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RPI To Storm Washington? We're Almost There!

Anyone following our work at the Ron Paul Institute who is not yet a subscriber to our updates (you really oughta subscribe!) may not have heard the latest on our planned foreign policy conference in Washington, D.C. for sometime in the early summer. In a blog post last week, we asked whether a few generous donors would like to join a Host Committee to help us put on the event and we estimated that a minimum of $5,000 would be required to put on the event and make sure it is to be properly record for the wider audience. 

The response has been really great! Several of our long-time supporters -- and some new ones -- have told us they definitely want to be among the major sponsors of the event, and it looks like we are right around the minimum level we need to move ahead into the concrete planning stage. Because at this point we are only asking for pledges, however, we would like to keep the invitation to join the Host Committee open for a couple more members in case a pledge or two does not come through.
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Ron Paul’s Answer to the Question ‘What Should I Do?’

Speaking with host Marc Clair on the Lions of Liberty Podcast this week, Ron Paul Institute Chairman Ron Paul answered the question he says he has been asked many times by people on university campuses: “What should I do?” In other words, what should an individual do to advance ideas Paul seeks to advance, such as respect of liberty at home and pursuit of a noninterventionist foreign policy?

Paul answers this question with a focus on not dictating to people a particular course they should take. Instead Paul answers “to each his own.” Yet, Paul also opines that there is a “moral responsibility” for someone who has discovered libertarianism to take action to advance “the cause of liberty” and mentions some examples of productive and creative activities people can pursue to advance that cause.
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US Delivers 3,000 Tons Of Weapons And Ammo To Al-Qaeda & Co in Syria

The United States via its Central Intelligence Agency is still delivering thousands of tons of additional weapons to al-Qaeda and others in Syria.

The British military information service Janes found the transport solicitation for the shipment on the US government website FedBizOps.gov. Janes writes:
The FBO has released two solicitations in recent months looking for shipping companies to transport explosive material from Eastern Europe to the Jordanian port of Aqaba on behalf of the US Navy's Military Sealift Command.

Released on 3 November 2015, the first solicitation sought a contractor to ship 81 containers of cargo that included explosive material from Constanta in Bulgaria to Aqaba.
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The cargo listed in the document included AK-47 rifles, PKM general-purpose machine guns, DShK heavy machine guns, RPG-7 rocket launchers, and 9K111M Faktoria anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems. The Faktoria is an improved version of the 9K111 Fagot ATGW, the primary difference being that its missile has a tandem warhead for defeating explosive reactive armour (ERA) fitted to some tanks.
The Janes author tweeted the full article (copy here).
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Ron Paul: Prohibiting Remittances to Mexico ‘Sounds Like Theft’

Ron Paul, the former United States presidential candidate and Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Texas, strongly condemned on Wednesday presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal that the US government shut down remittances of money from individuals in America to individuals, often family members, in Mexico as a means to pressure the Mexican government to pay for building a wall between America and Mexico.
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United States Maintains Banking Sanctions Against Iran

Despite the lifting of international sanctions against Iran earlier this year, the United States government intends to continue denying Iranian companies access to the US financial system. This highlights how the US financial system is viewed not as a market-based system in which private companies are free to do what they want, but rather as a tool of the federal government used to carry out the government’s policy aims. For the banks, it’s a mixed bag. On the one hand, US banks have to comply with the federal government’s edicts, now matter how draconian. On the other hand, they continue to benefit from high barriers to entry that keep out competitors, as well as from subsidies such as deposit insurance and access to the Federal Reserve’s discount window and bailout facilities.
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See Ron Paul at a Conference This Year? A Few Generous Donors Can Make It Happen!

How about a Ron Paul Institute (RPI) conference this year? Ron Paul, RPI’s chairman, is excited about the idea. Of course, he would be a featured speaker at the conference.

The only barrier to making the conference a reality is money. The institute needs to spend its minimal resources on its ongoing activities; there are just not the additional funds now to pay for a conference as well.

Recently, the possibility of a conference became more real. I brought up the topic with an RPI supporter. He told me the conference sounds like a great idea. He donated $500 to help make it happen.
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Dozens, Maybe Hundreds, Smoke Marijuana in Front of White House; Two Fined $25 Each

Saturday saw marijuana prohibition protestors walking through the United States capital city to outside the White House. Once there, dozens — maybe hundreds — of the protestors smoked marijuana. The response of the many assembled police to the lawbreaking: two people were fined $25 each for public consumption of marijuana. Oh, and it seems some police chased protestors who had inflated a 51-foot “joint” after police had told them not to do so.
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They're at it Again: Pentagon Training New Syrian Rebels

You know the old saying: if at first you don't succeed, keep trying the same dumb thing over and over and wonder why you are still not succeeding. Well, at least that's the neocon version of that old saying. 

We know what happened last time the Pentagon launched a program to train rebels to fight ISIS (and overthrow Assad) in Syria: they spent half a billion dollars and ended up with five fighters

What do they care, it's only (our) money!
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