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Thomas Massie Backs Trump On Bilateral Trade: “His Intuition On Some Of These Things Is Right”

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Although Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) strongly disagrees with some of the Trump administration’s trade policies, he was quick to point out some areas of common ground in an interview with Reason on Wednesday, particularly with regards to the World Trade Organization. “His intuition on some of these things is right,” Massie said. “I do not like the fact that Congress is now subservient to the World Trade Organization. Everything that you purchase has a country of origin label on it … but we were told in Congress a few years ago that the World Trade Organization had ruled and we were going…

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Rand Paul Defends Trump-Putin Summit, Slams Rubio’s DETER Act

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) strongly defended the Trump-Putin summit during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, criticizing legislation that would undermine the President’s ability to negotiate with Russia.

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Return Of Bannon? Sloppy Steve Meets With Marine Le Pen

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Former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon informed members of France’s far-right political get together Saturday that “the tide of history is with us, and it will compel us to victory after victory after victory.” Bannon — who was once President Trump’s chief political strategist — made the remarks at the anti-immigrant National Front congress in Lille. Nationalism is “part of a worldwide movement that is bigger than France, bigger than Italy, bigger than Hungary, bigger than all of it.” “It is not about left versus right,” Bannon stated, quoting National Front standard-bearer Marine Le Pen, who was defeated within the…

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Trade Wars: Two Sides To Every Story

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The purpose of this article is to objectively examine trade policy and its impact on the economy. While there will be discussion of government policy, our review is not negatively nor positively inclined towards any particular administration. During the presidential campaign trail, then Candidate Trump stated that he’d renegotiate trade deals to stop other countries from ripping America off. Following the election, for the first year of his presidency, it appeared there wouldn’t be any trade wars as promised. This belief existed because Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last May in which he negotiated a deal to open…

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Vittoria! Nationalist, Populist, Right Wing Win In Italian Elections

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Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s anti-migrant euroskeptic League party, says the center-right coalition has won “the right and the duty to govern” Italy. Salvini said Monday the result indicates a center-right coalition will lead the next government and that his party had would lead the center-right, after eclipsing coalition partner Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia in the vote. The League jumped from 4 percent of the vote five years ago to nearly 18 percent in Sunday’s vote, ahead of Forza Italia, which had nearly 14 percent.

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Stop Blaming Mexican Violence On American Guns

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2017 may have been the worst year for homicide in Mexico since the government began keeping track in the 1990s.  It’s a safe bet that the homicide rate isn’t coming anywhere near what it was in the years surrounding the revolution. But it may be the worst rate in several decades. 

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Gulag Princess: CNN’s Favorite North Korean Tyrant Is Pregnant!

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Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, reportedly revealed she was pregnant with her second baby during her visit to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics earlier this month. Kim Yo Jong, who was dubbed “Gulag Princess” by the South’s media, informed Seoul’s officials she was pregnant after she felt some discomfort throughout her three-day visit, Korea Herald reported, citing sources. Kim was rumored to have given birth to her first child in 2015, although no photos have been seen and details about the child were never released. The despot’s favourite sister and head of North Korea’s propaganda division remained comparatively in the background until…

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Trump Phenomenon Spreads: Nationalist Candidate Leads In 2018 Costa Rican Election

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Fabricio Alvarado, a socially conservative nationalist, has won the first round of the Costa Rican presidential election with 25% of the vote, according to provisional results. He narrowly beat progressive candidate Carlos Alvarado, who won 22% of the vote. Carlos Alvarado and Fabricio Alvarado are now set to go on to the second round, which will take place on April 1. Centrist candidates Antonio Alvarez, Rudolfo Piza, and Juan Diego Castro, who came in third, fourth, and fifth place respectively, were eliminated, as was rival conservative candidate Rodolfo Hernández, who came in sixth place. It is expected that much of…

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Hot War? Over 100 Russians Reportedly Killed In Syria After Engaging With US Forces

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American military forces killed as many as 100 Russian mercenaries during an assault on a US-held base in Syria last week, based on a report Tuesday. Scores of soldiers, largely a mixture of Russians and Ukrainians fighting on the side of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, stormed the base held by US and Kurdish forces within the Deir Ezzor area, Bloomberg News reported. Two Russians informed the web site that 200 of their countrymen died in the failed assault, however a US official mentioned the death toll was about 100 with 200 to 300 others wounded. No US casualties have been…

