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Dennis Kucinich: Support for War and National Security State is Reason for Democrat Election Losses
Dennis Kucinich, the former Democratic United States House of Representatives member from Ohio and two-time presidential candidate, pins blame for Democrats’ 2014 midterm elections “debacle” on Democrat politicians in the last eight years advancing war and the national security state. Kucinich’s analysis is presented Thursday in a Common Dreams article by Deidre Fulton.

21 November 2014read on...

Ed Mullins Returns with More Marijuana Nonsense Talk
With the recent announcement of the particulars of the New York City Police Department policy change intended to reduce marijuana arrests, Sergeants Benevolent Association police union leader Ed Mullins, who previously lamented that reducing marijuana arrests in the city would be “clearly the beginning of the breakdown of a civilized society,” is back with more nonsense talk about marijuana.

18 November 2014read on...

Another US-Supported Group Goes Over to ISIS
Yet again a US-backed group in the Middle East/South Asia region has thrown in their lot with ISIS. Antiwar.com blog reports  that Jundallah, a terrorist organization based in southern Iran and western Pakistan which fights to overthrow the Iranian government, has pledged loyalty to ISIS and will back "any plans they have."

18 November 2014read on...

Ron Paul: Congress Approves ISIS War Funding While Ducking Vote on War Itself
Ron Paul said this weekend that he thinks Congress will continue to duck voting the ISIS War up or down while nevertheless voting for additional funding of the war. Paul’s prediction came during a conversation with Charles Goyette regarding the war and US foreign policy in Paul and Goyette’s most recent weekly podcast discussion.

16 November 2014read on...

Ron Paul: ‘The Militarism of Big Government is Coming to an End'
Ron Paul, speaking Saturday at a Ludwig von Mises Institute event in Costa Mesa, California, presented his optimistic prediction for the future of the movement to ensure respect peace and liberty in the United States and around the world. Paul, who is chairman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, both observes “a tremendous growth in the ideas of liberty” over the last thirty years and advises that “the militarism of big government is coming to an end.”

13 November 2014read on...

Obama Wants More Money for Syria Rebels
With the recent US election ensuring continued Congressional support for an interventionist foreign policy, President Obama has embarked on a foreign spending spree. First the president announced that US troop levels in Iraq would double to more than 3,000 – and that he’s “never gonna say never” to additional troops – and then he announced that he would seek nearly $6 billion to continue funding Iraq War 3.0 and Syria war 1.5.

12 November 2014read on...

Success? US Plans to Evacuate Embassy in Yemen
On September 10, President Obama addressed the nation on his plans to "downgrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS. What had begun just weeks earlier as a humanitarian rescue mission to save a religious minority in Iraq purportedly threatened by ISIS had crept into a full-fledged US war against ISIS in Iraq.

11 November 2014read on...

Asset Forfeiture: A Cop Shopping Spree
Undercover police monitoring a bar in Las Cruces, New Mexico were giddy with covetousness when they saw a man drive up in a brand-new Mercedes. As city attorney Harry S. Connelly later explained, the cops were delighted to find that the man had been drinking, exclaiming: “We can hardly wait.”

11 November 2014read on...

For Armistice Day, Ron Paul on the Federal Reserve’s Role in Financing US Militarism
On this Armistice Day, taking place in the week after midterm elections that promise to buttress US foreign intervention and President Barack Obama’s announcement that he is sending 1,500 troops and desires $5.6 billion more in spending to escalate the war in Iraq and Syria, it seems fitting to consider Ron Paul’s explanation of how the Federal Reserve has helped finance US militarism.

11 November 2014read on...

Fifty Years Later, Obama to Re-Play Vietnam?
Fifty years after then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara swore that the US troops sent to Vietnam would have no combat role,  President Obama announced he would double the number of US troops being sent back to Iraq. Over the weekend, the US president said he is "never gonna say never" to sending even more troops into Iraq, but still hung (tenuously) to his pledge that these troops would have no combat role.

10 November 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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