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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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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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Blood And Language: Reinventing The Special Relationship

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“Let the Circumstances of Language; Religion and Blood have their Natural and Full Effect.” – John Adams, 2nd President of the United States The United States and the United Kingdom share a common history, culture, and tongue. To this day, the veins of 39 million Americans are estimated to flow with English, Welsh, and Scottish blood. That’s 12 percent of the population, and serves as the 3rd largest ethnic group in the nation. If you add the 36 million Irish descendants to that list, you have the single largest ethnic group in the United States. Sadly, however, despite being a former…

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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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Barcelona And Beyond: How Politicians & Policy Wonks Play God With Your Life

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No sooner do terrorists attack, than those who monopolize the conversation revert to abstractions: “terrorism returned,” “terror struck,” when, of course, not terrorism, but terrorists struck Barcelona, Spain, on August 17. Terrorists did the same days later, in Newcastle, England and in Turku, Finland. The men who murdered 14 in Spain, maiming and injuring over 100, 15 of them critically, are flesh-and-blood. Young, Muslim, Moroccan men with murder on their minds. It is the duty of governments to bar such men from civilized society, or keep such barbarians at bay. So, drop the Orwellian bafflegab when describing what elites have…

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Van Kills Pedestrians In Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack

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A white van plowed through a crowd of tourists and residents in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, killing 13 people and injuring as many as 100 others in what Spanish officials confirmed as a terror attack, reports Fox News. Shortly after the van travelled 1,800 feet down the famous promenade, swerving back and forth to hit as many people as possible, Catalan police arrested two people in connection with the attack. A manhunt is underway to apprehend the driver of the van, who is still at large.

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How To Handle North Korea

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After recently calling for “fire and fury” against North Korea, President Trump has been criticized for adopting such a harsh tone. Top cabinet members such as James Mattis and Rex Tillerson were quick to defend Trump by saying that he spoke “in a language that Kim Jong-un can understand.” Since that statement, President Trump has doubled down on his words, citing that maybe he “wasn’t tough enough.” What the American people can safely conclude from Trump’s tone is that the current administration will be taking a hard-line approach towards North Korea. Such a hard-line approach will certainly cause concerns on…

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Christopher Hitchens: Premature Anti-Castroite

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Nearing the end of his life, Christopher Hitchens no longer considered himself a Trotskyite, or even a socialist. But he never repudiated his Vietnam-era politics, and to his dying day praised the “heroic” Vietcong, despite Ho Chi Minh’s obvious Stalinist-style politics and how said politics were murderously applied after Saigon fell (Hitchens, like others in the New Left, blamed Minh and Pol Pot’s savagery on America’s relentless bombing campaign). But Hitchens departed from the New Left from the very beginning by criticizing one of their sacred cows: Fidel Castro. Like Lee Harvey Oswald (who, as a gun-brandishing Marxist-spouting deadbeat, would…

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Patriotic Venezuelan Paramilitaries Fail In Attempt To Take Control

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A group of armed Venezuelan patriots, led by a former army officer, were unsuccessful in an attempted anti-government rebellion on Sunday, according to reports. In a video released to the public, the leader of the faction, Capt. Juan Caguaripano, declared, “We are united now, more than ever, with the brave people of Venezuela who do not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro’s murderous tyranny.”

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Spain At The Brink

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Time has not been kind to the Spanish Civil War, which, among the Left at least, ranks up there with World War II as “the good war.” Russian declassified documents show that Stalin was trying to import his horrific Purge Trials into Loyalist Spain by attempting to execute en masse his Spanish opposition in the form of non-Stalinist but authentically anti-fascist frontline military units on trumped-up charges of being “fascist spies.” On his orders, his plaything, the Stalinist-dominated Loyalist government used their secret police to hunt down and execute these “fascists.” Unfortunately for those who defended the necessity of these…

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Letter From England 2: Europe And The Culture War

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If I were to draw up a list of the problems facing my country, and then to discuss their nature and possible solutions, I might be starting work on a rather long book. Instead, I will confine myself to what I think are the two most immediately pressing, and that are within the direct control of the British Government. These are our withdrawal from the European Union and the state of our so far uncontested culture war. I begin with Europe. When we voted, in June 2016, to leave the European Union, we were plainly willing an end without willing…

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Like Trump, Nixon Also Wanted Allies To Supply Their Own Protection

