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Did the Syrian Revolution Have Popular Support?

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In the mainstream view, the armed groups fighting the Syrian government since 2011, collectively known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), were part of a Syrian revolution that represented the Syrian people. At the same time, the Syrian government, or Assad regime, allegedly represented only a small number of loyalists, in particular from President Assad’s minority Alawite community. Such a view undergirded demands by Western and Gulf-funded think tank scholars, who claimed that the Syrian people wished for FSA groups to be armed, and even for Western military intervention on behalf of the...

News Roundup 6/21/2022

US News President Joe Biden said he is considering a temporary gas tax holiday. The tax reduction would cut gas prices by 18.4 cents per gallon. [Link] Biden said rebate cards are also being considered. [Link] Miami police were offering $50 for handguns, $100 for shotguns and $150 for “high-powered” rifles such as AK-47s or AR-15s in a gun buyback drive. The city says it will transfer the weapons to Ukraine to aid the war effort. [Link] Space X is working with the Department of Defense on a rocket-launched troop movement system that can deploy forces anywhere in the work within hours....

Ambassador Ford Lied About Giving TOW Missiles to Al-Qaeda in Syria

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In September 2017, U.S. official Brett McGurk expressed concern that Syria’s northwest Idlib province had become “the largest Al Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.” Idlib had fallen to al-Qaeda, in the form of a jihadist coalition led by the group’s Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, in March 2015. Despite acknowledging that Idlib, the last bastion of the supposedly democratic and secular Syrian opposition, was dominated by al-Qaeda, McGurk failed to also note that U.S. planners themselves had played a key role in the terror group’s successful capture of the province. Specifically, he failed to...

Salafis Throwing Bombs: How American and British Planners Partnered With Al-Qaeda Affiliated Groups At the Start of the Syrian Civil War

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Introduction In the mainstream view, al-Qaeda did not play a role in the Syria conflict until Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dispatched his deputy, Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, to Syria in August 2011 to establish a wing of the group there, called Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front. Additionally, al-Qaeda allegedly did not carry out any military operations until December 2011 and did not announce its establishment until January 2012. However, there is evidence that al-Qaeda affiliated militants were involved in the Syrian conflict much earlier. Saudi intelligence...

News Roundup 9/24/20

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US News A grand jury charged one of the three police officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor. The officer was charged for wanton endangerment for firing into Taylor’s neighbor’s apartment. [Link] Kentucky’s governor announces the National Guard will enter Lexington to retain order. [Link] Maine will be the first state to use rank-choice voting in a presidential election. [Link] Hunter Biden received $3.5 million from Russian billionaire Elena Baturina while his dad was vice president. The transfers were uncovered in a Congressional probe but did not determine the reason for the...

News Roundup 12/27/19

Latin America Riots in a Honduran prison leave 18 dead. [Link] A military facility in Venezuela was raided. One soldier was killed in the attack. The Venezuelan government claims to have captured the assailants and recovered the weapons. [Link] Ukraine/Russia Ukraine will make a second bulk purchase of Javelin anti-tank missiles from the US. [Link] Russia extends American Paul Wheelen’s detention another three months. Wheelen is accused of espionage by Russia. [Link] India The Indian government will conduct a census in 2020. [Link] India revokes the visa of two Europeans for taking part...

The 2020 NDAA: A Rubber Stamp for War

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act is a monster that could only have been birthed by a conference committee deep in the DC swamp. The 2020 version of the annual Department of Defense funding bill provides $738 billion to the Pentagon, a $30 billion increase over last year. Maybe worse than the giant pile of money to be wasted on failing weapons projects and growing bureaucracy, the 2020 NDAA exacerbates humanitarian crises and gives de facto authorization to endless wars. While early versions of the 2020 NDAA still approved hundreds of billions of dollars for the Pentagon, there...

News Roundup 12/11/19

US News As Chicago and New York police officers cut back on proactive policing, the crime rate fell. [Link] The number of substantiated claims of sexual and personal misconduct in the Army increased over the past year. [Link] At a private fundraising dinner in Florida, Trump had two war criminals he pardoned as special guests. [Link] 175 Saudi flight training in the US has been grounded. [Link] 2020 NDAA The 2020 NDAA will increase defense spending by $30 billion. The bill gives a 3% raise to soldiers and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. Earlier versions of the bill...

8/19/19 Trevor Aaronson on the Case of Hamid Hayat

The Intercept's Trevor Aaronson joins the show to talk about the travesty of justice in the trial of Hamid Hayat, who has finally been released after nearly 15 years in prison. Hayat was an alleged terrorist, convicted based on a coerced confession he gave to FBI agents under duress, as well as recordings from his conversations with an FBI informant who had pretended to befriend Hayat's family. Hayat is just one of many such cases of U.S. government entrapment, which make up the majority of supposed terrorism prosecutions. Discussed on the show: "Reporters Questioned His Terror...

5/10/19 Chris Woods on the Civilian Casualties in Raqqa from US-led Airstrikes

Airwars' Chris Woods joins the show to discuss the recent findings that coalition airstrikes recently killed over a thousand civilians in Raqqa. The UN also estimates that although most residents were able to escape the city, 70% lost all their property in the bombings. The casualty numbers are 10 times higher than what U.S. officials have admitted. Discussed on the show: "Syria: Unprecedented investigation reveals US-led Coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in Raqqa ‘death trap’" (Amnesty International) Chris Woods is the author of Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars and...

