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Libya Report: Is Saif Gaddafi in the West's Crosshairs?

The struggle for power from the ruins of Libya is likely to get even uglier, and what is becoming decidedly more noticeable is the role of other interfering states who are betting on one side or another in the game for the prize that is Libya.

The latest international intrigue, orchestrated by what we might call the "new colonialist alliance," surrounds the future of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

The United States, UK, the UN are egging on the United Arab Emirates and their allies including France and Jordan to finish the job in Libya by cajoling Libyan National Army commander, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, to totally abandon any thought of allowing Saif a role in the future of Libya. This new colonial order is seemingly becoming afraid of his growing popularity.
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Netanyahu Opposes US-Russia South Syria Ceasefire Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government oppose the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russia, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week.

Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, declaring himself totally opposed to the ceasefire. Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.
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House Approves $696 Billion Military Spending Bill


In a 344-81 vote yesterday, the House of Representatives passed their version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a $696 billion spending bill which far exceeds the amount of money sought by the Pentagon and the Trump Administration.

The bill has a base $621.5 billion funding, nad $75 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund, which includes at least $10 billion that are earmarked as part of the OCO but intended to be spent on domestic military spending.
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Ron Paul Explains the Libertarian Option on Larry King’s Politicking

Host Larry King engages libertarian communicator Ron Paul in a wide-ranging discussion of current issues in a new episode of King’s Ora TV show Politicking. In the interview that starts with a discussion of foreign policy and moves on to domestic issues including healthcare, Paul presents libertarian proposals across the board. The 26-minute interview provides a good exploration of Paul’s ideas, with King asking thoughtful questions and then giving Paul plenty of time to discuss the details.
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What a Trump-Putin Meeting Would Look Like in a Sane World

As Donald Trump and Vladimir Puting meet in Hamburg, Germany at the G20, the headlines blare.
From NBC News:  Trump Carries a Weak Hand Into Putin Meeting

From the Washington Post: Trump and Putin hold talks as the world watches

From ABC News: Trump, Putin high-stakes meeting underway
But why is this a high-stakes meeting? Why is the world watching? and Why does Trump carry a "weak hand"?
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US Tells North Korea It Is Prepared to Go to War

The top US general on the Korean Peninsula, Gen. Vincent Brooks, today issued a statement announcing that the United States is totally prepared to start a war against North Korea at any moment, and that it is only “self-restraint” that has kept the US from attacking so far.

Gen. Brooks went on to insist that America’s self-restraint “is a choice,” and that America can change their choice whenever they want to, ending the armistice and restarting the 1950 Korean War. This comes amid President Trump repeatedly talking up military action against North Korea, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster insisting that all of the options prepared for Trump involve a military component.
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Ron Paul: ‘Most Wars Are Fought on Inflated Money’

When Ron Paul first ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1974 a major purpose of his campaign was to educate people regarding monetary policy. To this day, monetary policy remains a focus of Paul’s educational efforts. In a new interview at the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s Mises Weekends, Paul and host Jeff Deist focus on monetary policy, including both Paul’s critiques of current US monetary policy and Paul’s recommendations for a better system centered on sound money.
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