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‘Syrian War is Conflict Between West & Russia’

The real issue in the Syrian civil war, apart from the important one of Syria itself, is the struggle for power between Russia and the West, says John Laughland from the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled a visit to France in a developing diplomatic spat between the two countries.

Last week, France proposed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council to resolve the Syrian crisis. It was vetoed by Russia on Saturday. Moscow said the main proposal in the French draft - a no-fly zone - could have resulted in an upsurge of violence instead of halting it.

RT: What does this mean for bilateral relations?

John Laughland: It is very serious and it is a reflection of the very serious degradation in relations, which is the result of the massive disagreement about Syria. The disagreement about Ukraine is pretty strong, but Ukraine is a bit on the back burner for the time being, while the Syrian government offensive, supported by Russia in East Aleppo, has blown apart the appearance of cooperation between Russia and the West.
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A Desperate Obama Administration Resorts To Lying And Maybe More

On September 28 the French mission to the UN claimed that two hospitals in east-Aleppo had been bombed. It documented this in a tweet with a picture of destroyed buildings in Gaza. The French later deleted that tweet.

It is not the first time such false claims and willful obfuscations were made by "western" officials. But usually they shy away from outright lies.

Not so the US Secretary of State John Kerry. In a press event yesterday, before talks with the French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault about a new UN resolution, he said (vid @1:00) about Syria:
Last night, the regime attacked yet another hospital, and 20 people were killed and 100 people were wounded. And Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and medical facilities and children and women.These are acts that beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes. And those who commit these would and should be held accountable for these actions.
No opposition group has claimed that such an extremely grave event happened. None.
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Ron Paul’s Gettysburg College Constitution Day Lecture

On September 29, libertarian communicator Ron Paul returned to Gettysburg College, from which Paul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1957, and presented the college’s annual Constitution Day lecture. As reported on the Gettysburg College website, over 800 people attended Paul’s speech.
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A Ron Paul Institute Event in Alaska?

On Saturday, I returned to Alaska airwaves as a guest on hosts Joshua Bennett and Michael Anderson’s radio show Patriot’s Lament on Fairbanks, Alaska station KFAR. Like in my July of 2015 and August of this year interviews on the show, this new hour-and–a-half interview addresses a variety of matters related to peace and liberty. In addition, the hosts and I talked about the possibility of the Ron Paul Institute putting on an event in Alaska.
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Ron Paul Comments on the Libertarian and Green Presidential Tickets

Ron Paul, who ran for president twice as a Republican and once as a Libertarian, was interviewed Monday by host Thomas Roberts at MSNBC about Paul’s thoughts on the 2016 presidential race. In the interview, the discussion largely focuses on the Libertarian Party and Green Party presidential tickets, and their respective presidential nominees Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.
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Jesse Ventura and Lew Rockwell Discuss Ending the War on Marijuana

Lew Rockwell’s new Lew Rockwell Show interview with author Jesse Ventura provides interesting criticism of the war on marijuana in America and thoughts on the prospect of a future without that war.

Rockwell mentions at the beginning of the interview that he loves the books Ventura has written and says that Ventura’s new book Marijuana Manifesto is “so needed, so timely, so well documented, so well written” and may be Ventura’s “most important” book.
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Oops They Did it Again: US 'Misdirected' Drone Strike on Somalia Kills 22 Civilians, Soldiers

In what the US is calling a "misdirected" airstrike, some 22 Somali citizens and soldiers were killed by a US missile fired from a drone intended to take out al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab militia members. According to the BBC, the airstrike may have been a way for one region in Somalia to settle scores with another courtesy of US military might: "Officials in the semi-autonomous region of Galmudug accused neighboring Puntland of misleading the US into believing they had targeted extremists."
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Judge Napolitano: Donald Trump Supports ‘Authoritarian Police State’ Stop-and-Frisk

Constitutional scholar and former New Jersey state judge Andrew Napolitano, in an interview Wednesday with host Brian Thomas at KRC-Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio, decried as an authoritarian police state activity the now-discontinued New York City stop-and-frisk program that Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump praised in the Monday presidential debate.
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