Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2018 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:14:04 GMT Ron Paul Pleased with how President Trump Handled Himself at Trump-Putin Meeting Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/17/ron-paul-pleased-with-how-president-trump-handled-himself-at-trump-putin-meeting/ International peace and trade advocate Ron Paul, in a new RT interview, praised how United States President Donald Trump handled himself at a meeting in Helsinki, Finland this week with Russia President Vladimir Putin. Says Paul, “I was sort of pleased with the way Trump handled himself.” In particular, Paul comments that Trump emphasized the benefit of “peaceful negotiations,” something Paul supports.

In contrast, the American media are “almost unanimously endorsing the idea that we have to have an enemy,” declares Paul, “and at this point, especially for the last 20 years, they’ve been working very hard to make Russia the enemy.”

As a next step after the Trump-Putin meeting, Paul suggests that Trump should work to eliminate US sanctions against Russia. Referring to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity of which Paul is the chairman, Paul says: “Of course, we believe very strongly at the institute that trade is very important, and that’s why we don’t like to see protectionism and tariffs and sanctions and all these kinds of things” that Paul sees as standing in the way of advancing both peace and prosperity.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


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Stephen Cohen Challenges ‘Mob Violence’ Reaction to Trump-Putin Meeting Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/17/stephen-cohen-challenges-mob-violence-reaction-to-trump-putin-meeting/
Continuing, Cohen comments that never in his life has he seen such a reaction to “the president of the United States doing what every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in 1943 with Stalin — meeting with the head of the Kremlin.” And, starting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, adds Cohen, each president “has met with the leader of the Kremlin for one existential purpose — to avoid war between the two nuclear superpowers.”

A meeting between US and Russia leaders is particularly important today because, Cohen assesses, “relations between the United States and Russia are more dangerous than they have ever, let me repeat, ever been, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.” A very important reason for a meeting between Trump and Putin, explains Cohen, is so the two leaders can “walk back the conflicts that could lead to war, whether they be in Syria, Ukraine, in the Balkan nations, in these accusations of cyber attacks.”

In contrast with previous US presidents having been encouraged to meet with, and applauded for meeting with, their Russian or Soviet counterparts to try to prevent conflict, Cohen notes the uniquely condemnatory reaction to Trump taking part in such a meeting. For the jeerers, Cohen has a question: “Do you prefer trying to impeach Trump to trying to avert war with nuclear Russia?”

Watch Cohen’s complete interview here:



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Ron Paul: Education, Not Politicians, Key for Liberty in the Long Term Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/16/ron-paul-education-not-politicians-key-for-liberty-in-the-long-term/
Around eight percent of the population promoting a philosophy, says Paul in the interview, can have a big influence. Paul points to the American Revolution as illustrating the type of impact that can be made by less than ten percent of people being dedicated to accomplishing a goal.

In the interview, Paul and Bet-David also discuss Paul’s thoughts on matters including foreign policy, the Federal Reserve, and marijuana prohibition, as well as the entire drug war.

Watch the complete hour-plus interview here:



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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nassim Taleb, Military Spending, Bag Ban, North America Marijuana, Price of Oil Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nassim-taleb-military-spending-bag-ban-north-america-marijuana-price-of-oil/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

A new speaker has been announced for the Ron Paul Institute’s August 18 conference: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of books including The Black Swan and Skin in the Game.

To find out more information about the conference, to purchase conference tickets, and to obtain a reduced-price room at the conference hotel, check out the web page ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

Issue two.

President Donald Trump, attending a meeting of leaders of governments in the NATO alliance this week, was insisting that governments with NATO membership increase their military spending.

This highlights an absurdity of the US being in such an alliance: The alliance provides a reason for the US president to be a buttinski, hectoring for increased military spending by other nations.

Some people are hoping that increased military spending by NATO member governments will lead to the US reducing its military spending. But, the reality is that the Trump administration and the US Congress have shown their dedication to increasing US military spending as much as they can get away with and show no sign of easing up on that plan.

Robert Wenzel describes the situation succinctly at Target Liberty. Wenzel writes:
What [Trump] really wants is a more militarized planet.

U.S. defense spending is at an all-time high under the Trump Administration...

and he is calling for NATO allies to put defense spending on steroids.
Issue three.

There has been much talk about the irony of al-Shabaab, an African terrorist group, banning plastic bags last week in areas it controls, with the offered reason of helping the environment.

