lawrence Wilkerson: ‘Irreconcilable Elements’ Stand in Way of Korean Deal Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/27/lawrence-wilkerson-irreconcilable-elements-stand-in-way-of-korean-deal/
Wilkerson points to “irreconcilable elements” as supporting his conclusion. These irreconcilable elements, says Wilkerson, are “China’s interest in not having a unified Korea with US presence still there, the North’s interest in not surrendering all of its nuclear weapons capability, the South’s interest ultimately in — if it is a unified peninsula — having those nuclear weapons itself, and, ultimately, both Koreas — were they to be united — wanting themselves to kick the United States presence off the peninsula.”

Wilkerson, who is an Academic Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, presented this conclusion near the end of an in-depth discussion of the ongoing negotiations.

One factor related to several of the irreconcilable elements Wilkerson lists is the US military presence in South Korea. Wilkerson says he supports, and advocated during much of his military career from which her retired as an Army colonel, removing US military forces from Korea. However, “we could go forever on the reasons” such a military withdrawal will not occur, he concludes, mentioning as among the reasons pressure from the military industrial complex and the military itself for maintaining the US military’s presence.

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

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Given Government’s Apparent Goal to Eliminate Our Privacy, Will Mandatory Brain Implants Be Next? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/25/given-government-s-apparent-goal-to-eliminate-our-privacy-will-mandatory-brain-implants-be-next/
Kurt Nimmo, whose written and video commentaries are posted at kurtnimmo.blog, suggests the likely answer to this question is “yes.” In a new seven-minute video, Nimmo provides an overview of why he believes so and how government may in the future be able to monitor our thoughts and, as Nimmo puts it, even “reboot” our brains to make them “think in a way acceptable to the state.”

Watch Nimmo’s video here:

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Advice for Young Libertarians: Check Out the Ron Paul Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/september/24/advice-for-young-libertarians-check-out-the-ron-paul-institute/

Over at 71 Republic, Joshua D. Glawson wrote Monday about libertarian and liberty-friendly organizations that every young libertarian should know about. The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) made the list.

Here is what Glawson writes about RPI, its email list, and its chairman and founder, Ron Paul:
The man, the myth, the legend himself, Dr. Ron Paul, is who got me into libertarianism. I am forever grateful to this man and his work. I had the honor of meeting him once through a YAL event, and it took everything I had not to shake his hand off because I was soo thrilled to meet him. His organization, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, has great video content advocating for Liberty and peace around the world. I cannot speak highly enough of Ron Paul and his organization, as he pushes his age in his 80s, he continues to do more for Liberty than most of us young men could ever even imagine. Be sure to sign up for his emails and stay motivated by his ongoing work.

(Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity about page.)
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