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Once upon a time, a Republican president formulated a doctrine that had little to do with regime change, and demanded that countries previously protected by the US military look to their own defense. Quickly into his first term, then-President Richard Nixon in 1969 announced “the Nixon Doctrine” which asserted that the nation’s Cold War allies in Asia would have to provide for their own protection. This policy, which reversed the thrust of US foreign policy for the last 20 years, was linked to the president’s campaign promise for “peace with honor” regarding US forces in Vietnam. By 1968, even some…

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Netanyahu To Europe: “Secure Your Borders”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught on a hot mic earlier this week calling upon Eastern European leaders to adopt tougher immigration policies to keep their nations secure, according to a report by the Times of Israel. Netanyahu stated that he believes in the free movement of goods, “but not people”. “Secure your borders. Secure your borders,” he said, repeating for emphasis. The Israeli leader stressed the effectiveness of border walls, noting that his nation had “blocked the border not only in Egypt but in the Golan Heights.”

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Letter From England 1: Setting The Scene

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I have been asked to write a weekly column on British politics. Since I am writing for a largely American readership, and since Americans mostly know little of what happens outside their own country, I think it would be best if I were to begin with a brief overview not only of what is happening here, but also of what has been happening for quite some time. David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010 at the head of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. The Conservatives had won more seats than any other party in the House of Commons, but fallen short…

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The Doomsday Clock Just Moved Closer

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True to form, North Korea yet again used July 4 to fire a missile, but this time it was more alarming and effective than merely sputtering and dropping into the ocean. This week, the missile test showed that the communist regime can, as threatened, hit the US mainland with a nuclear bomb. David Wright, a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, calculated the launch and ascertained had the missile followed a “normal trajectory,” it could have hit Alaska. In response, the US and South fired missiles into the sea, demonstrating the capability of the missiles to strike deep within…

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Vietnamese Repression Cannot Keep Pace With The Internet

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In an example confirming why conservatives and libertarians fight back against Democratic attempts to control the Internet, the communist dictatorship of Vietnam is cracking down on and even jailing those who use social media. The reason is that dissidents in the Stalinist-style country are using the Internet as a meeting place of sorts to organize resistance to the regime’s policies. Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch said the Internet is a considerable threat to the power of the Vietnamese government because it gives individuals a medium to expose its repressive behavior: “Facebook is being used as an organizing tool, as…

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An Evening With Enoch Powell, 22nd November 1986

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Note: This is an exact transcript from one of the handwritten volumes of my Diary. I have kept this, with occasional lapses, since I was fifteen. It currently runs to about five million words. Most entries are of no interest to anyone else. Many are a waste of paper and ink. Some are too shocking or embarrassing ever to be published. Here and there, nevertheless, are entries of actual value. This is one of them. SIG Saturday 22nd November 1986 No concert after all last night. Instead to Newham North East Conservative Club, to see Simon Pearce – and, much…

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Trump Administration Threatens Second Major Strike Against Assad’s Military

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer released a statement on Monday to media outlets which accused the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad of plotting a chemical weapons attack against civilians. The statement said the following: “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.  The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack. As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and…

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The American Architects Of The South-African Catastrophe

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Yes, it has happened. A mere 23 years after the 1994 transition, in South Africa, to raw ripe democracy, six years following the publication of a wide-ranging analysis of that catastrophe, Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa, a Beltway libertarian think tank has convened to address the problem that is South Africa. The reference is to a CATO “Policy Forum,” euphemized as “South Africa at a Crossroad.” One of the individuals to headline the “Forum” is Princeton Lyman, described in a CATO email tease as having “served as the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa at…

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U.S. Navy Fighter Jet Shoots Down Syrian Aircraft After Alleged Bombing Of Kurds

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In a statement given by the Department of Defense to various media outlets, the U.S. military confirmed that a US F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet had shot down a Syrian SU-22 aircraft, which had allegedly bombed the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. “The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat,” the Pentagon said. The Syrian Democratic Forces backed the U.S. claim, accusing the Syrian government of having “mounted large-scale attacks using planes, artillery, and tanks” against them.