OK, but remember that the US government, via apparently perpetual war, has been killing and injuring many more people across the world, and, all the while, regulating a multitude of things from automobiles’ gas mileage to the amount of water toilets flush in the name of helping the environment.

Issue four.

Countrywide marijuana legalization is scheduled to commence in Canada on October 17.

Countrywide marijuana legalization may happen soon in Mexico as well. Kyle Jaeger writes at Marijuana Moment that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who won the Mexico presidential election last week, is open to legalizing marijuana and is appointing Olga Sánchez Cordero, an advocate of legalization, to be secretary of the interior.

Meanwhile, in between Canada and Mexico, American states continue to adopt legalization. Nine states and Washington, DC so far. And more legalization is likely on the way soon, for example, in
Michigan via a November general election ballot measure and in New Jersey via legislation to be approved by the state legislature and governor.

I mentioned in the
October 28 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues that, due to factors including public support and state law changes, the US government legalizing marijuana within five years would not surprise me. Movement toward legalization nearby in Canada and Mexico is another factor that could help bring this about.

Issue five.

In a Monday editorial largely focused on US policy toward Iran, Ron Paul made an interesting observation related to the price of oil and spending on the US military. Paul wrote:
President Trump’s demand last week that OPEC “reduce prices now” or US military protection of OPEC countries may not continue almost sounded desperate. But if anything, Trump’s bluntness is refreshing: if, as he suggests, the purpose of the US military – with a yearly total budget of a trillion dollars - is to protect OPEC members in exchange for “cheap oil,” how cheap is that oil?
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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.
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Mueller Indicts 12 Russians - Should the Trump-Putin Summit be Cancelled? RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/14/mueller-indicts-12-russians-should-the-trump-putin-summit-be-cancelled/
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US Airstrike Kills at Least 28 Civilians in Eastern Syria Jason Ditz http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/14/us-airstrike-kills-at-least-28-civilians-in-eastern-syria/

US and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border which had some ISIS remnant forces within. Among the strikes was an airstrike against the local ice factory, which families were hiding out in waiting for the end of the raid.

At least 28 civilians, and over 30 civilians by some accounts, were killed in the attack, and dozens of others were wounded. The Syrian state media reported that the US was behind the strike.

The US did not contest this assessment, with a spokesman saying that US coalition forces “may have conducted strikes in the vicinity” and promised that there would be an assessment at some point regarding civilian casualties.

Pentagon assessments of civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria don’t have the best track record. In general, the Pentagon reports cover about 10% of civilian casualties reported by human rights groups, dismissing everything else as non-credible.

Reprinted with permission from Antiwar.com.]]>
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Andrew Napolitano Is ‘Gravely Disappointed’ by President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/12/andrew-napolitano-is-gravely-disappointed-by-president-trump-s-supreme-court-pick/
“Judge Kavanaugh does not represent what the Framers wanted when they wrote the Fourth Amendment” — the US Constitution provision that deals with search and seizure, declares Napolitano in the video commentary. In particular, Napolitano states that Kavanaugh does not believe people have the right to privacy in their communications that is protected by requiring the government to obtain a warrant from a judge before the government can snoop into such communications. Napolitano also identifies Kavanaugh as “from the heart and soul of the swamp” whose denizens control things in Washington, DC — the same swamp that Trump said he would drain.

Watch Napolitano’s complete video commentary here:



For more of Napolitano’s thoughts regarding Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh, read Napolitano’s new editorial here.
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Saudi Arabia Issues Sweeping Pardon for Its Military Members Engaged in War on Yemen Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/12/saudi-arabia-issues-sweeping-pardon-for-its-military-members-engaged-in-war-on-yemen/

On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabia government issued a pardon providing its military members involved in the Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen with sweeping protection from potential penalties. The war on Yemen has been responsible for creating great destruction and suffering through extensive bombings, as well as fighting on the ground and a blockade. In addition to deaths and injuries caused directly by military actions, the ongoing attack on Yemen has brought about large increases in malnutrition and disease through the destruction of homes and infrastructure, as well as the blocking of imports needed to sustain Yemenis’ health. The issuing of the pardon can be seen as giving Saudi Arabia military members a “green light” to increase the brutality.]]>
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Legalized Groping: Court Grants TSA The Right To Assault You Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/12/legalized-groping-court-grants-tsa-the-right-to-assault-you/
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Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let's Get Out! Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/11/trump-hammers-nato-good-lets-get-out/
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Ron Paul Pleased with how President Trump Handled Himself at Trump-Putin Meeting Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/17/ron-paul-pleased-with-how-president-trump-handled-himself-at-trump-putin-meeting/ International peace and trade advocate Ron Paul, in a new RT interview, praised how United States President Donald Trump handled himself at a meeting in Helsinki, Finland this week with Russia President Vladimir Putin. Says Paul, “I was sort of pleased with the way Trump handled himself.” In particular, Paul comments that Trump emphasized the benefit of “peaceful negotiations,” something Paul supports.

