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US Grants Israel Emergency Access to Billion Dollar US Weapons Cache
Just hours
 after the Israeli government killed scores of Palestinians shopping at a marketplace and sheltering from the relentless attack on Gaza in a UN school, the US government gave the green light for Israel to access the "War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I)," a one billion dollar US cache of weapons maintained on Israeli soil.

31 July 2014read on...

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Exposes the CIA’s Ongoing Cover-Up of Torture War Crimes
Former US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson discussed in detail, as a guest Sunday on Background Briefing with Ian Masters, a “major cover-up” in progress, with the US Central Intelligence Agency altering a still unreleased Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.

30 July 2014read on...

Another One-Sided Israel Vote Scheduled Today In Congress
It has been only a few days since Congress re-affirmed its support for the Israeli government's assault on Gaza, in which nearly 1,500 Palestinians have been killed.

30 July 2014read on...

Abolish the CIA: Does Ron Paul Hate America? Daniel McAdams on Jay Taylor Show
RPI Director Daniel McAdams joins Jay Taylor again to discuss Ron Paul's recent column on ending the CIA, as well as claims that Ron Paul and RPI are anti-American for resisting the latest neocon push to war with Russia. And...look who's calling Ron Paul a Soviet apparatchik!

29 July 2014read on...

Robert Higgs: The Many Costs of War
The deaths, injuries, and property destruction of battles are obvious costs of war as is all the money spent on weapons, soldiers, and other expenses directly related to battles. Less well understood by many people are the many other war costs, including costs imposed on people who may never be near a battlefield but just live in a nation at war.

27 July 2014read on...

Eric Margolis: ‘Blame for this Bloodbath Sits as Much With the US as it Does With Israel’
International affairs writer and RPI Academic Board Member Eric Margolis, interviewed Monday on the Scott Horton Show, concludes regarding Israel’s military attack on and invasion of Gaza that “the blame for this bloodbath sits as much with the US as it does with Israel” and that the US government could end the war “in a minute” if it had the “political will.”

24 July 2014read on...

Fixing Facts Around The Policy: Is the US Government Manipulating Social Media?
The US government and in particular the State Department have come under some scrutiny — and even been subject to some ridicule — over increasing reliance on "social media" as evidence to back up US foreign policy positions or conclusions about international events. Many find it shocking that a government which spends some $100 billion on a vast and worldwide intelligence network would really pore over YouTube and Twitter to present user-uploaded items as if finished intelligence products.

23 July 2014read on...

US Support For Ukraine Regime Change — Daniel McAdams With Jay Taylor
RPI Director Daniel McAdams is back with Jay Taylor discussing the disasters of US foreign policy -- from Libya to Iraq to Ukraine. Being interested in facts and not supporting any government makes us suspect according to the interventionists. Pravda of today is in the US. But non-interventionism continues to grow.

23 July 2014read on...

Attacking Ron Paul, National Journal Hits New Lows What a bizarre article about Dr. Paul from the National Journal! Begining from the title, the piece read like something from a high school newspaper.

22 July 2014read on...

We Made It To A Million!
This week marked a milestone for the Ron Paul Institute's Facebook page. For the first time in our short 15 months of existence we chalked up one million people reached over a one week period! 



21 July 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Color Revolution for Venezuela?


After an unexpectedly tight vote in Venezuela over the weekend, heir to Hugo Chavez’s legacy Nicolas Maduro squeaked by with 50.7 percent of the result. His opponent, US-favored Henrique Capriles Radonski lost by some 1.7 percent of the vote and, although he has not provided any evidence of fraud, has refused to recognize the result and called his supporters to the street.
Not surprisingly, considering the history of very active US intervention in the internal politics of Venezuela, the US has joined the battle on Capriles side, refusing to recognize the newly-elected government and demanding a recount.
The intervention calls to mind the US orchestrated “color revolutions” of recent memory, as the Moon of Alabama blog points out:

Doubting election results without evidence of fraud, demanding recounts, riots in the street are all signs of a typical "color revolution" like attempt to overthrow a legal government. As the U.S. has in the past actively supported a coup against Chavez and, even after that failed, worked hard to create an anti-Chavismo "civil society" with the aim to overthrow Chavez, we can assume that similar schemes are behind the current disturbances.

We should recall that in 2002 the Bush Administration helped organize a coup against the democratically elected government of Venezuela. US government funded International Republican Institute’s president George Folsom at that time sent out a press release celebrating a coup against a democratically-elected government, stating “The Institute has served as a bridge between the nation’s political parties and all civil society groups to help Venezuelans forge a new democratic future…”

The coup was quickly dissolved, but, as we discover in a Wikileaks document dating just four years later, US government attempts to undermine and overthrow the Venezuelan government had not slowed down in the slightest. As RT reports on the Wikileaks document, the newly dispatched US Ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, had a full menu of interventionism in front him:

Dispatched in November of 2006 by Brownfield -- now an Assistant Secretary of State -- the document outlined his embassy’s five core objectives in Venezuela since 2004, which included: “penetrating Chavez’ political base,” “dividing Chavismo,” “protecting vital US business” and “isolating Chavez internationally.”

The US efforts to overthrow duly and democratically elected president, Hugo Chavez – through its ill-named cut-outs such as the National Endowment for Democracy -- proceeded apace, with an estimated $20 million in US tax dollars sent to the political opposition in the year 2012 alone.

One need not be an adherent of the socialist approach of the Chavez movement to strongly oppose the US role in fomenting destabilization and coup for at least the past eleven years in Venezuela, illegally undermining an elected government while preaching democracy.

With seven already killed by the violence in Venezuela’s streets, provoked to a large degree by the losing Capriles camp, the potential for a rapid and potentially far more deadly escalation remains high. Further US involvement in or support for the opposition carries with it the enormous potential to add fuel to the fire and will likely backfire. Caution is in order, but every indication from the current US administration is that they are dusting off the old Ukraine playbooks from 2005.


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