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Secession Movements In Mexico Challenge Federal Power

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Earlier this month, The New York Times reported on a remarkable development in Mexico. In an article titled “Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away” we discover that some municipalities in Mexico are turning to de facto secession in order to put a stop to the rampant drug-cartel violence that has become so problematic: “Tancítaro represents a quiet but telling trend in Mexico, where a handful of towns and cities are effectively seceding, partly or in whole. These are acts of desperation, revealing the degree to which Mexico’s police and politicians are seen as part of the threat. Visit three such…

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Islamic Terror In Sweden-stan: Uzbek Migrant Culprit Behind Truck Attack

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An Uzbek man who rammed a stolen truck right into a crowd in downtown Stockholm in April, killing 5 and injuring 14, was charged Tuesday with terrorism, attempts to carry out a terror act and endangering others. Rakhmat Akilov is the one suspect and has already confessed. He was arrested hours after he drove a stolen beer truck right into a crowd of people on a busy pedestrian shopping road and crashed it into an upscale department retailer in Stockholm’s metropolitan heart on April 7. A British man, a Belgian lady and three Swedes were killed. “Akilov wanted to punish Sweden for taking part…

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Trump On Theresa May: She Is Weak On Brexit…Very Weak!

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U.S. President Donald Trump says he would take a “tougher” angle towards Brexit negotiations than the strategy now being utilized by British Prime Minister Theresa May. Britain is getting ready to depart European Union in March 2019. The complicated negotiations have moved slowly and May’s Cabinet appears divided over how best to separate Britain from the 28-nation bloc. In an ITV interview to be broadcast Sunday evening, Trump says “would it be the way I negotiate? No, I wouldn’t negotiate it the way it’s (being) negotiated… I would have had a different attitude.” He didn’t elaborate.

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ISIS Is Defeated, So Let’s Bring The Troops Home

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In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, much was made of the threat of ISIS. Wild threats abounded as candidates fought each other over who would come down harder on the then-thriving Islamic State. Sen. Ted Cruz threatened to “carpet bomb (ISIS) into oblivion.” Now-President Donald Trump promised to “bomb the (expletive) out of ‘em.” Former Secretary of State and presidential participation trophy winner Hillary Clinton added the possibility of war with Russia by insisting on a no-fly zone over Syria. And who could forget neocon mascots Sens. Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham engaging in what amounted to a bidding…

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Syrian Government To US: Leave Syria

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Syrian Government authorities stated on Thursday U.S. military presence in Syria represented an “aggression” towards Syrian sovereignty, and vowed to free the nation from any “illegitimate” international presence. The Syrian Foreign Ministry assertion was a response to a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday through which he signaled that U.S. forces would remain in areas within Syria indefinitely. “The American military presence on Syrian land is illegitimate and represents a blatant breach of international law and an aggression against national sovereignty,” the statement read.

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Now’s a Great Time To Stop Meddling In Haiti

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Earlier this week, President Trump allegedly disparaged Haiti, describing it as “sh*thole.” The response has been what you might expect. It’s been a torrent of demands for apologies from the Trump administration and commentary on how “troubling” Donald Trump’s views are.  Upon hearing of such comments supposedly directed at Haitians, a well informed person might be tempted to think “if only this were the worst thing a US president has inflicted upon the Haitian people.” 

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Peter Tatchell And The Total State

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I have some respect for Peter Tatchell. He campaigned against the anti-homosexual laws before this was a safe thing to do. He has shown courage on other issues. This being said, I am troubled by his latest set of recommendations. Writing on the 8th January 2018 for The Friends of Europe blog, he declares that “equal rights are not enough.” It is not enough for people to be treated equally before the law. It is also necessary for children to be brainwashed into agreeing with him. He says:

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Trump Slams Pakistan: “Nothing But Lies And Deceit.”

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In his first tweet of 2018, President Trump threatened to chop off financial aid funds to Pakistan, saying that its leaders have given the U.S. nothing but “lies & deceit” while offering “safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.” “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” “The United States does not plan to spend the…

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In Africa, Ending a Despot Doesn’t End Despotism

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In the tradition of dimming debate, the chattering class has reduced systemic corruption in South Africa and the near collapse in Zimbabwe, respectively, to the shenanigans of two men: Jacob Zuma and Robert Mugabe. Zuma, the President of South Africa, currently faces possible impeachment for corruption, while Robert Mugabe has now been forcibly “retired” after 30 years as President. Surely by now, though, it should be common knowledge that in Africa, if you replace a despot, but not despotism, you only oust a tyrant, and not tyranny.

