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'Foot-in-Mouth' Kerry's Nixonian Blunder

The US and EU appear incapable of distinguishing between action and reaction. The coup they backed in Kiev against the elected government has thrown off the delicate balance in Ukraine and left the pro-Russia eastern portion of the country feeling threatened. 

In this situation, the secession of Crimea was a reaction to US and EU action, as is the ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, where over the weekend three cities in the Russian-oriented eastern Ukraine declared their desire to break out from under Kiev's thumb. 

Now, having lit the fuse of unrest by encouraging and supporting the violent overthrow of the Ukrainian government, these US and EU meddlers are desperately demanding that no explosion take place. They are demanding that none of the eastern parts of Ukraine break away from Kiev's rule and that Ukraine's current borders be untouchable.
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Ron Paul: 'Hands Off Raw Milk!'

To Ron Paul, the raw milk issue is a matter of personal freedom, and he is very pleased that Rep. Thomas Massie has introduced two bills -- one quite sweeping and the other more incremental -- that would make it easier for individuals to make their own decisions about what kinds of food they would prefer to consume.

As Dr. Paul points out in this free commentary from the Ron Paul Channel, he was at first surprised that the liberals who had supported him on cannabis decriminalization did not support him on raw milk. They thought the government needed to control that particular "dangerous substance." But eventually, he explains, they started coming to his position that one must have the total freedom to choose what to put in one's body. Now there is a broader coalition supporting the right of individuals to consume unpasteurized milk if they wish.
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Eric Margolis: US Afghanistan Elections Not Up To Standard of Soviet Afghanistan Elections

While reviewing media reports of democracy in action in the Afghanistan election to select a replacement for President Hamid Karzai, consider the comments of RPI Academic Board member Eric Margolis on the Scott Horton Show on Friday. Margolis starts off the interview explaining that the United States Afghanistan elections, including what he calls the “latest Afghanistan election carnival,” are not even up to the low standard of the 1980s Soviet Afghanistan elections...
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Ron Paul: How The Aid to Ukraine Scam Works

On his weekly podcast with Charles Goyette, Ron Paul explains the Congressional trick that actually opens the door to far more aid to Ukraine than is reported in the media. He also points out that the IMF money going to Ukraine in great part comes from the US as well. The American people will bear the burden through the continuation of currency inflation to pay for this.

Also, Dr. Paul explains in detail why the IMF prescription to rescue countries like Ukraine is based on basic economic fallacies that end up hurting working people the most.
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Ron Paul: What the Media Won't Say About the Latest Ft. Hood Tragedy

On his Ron Paul Channel, RPI Chairman Ron Paul comments on the latest tragedy at Ft. Hood military base, where a soldier killed three people before taking his own life. What Ron Paul will tell us that the mainstream media will not, is that the shooter had been treated with enormously dangerous psychotropic drugs prior to the shooting. These drugs have been a factor in many of the school and military shootings, yet the media dares not mention this possible factor.
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Zombie NATO

Where is NATO in 2014? The debate continues on just why, more than 20 years after the communist threat it was created to defend against has disappeared, NATO continues to nudge its way into smaller conflicts and end up making them bigger ones. RPI academic advisor, Mark Almond, debates the past and future of NATO in this fascinating short Voice of Russia radio broadcast. Sadly this is the kind of intelligent debate that you will not see among the blow-dried talking heads in the US media.

Highlights include the point made by host Peter Lavelle that the current crisis over Ukraine has proven a perfect opportunity for opportunists like Poland's foreign minister Radek Sikorski to demand NATO boots on their own soil. Also newer NATO members that may feel threatened by the presence of Russian minorities on their soil -- for example, the Baltics -- may well use this crisis opportunity to demand of NATO, "We joined, you are now supposed to protect us. Now cough up some money and put some bases on our soil. The soldiers based here will help our economy as well."
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Ron Paul: US and IMF Bailout of Ukraine is a Bankers Bailout

Speaking Wednesday on the Ron Paul Channel, RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul challenges the United States and International Monetary Fund bailout of Ukraine, calling the bailout “criminal.” Paul explains:

All this nonsense we hear now of bailing out Ukraine -- it’s going to the bankers; it’s going for the politicians; it’s not really even going to help the people in Ukraine. It’s criminal. And yet the people here in this country are going to suffer.
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These bailouts are always designed to bail out the banks. They are not designed to help the people -- just like our bailouts were in ’08 and ’09. They were there to bail out the rich, the bankers, and the military industrial complex.

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Daddy Warbucks Seeks President

Much is made of money in politics and how the process is shaped by big donors. While RPI does not concern itself with politics or elections, there is a disturbing related phenomenon that does indeed concern our mission: big money purchasing war. 

Take casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, for example. As Pat Buchanan points out today, the pro-war billionaire snapped his fingers last week and potential Republican presidential candidates came running to his self-styled "Sheldon" primary. Their purpose was to out-compete each other on Adelson's favorite issues so as to curry favor and thereby earn his millions for their campaign coffers. And Adelson's biggest issue is not even in the US -- it's Israel.
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Infantile Diplomacy and Double Standards

Frank Furedi at Spiked Online has published one of the best pieces we have seen on the remarkable inability of American and Western diplomats, NGO employees, and others to see US foreign policy as those on the receiving end might see it. 

In the toxic religion of "American exceptionalism" the key liturgical feature is no matter what is done to others by US policy it is only for their own good. The US knows best how to manage the affairs of others, and if you happen to be one of those "others" and disagree, well you simply hate America and are therefore "against us." 

How remarkable that George W. Bush's bluster "either you are with us or you are with the terrorists" has become our national motto all these years later -- even as the author of the global war aphorism remains an embarrassment in exile. More ironic even, those "sophisticates" who laughed at the inarticulate Bush now have adopted his core values as their own in the mad push to war with Russia.
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