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Wei Qi In The Persian Gulf

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Amidst increasingly heinous accusations of Russian election interference, growing dissidence amongst the domestic United States, and the ever-enduring Rodman-Kim romance saga hailed as soft diplomacy, President Trump finds himself beset on all sides by both danger and opportunity. None are more apparent than the growing regional tensions in the Persian Gulf. To achieve an early-term masterstroke of foreign policy acumen, Trump will not find success in playing the conventional role, but in playing wei qi. Let’s rewind a bit: On June 5, 2017, a joint action was issued by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and the Maldives…

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The European Migrant Crisis And Historical Amnesia: A Personal Testament From Austria

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The migrant crisis has, like an uncontrolled blaze tumbling through a dense forest, left few parts of Europe untouched. Stories of refugees abounded even in the part of Austria known as Burgenland, where I resided for a week during my travels on the Continent back in January. I was staying with the great-granddaughter of my great-great-grandmother’s sister, who happened to live in the small town of Breitenbrunn. This was the same town from which my great-great-grandparents emigrated in the later half of the nineteenth century to the United States in search of a better life. Burgenland, as with much of…

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Qatar’s Leader Suggests Coup Against Trump, Throws Arab NATO Proposal Into Doubt

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Qatari Emir Hamad Al-Thani has thrown the Trump administration’s Arab NATO proposal into disarray by apparently suggesting a coup against President Trump and sparking up a feud with other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Al-Thani stated that while Qatar’s relationship with the United States remains fairly good, there are “tensions“, and he believes “the situation will change because of the judicial investigations into the President’s abuses.” The Emir’s surprising remarks strongly  suggest that Qatar believes Trump’s grip on power is tenuous and that there is a strong possibility he may be impeached or forced to resign. His description of Trump’s…

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Paris Climate Agreement And The ‘America First’ Energy Plan

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President Donald Trump delivered one of his most important campaign speeches at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on May 26, 2016. During the headlines-making speech, Trump presented his “America First Energy Plan,” a fundamentally different path for the U.S. fossil-fuel industry. Trump’s plan called for a significant expansion of the oil, natural gas, and clean-coal industries. In the same speech, the future president pledged to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which had been signed by President Barack Obama in 2016. The Paris agreement calls for America to drastically reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions in the name…

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Libertarian Maxime Bernier Narrowly Loses Canadian Conservative Party Leadership Election

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Maxime Bernier, Quebec MP and former Foreign Minister, narrowly lost his bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada on Saturday to Saskatchewan MP and former House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer by just 49% to Scheer’s 51%. Scheer is a close ally of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was criticized by libertarians during his tenure for his support for Keynesian-style stimulus spending. The relatively bland and generic Scheer is generally associated with the party establishment, while Bernier was seen as an outsider candidate. Bernier was believed to be the frontrunner in this race after the impromptu withdrawal of fellow outsider…

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The Hypocrisy Of Hillary Clinton Supporters Against Marine Le Pen

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In 2016, politics was at a critical crossroads for the United States. After eight years of Barack Obama, both sides of the political spectrum viewed it as a major moment in history. Former President Obama had advanced the liberal agenda and electing a Democrat would help stabilize his progress. Conservatives viewed this election as a critical moment to reverse the perceived damage of the Obama legacy. In short, the hyperbole and rhetoric were running high. Clinton supporters took on the cause of electing the first female President. The case for American progress was clear. The American electorate could make history by…

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Damned Lies And Statistics About Black-On-White Farm Murders In South Africa

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Farming in South Africa is the most dangerous occupation in the world. Farmers there suffer more murders per-capita than any other community on earth outside a war zone. Since the dawn of democracy in the country, farming South Africa has been slaughtered by black South Africans in ways that would do Shaka Zulu proud. The Transvaal Agricultural Union’s numbers (purported to be the most reliable) are bolstered by Genocide Watch. By this assessment, South African farmers were being exterminated at the annual rate of 313 per 100,000 inhabitants, 3,000 since the election of the sainted Nelson Mandela (1994), two a…

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If You Want To Make NATO Great Again, Kick Out Turkey

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  President Trump insisted throughout the presidential campaign (and even after being elected) that NATO was “obsolete”, mainly focusing on the fact that many of our European allies don’t put forward the appropriate proportion of their GDP toward their defense budgets and on the claim that the transatlantic organization doesn’t do enough to combat terrorism (the latter a far less fair criticism than the former, especially given the fact that the only time the group has invoked its Article 5 mutual defense provision was to assist the United States in the wake of the September 11th attacks). President Trump recently…

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