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'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, 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...

Only One US Congressman Cares About US Military?
US Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), a Ron Paul Institute Board Member, expressed his concerns yesterday over the Obama Administration's decision to deploy thousands of US military personnel to Africa without Congressional authorization.

19 October 2014read on...

'Revisionist' Russia Has Moved to the 'Doorstep of NATO'?
Senior members of the Obama administration appear to be hopelessly unschooled in basic geography and history. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday, attempting to ratchet up his government's revisionist anti-Russia rhetoric, told the Association of the United States Army that the United States military "must deal with a revisionist Russia — with its modern and capable army — on NATO's doorstep.”

18 October 2014read on...

With Us Or With the Terrorists?
Immediately after the 9/11 attacks on the United States, then-President George W. Bush told a joint session of Congress that “either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

17 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

'Free Press'? USAID Increases Funding to Pro-Kiev Media


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In the name of a "free and independent media," the US government through its Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that it will dedicate an additional $1.25 million to subsidize the Ukrainian media in advance of the May 25th presidential election. 

Through its multi-year "U-Media" project, USAID has been a major sponsor of the Ukrainian press. It goes without saying that the media outlets and organizations underwritten by the US government in Ukraine adhere closely to the US government's foreign policy position in the country and region. There will be no US government support for alternative media when it favors the government in power.

The infusion of more than a million dollars into US government-friendly media outlets and NGOs in Ukraine just weeks before the presidential election should be seen for what it is: direct external manipulation of the democratic process in Ukraine. 

Nevertheless, the US interference is advertised as "supporting platforms for free and open communications."

But USAID makes it clear which side this project is intended to support:
USAID is supporting the Government of Ukraine as it implements constitutional and electoral reforms that fulfill its stated goal of becoming a fully inclusive and economically stable democracy.
It is an attack on language itself for the US government to claim that the media it funds is "independent," as that belies the meaning of the term. Nevertheless the State Department continues to waterboard the English language:
'USAID supports a strong and independent media in Ukraine,' said Paige Alexander, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia (E&E). 'This additional funding will help to protect vulnerable journalists while also advancing press freedoms and democratic governance in Ukraine.'
At a time when US Secretary of State John Kerry and his State Department continues to attack the Russian-government funded station RT for being state supported, it should be instructive to witness the hundreds of pro-Washington media outlets that are funded by the US government overseas. It should be instructive to see the electoral processes that are manipulated by the US government's cash infusion to the side it favors.

Pot. Kettle. Black.
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