Syrian Christians were Quietly Warned Before the War

Syrian Christians were Quietly Warned Before the War

Years ago I wrote about my first encounter with Syria as a young twenty-something year old fresh out of active duty service in the Marines: "My first visit to the region while desiring to study Arabic in 2004, just after completion of active duty service, and while still on the inactive reserve list, began a process of undoing every assumption I’d ever imbibed concerning Middle East culture, politics, and conflict." I introduced in that fairly widely-read essay with the provocative title, A Marine in Syria, "An initial visit to Syria from Lebanon was the start of something that my Marine...

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Danny Makki to the ‘Dark Side’? Joins Charles Lister At Middle East Institute

Danny Makki to the ‘Dark Side’? Joins Charles Lister At Middle East Institute

Sun Tzu, or if you prefer Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in “The Godfather” gave the wise advice: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. There's much more going on under the surface than meets the eye regarding Danny Makki's joining the Middle East Institute's Syria Program as a non-resident fellow. Of course, the pro-Syria crowd along with independent journalists piled on in response to Danny's very unexpected announcement on Wednesday, "Delighted to be joining @MEI_Syria as a non-resident scholar, look forward to covering Syria in-depth and working with some great talent."...

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‘Special Powers, Government Powers’: British Man Told He Can’t Be In His Own Yard

‘Special Powers, Government Powers’: British Man Told He Can’t Be In His Own Yard

When UK police enact restrictions they (perhaps predictably) go insane. Watch this encounter where a man in his own garden is told to get indoors or "the coronavirus will get you!" At one point the officer even begins dictating how many times the man is able to go to the local grocery store. "I saw you carrying two bottles of pop earlier." https://twitter.com/silkiecarlo/status/1248338348739104768 Just maddening. Of course the state never "apologizes". Since the UK went on lockdown there's been endless examples of such outlandish abuses.

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Bernie on Russian Interference: “I’ve seen some of their Tweets and stuff”

Bernie on Russian Interference: “I’ve seen some of their Tweets and stuff”

Bernie was put in an awkward spot. As Consortium News put it: Sanders was put in a difficult spot. If he said, “Show me the proof that Russia is trying to help me,” he ran the risk of being attacked for disbelieving (even disloyalty to) U.S. intelligence, and, by default, defending the Kremlin. He won the Nevada Caucuses despite what was a well-timed and carefully calibrated last minute smear from the classic "it's all Russian influence!" fall back position of mindless establishment hacks who long ago gave up on coming up with anything original (yeah it goes back to 1954). But in a...

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As If US Efforts In Venezuela Weren’t Shady Enough, Enter Erik Prince

As If US Efforts In Venezuela Weren’t Shady Enough, Enter Erik Prince

Enter the prince of shady black ops for the highest bidder, per Bloomberg: "Erik Prince, a private security mogul with ties to the Trump administration, held secret talks in Caracas last month with Venezuela’s vice president after briefing at least one senior U.S. official on his plans, according to people familiar with the situation." He met with Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, Maduro's outspoken number two, and who happens to be a sanctioned individual. It appears a weird Trump admin "back-channel" situation of sorts, perhaps realizing the campaign to foist Juan Guaido on the population...

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Boomer Whips Out iPad At White House, Things ‘Took A Dark Turn’

Boomer Whips Out iPad At White House, Things ‘Took A Dark Turn’

Erdogan says he taught his foremost Republican Congressional critic Lindsey Graham "a lesson" during yesterday's closed door meeting hosted by Trump in the Oval, which involved the somewhat unprecedented scene of five Republican senators and Turkey's president squaring off. Things "took a dark turn" when Erdogan upended the meeting by whipping out his iPad, in a 'let me show you something on my tablet' moment, or just about the most boomer thing ever. As Axios reports: "An Oval Office meeting yesterday with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took a dark turn when Erdoğan pulled out his...

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Three Deep State Confessions On Syria

Three Deep State Confessions On Syria

First, all the way back in 2005 — more than a half decade before the war began — CNN's Christiane Amanpour told Assad to his face that regime change is coming. Thankfully this was in a televised and archived interview, now for posterity to behold. Amanpour, it must be remembered, was married to former US Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin (until 2018), who further advised both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. https://twitter.com/IntheNow_tweet/status/1190327643951886338 Next, a surprisingly blunt assessment of where Washington currently stands after eight...