In contrast, the American media are “almost unanimously endorsing the idea that we have to have an enemy,” declares Paul, “and at this point, especially for the last 20 years, they’ve been working very hard to make Russia the enemy.”

As a next step after the Trump-Putin meeting, Paul suggests that Trump should work to eliminate US sanctions against Russia. Referring to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity of which Paul is the chairman, Paul says: “Of course, we believe very strongly at the institute that trade is very important, and that’s why we don’t like to see protectionism and tariffs and sanctions and all these kinds of things” that Paul sees as standing in the way of advancing both peace and prosperity.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


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Stephen Cohen Challenges ‘Mob Violence’ Reaction to Trump-Putin Meeting Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/17/stephen-cohen-challenges-mob-violence-reaction-to-trump-putin-meeting/
Continuing, Cohen comments that never in his life has he seen such a reaction to “the president of the United States doing what every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in 1943 with Stalin — meeting with the head of the Kremlin.” And, starting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, adds Cohen, each president “has met with the leader of the Kremlin for one existential purpose — to avoid war between the two nuclear superpowers.”

A meeting between US and Russia leaders is particularly important today because, Cohen assesses, “relations between the United States and Russia are more dangerous than they have ever, let me repeat, ever been, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.” A very important reason for a meeting between Trump and Putin, explains Cohen, is so the two leaders can “walk back the conflicts that could lead to war, whether they be in Syria, Ukraine, in the Balkan nations, in these accusations of cyber attacks.”

In contrast with previous US presidents having been encouraged to meet with, and applauded for meeting with, their Russian or Soviet counterparts to try to prevent conflict, Cohen notes the uniquely condemnatory reaction to Trump taking part in such a meeting. For the jeerers, Cohen has a question: “Do you prefer trying to impeach Trump to trying to avert war with nuclear Russia?”

Watch Cohen’s complete interview here:



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Ron Paul: Education, Not Politicians, Key for Liberty in the Long Term Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/16/ron-paul-education-not-politicians-key-for-liberty-in-the-long-term/
Around eight percent of the population promoting a philosophy, says Paul in the interview, can have a big influence. Paul points to the American Revolution as illustrating the type of impact that can be made by less than ten percent of people being dedicated to accomplishing a goal.

In the interview, Paul and Bet-David also discuss Paul’s thoughts on matters including foreign policy, the Federal Reserve, and marijuana prohibition, as well as the entire drug war.

Watch the complete hour-plus interview here:



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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nassim Taleb, Military Spending, Bag Ban, North America Marijuana, Price of Oil Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nassim-taleb-military-spending-bag-ban-north-america-marijuana-price-of-oil/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

A new speaker has been announced for the Ron Paul Institute’s August 18 conference: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of books including The Black Swan and Skin in the Game.

To find out more information about the conference, to purchase conference tickets, and to obtain a reduced-price room at the conference hotel, check out the web page ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

Issue two.

President Donald Trump, attending a meeting of leaders of governments in the NATO alliance this week, was insisting that governments with NATO membership increase their military spending.

This highlights an absurdity of the US being in such an alliance: The alliance provides a reason for the US president to be a buttinski, hectoring for increased military spending by other nations.

Some people are hoping that increased military spending by NATO member governments will lead to the US reducing its military spending. But, the reality is that the Trump administration and the US Congress have shown their dedication to increasing US military spending as much as they can get away with and show no sign of easing up on that plan.

Robert Wenzel describes the situation succinctly at Target Liberty. Wenzel writes:
What [Trump] really wants is a more militarized planet.

U.S. defense spending is at an all-time high under the Trump Administration...

and he is calling for NATO allies to put defense spending on steroids.
Issue three.

There has been much talk about the irony of al-Shabaab, an African terrorist group, banning plastic bags last week in areas it controls, with the offered reason of helping the environment.

