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Ukraine's American Finance Minister Asks John McCain for Weapons

When the US-installed government of Ukraine went shopping for a finance minister last year, it found an American woman who had not only spent a good deal of time in Ukraine but who knew how to milk the USAID gravy train. Her ability to burn through US taxpayer dollars while feathering her own nest was impressive. And why not pick an American, a US government employee, to manage the economy of a basket case country that had been adopted by the US?

Jaresko's tenure in Ukraine goes way back. In the early 2000s she was selected to manage a USAID "enterprise fund" which was capitalized with $150 million in US taxpayer dollars. It was one of the usual crony faux-capitalist boondoggles that are supposed to demonstrate to emerging countries the benefits of a market economy but in fact just reinforce the idea that the well-connected can enrich themselves by stealing someone else's money. In short, it was the US foreign policy elites subsidizing the elites of recipient country in exchange for obedience to US dictates and special deals for well-connected Americans.
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US Warships in Yemen. Why?

Although Saudi Arabia just announced the end of its bombing campaign against Yemen -- they seem to have run out of targets -- the US administration is still sending more warships to the region. They are needed, it is claimed, to prevent Iran from supplying the Houthis in Yemen. How true is this US claim? Watch the Ron Paul Liberty Report to find out!
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More Repercussions From US/European Militarism

Over the weekend, a ship filled with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya. Hundreds of people, fleeing from the Middle East and Africa were reported to be on this ship and have perished.

Libya.......That country rings a bell, right?

Didn't the U.S. and its European vassals turn that place into a living hell when they intervened and got rid of Gaddafi? That was followed by the blowback in Benghazi, and a country with militias fighting one another for power.
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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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