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‘Mean Girls’ Meet The Royals: Obama Invited To Party, Trump Not Cool Enough

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The British government is facing a controversy surrounding the decision that Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle will invite former President Barack Obama to their spring wedding ceremony but that President Trump won’t make the invite list. Such a royal snub may ​trigger relations between the two ‘Special Relationship’ allies ​to waver ​even more. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” the Sun reported, citing a senior government official. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a ​royal wedding before he has had a chance to…

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Simón Bolívar: Liberator Or Tyrannical Demagogue?

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Latin American revolutionary Simón Bolívar is commonly referred to as the George Washington of Latin America by numerous scholars and political figures. Bolívar’s military prowess was unquestioned, as he led a vigorous liberation campaign that freed present-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela from the grasp of the Spanish Empire. Bolívar’s exploits have become legend in Latin American political history, with numerous countries fashioning themselves as “Bolivarian” in their style of governance. From leftist parties like the late Hugo Chávez’s Socialist Unity Party to establishment conservative parties, Latin American elites have repeatedly channeled the image of Bolívar in order to create an aura of political legitimacy. Despite…

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North Korean Threat Demands Increased Domestic Missile Defense

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In May, the Trump administration’s budget request for 2018 was on course to maintain a similar level of missile defense funding as seen during the Obama administration. Then, on November 29th, North Korea tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching speeds of more than 8,000 miles per hour. In the wake of the rogue state’s persistent tests, funding for missile defense has skyrocketed. Congress’ recent approval of a September White House reprogramming request added $368 million to missile defense spending—with $249 million going to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). This uptick in funding would be the biggest…

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Secession — Not Military Intervention — Can Help Venezuela

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Not too long ago, President Donald Trump made headlines by suggesting a potential military option in Venezuela in the face of the country’s rapidly decaying political situation. It’s undeniable that Venezuela is suffering a humanitarian and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions all thanks to the socialist policies that the country has experimented with over the past two decades. But a military intervention in Venezuela is likely to be costly and damaging to Americans, while disastrous for Venezuelans.

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Morbidly Obese Transgender Official Faces Possible Fraud And Forgery Charges In Uruguay

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Michelle Suárez, the blubbery transgender woman who became the first of her kind to serve elected public office in Uruguay, is under investigation for criminal wrongdoing. The LGBTQ favorite is being investigated for possibly falsifying signatures while she was serving as an attorney. El Observador reports that Suárez allegedly falsified the signatures while she was serving a case in family court. The case took place in 2014 after a man filed a lawsuit against his ex-partner for joint custody of his daughter. During the first day of court, this man was informed that he had signed away his custody. This…

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Endless War: The Pentagon Quadruples Estimate Of Troops Currently In Syria

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The United States has made recent progress in the Middle East against ISIS that has been heralded by the Trump administration and his supporters. The Islamic caliphate, once on the rise and seemingly unstoppable, now has barely any fighters left fighting for it in Iraq and Syria. Despite this progress, the U.S. has made it clear they will not be leaving the region anytime soon. The Pentagon has even said that they got it wrong on their troop total estimate last month, as there are now four times the troops remaining in Syria than they initially predicted. “It’s approximately 2,000…

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Venezuelan Collapse Is Golden Opportunity To Showcase American Superiority

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Venezuela is not a country with a government, it is a hostage situation. The Maduro regime in Caracas has declared its ransom demands. They are actively robbing their captives, and make no mistake, they are executing many of those captives on a daily basis. Among its top ransom demands, the government in Caracas wants to restructure its enormous and dynamic debt burden. Their state-owned oil apparatus, PDVSA, was once a lucrative slush-fund/money-laundering operation for Maduro and the Cuban proxies in the upper echelons of power in Venezuelan politics. Now, PDVSA is financially underwater and struggling to make good on its…

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Trump-Putin Alliance Pays Off In The Middle East, As Few ISIS Fighters Remain In Iraq And Syria