OK, but remember that the US government, via apparently perpetual war, has been killing and injuring many more people across the world, and, all the while, regulating a multitude of things from automobiles’ gas mileage to the amount of water toilets flush in the name of helping the environment.

Issue four.

Countrywide marijuana legalization is scheduled to commence in Canada on October 17.

Countrywide marijuana legalization may happen soon in Mexico as well. Kyle Jaeger writes at Marijuana Moment that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who won the Mexico presidential election last week, is open to legalizing marijuana and is appointing Olga Sánchez Cordero, an advocate of legalization, to be secretary of the interior.

Meanwhile, in between Canada and Mexico, American states continue to adopt legalization. Nine states and Washington, DC so far. And more legalization is likely on the way soon, for example, in
Michigan via a November general election ballot measure and in New Jersey via legislation to be approved by the state legislature and governor.

I mentioned in the
October 28 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues that, due to factors including public support and state law changes, the US government legalizing marijuana within five years would not surprise me. Movement toward legalization nearby in Canada and Mexico is another factor that could help bring this about.

Issue five.

In a Monday editorial largely focused on US policy toward Iran, Ron Paul made an interesting observation related to the price of oil and spending on the US military. Paul wrote:
President Trump’s demand last week that OPEC “reduce prices now” or US military protection of OPEC countries may not continue almost sounded desperate. But if anything, Trump’s bluntness is refreshing: if, as he suggests, the purpose of the US military – with a yearly total budget of a trillion dollars - is to protect OPEC members in exchange for “cheap oil,” how cheap is that oil?
-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.
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Mueller Indicts 12 Russians - Should the Trump-Putin Summit be Cancelled? RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/14/mueller-indicts-12-russians-should-the-trump-putin-summit-be-cancelled/
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US Airstrike Kills at Least 28 Civilians in Eastern Syria Jason Ditz http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/14/us-airstrike-kills-at-least-28-civilians-in-eastern-syria/

US and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border which had some ISIS remnant forces within. Among the strikes was an airstrike against the local ice factory, which families were hiding out in waiting for the end of the raid.

At least 28 civilians, and over 30 civilians by some accounts, were killed in the attack, and dozens of others were wounded. The Syrian state media reported that the US was behind the strike.

The US did not contest this assessment, with a spokesman saying that US coalition forces “may have conducted strikes in the vicinity” and promised that there would be an assessment at some point regarding civilian casualties.

Pentagon assessments of civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria don’t have the best track record. In general, the Pentagon reports cover about 10% of civilian casualties reported by human rights groups, dismissing everything else as non-credible.

Reprinted with permission from Antiwar.com.]]>
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Andrew Napolitano Is ‘Gravely Disappointed’ by President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/12/andrew-napolitano-is-gravely-disappointed-by-president-trump-s-supreme-court-pick/
“Judge Kavanaugh does not represent what the Framers wanted when they wrote the Fourth Amendment” — the US Constitution provision that deals with search and seizure, declares Napolitano in the video commentary. In particular, Napolitano states that Kavanaugh does not believe people have the right to privacy in their communications that is protected by requiring the government to obtain a warrant from a judge before the government can snoop into such communications. Napolitano also identifies Kavanaugh as “from the heart and soul of the swamp” whose denizens control things in Washington, DC — the same swamp that Trump said he would drain.

Watch Napolitano’s complete video commentary here:



For more of Napolitano’s thoughts regarding Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh, read Napolitano’s new editorial here.
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Saudi Arabia Issues Sweeping Pardon for Its Military Members Engaged in War on Yemen Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/12/saudi-arabia-issues-sweeping-pardon-for-its-military-members-engaged-in-war-on-yemen/

On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabia government issued a pardon providing its military members involved in the Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen with sweeping protection from potential penalties. The war on Yemen has been responsible for creating great destruction and suffering through extensive bombings, as well as fighting on the ground and a blockade. In addition to deaths and injuries caused directly by military actions, the ongoing attack on Yemen has brought about large increases in malnutrition and disease through the destruction of homes and infrastructure, as well as the blocking of imports needed to sustain Yemenis’ health. The issuing of the pardon can be seen as giving Saudi Arabia military members a “green light” to increase the brutality.]]>
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Legalized Groping: Court Grants TSA The Right To Assault You Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/12/legalized-groping-court-grants-tsa-the-right-to-assault-you/
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Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let's Get Out! Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/july/11/trump-hammers-nato-good-lets-get-out/
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Ron Paul Pleased with how President Trump Handled Himself at Trump-Putin Meeting Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/17/ron-paul-pleased-with-how-president-trump-handled-himself-at-trump-putin-meeting/ International peace and trade advocate Ron Paul, in a new RT interview, praised how United States President Donald Trump handled himself at a meeting in Helsinki, Finland this week with Russia President Vladimir Putin. Says Paul, “I was sort of pleased with the way Trump handled himself.” In particular, Paul comments that Trump emphasized the benefit of “peaceful negotiations,” something Paul supports.

