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Yemen Coup and the Week in Review -- McAdams and Taylor
A quick review of the Sunni vs. Shia split and how that drives violence in the Middle East. What does the ascendence of a Shia insurgency to power in Yemen last week mean for the balance in the region, especially with the death of the Saudi king?

25 January 2015read on...

Foreign Troops in Ukraine? You Bet!
US-backed president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, was among the elites gathering in Davos, Switzerland this week to attend the 2015 World Economic Forum. During his speech he made the remarkable claim that 9,000 Russian troops were currently fighting in Ukraine on behalf of the independence-seeking areas of the country. These 9,000 troops have brought with them tanks, heavy artillery, and armored vehicles, he claimed. "Is this not aggression?" he asked the gathered elites.

23 January 2015read on...

Kucinich: Obama’s Wars Stand in Way of His SOTU Wish List
Commenting Wednesday in a Sky News panel discussion, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Advisory Board Member Dennis Kucinich questioned how President Barack Obama planned to pay for the “wish list” of government programs Obama presented in the State of the Union speech of the previous night while the US spends trillions of dollars on empire.

22 January 2015read on...

Breaking the Mold: Rick Sanchez Interviews Ron Paul
In his recent appearance on the Rick Sanchez Show, RPI Chairman Ron Paul discussed why the Founders favored liberty and were very skeptical of democracy. Also, is Obama finally starting to get Cuba policy right? Ron Paul made the point that when he was campaigning down in Miami last time it was the young people who agreed with him most about the futility of maintaining the US embargo of Cuba. What about the drug war? All this and more in a very interesting 20 minute discussion.

22 January 2015read on...

Is The FBI Busting Terror Plots or Creating Terror Plots?
Last week's arrest of 20 year old Ohio resident Christopher Lee Cornell for allegedly plotting to shoot up the US Capitol was yet another in dozens of spectacular FBI takedowns of dangerous terrorists out to do all of us harm. Or was it?

20 January 2015read on...

Free Speech, Paris, False Flag, US Training to Syrian Rebels - McAdams and Taylor's Foreign Policy Week in Review
RPI Director Daniel McAdams joins Jay Taylor to look back on the week in foreign affairs. The hypocrisy of the Paris "unity" march, the free speech crackdown in France, free speech in the US, the US decision to begin training Syrian rebels with US troops, Ukraine civil war hotting up, and why on earth did RPI run the Paul Craig Roberts article questioning whether the Paris shooting was a false flag?

17 January 2015read on...

Ron Paul: What is Really Behind Violent Police Confrontations in US Cities?
Ron Paul is a well-known opponent of the militarization and nationalization of local police in America. Yet, he cautions against looking at this development in isolation. On the Alex Jones Show on Tuesday, Paul discussed the economic policies of the US government and the provocations by people such as Al Sharpton that have, together with the nationalization of militarization of police, helped create a very dangerous situation in US cities.

14 January 2015read on...

After Free Speech Rally, France Cracks Down on Free Speech
Well that didn't take long. Just three days after the French government hosted dozens of foreign leaders in a "unity rally" to defend free speech in the wake of last week's shooting at the Charlie Hebdo magazine, France has begun arresting its citizens for actually exercising free speech.

14 January 2015read on...

Civilian Bus Attacked in Ukraine, Washington Blames Rebels
On Tuesday a civilian bus was attacked in the breakaway region of eastern Ukraine. Some 12 people were killed in what was initially reported to be a grad missile attack but that looks much more like the work of some sort of small arms fire or anti-personnel mine. After weeks of a shaky ceasefire -- which was not much of a ceasefire to the 1,300+ killed in the breakaway region since it was announced -- it appears a return to open combat is increasingly likely.

14 January 2015read on...

Hypocrisy of the Paris Marchers
The Paris "unity rally" to stand up for free speech in the face of last week's magazine shooting in Paris was an exercise in hypocrisy by the western political leaders who rushed in for the photo-op, RPI Director Daniel McAdams told Sputnik News today. France, Germany, and the United Kingdom routinely jail their own citizens who express opinions their governments object to, he added.

13 January 2015read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Islamist Rise and The Fall of Tripoli Airport


Libya Plane

Today Islamist fighters of the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) have taken control of the international airport in Tripoli, Libya, after weeks of intense fighting.

Adding to the chaos in Tripoli, mystery war planes, possibly belonging to former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, have repeatedly struck at Islamist positions. Haftar is widely suspected of having CIA ties, so his personal army fighting for power in Libya adds a curious dimension to the chaos.

The elected parliament of Libya has been unable to manage these attacks from both sides, pleading with the United Nations earlier this month to intervene and dismantle the various militias fighting for control of the country.

The US government position has, not surprisingly, reflected the cognitive dissonance that is at the center of US foreign policy, deploring the violence but maintaining that a "democratic transition" is still in process. The State Department stated in response to the fast-motion destruction of Libya:
We are in particular deeply concerned by the increasing toll the violence is taking on Libya's civilian population and institutions, as well as the threat it poses to Libya's democratic transition.
Their "democratic transition" lies in ashes today on the tarmac of the Tripoli International Airport. 

US intervention in Syria has produced ISIS, which US officials tell us is the most dangerous threat to the United States imaginable. US interventionism in Libya has resulted in a practical takeover of the country by a similarly-oriented Islamist militia. 

This isn't what they promised.

They promised us the US attack on Libya would usher in democracy, prosperity, and freedom from tyranny. When Gaddafi was sodomized and murdered by US-backed thugs, the US government rejoiced. Said President Obama:
[This] is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility -- to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship. We look forward to the announcement of the country’s liberation, the quick formation of an interim government, and a stable transition to Libya’s first free and fair elections.
Then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton was even more succinct about US regime change in Libya: "We came, we saw, he died," she laughed on network television.

Is she still laughing today? Does Obama look at the destruction of Libya, the armed goons dancing on top of airplanes, and think "oops"? Don't count on it. They have plenty more "liberations in mind."
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