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President Donald Trump has been widely criticized by the mainstream media and deep state apparatchiks for the way he conducts his foreign affairs, but the results speak for themselves. After pursuing an alliance with Russian President Vladimir Putin to crush ISIS, official estimates show that there are now fewer than 3,000 ISIS fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria. “Current estimates are that there are less than 3,000 #Daesh fighters left – they still remain a threat, but we will continue to support our partner forces to defeat them,” U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon said in a Tweet, using the Arabic…

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Israeli Deputy FM Slams American Jews Who “Never Send Their Children To Fight” For U.S., Accused Of Anti-Semitism By Left

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Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has slammed American Jews in an interview with i24 News for what she believes to be a lack of patriotism to the United States. She argued that American Jews did not “[understand] the complexity of the region”. “People that never send their children to fight for their country,” she said. “Most of the [U.S.] Jews don’t have children serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan or to Iraq – most of them are having a quite convenient life.”

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Why All Three South-African Presidents Supported Robert Mugabe

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On November 21, after 37 years in power, Zimbabwe’s dictator, Robert Mugabe, resigned in infamy. By contrast, the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela, was revered in the West. His successor, Thabo Mbeki, was well-respected. Yet over the decades, both Mandela and Mbeki lent their unqualified support to Mugabe. When the baton was passed from Mbeki to the populist polygamist Jacob Zuma, the current leader of South Africa’s dominant-party state, little changed in the country’s relationship with Zimbabwe. Why? And what is the significance of the support Zuma and his predecessors, Mandela and Mbeki, have lent the Zimbabwean dictator over…

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How The Russians Won In America

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Red-baiting is the new fashionable trend in America. Ever since last year, the Russian government has been accused of meddling in United States politics. While investigations continue into the validity of Russian interference in last year’s election, it’s important to explore how it happened and why they got away with it. If there was a significant interference by a foreign government, why did Americans subscribe to the propaganda? It’s easy to call those who believed questionable sources unpatriotic. Of course, this is wrong and immoral, but such is the nature of partisan politics. Instead of accusing fellow Americans of being…

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Pinochet-Loving “Brazilian Trump” Emerges As Frontrunner In Nation’s 2018 Presidential Election

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Jair Bolsanaro, a outspoken and controversial conservative Brazilian Federal Deputy, has continued his rise in recent weeks towards the top of the polls for the South American country’s 2018 presidential election. Although similar right-wing populist figures have emerged in parts of Europe and Asia over the last years, Latin America has been generally resistant to this trend, due to resentment among much of the populace towards the legacy of the right-wing strongmen such as Bolivia’s Hugo Banzer and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet that dominated the continent during the Cold War era. However, Bolsanaro, a former military officer, has proudly embraced this…

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Kim Philby In Moscow: Not What He Wished For

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A retired CIA agent was once asked what he would say to Kim Philby, an MI5 agent who spied for Joseph Stalin, if he encountered the defector in Moscow. Rather than angrily confront Philby, the American stated he would ask with considerable satisfaction, “How do you like Moscow now, Kim?” If for once Philby was honest with a Western intelligence agent, the answer would have been not much. For Philby’s Moscow years, from the time of his defection in 1963 to his death almost 30 years ago, in 1988, were marked with a heavy disillusionment he couldn’t drink away. But…

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Why Hatred Of Whites Is Here To Stay

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Not so long ago, mere mention of the deliberate murder of whites in South Africa—country folk and commercial farmers, in particular—was called “racist.” “Raaacist!” the media collective brayed when candidate Trump retweeted a related “white genocide” hashtag. It’s still “racist” to suggest that the butchering of these whites, almost daily, in ways that beggar belief, is racially motivated. Positively scandalous is it to describe the ultimate goal of a killing spree, now in its third decade, thus: the ethnic cleansing of white, farming South Africa from land the community has cultivated since the 1600s. Be thankful for small mercies: At…

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Letter From England 3: The Puritan Hypothesis In British Politics

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Charlie Elphicke is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Dover and Deal. This makes him my Member of Parliament. On Friday the 3rd November 2017, he discovered – via the media, he says, not from any official notification – that he was suspended from the Conservative Party, and that the Police had been asked to investigate him. No reason for this was given. However, Mr Elphicke’s name was on a confidential list, compiled by Central Office, and immediately leaked on social media, of politicians said to be unable to keep their hands to themselves. Nothing more has been said about…

