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Eric Margolis: Formerly ‘Liked Everywhere’ Canada Has Moved ‘Into the Gun Sights’

International affairs writer Eric Margolis, interviewed Wednesday on the Scott Horton Show, commented that he would not be surprised if the killers of Canada soldiers in Ontario and Quebec this week were motivated to react to the Canada government’s adoption of “a very, very hostile policy toward Muslims in general.” Margolis pins the responsibility for the adoption of this policy largely on Stephen Harper, who has been the nation’s prime minister since February of 2006, and some of the groups supporting Harper.



23 October 2014read on...

35,000 People and Counting on New York’s New ‘No Guns List’

The US government has demonstrated with its No Fly and Selectee Lists, in operation for over a decade, how to deny respect for tens of thousands of individuals’ travel and privacy rights without even the slightest nod to due process protections. Over the last 19 months, the New York government has followed a similar course, using a new “No Guns List” to deny respect for tens of thousands of individuals’ right to keep and bear arms.



23 October 2014read on...

Ebola, Putin, German Spooks, NATO, etc. — Daniel McAdams With Jay Taylor

Again RPI's Daniel McAdams looks at the news of the week on the Jay Taylor Show. This week Jay and Daniel look at Rep. Walter Jones and US troops in harm's way in Ebolaland, the new German intelligence claim to know who shot down the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over east Ukraine, NATO's claims that Russia is on NATO's doorstep when it was NATO expansion that has moved to Russia's border, ISIS, and more....



22 October 2014read on...

We Tortured Some Folks...And Thinking About Torturing Some More Folks

The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration is considering a return to the Bush-era interpretation of the UN Convention Against Torture, which is that it does not apply to torture conducted outside US borders. This would mean that those conducting what would be considered torture in the US would not be legally liable for such actions in CIA facilities or US military prisons overseas.



20 October 2014read on...

Germany Knows Who Shot Down Flight MH-17?

That is the claim of the head of German intelligence, the BND, writes German newsmagazine Der Spiegel over the weekend. On RT, RPI's Daniel McAdams remains skeptical of these supposed German claims and criticizes the secrecy and lack of transparency in the investigation...



20 October 2014read on...

White House 'Inherently Resolved' to Defeat ISIS


Sometimes it takes a while for the PR folks to come up with a branding scheme for another US war.



16 October 2014read on...

Phony ISIS Fight and Ukraine's Gas Problems — McAdams and Taylor on Real News of Week
What is Obama's war on ISIS going to cost? Well is the US really at war with ISIS? Or is it a war for regime change in Syria? RPI Director Daniel McAdams again visits with Jay Taylor to go over the real news of the week.

14 October 2014read on...

Khorasan Group: Anatomy of Propaganda
Remember the Khorasan Group? It was only three weeks ago, when the Obama Administration was desperate for any kind of legal justification for its plan to begin bombing Syria, that we began hearing about a horrifically dangerous group that was worse than ISIS and was in the final stages of planning an attack on the United States.

14 October 2014read on...

New Post
Is Baghdad about to fall to ISIS, a group which the US media has told us is more evil than evil itself (except, of course, for the Khorasan Group, which is far more terrifying)?

12 October 2014read on...

Crimes and Hope: Ron Paul's Conversation With Lew Rockwell
Two legendary voices for peace and liberty are at the top of their game in this historic conversation between Ron Paul and his first Congressional chief of staff, Lew Rockwell. Having worked so long for Dr. Paul I can say it sounds in many ways like the conversations we would have in his Congressional office in the 2000s-2010s. I imagine Lew Rockwell, who went before my colleagues and me, in Dr. Paul's Congressional office sitting down and bouncing ideas off of him. Listening to Dr. Paul's perspectives and latest thinking. Taking that as inspiration for further research. It brings back so many memories.

11 October 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Why No One Backs Washington's Push for Syria War


Kerry Hagel

McClatchy is among the last objective mainstream media sources. The news service actually bothers to question conventional wisdom and do actual reporting. Yesterday it published a devastating deconstruction of the Obama administration's "evidence" animating its push to war on Syria. 

Clearly, the Obama "evidence" is far, far more flimsy than the Bush administration's dog and pony show in the lead up to Iraq. 

Writes the McClatchy report:
The Obama administration’s public case for attacking Syria is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence...

The case Secretary of State John Kerry laid out last Friday contained claims that were disputed by the United Nations, inconsistent in some details with British and French intelligence reports or lacking sufficient transparency for international chemical weapons experts to accept at face value.
The McClatchy report takes down the administration's claims one-by-one, starting with its dismissal of the UN inspection team's mission to collect and securely transport evidence at the scene of the August 21 incident. Kerry dismissed the UN collection effort in favor of his own undisclosed collection methods (read: samples from the Syrian opposition) because "too much time had elapsed" from the date of the incident for accurate samples to be collected. 

But, notes the report, "two human rights groups dispatched a forensics team to northern Iraq in 1992 and found trace evidence of sarin as well as mustard gas – four years after a chemical attack."

Others, including UK and US experts also dismiss Kerry's claim as absurd.

And what of the US claim that it had seen the Syrian government preparing to launch the attack days before it occurred? Either this was another fabricated claim, or the US decided to sit idly by and watch 1,400 innocent Syrians (by US numbers) be slaughtered by their government. To get a war omelet a few eggs needed cracked? It seems almost like accessory to the crime.

The McClatchy report points out that the US had issued warnings in previous similar situations but somehow decided to sit this one out. Perhaps it was as explained in the late 2011 Wikileaks STRATFOR document, where an employee of that organization recounted a discussion with US military officials agreeing that they "don't believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi."

Like magic, it seems the administration has gotten its Banghazi!

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has repeatedly asked Washington to share its evidence that the attack came from Syrian government sources. Conclusions and "trust us" are not enough; the Russian government understandably wants to see the facts. But, said Lavrov, “when we ask for further clarification, we receive the following response: ‘you are aware that this is classified information, therefore we cannot show it to you.’”

Is it unreasonable to be skeptical in this situation?

The reason Washington finds itself without allies (save for the French government, which lately puffs up with confidence when big brother Washington provides back-up) in its push for war on Syria is that all of its allies are genuinely embarrassed at how flimsy the case for war really is. Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz claims that the US actually has "dozens" of allies in its coalition of the willing to attack Syria. But the reason we have not heard from any of them? They are secret. Like the US government evidence.

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