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US Seeks to Cap Middle East Violence; In This, Iran Is (a Kind of) ‘Ally’

US Seeks to Cap Middle East Violence; In This, Iran Is (a Kind of) ‘Ally’

Israel’s dual strategy for Lebanon is to exert pressure through direct raids to instil fear amongst the wider population, whilst deploying diplomatic pressure to purge Hizbullah – not just from the border, but from regions beyond the Litani River (some 23 kms to the north). Only Hizballah doesn’t budge. It remains adamant: It will not be displaced from its historic homelands in the south – and refuses to discuss the matter at all. “If this threat is not removed diplomatically, we will not...

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Highway Robbery Continues to Be the Law of the Land

Highway Robbery Continues to Be the Law of the Land

Seizure fever is toxifying law enforcement across the nation. For more than thirty years, federal, state, and local government agencies have plundered citizens on practically any harebrained accusation or pretext. You could be at risk of being pilfered by officialdom anytime you sit behind a steering wheel. Between 2001 and 2014, lawmen seized more than $2.5 billion in cash from sixty thousand travelers on the nation’s highways—with no criminal charges in most cases, according to...

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After Two Years, Neocons Desperate For More War in Ukraine

After Two Years, Neocons Desperate For More War in Ukraine

In a recent CNN interview, the normally very confident US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland sounded a little desperate. She was trying to make the case for Congress to pass another $61 billion dollars for the neocons’ proxy war project in Ukraine and she was throwing out the old slogans that the neocons use when they want funding for their latest war. Asked by CNN whether she believes that Congress will eventually pass the bill, Nuland responded that she has confidence that, "we will do...

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Alexei Navalny, 1976-2024

Alexei Navalny, 1976-2024

When the Nord Stream pipelines were blown up in September 2022, the media rushed to say that Russia did it.  We now know that the Americans did it, attacking their main European ally, Germany, and with it, the whole of Europe. When Alexei Navalny’s death was announced on 16 February, Western media immediately said it was a political assassination (something even the most virulent Western governments have not maintained). But how can we know with certainty...

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Donald Trump and Government Theft

Donald Trump and Government Theft

“Where there is a wrong, there is a remedy." -- Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870-1938) Last week, a New York court ordered the Trump Organization and its principals -- including the former President -- to forfeit nearly $400 million to the state government. This gargantuan punishment was not for any crime committed or harm caused by the defendants. Rather, it was government theft at its worst. Here is the backstory. When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo described the basic...

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COVID-19 Tested Our Commitment to Freedom. Three Years Later, We’re Still Failing

COVID-19 Tested Our Commitment to Freedom. Three Years Later, We’re Still Failing

The government never cedes power willingly. Neither should we. If the COVID-19 debacle taught us one thing it is that, as Justice Neil Gorsuch acknowledged, “Rule by indefinite emergency edict risks leaving all of us with a shell of a democracy and civil liberties just as hollow.” Unfortunately, we still haven’t learned. We’re still allowing ourselves to be fully distracted by circus politics and a constant barrage of bad news screaming for attention. Three years after the onset of the...

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The United States Vetoes Yet Another UN Humanitarian Ceasefire Over Gaza

The United States Vetoes Yet Another UN Humanitarian Ceasefire Over Gaza

There have been several interesting developments relating to Israel’s ongoing destruction of Gaza and its people, but one might well question the motives of at least one of the principal players in the drama, namely Joe Biden’s United States government. Last Tuesday the United States, acting to protect Israel, vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution, arguing that it would “jeopardize” the ongoing negotiations between the two parties to release the Israeli hostages and...

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Washington’s ‘Credibility’ Gap

Washington’s ‘Credibility’ Gap

This article first appeared as an exclusive update to RPI subscribers. Subscribe for free here. I know one good writer for the American Greatness publication - Julie Kelly who writes on the injustice of the January 6th persecutions - but even though I get their regular updates in my email box I never open them up. It seems like more or less just another of the "conservative" outlets that churn out highly political and politicized fodder - with plenty of "outrage stories" -  not very well...