In contrast, the American media are “almost unanimously endorsing the idea that we have to have an enemy,” declares Paul, “and at this point, especially for the last 20 years, they’ve been working very hard to make Russia the enemy.”

As a next step after the Trump-Putin meeting, Paul suggests that Trump should work to eliminate US sanctions against Russia. Referring to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity of which Paul is the chairman, Paul says: “Of course, we believe very strongly at the institute that trade is very important, and that’s why we don’t like to see protectionism and tariffs and sanctions and all these kinds of things” that Paul sees as standing in the way of advancing both peace and prosperity.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


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Stephen Cohen Challenges ‘Mob Violence’ Reaction to Trump-Putin Meeting Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/17/stephen-cohen-challenges-mob-violence-reaction-to-trump-putin-meeting/
Continuing, Cohen comments that never in his life has he seen such a reaction to “the president of the United States doing what every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in 1943 with Stalin — meeting with the head of the Kremlin.” And, starting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, adds Cohen, each president “has met with the leader of the Kremlin for one existential purpose — to avoid war between the two nuclear superpowers.”

A meeting between US and Russia leaders is particularly important today because, Cohen assesses, “relations between the United States and Russia are more dangerous than they have ever, let me repeat, ever been, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.” A very important reason for a meeting between Trump and Putin, explains Cohen, is so the two leaders can “walk back the conflicts that could lead to war, whether they be in Syria, Ukraine, in the Balkan nations, in these accusations of cyber attacks.”

In contrast with previous US presidents having been encouraged to meet with, and applauded for meeting with, their Russian or Soviet counterparts to try to prevent conflict, Cohen notes the uniquely condemnatory reaction to Trump taking part in such a meeting. For the jeerers, Cohen has a question: “Do you prefer trying to impeach Trump to trying to avert war with nuclear Russia?”

Watch Cohen’s complete interview here:



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Ron Paul: Education, Not Politicians, Key for Liberty in the Long Term Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/16/ron-paul-education-not-politicians-key-for-liberty-in-the-long-term/
Around eight percent of the population promoting a philosophy, says Paul in the interview, can have a big influence. Paul points to the American Revolution as illustrating the type of impact that can be made by less than ten percent of people being dedicated to accomplishing a goal.

In the interview, Paul and Bet-David also discuss Paul’s thoughts on matters including foreign policy, the Federal Reserve, and marijuana prohibition, as well as the entire drug war.

Watch the complete hour-plus interview here:



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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nassim Taleb, Military Spending, Bag Ban, North America Marijuana, Price of Oil Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nassim-taleb-military-spending-bag-ban-north-america-marijuana-price-of-oil/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

A new speaker has been announced for the Ron Paul Institute’s August 18 conference: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of books including The Black Swan and Skin in the Game.

To find out more information about the conference, to purchase conference tickets, and to obtain a reduced-price room at the conference hotel, check out the web page ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

Issue two.

President Donald Trump, attending a meeting of leaders of governments in the NATO alliance this week, was insisting that governments with NATO membership increase their military spending.

This highlights an absurdity of the US being in such an alliance: The alliance provides a reason for the US president to be a buttinski, hectoring for increased military spending by other nations.

Some people are hoping that increased military spending by NATO member governments will lead to the US reducing its military spending. But, the reality is that the Trump administration and the US Congress have shown their dedication to increasing US military spending as much as they can get away with and show no sign of easing up on that plan.

Robert Wenzel describes the situation succinctly at Target Liberty. Wenzel writes:
What [Trump] really wants is a more militarized planet.

U.S. defense spending is at an all-time high under the Trump Administration...

and he is calling for NATO allies to put defense spending on steroids.
Issue three.

There has been much talk about the irony of al-Shabaab, an African terrorist group, banning plastic bags last week in areas it controls, with the offered reason of helping the environment.

