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US Intervention and Middle East 'Peace'

US intervention in the Middle East, whether overt or covert, was supposed to bring peace and stability -- even democracy and human rights -- to the region. Ten years after the US "liberation" of Iraq and some two years after US intervention on behalf of rebels seeking to overthrow the government in Syria we see these two horrific stories side-by-side. Do not be fooled: both are the direct result of US interventionism. And in both cases, the victims were made victims by the interventionism of the US government. As we ponder the supposedly rising terror threat of a suddenly reinvigorated al-Qaeda, we would do well to consider how the result of US intervention plays out on the ground -- particularly as the Obama administration has become full to the brim with "humanitarian interventionists."
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Leveretts: 'The Bankruptcy of Washington’s Approach to Nuclear Diplomacy'

In yet another timely and important article at this critical time in US/Iran relations, Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Members Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett shed some much-needed light and perspective on the seemingly irrational US reaction to the ascendence of an entire new ruling group in Iran which is expressly interested in finding a way to bridge the gaps with the West. The question, essentially, is whether the US is open to dialogue and the possibility of a peaceful solution to the three-plus decade US/Iran impasse, or whether war is considered the only available option.
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Major Terrorism Alert: Are They Crying 'Wolf'?

What should we make of the latest worldwide US government terrorism threat warning? Amidst the dramatic -- and well-covered in the mainstream media -- shuttering of several US embassies for at least a day or so, Americans are suddenly told to be very afraid. The media is so excited by this dramatic story that they have seemingly forgotten all about the latest NSA spying revelations.
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New RPI Feature: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

We are pleased to announce a brand new feature here at the Ron Paul Institute. As part of "Congress Alert," our continuing effort to pick apart -- beyond the usual superficial talking points -- the legislation that is most important to our misssion, we are going to provide a glimpse of the essence of the Floor debates. We will provide the good, the bad, and the ugly as delivered to us by our Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. In their own words...
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James Comey Won't Improve the FBI

Expect business as usual at the FBI after Monday’s Senate confirmation of James B. Comey, Jr. to be the Bureau's new director. Comey had previously served as George W. Bush’s Deputy Attorney General. Every indication is that Comey will lead the FBI in the same trajectory it has traveled under Director Robert S. Mueller's leadership since September 2001—a trajectory the American Civil Liberties Union outlines as dangerous to liberty in the succinct report "The Ten Most Disturbing Things You Should Know About the FBI Since 9/11."
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