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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Ukraine Rhetoric and Sanctions Threatening World War

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, speaking with Lindsay France on RT this week, explains that, in order to prevent “a shooting war that grows evermore larger,” the United States, Russia, and the nations of the EU and NATO should focus on ensuring Ukraine neutrality. Wilkerson, an RPI Academic Board member, proceeds to caution that war rhetoric and sanctions could lead to “another 1914”—referring to the breakout of World War I.
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'Free Press'? USAID Increases Funding to Pro-Kiev Media

In the name of a "free and independent media," the US government through its Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that it will dedicate an additional $1.25 million to subsidize the Ukrainian media in advance of the May 25th presidential election. 

Through its multi-year "U-Media" project, USAID has been a major sponsor of the Ukrainian press. It goes without saying that the media outlets and organizations underwritten by the US government in Ukraine adhere closely to the US government's foreign policy position in the country and region. There will be no US government support for alternative media when it favors the government in power.
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US Media Covers Up Mass Murder in Odessa

Yesterday in Odessa, Ukraine, more than 30 anti-Kiev protesters were burned alive, as a US-backed pro-Kiev mob set fire to the trade union building into which they ran to escape the pro-Kiev crowd. It was the largest loss of life in Ukraine since the US-backed coup in February, and it may well be a turning point in the east versus west struggle that ensued.

The pictures from the scene were ghastly (warning: graphic), as desperate protesters tried to claw their way out of the building as they were burned alive. Also ghastly were the photos of the young girls happily making the molotov cocktails that were thrown into the building.
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Ron Paul: 'State Department's Free Press Hypocrisy'

Ron Paul points out the incredible hypocrisy of the US State Department's big roll out of its "Free the Press" campaign on the very day the US government filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to reject New York Times journalist James Risen's plea that he not be forced to reveal his confidential sources.

Should Risen's plea be rejected, as the US government demands, the journalist faces prison time for refusing to reveal the sources for his article on CIA efforts to undermine Iran's nuclear program.
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Happy Loyalty Day

President Obama, pursuant to Public Law 85-529, today signed the 2014 annual "Loyalty Day" proclamation, declaring that today "we renew our conviction to the principles of liberty, equality, and justice under the law."

Loyalty Day was first proclaimed in 1921 to counter an early "red scare." It was then referred to as "Americanization Day."

Ironically, this year's Loyalty Day takes place in the same week the US Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to the "indefinite detention" provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
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'You Must Hate RT!' Demands Latest State Department Propaganda

State Department watchers will have noticed over the past several weeks a noticeable up tick in the frequency of English-language propaganda dispatched from the Department obviously aimed at a US audience. Packaged as "DipNotes," these missives have become so at odds with objective reality that one wonders whether State.gov has somehow been hacked.

The latest "DipNote" is a full-frontal attack on the 24 hour news channel, RT. Leaving aside the matter of whether the US taxpayer should be forced to fund its diplomats attacking overseas media (while the Department itself funds entire networks of overseas media as long as they toe the US government line), the attack itself comes off as bizarre, shrill, and almost desperate.

Titled "Russia Today’s Disinformation Campaign," literally every line of today's DipNote contains a whopper. It was written by the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel, a former managing editor of TIME magazine.
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Al-Qaeda Rules in 'Liberated' Libya

How's liberated Libya doing these days? As Eli Lake of the Daily Beast reported this past week, a secretive military base established by US special forces to train their Libyan counterparts to fight terrorism has been overtaken...by terrorists!

How is it possible that an al-Qaeda associated group took over a US-secured base in Libya, where the fight was supposedly against terrorism? The answer is that the US had long been working with al-Qaeda to foment a coup against Gaddafi. It should be of little shock, then, that after the "liberation" of Libya islamic extremism rather than liberal democracy broke out all over.
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Time to Attack Kuwait?

President George W. Bush defined post-9/11 US doctrine when he said, "either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." Kuwait, it seems, is with the terrorists.

According to an article in today's Washington Post, Kuwait is "the leading source of funding for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting in Syria’s civil war." The oil-rich sheikdom has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to train and equip the allies of those who attacked the US on 9/11. These groups are now fighting to establish militant Islamic extre
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