OK, but remember that the US government, via apparently perpetual war, has been killing and injuring many more people across the world, and, all the while, regulating a multitude of things from automobiles’ gas mileage to the amount of water toilets flush in the name of helping the environment.

Issue four.

Countrywide marijuana legalization is scheduled to commence in Canada on October 17.

Countrywide marijuana legalization may happen soon in Mexico as well. Kyle Jaeger writes at Marijuana Moment that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who won the Mexico presidential election last week, is open to legalizing marijuana and is appointing Olga Sánchez Cordero, an advocate of legalization, to be secretary of the interior.

Meanwhile, in between Canada and Mexico, American states continue to adopt legalization. Nine states and Washington, DC so far. And more legalization is likely on the way soon, for example, in
Michigan via a November general election ballot measure and in New Jersey via legislation to be approved by the state legislature and governor.

I mentioned in the
October 28 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues that, due to factors including public support and state law changes, the US government legalizing marijuana within five years would not surprise me. Movement toward legalization nearby in Canada and Mexico is another factor that could help bring this about.

Issue five.

In a Monday editorial largely focused on US policy toward Iran, Ron Paul made an interesting observation related to the price of oil and spending on the US military. Paul wrote:
President Trump’s demand last week that OPEC “reduce prices now” or US military protection of OPEC countries may not continue almost sounded desperate. But if anything, Trump’s bluntness is refreshing: if, as he suggests, the purpose of the US military – with a yearly total budget of a trillion dollars - is to protect OPEC members in exchange for “cheap oil,” how cheap is that oil?
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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.
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Mueller Indicts 12 Russians - Should the Trump-Putin Summit be Cancelled? RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/14/mueller-indicts-12-russians-should-the-trump-putin-summit-be-cancelled/
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US Airstrike Kills at Least 28 Civilians in Eastern Syria Jason Ditz http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/14/us-airstrike-kills-at-least-28-civilians-in-eastern-syria/

US and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border which had some ISIS remnant forces within. Among the strikes was an airstrike against the local ice factory, which families were hiding out in waiting for the end of the raid.

At least 28 civilians, and over 30 civilians by some accounts, were killed in the attack, and dozens of others were wounded. The Syrian state media reported that the US was behind the strike.

The US did not contest this assessment, with a spokesman saying that US coalition forces “may have conducted strikes in the vicinity” and promised that there would be an assessment at some point regarding civilian casualties.

Pentagon assessments of civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria don’t have the best track record. In general, the Pentagon reports cover about 10% of civilian casualties reported by human rights groups, dismissing everything else as non-credible.

Reprinted with permission from Antiwar.com.]]>
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Andrew Napolitano Is ‘Gravely Disappointed’ by President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/12/andrew-napolitano-is-gravely-disappointed-by-president-trump-s-supreme-court-pick/
“Judge Kavanaugh does not represent what the Framers wanted when they wrote the Fourth Amendment” — the US Constitution provision that deals with search and seizure, declares Napolitano in the video commentary. In particular, Napolitano states that Kavanaugh does not believe people have the right to privacy in their communications that is protected by requiring the government to obtain a warrant from a judge before the government can snoop into such communications. Napolitano also identifies Kavanaugh as “from the heart and soul of the swamp” whose denizens control things in Washington, DC — the same swamp that Trump said he would drain.

Watch Napolitano’s complete video commentary here:



For more of Napolitano’s thoughts regarding Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh, read Napolitano’s new editorial here.
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Saudi Arabia Issues Sweeping Pardon for Its Military Members Engaged in War on Yemen Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/12/saudi-arabia-issues-sweeping-pardon-for-its-military-members-engaged-in-war-on-yemen/

On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabia government issued a pardon providing its military members involved in the Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen with sweeping protection from potential penalties. The war on Yemen has been responsible for creating great destruction and suffering through extensive bombings, as well as fighting on the ground and a blockade. In addition to deaths and injuries caused directly by military actions, the ongoing attack on Yemen has brought about large increases in malnutrition and disease through the destruction of homes and infrastructure, as well as the blocking of imports needed to sustain Yemenis’ health. The issuing of the pardon can be seen as giving Saudi Arabia military members a “green light” to increase the brutality.]]>
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Legalized Groping: Court Grants TSA The Right To Assault You Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/12/legalized-groping-court-grants-tsa-the-right-to-assault-you/
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Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let's Get Out! Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/july/11/trump-hammers-nato-good-lets-get-out/
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Ron Paul Pleased with how President Trump Handled Himself at Trump-Putin Meeting Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/17/ron-paul-pleased-with-how-president-trump-handled-himself-at-trump-putin-meeting/ International peace and trade advocate Ron Paul, in a new RT interview, praised how United States President Donald Trump handled himself at a meeting in Helsinki, Finland this week with Russia President Vladimir Putin. Says Paul, “I was sort of pleased with the way Trump handled himself.” In particular, Paul comments that Trump emphasized the benefit of “peaceful negotiations,” something Paul supports.

