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Venezuela: An 'Extraordinary Threat'?

President Obama recently issued an executive order declaring Venezuela an "extraordinary" threat to the United States. Both he and his officials knew this was not true, but the determination had to be made so that he could impose sanctions on the country. At almost the same time, the president attended an historic face-to-face meeting with Cuban leader Raul Castro. This is one (positive) step toward normalizing relations with the island. Why the schizophrenia? Meanwhile, recently-declared presidential candidate Marco Rubio pretends to bring fresh new ideas and policies to the race while demanding that the 50 year fruitless embargo of Cuba remain in place.
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Christians in Peril Because of Western Foreign Policy

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Easter should be a time of celebration for Christians, but for those of the faith living in the Middle East, there hasn’t been too much to celebrate in recent years.


“Kill the Christians” is the title of a new BBC documentary, to be broadcast this week. In it, veteran reporter Jane Corbin travels “across the Middle East, to examine why Christianity is facing the greatest threat to its existence. She finds hundreds of thousands of Christians are fleeing Islamic extremists, conflict and persecution”.

It’s a grim story, but for the reason why Christians are so threatened today, we need to look at Western foreign policy.

Self-proclaimed Christian leaders in the West have put their fellow believers in such danger by adhering to neocon/liberal interventionist policies. Their number one objective has been to topple secular and socialistic regimes in the Middle East and North Africa, which although authoritarian, protected Christians and rejected religious extremism.

Let’s start with Iraq. The fact that Christians were protected by the government there  and that the long-standing Deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz, was a practicing Christian  didn’t count too much when those great “Christians” George Bush and Tony Blair launched an illegal war of aggression against the country in 2003.
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Does The Government Make Us Safe?

The police brutality evident in the recent shooting of the unarmed Walter Scott is a symptom of a bigger problem, which is blind trust that the government exists to make us safer. After 9/11, Americans were told they must give up their liberty at home and endorse endless wars abroad in order for the government to save them from terrorism. But instead of safety Americans have gotten in return a government that is increasingly brutal toward them and increasingly sees them as the enemy. Watch the Ron Paul Liberty Report for more on this disturbing phenomenon...
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Kick Open the Doorway to Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?

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Free speech, religious expression, privacy, due process, bodily integrity, the sanctity of human life, the sovereignty of the family, individuality, the right to self-defense, protection against police abuses, representative government, private property, human rights—the very ideals that once made this nation great—have become casualties of a politically correct, misguided, materialistic, amoral, militaristic culture.

Indeed, I’m having a hard time reconciling the America I know and love with the America being depicted in the daily news headlines, where corruption, cronyism and abuse have taken precedence over the rights of the citizenry and the rule of law.

What kind of country do we live in where it’s acceptable for police to shoot unarmed citizens, for homeowners to be jailed for having overgrown lawns (a Texas homeowner was actually sentenced to 17 days in jail and fined $1700 for having an overgrown lawn), for kids to be tasered and pepper sprayed for acting like kids at school (many are left with health problems ranging from comas and asthma to cardiac arrest), and for local governments to rake in hefty profits under the guise of traffic safety (NPR reports that police departments across the country continue to require quotas for arrests and tickets, a practice that is illegal but in effect)?
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More Weapons for the Yemen War

Washington announced this week that it is getting much more involved in the Saudi bombing of Yemen. The Saudis want to re-install ousted Yemeni president Hadi, who himself had taken power in a coup. US Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced yesterday that the US would be expediting its shipments of bombs to Saudi Arabia where they would be used to blow up more of that country's citizens and infrastructure. Meanwhile Iran has sent a couple of naval vessels to the increasingly volatile area. Can anyone say why exactly the US is rapidly becoming involved in yet another war in the Middle East? Tune in to the Ron Paul Liberty Report for more...
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