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For Normal Relations With Cuba, End US Interventionism

Ron Paul Jul 6, 2015

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Last week we saw an encouraging sign that the 50 year cold war between the US and Cuba was finally coming to an end. President Obama announced on Wednesday that the US and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and that embassies could be re-opened in each country by the end of the month.


For this achievement, which was resisted by vested interests in the US, Obama should be praised. However we shouldn¹t be too optimistic about truly establishing normal relations until we understand how relations became so abnormal in the first place. The destruction of relations between the two countries was preceded by US intervention on behalf of a hated Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista, which had turned the Cuban people against the United States and set the stage for the emergence of Fidel Castro.
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ISIS Makes the British Lion a De-Clawed and Shabby Cat

Michael Scheuer Jul 4, 2015

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The recent and rapid successes of the Islamic State (IS) in seizing Palmyra in Syria and Ramadi in Iraq, together with its three successful same-day strikes on 26 June 2015 in Kuwait, France, and Tunisia seem to have left British Prime Minister David Cameron rather panicky — like a twitchy kitten experiencing its first thunder-and lightning storm.

In response to these events, Cameron has come somewhat unglued. The leader of a once mighty, respected, and feared nation has responded to IS’s offensive operations by (a) calling on the UK Muslim leaders to perform a miracle and control the thoughts, sympathies, and actions of all members of the Muslim community; (b) predicting that IS was on the verge of “terrible” attacks in Britain, without offering any sign of the backbone needed to credibly warn IS of “terrible” British retribution if its forces attack in the UK; and (c) demanding that the BBC stop identifying the Islamic State as the Islamic State and instead call it “ISIL” because it is “death cult” and has nothing to do with Islam. On the latter point, Cameron sounds like an Oxford-educated version of Barack Obama.
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Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance, and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation

John W. Whitehead Jul 6, 2015

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Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down the nation and opening the door to total government surveillance, the people believed it was done merely to keep them safe. The few who disagreed were labeled traitors.

When the government waged costly preemptive wars on foreign countries, insisting it was necessary to protect the nation, the citizens believed it. And when the government brought the weapons and tactics of war home to use against the populace, claiming it was just a way to recycle old equipment, the people believed that too. The few who disagreed were labeled unpatriotic.
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Greeks Vote No: Keynesian Crisis Continues
Greece's vote against the EU bailout offer raises as many questions as it answers. What happens next? We know the debt will not disappear. Eventually it will have to be liquidated and Greece will have to start over if it is ever going to be a "normal" country again. On today's Liberty Report, Ron Paul offers his suggestions for a way out of the Greek crisis...
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Will Texas Nix Marriage Licensing? Yes — if Rep. David Simpson Gets His Way
Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) has an intriguing response to Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court decision imposing a national mandate to override the diverse ways in which state governments deal with same sex marriage. Simpson is asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare a special session of the state legislature to consider Simpson’s proposal that Texas end marriage licensing in the state.
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Hillary Arms Terrorists, Greece Wastes $ on Military: Week in Review With McAdams and Taylor Hillary oversaw US arms shipments to terrorists fighting in Libya and Syria according to Judge Napolitano. Why is no one interested in the story? Both parties support regime change. The half-billion dollar program to train "moderate" Syrian rebels is a disaster. Part of the reason Greece's credit card is maxed out is that the death-dealers in western capitals convinced them to spend an obscene level of their GDP on weapons. This and more as RPI Director Daniel McAdams joins Jay Taylor to look at the week that was on the Ron Paul Institute website...
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On Celebrating Dependence Day
I shall spend the remainder of this July 4th hiding beneath my bed, with as many pillows packed around me as I can find. I have not forgotten the important “duck-and-cover” strategy in which we were conditioned to protect us from Cold War-era nuclear attacks. I am ready for the impending “terrorist” attack that government officials and their media lackeys inform us is likely to occur, although they admit to a total lack of evidence of such a threat!
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Andrew Napolitano: Hillary Clinton Armed Terrorists and Lied to Congress about It
Judge Andrew Napolitano, in a new editorial, presents his conclusion that Hillary Clinton, as US Secretary of State, violated United States law by providing weapons to terrorists and then denying it to Congress. Napolitano’s conclusion is based in part on a review of State Department and congressional emails and an interview with arms dealer Marc Turi.
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