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UN Agreement Reached on Syria; Obama Warhawks Defeated on Every Count

In a stunning blow to the "humanitarian interventionists" of the Obama administration and another boost for Russian diplomatic efforts, the five permanent Members of the UN Security Council appear to have agreed to a resolution governing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons that rejects each point the US administration not long ago deemed essential to such an agreement.

Secretary of State John Kerry as recently as last week "insisted" that any UN resolution dealing with Syrian chemical disarmament must be filed under Chapter 7 of the UN charter, which provides for the use of force if the agreement is not satisfactorily implemented. Russia, which had been tricked by the Obama administration over its Chapter 7 demands on Libya that ended in a disastrous war, refused to fall again for the ruse. Even as Kerry lied last week to the US media that Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov had agreed to a Chapter 7 resolution, the Russians denied Kerry's claims. Now we see that Chapter 7 is dead in the water.
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Is TSA Frisking and Scanning Coming to the Local Mall?

Will American families soon spend Saturday mornings waiting in line for US Transportation Security Administration friskings and scannings outside the local shopping center? We can hope not. But, Miranda Green reports in the Daily Beast that the US Department of Homeland Security is "urging shopping malls in the United States to increase security in the aftermath of the carnage wrought by al Qaeda’s Somalia affiliate over the weekend in Nairobi."
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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Condemns US Mass Spying before UN General Assembly

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff started the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly with fireworks Tuesday, using her first speaking position among national government leaders to condemn US government spying on the people of her nation and of many other nations. Rousseff explained in the English written version of her speech:
We face, Mr. President, a situation of grave violation of human rights and of civil liberties; of invasion and capture of confidential information concerning corporate activities, and especially of disrespect to national sovereignty.

We expressed to the Government of the United States our disapproval, and demanded explanations, apologies and guarantees that such procedures will never be repeated.

Friendly governments and societies that seek to consolidate a truly strategic partnership, as in our case, cannot allow recurring illegal actions to take place as if they were normal. They are unacceptable.
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Ron Paul Institute’s McAdams Talks Syria, Vladimir Putin and John McCain’s Assessment of the Rebels

From Global Dispatch/Dispatch Radio:

With the situation in Syria ever-changing and fluid, and a number of unexpected events coming out of it plastered in the media nearly daily, it’s increasingly more difficult to wrap your head around all this.

To help clear things up and give his thoughts on Syria and the events surrounding it, the Executive Director for the Ron Paul Institute of Peace and Prosperity, Daniel McAdams joined us Saturday, Sept. 21 on Dispatch Radio (Listen below).
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Ron Paul Speech is LPAC Highlight

The Ron Paul Institute capped off the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) with a reception Saturday evening attended by many conference participants who had earlier visited the RPI outreach booth. The highlight of the conference was RPI Founder and CEO Ron Paul's speech. Watch the speech here. Immediately preceding Dr. Paul's speech, RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams and RPI contributor Adam Dick participated in a panel discussion reflecting on Paul's time in the US House of Representatives. McAdams and Dick worked twelve and ten years respectively in Dr. Paul's House office.
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Arab Spring's Final Post Mortem

Remember the "Arab Spring" that was embraced by so many opponents of the US empire as a spontaneous movement in opposition to the hegemonic regional aspirations of the US, Israel, and the dictatorial Gulf Arab states? The Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions were to set the example for the rest of the region and send a message to the hegemons: no more external manipulation of domestic political process and movements, no more propping up of dictators, no more boot on the neck of the Palestinian struggle for a non-apartheid existence. The Arab Spring was said to be an end to the opportunities of external powers to manipulate events in the region.
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