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News Roundup 8/6/2022

US News The Justice Department said federal charges have been filed against four former and current Louisville police officers in the apartment raid that killed Breonna Taylor. UPI The National Police Accountability Project, claims that officers with the Rosenberg...

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Cuban Missile Crisis Things

This old New Yorker piece about Curtis LeMay has some details about the Missile Crisis that I did not know and want to save here for someday. So we all already knew that 1: the USSR did already have operational short and medium range missiles in Cuba, but Khrushchev...

Happy April Glaspie Day!

Thank you, Julian Assange: SADDAM'S MESSAGE OF FRIENDSHIP TO PRESIDENT BUSH Date:1990 July 25, 12:46 (Wednesday) Canonical ID:90BAGHDAD4237_a Original Classification:SECRET Current Classification:SECRET Handling Restrictions-- Not Assigned -- Character Count:13633...

Call Your Congressmen and Senators Re Yemen War Powers Resolution

In the House it's HJ Res 87, in the Senate it's SJ Res 54. Call 833 STOP WAR and they will connect you directly to your representatives. If you have a Democratic Congressman, tell them the President said he wants to end this war. He needs us to support him on this to...

The Scott Horton Show

7/25/22 John Vaughn on Why People Aren’t Joining the Military

 Download Episode. Scott spoke with retired U.S. Army Captain John Vaughn about the Military’s recent recruitment troubles. Vaughn gives an insider’s take on why interest in joining up has been dropping and highlights some relevant statistics. He reflects on his own...

7/25/22 Dave DeCamp on Ukraine, Taiwan, Iran and his New Podcast

 Download Episode. Scott interviewed Antiwar.com News Editor Dave DeCamp earlier this week. First, they discussed DeCamp’s new podcast — Antiwar News with Dave DeCamp. The show runs every weekday and highlights the most important foreign policy headlines of the day....

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Biden Builds Anti-Iranian Axis During His Middle East Trip: COI #305

On COI #305, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman break down the latest news on Iran, the JCPOA, President Joe Biden’s Middle East trip, and the economic crisis facing Europe. Connor discusses Biden’s trip to Israel where he signed a joint declaration with the Israeli...

COI #304: Mexico Attempts to Save Press Freedom in America

On COI #304, Kyle Anzalone discusses Mexico's asylum offer to Julian Assange.   Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6...

COI #302: Biden Puts the Iran Deal on Its Deathbed

On COI #302, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman break down the latest Afghanistan and Iran news, as well as President Joe Biden’s recent claim that U.S. troops are not involved in combat in the Middle East anymore. Biden’s new Washington Post op-ed included this false...

Don't Tread on Anyone

Why Democratic Socialists Are Wrong About “Profit”

https://youtu.be/Eg9OIssCmsc One of the most incredible attributes of free markets is the ability to harmonize our self-interests with the interests of greater society. Contrary to the popular demonization of profits as extraction of surplus value, profits in freed...

The Voluntaryist Handbook: Self-Ownership and Its Implications

https://youtu.be/xGrh6D3o8Kw One need look no further than to the examples of North and South Korea or East and West Germany to see that the freer people are, the wealthier they can become through mutually beneficial voluntary exchange. These two controlled...

How the Criminal Lockdowns Hurt Small Business (feat. Carol Roth)

https://youtu.be/Hxdz6AgAmgs ... one of the most significant ways in which the government could aid the poor is by removing its own direct roadblocks from their productive energies. Thus, minimum wage laws disemploy the poorest and least productive members of the...

Liberty Weekly Podcast

Justin Raimondo’s American Epitaph Ep. 222

https://youtu.be/8yNp_Rqr1AE On July 4, 2022, I reflect on the United States' fall from republic to failing empire. In doing so, I get a little help from Murray Rothbard and Justin Raimondo. Episode 222 of the Liberty Weekly Podcast is Brought to you by:...

Proxy Wars…The Punishment Due Ep. 221

  https://youtu.be/51gBx3rE7zw In this week's episode, I take the audience on an even deeper dive into my most recent piece for the Libertarian Institute. Episode 221 of the Liberty Weekly Podcast is Brought to you by: LibertyWeekly.club Join my membership and...

National Review Senior Editor Turns Rothbardian Ep. 220

https://youtu.be/sJXF9jgj1L4 Managing Editor of the Libertarian Institute and longtime friend and guest of the show Keith Knight joins me in this week's episode to review an article by Joseph Sobran. Sobran was the Senior Editor of the National Review, but questioned...

Year Zero

The Tweet Heard Around the World w/Cam Harless

Cam joined me to discuss the essence of women and being bi. The Mad Ones Cam twitter Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon RyanBunting.com

Nihilism w/Buck Johnson

Buck joined me to discuss Nihilism by Fr Seraphim Rose. Nihilism is an interesting critique of liberalism that walks through the stages of societal degradation. Fr Seraphim determines that the replacement of an objective truth with relative truth sends the world into...

A Deep Dive w/Monica Perez

Monica Perez joined me for an in depth conversation on culture, religion, ESG, WEF, the future, and how the 21st Century is different than the 20th Century. Monica Twitter Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate...

Love and Fear w/Courtenay Turner

Courtenay and I talk ESG, intentional communities, motivations, elites, and the future. Courtenay Twitter Courtenay Turner Podcast Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon...

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