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RPI: Still Lean and Mean...But Growing!
Readers of the Ron Paul Institute's work over the past year or so will most likely recognize the frequent appearance of Adam Dick on the website. Adam has written more than 200 articles and blog posts for the Institute as a part-time contractor.

30 October 2014read on...

What Putin Said -- RPI's McAdams and Jay Taylor Discuss
RPI director Daniel McAdams is back with Jay Taylor this week to discuss the big issues in the world. The fallout and western reaction to Putin's big speech at the Valdai Club; the western media reaction to the speech; who is telling the truth? Also Turkey's game in Syria, elections in Ukraine, do the foreign policy elites really speak for America, and more...

28 October 2014read on...

Ron Paul on the Selective Service System’s Psychological Manipulation
RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul, speaking with Charles Goyette during their most recent weekly podcast, addresses the military draft, which Paul refers to as “slavery,” and the psychological manipulation involved in requiring 18-year-old American men to register in the Selective Service System. The discussion complements Paul’s Sunday column analyzing the anti-liberty nature of conscription as well as other forms of mandatory “national service.”

25 October 2014read on...

John Stossel Demolishes Old Saw about Libertarians as ‘Spoilers’ for Republican Candidates
John Stossel, in a conversation Thursday with fellow Fox Business host Stuart Varney, demolished with three arguments the old saw that Libertarian Party candidates are “spoilers” for Republican candidates.

25 October 2014read on...

Will 'Indispensable' West Consider Putin's Latest Speech?
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a forceful speech today at the Valdai Club's annual meeting held in Sochi, Russia. The Russian president criticized the US for destabilizing countries like Ukraine, Libya, and Syria though its practice of "regime change." He also criticized the US government for its sponsorship of extremists in Syria and elsewhere in pursuit of regime change, warning of blowback from such practices.

24 October 2014read on...

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...

Peace and Prosperity

US and Russia Reach Agreement on Syria Weapons -- Can The US Stop Arming the Jihadists Now?


Kerry Lavrov

The US and Russia yesterday reached what looks to be a solid agreement on how to proceed with the dismantling of the chemical weapons stores of the Syrian government as well as destruction of Syria's production capabilities. Syria agreed to the Russian-proposed deal (with a little inspiration from US Secretary of State John Kerry) with the understanding that giving up its chemical weapons would avert a US military attack.

The agreement seems full enough of ambiguities regarding the consequences of less than full Syrian compliance to allow the US government some face-saving saber rattling about retaining the option to strike unilaterally, while being vague enough in defining what exactly constitutes non-compliance to make difficult a clear cut case for a UN Chapter 7 use of force resolution. In other words, seemingly win-win.

The process of identifying and destroying the Syrian cache of chemical weapons is supposed to be completed by next year, but adhering to such a timeline can be difficult. In 1997, the US promised to destroy its vast stores of chemical and biological weapons in ten years. Thirteen years later, the US retains some 2,611 tons of mustard gas and 524 tons of other chemical weapons, including sarin gas.

The US and Russian side have both indicated a new determination to bring the Syrian government and the insurgents fighting to overthrow it to a new round of talks in Geneva, optimistically by October. This is unlikely, however, as although the Russian side had managed to secure agreement to attend on the part of the Syrian government, with which it maintains cordial relations, the US has been completely unable to secure any agreement with the various insurgent factions it is supporting.

Western media and governments claimed that the armed Syrian rebellion started because the Syrian government fired on peaceful demonstrators. That has been proven false many times over, as it became clear that the Islamist extremist struggle against the secular Assad regime had been planned well in advance by forces outside Syria and had been armed from the start.

That Assad retains a level of popularity among the Syrian population -- particularly the Christian minority that has come under attack by the insurgents -- has been confirmed by polls and by the simple fact that two years into an insurgency heavily supported by outside powers he has managed to retain his position. If his government were as unpopular as was claimed, it would have been impossible to withstand the internal and external pressure.

The US/Russia agreement takes the WMD issue off the table for the US and its regime change allies in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and elsewhere. US action is required, it has been claimed, because the Syrian government's chemical weapons stores are a threat to the region and beyond. Those are to be secured by the UN.

So by what justification does the United States continue to arm and train, in violation of international law, the insurgents that seek to overthrow the Syrian government?

The answer is that there is no justification, as should be obvious at this point. Will the media begin asking these questions? Don't hold your breath, but there is a sense that a profound shift in the "unipolar moment" that has categorized the post-Cold War period has taken place. There is a sense that the tectonic plates of the existing world order have shifted slightly. History shows us that when a shift occurs, in plate tectonics and in world balance of power, the resulting earthquake can be sudden and profound.

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