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Iran Rejects Russian Call To Withdraw From Syria

Iran officially rejected a Russian call to withdraw Iranian troops and Hezbollah fighters from Syria during a press conference on Monday.

“As long as it is needed, [the] terrorism threat is not eliminated. and the Syrian government’s help request continues, Iran will remain in Syria,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters.

“Nobody can force Iran to do something against its will,” he continued. “Iran is an independent country that pursues its policies according to its own interests.”

The Russian Special Envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, called on Friday for the withdrawal of all non-Russian foreign troops in Syria, including American, Turkish, Iranian, and Hezbollah forces, elaborating on a remark made by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier that day. Iran and Hezbollah have had a growing presence in Syria since 2013, when they entered the country’s civil war in order to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Iran Rejects Russian Call To Withdraw From Syria

Iran officially rejected a Russian call to withdraw Iranian troops and Hezbollah fighters from Syria during a press conference on Monday. “As long as it is needed, [the] terrorism threat is not eliminated. and the Syrian government’s help request continues, Iran will remain in Syria,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters. “Nobody can … Keep Reading

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After Iran, Turkey Tries To Expand Anti-Israel Alliance To Jordan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has continued to expand his unorthodox alliance of Muslim countries opposed to the Israel and Saudi Arabia at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Friday. Having wooed his former rival Iran, he also brought the Palestinian government of Mahmoud Abbas into his fold, after the Saudis enraged the Palestinians with … Keep Reading

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John Bolton Is Sabotaging Trump’s Diplomatic Progress In North Korea

President Donald Trump hired Bush-era hawk John Bolton as his national security adviser with the proviso that he wouldn’t start any wars in his new position, but old habits die hard. Bolton’s belligerent approach to foreign affairs is dangerous close to sabotaging the Trump administration’s progress with North Korea, who have halted peace talks with … Keep Reading

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Muslim Gubernatorial Candidate Threatens Christian Conservative Challenger: “Muslims Definitely Hate You”

The state of Michigan has the largest contingent of Muslims of any state throughout the nation. Up until this point, Michigan Muslims have remained largely confined to enclaves such as Dearborn or Hamtramck, but a political hopeful is hoping to take Muslim leadership state-wide. Muslim progressive activist Abdul El-Sayed is running as a Democrat to … Keep Reading

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Saudi-backed Nationalist-Communist Alliance Wins Shock Victory In Iraqi Election

An electoral alliance comprised of Shia militants and communists, and backed by Saudi Arabia, appears to have prevailed in Saturday’s Iraqi parliamentary elections, based on early results. Though anti-American Shia fundamentalists, secular communists, and U.S.-allied Sunni Arab monarchies may seem like strange bedfellows, this pact serves as a good illustration of the increasing complexity of … Keep Reading

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Redefining Violence: The Problem With PC Speech Codes

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Last fall, the Washington Post reported on how a “chilling study” showed that college students are “hostile…toward free speech.”  The research, author Catherine Rampell noted, showed that large numbers of students — sometimes constituting even a majority — support “snuffing out upsetting speech.” Many also support the use of violence in order to do so. 

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If You’re Going To Be A Historical Revisionist, At Least Get Your Basic Facts Straight

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Libertarians, paleoconservatives, and others on the dissident right frequently like to play around with historical revisionism. And there’s nothing wrong with that – as many of us know, our teachers in school, our professors in college, our politicians, and our media personalities all lie and have lied to us regularly. This is especially true when it comes to war. A recent example that’s burned into the minds of many in our political movement is the Iraq War and all of the lies that the ruling elite used to sell us on that war. We were told they owned chemical weapons…

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Mueller Probe: A Year-old, Hyper-partisan Circus

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Thursday, May 17, marks one year since Robert Mueller became special counsel. His mission: To search from sea to shining sea for collusion between Russia and Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign. If Mueller has found anything concrete behind this collective hallucination, he must have stashed it in Fort Knox. In this government, the details of a recent White House meeting to stop leaks got leaked. It’s beyond belief that proof of Trump/Russia collusion exists but has not seeped. Mueller’s inquest has failed its stated purpose. However, it has thrived as a genuine example of an investigation so biased that 53 percent of adults in a…

