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'US Has a Military Junta' - Lew Rockwell

Commander of US Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees military operations in the Middle East, told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that he "was not consulted" prior to President Donald Trump's December announcement that the US would withdraw troops from Syria. Is the Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces required to seek permission from his generals before moving troops in the theaters of combat?
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US plan for Latin America: ‘Venezuela is just the beginning’ – Daniel McAdams

The real "Troika of Tyranny" is not Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, as the neocons claim, but rather Pompeo, Bolton, and Abrams, RPI's Daniel McAdams tells RT America today. As to what we should do to help the Venezuelan people in economic trouble, McAdams says the best thing to do would be to stop trying to overthrow their government, lift the sanctions, and begin engaging with the country. Punishing civilians for the perceived misdeeds of the government has never worked and will not work...
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Venezuela President Urges Americans to Seek Peace with His Country

American politicians and media commentators left and right are playing up a supposed urgent need to overthrow the Venezuela government. Americans would do well to take a four-minute break from this torrent of pro-intervention advocacy to watch a video released Wednesday by Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro.
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Six Weeks in Jail for Possessing Laundry Detergent

A disturbing story out of Florida recounts that Matt Crull spent six weeks in jail on a drug trafficking charge after police claimed, based on drug field test results, that a substance in Crull’s van was heroin. Crull was released this month after further testing indicated the substance was actually laundry detergent.
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Ron Paul Challenges ‘Ironic’ Advancing Democracy Reason for Imposing New President on Venezuela

Ron Paul is not impressed by the convoluted reasoning presented by the United States government in support of its effort to impose a new president on the people of Venezuela. In his first answer in a Friday interview at RT focused on this ongoing “regime change” effort, the peace advocate and former presidential candidate predicted this effort would be difficult and would lead to violence and, possibly, a civil war. Paul then proceeds to criticize as “ironic” the US trying to justify its seeking to impose its choice of a president on Venezuelans as promoting democracy.
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