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US, UK, Kiev in Violation of Minsk Agreement?

Since the Minsk II Agreement went into effect earlier this month, there have been many claims and counter-claims that both the Kiev government and the separatists in east Ukraine have violated the terms of the agreement. Both sides accuse each other, and the Kiev side accuses Russia of yet another invasion of Ukraine which Russia denies.

As difficult as it has been to prove many of these claims and denials, a potentially serious violation of the agreement may be taking place. Though the US and the UK governments were not actual signers of the Minsk Agreements, both have endorsed the Agreement and have strenuously demanded that the terms be observed in the fullest. Both have de facto become parties to the agreement by their insistence that the terms be upheld.
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Ukraine's Very Suspicious Weapons 'Purchase'

Defense News, a defense industry trade publication, just released a report entitled, Ukraine Signs Defense Deal with UAE. It led with:
ABU DHABI — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced a deal for unspecified military and technical cooperation with the UAE on Tuesday, and said negotiations are ongoing with the United States and unspecified European nations.

Poroshenko told reporters at the IDEX show here that he hoped talks with the US would yield an agreement to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia. Poroshenko reportedly planned to meet with chief Pentagon weapons buyer, Frank Kendall, at the show.
An arms deal between Ukraine and the UAE — what gives?
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State Department's Jen Psaki as Baghdad Bob

RPI Director Daniel McAdams takes aim at State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki in this interview with RT. Why is the US determined to continue down the path of conflict while the Germans and French look for a political solution? The interventionists are incapable of admitting that their projects have only produced disaster...
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Ukraine Year One, Syria Rebel Booster Changes Tune and More - RPI's McAdams and Jay Taylor Week in Review

US-backed coup in Ukraine turns one year old. The destruction speaks to the folly of interventionism. Also, US ambassador to Syria and father of regime change policy admits training rebels totally futile. And Italy's sudden fears of ISIS in Libya after backing NATO attack that led to ISIS establishing itself in Libya! RPI's Daniel McAdams and Jay Taylor chew on the main foreign policy stories of the week...
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Gen. Wesley Clark: 'ISIS Got Started With Funding From Our Closest Allies'

Many remember General Wesley Clark as the man who almost started World War III by ordering the British to fire on Russian peacekeepers who landed in the Kosovo capital, Pristina, before the Americans. British commander of the international KFOR peacekeeping force, General Sir Mike Jackson, is reported to have replied, "I'm not going to start the third world war for you."

One of the most interesting things about Gen. Clark, however, is his propensity to blurt fascinating things out every now and again. 

Who can forget his interview with Amy Goodman back in 2007 where he revealed that one of the top generals in the Pentagon had showed him a memo from then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld not long after the 9/11 attack outlining US global war plans.
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Upcoming: Ron Paul’s New Book on War

Ron Paul revealed Thursday that he is preparing for publication a new book he has written about war. Paul made the revelation at the conclusion of a wide-ranging foreign policy interview on the Scott Horton Show.

The former United States House of Representative member and presidential candidate discloses in the interview that his new book concerns the issue of war and is “written from a personal viewpoint.” Paul says the book addresses his experience as a child during World War II and the question “How did I become so antiwar?”

The former United States House of Representative member and presidential candidate discloses in the interview that his new book concerns the issue of war and is “written from a personal viewpoint.” Paul says the book addresses his experience as a child during World War II and the question “How did I become so antiwar?”
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UK Supplies Saxon APCs to Ukraine...Which Promptly Sells Them!

There are times when even Jonathan Swift's sense of satire would be silenced by reality. After a lot of huffing and puffing by the "Arms for Ukraine Now!" neocons like General Sir Richard "Helmand" Dannatt over the weekend ridiculing Britain for only supplying Saxon Armoured Vehicles, a Kiev-based company is already offering them for sale!
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Andrew Napolitano: IRS Commissioner Apologizing for Seizing Bank Accounts Is Not Enough

Judge Andrew Napolitano, speaking with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business, explained that United States Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen‘s apology last week regarding the US government routinely seizing bank accounts based on the mere suspicion that the money in the accounts may be related to a crime is not enough to rectify the constitutional violation. Napolitano charges that “Congress is the culprit” for passing legislation allowing the seizures and that Congress is doing nothing to repeal the seizures authorization.
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Who is Violating Minsk II? President's AUMF = Total War - McAdams and Taylor Week in Review

Will the US be the first to violate the Ukraine ceasefire agreement by sending in the planned 600 US troops? Will Russia be proven truthful or a liar about the claimed 10,000+ Russian troops in Ukraine when the plan is implemented? How does the limiting language in Obama's requested authorization for the use of force against ISIS actually give the president more authority to wage war worldwide? And Yemen? Another successful US intervention? Join RPI's Daniel McAdams and Jay Taylor to chew on the most important foreign policy events of the week.
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The Fed’s Attack Dog is At It Again

Richard Fisher, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank president, is once again going after everyone who supports an audit of the Federal Reserve System. In particular he has been hitting at Sen. Rand Paul for having introduced Senate Bill 264, which calls for a full audit of the Fed. Fisher has no new arguments against the audit. He repeats the same old clichés that have come from the Federal Reserve for the past several decades. I certainly have heard them all several times recited by Federal Reserve Board chairmen as they testified before the House Financial Services Committee.
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