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New Housing Construction Is Near Historical Lows

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During the housing bubble that ended in 2007-8, the amount of new housing construction was remarkable. Enormous subdivisions were being constructed in metro areas across the land. Buildings of condominiums sprang up in city centers, and the ready availability of credit meant many were buying more than one house as “investments” or summer homes. New housing, it seemed, was everywhere.  At the same time, home prices were increasing, driven up in part by fact that everyone was convinced that housing prices always go up, and real estate — any real estate — was a rock solid investment.  When the bubble popped, there…

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Decentralization: Iowa Law Offers Real “Choice” In Abortion Laws

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This week, the governor of Iowa signed into law new restrictions on abortions in the state, prohibiting abortions in cases where a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This would make Iowa one of the most restrictive states in the Union in terms of abortions, prohibiting most abortions after six weeks into pregnancy.  Opponents of the law have already vowed to sue in federal court, claiming that the new law cannot be constitutional in light of Roe vs. Wade. They contend that the federal courts have guaranteed the legality of abortion (well beyond six weeks gestation) in every US state, and thus state-level efforts to…

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You Don’t (Always) Have a Right To Speak Spanish

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The Associated Press reported last week that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing the Albertsons grocery store chain in federal court over limits placed on employees as to when they may speak Spanish on the job.  The specifics of the case are less clear-cut than the headlines suggests. The lawsuit alleges that the company adopted a stance in which management “suggested … it’s best if workers refrain from speaking Spanish in front of workers who do not speak the language.”  The EEOC alleges, however, that this admittedly flexible policy was enforced too aggressively and applied only to employees of Hispanic…

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Democrats’ “Resistance” Narrative Starts To Unravel

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What will Democrats do once their entire “Resistance” narrative collapses around them, like a termite-ridden dormitory? Democrats have “resisted” Donald J. Trump at nearly every turn. Why? Trump, they argue, is an economically illiterate bully controlled by Moscow. But what if President Trump emerges as an economically adroit statesman, untethered to the Kreml House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi of California dismissed the Trump/GOP tax cuts as “crumbs” and “unpatriotic.” They also would be “Armageddon,” Pelosi predicted, versus the Edenic 1.5 percent annual GDP growth, 4.7 percent unemployment, and 43 million people on Food Stamps, during Obama’s final year. Trump’s economy…

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Eric Schneiderman’s Legalized Shakedowns: The 6th Mafia Family Of New York

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Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Lucchese. These are the notorious names of New York’s very own Mafia syndicates, etched into the mind of every true crime enthusiast. As the years went by, and one Giuliani RICO charge after another fell upon the John Gottis of the world, the Five Families and their influence have waned even as their legacy continues to live on in late night Soprano reruns. Strangely enough, until very recently few New Yorkers, save for Donald Trump in a forewarning tweet, could tell you the name of the far more powerful Mafia family that terrorized our streets…

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Fence-climbing Illegal Aliens Cut In Line As Legal Immigrants Wait In Obscurity

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America’s most forgotten men and women may be the legal immigrants who acquire their visas, scale no barriers, and patiently await their Green Cards and citizenship ceremonies. Amid the raging DACA debates, fugitive-city outrages, and this week’s Honduran-caravan epic at the San Diego/Tijuana border, these overlooked individuals ring America’s doorbell rather than pry open this country’s back entrance. “I am stunned,” says Dr. Nayla Rush, Ph.D., a senior researcher with the Center for Immigration Studies. She is staggered by the caravan members who waved Honduran flags atop America’s border fence. U.S. authorities arrested 29 of them for illegal entry. Those fleeing Tegucigalpa’s chaos have no right to…

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Why Do Boys Not Read?