In contrast, the American media are “almost unanimously endorsing the idea that we have to have an enemy,” declares Paul, “and at this point, especially for the last 20 years, they’ve been working very hard to make Russia the enemy.”

As a next step after the Trump-Putin meeting, Paul suggests that Trump should work to eliminate US sanctions against Russia. Referring to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity of which Paul is the chairman, Paul says: “Of course, we believe very strongly at the institute that trade is very important, and that’s why we don’t like to see protectionism and tariffs and sanctions and all these kinds of things” that Paul sees as standing in the way of advancing both peace and prosperity.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


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Stephen Cohen Challenges ‘Mob Violence’ Reaction to Trump-Putin Meeting Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/17/stephen-cohen-challenges-mob-violence-reaction-to-trump-putin-meeting/
Continuing, Cohen comments that never in his life has he seen such a reaction to “the president of the United States doing what every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in 1943 with Stalin — meeting with the head of the Kremlin.” And, starting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, adds Cohen, each president “has met with the leader of the Kremlin for one existential purpose — to avoid war between the two nuclear superpowers.”

A meeting between US and Russia leaders is particularly important today because, Cohen assesses, “relations between the United States and Russia are more dangerous than they have ever, let me repeat, ever been, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.” A very important reason for a meeting between Trump and Putin, explains Cohen, is so the two leaders can “walk back the conflicts that could lead to war, whether they be in Syria, Ukraine, in the Balkan nations, in these accusations of cyber attacks.”

In contrast with previous US presidents having been encouraged to meet with, and applauded for meeting with, their Russian or Soviet counterparts to try to prevent conflict, Cohen notes the uniquely condemnatory reaction to Trump taking part in such a meeting. For the jeerers, Cohen has a question: “Do you prefer trying to impeach Trump to trying to avert war with nuclear Russia?”

Watch Cohen’s complete interview here:



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Ron Paul: Education, Not Politicians, Key for Liberty in the Long Term Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/16/ron-paul-education-not-politicians-key-for-liberty-in-the-long-term/
Around eight percent of the population promoting a philosophy, says Paul in the interview, can have a big influence. Paul points to the American Revolution as illustrating the type of impact that can be made by less than ten percent of people being dedicated to accomplishing a goal.

In the interview, Paul and Bet-David also discuss Paul’s thoughts on matters including foreign policy, the Federal Reserve, and marijuana prohibition, as well as the entire drug war.

Watch the complete hour-plus interview here:



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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nassim Taleb, Military Spending, Bag Ban, North America Marijuana, Price of Oil Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nassim-taleb-military-spending-bag-ban-north-america-marijuana-price-of-oil/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

A new speaker has been announced for the Ron Paul Institute’s August 18 conference: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of books including The Black Swan and Skin in the Game.

To find out more information about the conference, to purchase conference tickets, and to obtain a reduced-price room at the conference hotel, check out the web page ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

Issue two.

President Donald Trump, attending a meeting of leaders of governments in the NATO alliance this week, was insisting that governments with NATO membership increase their military spending.

This highlights an absurdity of the US being in such an alliance: The alliance provides a reason for the US president to be a buttinski, hectoring for increased military spending by other nations.

Some people are hoping that increased military spending by NATO member governments will lead to the US reducing its military spending. But, the reality is that the Trump administration and the US Congress have shown their dedication to increasing US military spending as much as they can get away with and show no sign of easing up on that plan.

Robert Wenzel describes the situation succinctly at Target Liberty. Wenzel writes:
What [Trump] really wants is a more militarized planet.

U.S. defense spending is at an all-time high under the Trump Administration...

and he is calling for NATO allies to put defense spending on steroids.
Issue three.

There has been much talk about the irony of al-Shabaab, an African terrorist group, banning plastic bags last week in areas it controls, with the offered reason of helping the environment.