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Don’t Mind Us, ‘We’re Just Patrolling Around’

Don’t Mind Us, ‘We’re Just Patrolling Around’

"We are just patrolling around," a US special forces commander said to regional media in a rare interview from the ground in northeast Syria. And where is this "ground"?... Syria's oil fields of course! Years or decades from now, long after the hoped for final close of the tragic eight-year long Syrian war, these will be the images the world remembers as the true American legacy in Syria and the broader Middle East. https://twitter.com/vvanwilgenburg/status/1191296869592453120 Some astounding confessions and commentary from CNN this weekend: "Our professional military officers and diplomats...

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News

White House Considering Reducing or Increasing Tariffs on China

Reuters reports President Joe Biden is considering a range of options of what to do with the current tariffs on China. For months, the administration has considered cutting tariffs on Beijing to relieve inflation in the US. However, Biden is considering new tariffs as...

News Roundup 8/10/2022

US News The Biden administration yesterday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the ban on gun possession by medical marijuana users, saying that law is consistent with a long tradition of firearm regulation in the United States. Reason The U.S....

Blog

KPFA Saturday Evening News–How Violence Breeds Violence

Short contribution of Laurie Calhoun to the KPFA Saturday Evening News on August 6, 2022, with David Rosenberg about drone assassination and the logic of “violence breeds violence”. This three-minute exchange spans 5:10-8:15. Many other foreign policy topics are also...

Drone Assassination: Inconvenient Facts

On the assassination of Ayman al-Zawahiri by U.S. drone in Kabul (from Accuracy.org): [Laurie Calhoun] said today: “President Biden has pivoted from the multiple crises of his administration — inflation, heightened tensions with China and Iran, and even the very real...

The Brief Case for Pacifism – Bryan Caplan, Ph.D.

  “My case for pacifism, to recap, comes down to three simple premises. The first two are empirical: Premise #1: The short-run costs of war are clearly awful. [Empirical claim about immediate effects of war]. Premise #2: The long-run benefits of war are highly...

The Scott Horton Show

Conflicts of Interest

COI #308: Moving Closer to Nuclear War

On COI #308, Kyle Anzalone discusses warnings that the world is close to annihilation. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash...

Don't Tread on Anyone

The Utilitarian Case for Voluntaryism

https://youtu.be/mO0Wi-elguk If I try to take something from you, you will resist, imposing costs on both of us in the form of property damage and bodily harm, in addition to the cost of security you may incur to prevent future acts of coercion. It’s not just that...

The State is the Health of War

https://youtu.be/WnvtYw_QKQE Critics often dismiss private law by alleging that disputes between enforcement agencies would lead to combat — even though this happens between governments all the time! In truth, the incentives for peaceful resolution of disputes would...

Who Was Tony Timpa?

https://youtu.be/zQiIPeHLQp4 “Unless it be to do justice on an offender,” Locke continued, no one may “take away, or impair the life, or what tends to the preservation of the life, the liberty, health, limb, or goods of another.” Long traces out a key implication of...

Liberty Weekly Podcast

Pelosi’s Pickled Provocation Ep. 227

https://youtu.be/6t0w03HduRI In the last two weeks, I spent a great deal of time covering Nancy Pelosi's reckless diplomatic visit to Taiwan. As a part of my coverage, I made a panel appearance on Around the Empire with JoAnne Leon and was glad to be a guest on It's...

Lies, Damned Lies, & War Propaganda ft. Prof CJ Ep. 226

  https://youtu.be/Qp4xpGlxsx8 In this week's episode, I invited Prof. CJ of the Dangerous History Podcast on to talk about Part I of his current podcast series. In Part I, Prof. CJ explores the "massive British propaganda operation in the US that ran from...

The Danger of the Fake China Threat ft. Joseph Solis-Mullen Ep. 225

https://youtu.be/OEcx1yQn6ic This week, I invited Joseph Solis-Mullen on the show to discuss his most recent article published at the Libertarian Institute. The article, entitled "The Fake China Threat and Its Very Real Danger" does an excellent job of demonstrating...

Year Zero

BTC Vs ESG w/Car

Car from TLE joined me again. This time I wanted Car to address my Concerns about ESG, and how he thought BTC was the answer. Timeline Earth Who is Car Timeline Earth Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon...

Origins and Myths w/Adam Patrick

Adam Patrick is back to discuss the roots of metaphysical thought and language. Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon RyanBunting.com

46 & 2, Tool, the Shadow, and Jung w/Jon Hartmann

I asked my good friend Jon Hartmann to come back on the show to discuss Tool’s 46 & 2 and Jung’s concept of the Shadow. Jon Twitter Jon Instagram Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon...

Avoiding Nihilism w/Rachel Tobias

Rachel joined me again, and this time we are talking about how to avoid nihilism and continue moving forward. Rachel Twitter Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon RyanBunting.com

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