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If you read news of academia, and in particular pedagogy (my father is a teacher and I’ve been a teacher in the past, so I keep abreast of what’s going on in the public school system), then you’re likely aware that a common complaint is that boys are falling behind girls in basically every measure of scholastic achievement (At least in public school). This is certainly true, but from there follows the question: why is this the case? After all, historically most of the great geniuses and inventors have been men, so being masculine certainly doesn’t have to mean being…

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Conservatives Speak Of a Speaker Jim Jordan

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R – Wisconsin) has endorsed Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R – California) as his successor. Conservatives are not amused. The Right feels stung by last month’s deeply embarrassing, 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion omnibus fiasco. Conservatives also are sore over the congressional leadership’s failure to place many landmark bills on President Donald J. Trump’s desk. With the enormous exception of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Capitol Hill Republicans have handed Trump disturbingly little to sign. While Kentuckian Mitch McConnell’s listless Senate “leadership” is mainly culpable, a firmer hand in the House would stimulate the lower body and slap the Senate out of its endless slumber.…

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Facing The Future Of School Shootings

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Weeks prior to the horrendous Florida school shooting which left 17 dead, teens across the nation were posting videos online taking part in the Tide Pod Challenge. It was a ridiculous stunt which put several young people in the hospital. Yet, there was no public outcry for stricter laws on the purchase of Tide pods. Keep in mind, teens chose to use Tide pods in a way they were not designed. As a result, many endangered their own lives. Using liberal gun control logic, lawmakers should have considered Tide Pod Control. Yet, Tide pods were not the issue. Tide pods…

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White Privilege Isn’t A Thing—With Proof!

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I can already hear my audience groaning at this. “Of course white privilege isn’t a thing, Larsen. It’s just a blood libel thrown against the scions of Hyperborea.” However, as a man of science I like to be fair and objective—and besides, billions of howling innocent-angels-without-agency—AKA People of Color— can’t be wrong (according to leftists, anyway). And indeed, in a few, mostly unconscious ways, white privilege can be said to exist. It still is extant (or was until VERY recently) that the overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 CEOS, movie stars, and other powerful people were white (in the broad sense),…

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Attractive People Are More Likely To Be Republican

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The more attractive you are, the more likely you are to be a Republican. You may assume that statement is just a bias writer’s opinion. It’s not. In fact, it is a conclusion reached in a survey published in the Journal of Public Economics in December 2017. Research was led by Rolfe Daus Peterson from Susquehanna University and Carl Palmer from Illinois State University. The duo compared data from 1972, 1974 and 1976 American National Study surveys which asked people to evaluate the appearance of others. The survey also explored participants’ political beliefs, income, race, gender, and education.

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Reviewing An Anti-Social Justice Comic Book Satire: ‘Dingue!’ By Jacobi Kid

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Jakobus Nieuwodt, better known as Jacobi Kid, friend and cohort of the Barbaric Gentleman best known for his seminal satirical work Fifty Shades of Adolf, has recently come out with a comic book (I hesitate to call it a graphic novel for reasons that will be revealed below) called Dingue!, which serves as a satire of the superhero medium in general and the recent Social Justice Warrior turn that Marvel Comics has been on recently in particular. While there are some funny lines and interesting ideas here, as a comic book fan myself I also found that this book was…

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Don’t Regulate Facebook — That’s What Zuckerberg Wants

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If Facebook disappeared forever this afternoon, I wouldn’t exactly be upset about it. I’m astounded when I see people post loads of personal information on the site, including posts about all their travel plans, their shopping habits, their daily routines, and their family members. Long is the list of people who have been harassed by law enforcement agencies or “child welfare” agencies in response to something they said or did on Facebook. And, given what we know about Big Tech’s willingness to collaborate with government agencies, people who are fond of posting their every move in Facebook might as well hand over…

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Solving Colombia’s Drug Violence Dilemma: Legalize Drugs And Guns

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With the 2018 Colombian presidential elections rapidly approaching, presidential front-runners Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro face numerous challenges ahead. One of them involves dealing with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the perpetrators of a more than 50-year-long armed conflict in Colombia that has left 220,000 dead and has displaced over 5.7 million people. Part of outgoing President Manuel Santos’ legacy was brokering a peace deal with the FARC that would be decided by the Colombian people through a popular referendum. However, things did not go Santos’ way at first when Colombians rejected the peace accords by the thinnest of margins. Following the original peace agreement’s defeat, Santos’ government and the FARC came together…

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Paul Ryan Was a Failure — It’s Important To Understand Why

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Paul Ryan’s retirement from Congress marks the end for one of the most prominent Republicans of his generation. Even before taking the role of Speaker of the House, Ryan had managed to become, in the words of Mitt Romney, the “intellectual leader” of the post-Bush GOP. Unfortunately Ryan’s story can be seen as nothing but a tragedy. By all accounts he is a good-natured man, but one who ended up betraying almost all the causes he claimed to care about. The legend of Paul Ryan begins when he was a college student studying economics and political science. As his enemies in DC…

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Hey, Republicans: Stop Crying And Start Leading!