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America Lost The Cold War

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Upon reading the title of this article, you were likely confused, if not gobsmacked by the idea. “‘America lost the Cold War?!’ Absurd!” I can hear you saying. And indeed, the very thought of it seems pretty absurd–after all, The USA is still around, and the Soviet Union has long since collapsed. That should summarily disprove the very thesis of this article…right? As you could probably assume, I am going to be arguing contrary to that fact, mainly due to one reason: The Cold War was allegedly never supposed to be about defeating The Soviet Union…so much as it was…

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Bannon: Turkey “Biggest Danger” For The United States, Iran “Not Even Close”

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Nationalist leader Steve Bannon slammed U.S. allies Turkey and Qatar in an interview with Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat on Saturday. “Turkey is the biggest danger for us,” Bannon declared. “No, not even close to Iran,” he continued, waving his hand in dismissal of the popular notion that Iran and North Korea are the greatest threats the United States faces abroad. “We don’t read well what is going on in Turkey right now, under [Turkish President] Erdogan,” Bannon said. “This is an issue I am going to pursue hard.”

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Niger: Finally, A War John McCain Doesn’t Love

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News first broke about America’s Niger misadventure on October 4. “The real news here is that the US has forces in Niger, where they’re conducting covert operations,” this writer tweeted out. “Hashtag America First.” Official media ignored the ambush of the American Special Forces, until the story gained anti-Trump traction. No word came from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Three weeks hence, the senator from Arizona is making history. McCain, who has never encountered a war he wasn’t eager to prosecute, is questioning the folly in Niger. The senator from Arizona can run but can’t hide from the pollution he has…

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American Foreign Policy Goes Horribly Wrong As Tehran Seizes Control Of Baghdad

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Confusion is a powerful tool. Per media reports that revealed that the Iraqi federal government began operations to take control over the region of Iraqi Kurdistan, a lot of confusion still looms. Within the Beltway, people are lost and questioning whether or not the Trump Administration made the best decision to partake in a stance of neutrality in the Iraqi-Kurd dispute. However, the only thing that can be taken seriously is the fact that many in the international community—including President Donald Trump and the leadership of the United Nations—are non-committal to either side. But, something suggests otherwise. Never mind this…

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Europe’s Secession Problems Aren’t Going Away

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Earlier this week, The New York Times noted that movements for greater local autonomy appear to be spreading throughout Europe. In some ways, the conflict in Catalonia is just the tip of the iceberg. The Times reports: Coming on the heels of the Catalan vote, the Lombardy and Veneto referendums are yet another signal of the homegrown conflicts that persist in many of the European Union’s member states. Separatist movements are also simmering in Britain — where voters in Scotland rejected independence in a 2014 referendum but continue to debate the issue — as well as France, Germany, Belgium and Romania. Like Catalonia — and unlike Scotland…

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Ron Paul: CIA May Use ‘False Flag’ To Set Pretext For War In North Korea!

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Former Texas congressman and libertarian icon Ron Paul appeared on his old friend Alex Jones’ radio show this week to discuss crucial geopolitical issues. The patriot leaders, usually in complete agreement, challenged each other on the issue of North Korea. “We don’t need to be there. We’re just trying to provoke a problem, and this guy is nuts over there so why provoke them? We’re acting from a sense of insecurity,” Ron Paul said about Trump’s foreign policy. Paul believes that North Korea poses no threat, and that the dictatorship should be left to its own devices with China and…

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Iraqi Kurds Vote To Secede In Referendum Vote

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The weeks leading up to the independence referendum by the Iraqi Kurds were tense. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned the region against trying to leave the country, stating the referendum was unconstitutional and thus wouldn’t be recognized. Furthermore, he said his government would not engage the Kurdistan Regional Government in any talks until the referendum was called off. Despite these warnings from the Iraqi government, the Kurds still moved forward with the referendum. The result was overwhelming in favor of secession, with 92% of 3.3 million eligible Kurd and non-Kurd voters voting to leave the country. How this will be…

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Re-Elected To Fourth Term

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It was a big day for Germany as election day rolled around. Many expected that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would secure a fourth election, but the bigger question was how the other results would come in. Would the populist uprising that is taking place throughout the world gain more momentum with the results? Chancellor Merkel ultimately secured her fourth term, but the damage was done to her coalition as the right wing had its biggest surge in decades. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) holds 13 percent of the seats in Parliament and has already promised to complicate life for the…

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Chaos In Catalonia: Spanish Officials Scramble To Stop Secession Referendum

