• Brian4Liberty

      by Published on 08-19-2014 07:21 PM

      Nothing surprising here. Outside agitation is standard procedure in so many riots and "revolutions". CNN, as an organization, has basically the same agenda with their hyped coverage.
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      As the outraged community in Ferguson, Missouri, continues to protest the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, radical communist revolutionaries from places like Chicago and New York City are seemingly infiltrating the local demonstrations and allegedly attempting to “incite” riots.

      A video uploaded on YouTube Tuesday shows Gregory Lee Johnson, a veteran member of the Revolutionary Community Party, riling up a crowd and seemingly discouraging them from listening to police’s advice to calm things down. Watch that video here:
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      by Published on 08-14-2014 05:24 AM

      This is an interesting take on the reason for the new, direct US military involvement in Iraq: ISIS could not be allowed to capture and kill Americans in Erbil, Kurdistan. A repeat of Benghazi would be a disaster for Obama and Hillary.

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      Written by Pepe Escobar

      This is the way the multi-trillion dollar Global War on Terror (GWOT) ends: not with a bang, but with a bigger bang.

      The GWOT, since its conceptualization 13 years ago, in the aftermath of 9/11, is the gift that keeps on giving. And no gift is bigger than a Transformer Al-Qaeda on steroids – bigger, brasher, and wealthier than anything Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri had ever dreamt of; the IS (Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS) of Caliph Ibrahim, former Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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      One could not possibly expect Obama to declare the US would now bomb “our” allies the House of Saud, who have supported/financed/weaponized IS, in Syria and Iraq. The same erstwhile ISIS that thoroughly enjoyed the marvels of US military training in a secret base in Jordan.

      Obama also could not possibly explain why the US always supported ISIS in Syria and now decides to bomb them in Iraq. Oh, the perils of “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff.”
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      Much more: http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives...he-caliph.aspx
      by Published on 08-13-2014 07:12 PM

      Great interview with Ron Paul about the current situation in Iraq:



      Ron Paul: We Have No Moral Obligation to Iraq

      August 13, 2014 – In an interview with RT, former Congressman Ron Paul discussed America’s foreign policy in Iraq. He expressed his concern with the idea that the U.S. has a moral obligation to maintain a presence in and serve the needs of Iraq.

      From the interview:
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      More:
      http://www.voicesofliberty.com/video...ation-to-iraq/
      by Published on 08-13-2014 11:43 AM

      For a while it seemed as if Hillary Clinton had learned her lesson and caged her inner hawk. After all, she would have won the Democratic presidential nomination—and likely the general election—in 2008 if she had voted against the Iraq war.

      Instead Clinton, a liberal interventionist like her husband, voted in favor of invading Iraq. Barack Obama opposed the war, albeit from the safety of the Illinois state legislature. The rest was history.

      In an illuminating interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Hillary lets the hawk out of the cage. She blames the chaos unfolding in Iraq not on the war she voted for but on the Obama administration’s failure to intervene more heavily in Syria, such as by arming the rebels.

      “The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton told Goldberg.

      More: http://rare.us/story/by-unleashing-h...ing-rand-paul/
      by Published on 08-12-2014 04:06 PM
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      What to do about Kurdistan? They are being attacked by ISIS forces, and they don't seem to have enough appropriate weapons to defend themselves. Part of the reason for this is that the US has been hesitant to sell arms to the Kurds. There are a variety of political reasons for this. Suffice it to say, the Kurds now find themselves without sufficient means of self-defense.

      The Obama Administration did finally react by having the US military come to the rescue with air strikes. Now why does this sound familiar? They don't allow people to have the means to defend themselves, but tell them to call the "authorities" for help when they need it. It sounds like gun control in the US, with the assurance that if you need help, just call 911. The policy of gun control is being ...
      by Published on 08-12-2014 05:26 AM

      The US Chamber of Commerce supports big crony corporatism and the Ex-Im Bank...