OK, but remember that the US government, via apparently perpetual war, has been killing and injuring many more people across the world, and, all the while, regulating a multitude of things from automobiles’ gas mileage to the amount of water toilets flush in the name of helping the environment.

Issue four.

Countrywide marijuana legalization is scheduled to commence in Canada on October 17.

Countrywide marijuana legalization may happen soon in Mexico as well. Kyle Jaeger writes at Marijuana Moment that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who won the Mexico presidential election last week, is open to legalizing marijuana and is appointing Olga Sánchez Cordero, an advocate of legalization, to be secretary of the interior.

Meanwhile, in between Canada and Mexico, American states continue to adopt legalization. Nine states and Washington, DC so far. And more legalization is likely on the way soon, for example, in
Michigan via a November general election ballot measure and in New Jersey via legislation to be approved by the state legislature and governor.

I mentioned in the
October 28 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues that, due to factors including public support and state law changes, the US government legalizing marijuana within five years would not surprise me. Movement toward legalization nearby in Canada and Mexico is another factor that could help bring this about.

Issue five.

In a Monday editorial largely focused on US policy toward Iran, Ron Paul made an interesting observation related to the price of oil and spending on the US military. Paul wrote:
President Trump’s demand last week that OPEC “reduce prices now” or US military protection of OPEC countries may not continue almost sounded desperate. But if anything, Trump’s bluntness is refreshing: if, as he suggests, the purpose of the US military – with a yearly total budget of a trillion dollars - is to protect OPEC members in exchange for “cheap oil,” how cheap is that oil?
-----

That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

Five four three two one.
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Mueller Indicts 12 Russians - Should the Trump-Putin Summit be Cancelled? RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/14/mueller-indicts-12-russians-should-the-trump-putin-summit-be-cancelled/
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US Airstrike Kills at Least 28 Civilians in Eastern Syria Jason Ditz http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/14/us-airstrike-kills-at-least-28-civilians-in-eastern-syria/

US and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border which had some ISIS remnant forces within. Among the strikes was an airstrike against the local ice factory, which families were hiding out in waiting for the end of the raid.

At least 28 civilians, and over 30 civilians by some accounts, were killed in the attack, and dozens of others were wounded. The Syrian state media reported that the US was behind the strike.

The US did not contest this assessment, with a spokesman saying that US coalition forces “may have conducted strikes in the vicinity” and promised that there would be an assessment at some point regarding civilian casualties.

Pentagon assessments of civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria don’t have the best track record. In general, the Pentagon reports cover about 10% of civilian casualties reported by human rights groups, dismissing everything else as non-credible.

Reprinted with permission from Antiwar.com.]]>
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Andrew Napolitano Is ‘Gravely Disappointed’ by President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/12/andrew-napolitano-is-gravely-disappointed-by-president-trump-s-supreme-court-pick/
“Judge Kavanaugh does not represent what the Framers wanted when they wrote the Fourth Amendment” — the US Constitution provision that deals with search and seizure, declares Napolitano in the video commentary. In particular, Napolitano states that Kavanaugh does not believe people have the right to privacy in their communications that is protected by requiring the government to obtain a warrant from a judge before the government can snoop into such communications. Napolitano also identifies Kavanaugh as “from the heart and soul of the swamp” whose denizens control things in Washington, DC — the same swamp that Trump said he would drain.

Watch Napolitano’s complete video commentary here:



For more of Napolitano’s thoughts regarding Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh, read Napolitano’s new editorial here.
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Saudi Arabia Issues Sweeping Pardon for Its Military Members Engaged in War on Yemen Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/12/saudi-arabia-issues-sweeping-pardon-for-its-military-members-engaged-in-war-on-yemen/

On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabia government issued a pardon providing its military members involved in the Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen with sweeping protection from potential penalties. The war on Yemen has been responsible for creating great destruction and suffering through extensive bombings, as well as fighting on the ground and a blockade. In addition to deaths and injuries caused directly by military actions, the ongoing attack on Yemen has brought about large increases in malnutrition and disease through the destruction of homes and infrastructure, as well as the blocking of imports needed to sustain Yemenis’ health. The issuing of the pardon can be seen as giving Saudi Arabia military members a “green light” to increase the brutality.]]>
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Trump Hammers NATO. Good! Let's Get Out! Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/july/11/trump-hammers-nato-good-lets-get-out/
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