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Although American school books like to teach that secession is a racist notion exclusive to ignorant rednecks of the southern-most United States, nothing could be further from the truth. Secession is a legitimate concept with appeal to those on all sides of the political spectrum. This is evident in Catalonia, where leftists are working to secede from the Spanish government that has dogged them for so long. Spain’s central government and regional Catalan authorities are fighting over a referendum vote scheduled to take place on Sun, Oct. 1. The Spanish authorities claim that the vote is illegal while Catalans claim…

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Stop Shopping Until You Drop. Or Until A Terrorist Drops You

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“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist,” tweeted President Trump. “These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard.” Prime Minister Theresa May and the mad media fumed over the president’s insinuation that the Parsons Green “bucket bomber” was a “Known Wolf,” and not a lone wolf. But Donald Trump was entirely on the mark. May and her men knew Yahyah Farroukh (whose information the British press is protecting). The “Known Wolf,” left free to hunt for prey, is the rule more than the exception in a country, Britain, that will do nothing to…

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Trump’s China-Sanctions Madness Imperils The Dollar

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Last week US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned the US will impose new sanctions on China if it doesn’t conform to UN sanctions on North Korea: “If China doesn’t follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. and international dollar system, and that’s quite meaningful.” In other words, the administration wants to sanction one of the US’s biggest trading partners, and the world’s second-largest economy. China is the world’s third-largest recipient of Americans exports, behind only Canada and Mexico. China is the world’s largest source of imports for Americans, slightly ahead…

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Britain’s Bizarre New Class War

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Britain is my homeland. For all her flaws that I find in myself and all her greatness that so often I do not, there is a part of me that is forever England. Having lived overseas for some time now, I am in a peculiar position–every time I return home, the landscape is a little different. Is it England that is changing, or I, or both? What I have noticed, is that as ever, the United Kingdom absorbs cultural norms from America, across the gossamer fine Atlantic membrane that separates our civilizations like opiates crossing the blood/brain barrier. Scaremongering about…

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President Trump Offers Nothing But Hot Air For His Disingenuous UN Speech

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President Donald Trump gave an “America First” speech in front of the United Nations today, speaking out in favor of national sovereignty, deriding the evils of socialism and communism, and calling for other countries to contribute more for global security. However, examining Trump’s record against his rhetoric shows that his speech today consisted of mostly hot air. “As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first,” Trump said toward the beginning of his speech. However, Trump’s foreign policy has…

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The Neoconservatives Have Declared War On The Realists

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In recent years, I’ve increasingly suspected that when it comes to foreign policy, the realists offer some of the most sane observations. These suspicions were confirmed earlier this year when after the election of Donald Trump, John Mearsheimer, one of modern realism’s current standard bearers, wrote in The National Interest that Trump should “adopt a realist foreign policy” and outlines a far better foreign policy agenda that what we’ve seen coming from Washington.

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With Afghanistan Troop Surge, President Trump Becomes Bush’s Fifth Term

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When George W. Bush first ran for President, he did so on a platform of non-interventionism. He spoke against the interventionist tendencies of Bill Clinton and the idea that we should go around the world telling people how to live their lives. Everything changed 16 years ago on this very date. The horrific terrorist attacks against our country led to military action in Afghanistan to avenge the victims. Avenging the fallen quickly turned into imperialism. What was said to be a targeted mission to strike back at terrorists soon became an endless occupation. America’s longest war has cost taxpayers billions…

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Sen. Rand Paul Calls For An End To The Longest War In American History

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For well over a decade and a half, the United States military has occupied the Middle Eastern country of Afghanistan. It began in the aftermath of the unprecedented terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001. With terrorists bringing down the Twin Towers and striking the Pentagon, then-President George W. Bush sought to strike back. But what started as an invasion for the purpose of vengeance has evolved into an endless occupation without realistic goals. Our strike against terrorists to ensure these attacks would never happen again changed into a rebuilding effort, one dedicated to forcing democracy on an undemocratic region and…

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Rand Paul Conducts Diplomacy In Malta

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is currently in the Maltese capital of Valetta, and has met with the President of the country, according to a report by Lovin Malta. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, of the center-left Labour Party, met with the Senator briefly earlier today. The President then shared some photos of her meeting with Sen. Paul on Twitter, including a photo of him signing the visitor’s book in the presidential residence.

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