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Ukraine: Killing the Opposition?

This week there were two more murders of prominent Ukrainian opposition figures, bringing the total to perhaps 12. While the US government was quick to suggest that Russian president Putin was behind the killing of a minor opposition figure in February, the US has so far remained silent at the ongoing political killings in Ukraine. This edition of the Ron Paul Liberty Report covers the killings and also the arrival of US troops. Is this not a dangerous escalation?
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US to Widely Export Killer Drones

Here’s one of those “Now what could possibility go wrong?” stories.

Drones for Everyone

Reversing years of restricted sales of America’s robot drone killers, the Obama administration announced it will begin allowing sales of armed drones to some friendly and allied countries. Until now, only the UK has been allowed to purchase armed drones, though select other countries have bought unarmed craft.

The change comes as China begins exporting its own drones. Sales of drones could be worth billions to American companies.
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US Military Lands in Ukraine

Paratroopers from the US Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade have arrived in Ukraine to begin training that country's national guard and provide it with new military equipment. The Ukrainian government took power in a US-backed coup in early 2014 and has waged war on eastern provinces that wish to breakaway from what they see as an illegitimate government. 

The US military action, dubbed "Operation Fearless Guardian," will improve the Washington-backed faction's ability to wage war against the breakaway regions, but at least in spirit will violate the "Minsk II" ceasefire agreement which mandates a "pullout of all foreign armed formations, military equipment."
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Ending Vaccination Mandate Exemptions in Australia and the US

Under a new government policy announced by Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott, many Australian families are respectively facing the denial of thousands of dollars in welfare and tax benefits over a year’s time because their children have not received all the vaccinations listed on a government schedule. Meanwhile, in America, recently developed pro-mandate momentum threatens to end the most commonly used exemptions families claim to exempt children from mandatory vaccinations.

The new Australian policy cuts welfare and tax benefits if parents rely on a conscientious objection — often referred to as a philosophical objection in America — to deviate from the government’s vaccination schedule. While the conscientious objection option has been available to parents generally, the religious and medical exemptions that may still be asserted under the new policy are only available to a subset of families.
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Canadian Cowards, Yemen Unraveling - McAdams and Taylor Week in Review

Sen. Tom Cotton ignores history, urges bombing of Iranian families on US pro-family radio. Canadian symphony president bans Ukrainian pianist for holding "wrong" views of west intervention in her home country. Saudi Arabia's bombing frenzy in Yemen achieves nothing as Pakistan decides to sit this war out. RPI's Daniel McAdams and Jay Taylor look at some of the more important foreign policy issues of the week without the MSM spin.
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Gov. Charlie Baker Applauds US Government Circumventing State Law to Execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Massachusetts does not have a death penalty. It has not had one for over thirty years — since the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in 1984 that the state’s death penalty violated the state constitution. Yet, we have the spectacle of Charlie Baker, the state’s Republican governor, proclaiming on Wednesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who a United States district court trial jury had that day found guilty of counts related to the Boston Marathon bombing, should be executed in contravention of Massachusetts law.

Executing Tsarnaev is an option only because the United States Department of Justice decided to prosecute him in the US court system. Had that decision to intervene not been made, prosecution would have surely been pursued in the Massachusetts state court system where Tsarnaev would face incarceration upon a guilty verdict, but not execution.
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How the War on Drugs Facilitated the Global War on Terrorism

When President George W. Bush announced the Global War on Terrorism in 2001 he did not have to start his war from scratch. Instead, the development of the United States government’s war on drugs that President Richard Nixon announced forty years earlier facilitated much of Bush’s new war. Two revelations this week provide new examples of the linkage between the two wars.

First, Brad Heath reported Wednesday at USA Today that from 1992 through 2013 the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collected calling records of “virtually all” phone calls from America to a long list of countries. At the list’s peak size, bulk collection was undertaken on calls between the US and over 100 countries. Countries that the article notes were on the list at “one time or another” include most countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, as well as Canada, Mexico, Italy, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and other countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Goes Full Stalin

Ukrainian-born, North Carolina-dwelling pianist Valentina Lisitsa is an impressive talent. Most recently she released albums of Rachmaninov Concertos and works by Liszt on Decca Records. She is known for developing a massive following with the savvy use of social media like YouTube. In 2012 she sold out the Royal Albert Hall in an event that was also live-streamed to 100,000 people.

However, it was also on social media that she committed an unpardonable political crime that led the thought police in Canada to cancel an upcoming performance and offer to pay her as if she played if she would just keep her mouth shut about being blacklisted.

Thankfully she refused.
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Guess Who's Loving Saudi Bombs in Yemen?

As the US-backed Saudi bombing of Yemen enters into its second week, more than 500 people -- including many civilians -- have been killed, what infrastructure existed in the impoverished country has been destroyed, and the ousted president cheers on the destruction of his country within the protective embrace of the country that is bombing his own.

What is less reported in US mainstream media is that one group in Yemen seems to be making out quite well in the US-backed and Saudi-created chaos: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Yes, al-Qaeda. The group that the US has been droning in Yemen since 2010. The drone strikes that set the population and especially various tribes like the Houthis against the US-accommodating Hadi. The Houthis who had been fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen before they started being bombed by Saudi Arabia. That al-Qaeda.
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The Iran Deal Deconstructed - RPI's Daniel McAdams With Jay Taylor

With so much spin being spun around the Framework Deal between Iran and the P5+1, RPI's Daniel McAdams goes point-by-point on what Iran agreed to give up in exchange for an end to the decades-long US, EU, and UN sanctions. The neocons in the US and their kindred spirits in Israel claim that Iran gave up nothing and will continue to build a nuclear weapon. Of course their own countries' intelligence services disagree, but that has never stopped neocon hyperbole. This deal, in the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "does not block Iran's path to the bomb. Such a deal paves Iran's path to the bomb." Of course Netanyahu's Iran hysteria goes back to at least 1992, when he claimed that Iran was just a couple of years away from a nuclear weapon.
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