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The Resistance Has a Plan for Israel. But on the Other Side, Fantastical U.S. Stratagems Ensure a Cascading Failure

The Resistance Has a Plan for Israel. But on the Other Side, Fantastical U.S. Stratagems Ensure a Cascading Failure

In a speech on Tuesday, Hizbullah leader Seyed Nasrallah said that the Party will continue the border offensive until at least the Gaza massacre stops. The war in Gaza however, is far from over. And Nasrallah warned that even were a ceasefire to be reached in Gaza, “should the enemy perform any action, we will return to operating according to the rules and formulas that existed before. The purpose of the resistance is to deter the enemy, and we will react accordingly.” Israel’s...

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Biden White House: FISA Good, Warrants Bad

Biden White House: FISA Good, Warrants Bad

Former president Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked what he generically refers to as the Washington, DC “deep state”—usually an inference about the FBI’s misuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to target his 2016 presidential campaign. On Valentine’s Day, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan made it clear that it’s not some nebulous, governmental Illuminati‐​style cabal seeking to retain the power to spy at scale on Americans. It’s the Biden administration...

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How the CIA Destabilizes the World

How the CIA Destabilizes the World

There are three basic problems with the CIA: its objectives, methods, and unaccountability. Its operational objectives are whatever the CIA or the President of the United States defines to be in the U.S. interest at a given time, irrespective of international law or U.S. law. Its methods are secretive and duplicitous. Its unaccountability means that the CIA and president run foreign policy without any public scrutiny. Congress is a doormat, a sideshow. As a recent CIA Director, Mike...

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After Two Years, Neocons Desperate For More War in Ukraine

Protect the First Amendment: Impeach Joe Biden!

Protecting democracy and the Constitution from Donald Trump and the “MAGA extremists” is a major theme of President Biden’s reelection campaign. As is often the case in American politics, President Biden is just as, if not more, guilty of posing an “existential threat” to the Constitution as those he smears as “extremists.” For example, President Biden and members of his administration have waged a campaign to undermine the First Amendment by “encouraging” companies to suppress the expression...

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American Foreign Policy Seems to Have Nowhere to Go

American Foreign Policy Seems to Have Nowhere to Go

Over the past four months I have carried out my daily morning scan of the major online news websites increasingly concerned over what I would be seeing given the mainstream media’s reluctance to report honestly and the persistent management by government propaganda mills of what is leaked to the journalists. News regarding what is taking place with Russia-Ukraine suffered initially as the war turned sharply in Moscow’s favor late last year, so much so that the likely outcome is only being...

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Don’t Spare the Billions

Don’t Spare the Billions

When I was a boy growing up in New York City I was taught – and re-taught – to always save half of my weekly allowance and never spend more than I had in savings. Too bad Joe Biden was not taught this useful Presbyterian virtue. Recently, Biden’s government has sought $106 billion in the latest aid for arms for Israel and Ukraine, the biggest expenditure since the Vietnam War. This while the bills for the incredibly foolish war in Afghanistan keep coming in, to date $2 trillion. Now, the US in...

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He Was One of Six Republican House Members to Vote Against the Iraq War in 2002, Now He is Running to Regain His Old House Seat, Promising to Oppose the Ukraine War.

He Was One of Six Republican House Members to Vote Against the Iraq War in 2002, Now He is Running to Regain His Old House Seat, Promising to Oppose the Ukraine War.

War fever was running high in America, and especially among Republicans, on October 10, 2002. That is when the United States House of Representatives voted on H.J.Res. 114, a resolution sponsored by House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert and demanded by President George W. Bush — both Republicans. The resolution would authorize the US to use military force against Iraq. While a majority of Democratic House members voted against the resolution, the vote among Republicans was heavily in favor. Just six...

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The Worries of a Retiring NSA Chief

The Worries of a Retiring NSA Chief

Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, who recently retired as director of the National Security Agency, is worried. He’s worried about terrorism, drug cartels, Russia, China, hackers, spies, and other scary things. His many worries are detailed in an op-ed he has in the Washington Post today entitled, “What Worries Me Most After Five Years as Leader of the NSA.” Surprisingly, for some unknown reason, Nakasone expressed no worry whatsoever about the “invasion” of illegal immigrants on our southern...

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