      By Jim DeMint
      Aug. 11, 2014

      Myron Brilliant, head of International Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently graced these pages with a stirring defense of how the taxpayer-funded Export-Import Bank is “indispensable.” He provided several anecdotes to demonstrate how the Ex-Im’s taxpayer-subsidized loans help “small businesses” that just couldn’t survive without the government financing their exports.

      Unfortunately for Ex-Im, the plural of “anecdote” is not “data.” Heritage Foundation expert Diane Katz has been reporting the real data for quite some time, however, and her findings are much more objective and illuminating than a few anecdotal stories. Katz has also reported extensively on the many cases of fraud at the Ex-Im bank that Mr. Brilliant failed to include in his stories.

      Out of $2.2 trillion in American exports last year, less than 2 percent of them benefitted from Ex-Im financing. Of this 2 percent, 75 percent went to help a mere 10 companies, including giants such as Boeing and General Electric, all of which could easily access private financing. The chamber plays the small-business card to cover the fact that the overwhelming majority of Ex-Im subsidies benefit very, very large corporations.

      More: http://www.rollcall.com/news/why_con...-235628-1.html
      by Published on 08-11-2014 02:52 PM

      Is the US helping or hurting the Kurds?

      While U.S. Defends The Kurds With Airstrikes, It's Choking Off Needed Oil Revenue

      WASHINGTON -- A leading Democratic voice on foreign affairs called Friday for the White House to drop U.S. opposition to allowing the Kurdistan Regional Government to sell its own oil.

      On Thursday night, President Barack Obama declared that the United States would defend the Kurds, who are facing an onslaught from the militant forces of the Islamic State. By Friday morning, that promise had turned into airstrikes on Islamic State positions threatening the Kurdish regional capital, Erbil. But at the same time, the administration is contributing to a problem that undermines the Kurds at their most vulnerable moment: They are running
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      by Published on 08-06-2014 03:56 PM

      It seems that Fox News has promoted a relatively new face to their programming. A militarist named Pete Hegseth was featured today on Fox's "Outnumbered" show. While one host mildly presented the "US shouldn't Police the world" opinion, Hegseth was there to strongly promote militarism, nation building, policing the world, and the latest propaganda language, "mowing the grass". Apparently that means mowing down people in foreign lands. Perhaps it is an apt analogy for what these madmen want, considering that a lawn mower does not discriminate when it chops.

      Following the utter collapse of the Iraqi military in the face of ISIS, who were trained for a decade and paid for with billions of US tax dollars, this new propagandist had the gall to claim ...
      by Published on 08-05-2014 05:57 PM

      Meanwhile, in former Northern Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been involved in pitched battles with ISIS, primarily near Shangal. ISIS forces were able to take Shangal and some oil fields, and the Kurdish forces have been involved in a heavy counter-offensive to reclaim the area.
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      SHANGAL—Kurdish Peshmerga forces have entered Shangal, said military officials, and they have cornered militants of the Islamic State in parts of the town.

      Rudaw reporter in the area said that units from the 10,000-strong Peshmarga force who had encircled the town earlier in the day are now in the town center and try to rout the Islamic militants.

      The Peshmerga were able to enter Shangal following a heavy bombardment of the Rahman and Nasir sectors where the militants had taken position.

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      More: http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/040820144
      by Published on 07-31-2014 04:49 PM

      It looks like we broke under the 50 day and 100 day moving averages, taking out a couple of support levels.

      And not surprisingly, the paid pundits on CNBC spent a lot of the day saying that the problem is rising labor costs. Yeah, that's the root cause of all of this. Fed policy, quantitative easing, easy money, money printing and debt could never create price inflation (except on incidentals like food and housing).

      Luckily, there is an easy solution for those pesky labor costs. The US Chamber of Commerce will join with Obama for a clever "compromise". So convenient...

      NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell more than 1 percent on Thursday, with the S&P 500 on track for its worst daily decline since April and first monthly drop since January, as concerns mounted over the strength of overseas economies and ongoing tensions with Russia.

      The benchmark index moved solidly under its 50-day moving average, a level it has not closed below since April 15. The moving average is viewed as a sign of short-term momentum, and selling accelerated after the level was breached.

      More:
      http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stock-...112821651.html
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