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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement Wednesday suggests that Republicans are bracing for heavy losses in November, perhaps costing them control of the House and even the Senate. But the biggest danger for Republicans is not ferocious Democrats, who collectively resemble a freshly fueled tank brigade. What Republicans have to fear is…fear itself. In nearly every center-Right gathering that I have attended lately, the sense of impending doom threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Improving GOP numbers in the generic ballot, President Donald J. Trump’s rising approval ratings, and encouraging news — from the economy to the becalmed Korean peninsula…

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‘Minds’: Founder Of New, Pro-Free Speech Social Network Speaks Out

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Bill Ottman, the founder of new blockchain-based social network ‘Minds’ spoke to the The Liberty Conservative about his new project. “Minds is an open source social networking platform that rewards you for your contributions, so, basically you earn tokens for your activity and you can use those tokens to boost your content, get more exposure, and also as a crowdfunding tool,” stated Ottman. Ottman emphasized the “transparency” and “privacy” of his new network as distinguishing factors from its better-known competitors, including Facebook and Twitter. “We’re helping people actually earn for their productivity, instead of getting exploited,” he continued. He went on…

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Cargo Cult Libertarianism

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A mere six years after Ron Paul’s last presidential run the “liberty movement” has collapsed. As many former Ron Paul libertarians jumped ship and joined either the far left or the alt right, once thriving grassroots organizations were forced to either close up shop, sell out, and/or severely limit their operations. Campaign for Liberty, for example, effectively shut down all of its grassroots operations for lack of interest. Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) was forced to consolidate its low-turnout State Conventions into larger Regional Conventions, in order to make it look like more people were showing up, while Students for…

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Trump’s “atrocities” Began As Democrat Policies

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President Donald J. Trump announced Tuesday that he will deploy U.S. troops to reinforce America’s “border” with Mexico. Democrats were not amused. “We don’t need to turn our border communities into militarized zones,” Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas said. His colleague Ruben Gallego of Arizona declared that the armed forces should not “stand guard against dangers that exist only in President Trump’s fevered imagination.” That fever also must have struck Trump’s predecessor. “President Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops and request an extra $500 million to secure the Mexican border,” the Washington Post reported on May 26, 2010. “The initiative echoes 2006’s Operation Jump Start, in which President George W. Bush devoted…

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Removal Of Neo-Nazi Website From Internet Has Broader Implications For Global Censorship

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The Daily Stormer, a white nationalist and neo-Nazi website that was seen as an instrumental force behind the ‘Unite the Right’ fiasco in Charlottesville last summer, was thrown off of the Internet capriciously by Cloudfire CEO Matthew Prince shortly after that event took place. “I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet,” he said last year. Since then, Daily Stormer has appeared on many different hosts and registrars but has remained on the web. Prince is now suffering the consequences for his decision, as his company is being sued by adult…

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Secession Is Going Mainstream

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If it seems like secession is become a more frequent topic in the global media, it’s not just your imagination.  In recent years, talk of political separatist movements have become not only more commonplace, but are increasingly discussed as reasonable alternatives to the status quo.  Historically, of course, established states have long sought to portray secession movements as unsavory forms of agitation pushed only by extremists.  In the US, of course, secession has long been portrayed as strictly the realm of right-wing zealots motivated by racism, or even something worse.  In 2014, however, it became increasingly clear that this strategy’s days…

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GOP’s Omnibus Bill Should Have Gone Off a Cliff

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The Republican Party needed just 90 days to tumble from triumph to self-humiliation. On December 22, President Donald J. Trump signed the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most significant levy reduction since 1986. Even Trump’s critics conceded that Republicans ended 2017 on an unexpectedly high note, with their free-market banners flapping smartly in the tail winds. But on March 22, the GOP House hosted a drunken orgy of bipartisan fiscal recklessness. The resulting $1.3 trillion omnibus bill should have been steered off a cliff.

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