Ron Paul’s Liberty Report, Chris Hedges Truthdig, Counterpunch, Truthout

I have added feeds for four news sources (Ron Paul’s Liberty Report & Ron Paul’s YouTube Videos), Chris Hedges Truthdig & Counterpunch (left-wing perspectives not heard in any mainstream media) that will report on news you can’t get in American mainstream news or that offer a perspective often missing from mainstream news. I do not completely agree with Ron Paul, Chris Hedges or Counterpunch on everything, but most of what’s at mainstream news is group think and I like to think for myself. Ron Paul disagrees with some of the leftist positions, but I want all intelligent arguments heard and encourage readers to draw their own conclusions. I have deliberately chosen sources that appear well thought out and are not propaganda. I disagree with Counterpunch more than I agree with them, but every now and then they hit the nail on the head and they deserve a hearing, even if they are liberal leaning and counter to much of what I believe as an evangelical. I tend to agree with Ron Paul about eighty percent, but feel I need to allow some liberal voices here to balance him out.


Ron Paul’s Liberty Report

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  • US Arms Dealers Getting Rich On Yemen's Misery
    As the Saudi genocide of Yemen continues, everything's coming up roses for the US arms dealers who are supplying the Saudi killing machine. Billions in arms sales are made yearly and foreign agents lobbying for the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates are making millions. Meanwhile, millions of Yemeni civilians face starvation, disease, and death in the four year Saudi war of aggression on them. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); [...]
  • Stepping On The Accelerator To Default
    By Chris Rossini1989 - The Cold War comes to an end. The Warsaw Pact dissolves. Socialism was nothing more than a starvation philosophy with a good PR department. Socialist governments around the world racked up deaths totaling hundreds of millions, and it all came crashing down.Did the U.S. demobilize, bring the troops home, close down NATO, and let freedom ring?No!NATO was expanded, military adventures escalated with dreams of total U.S. world hegemony and the U.S. military-industrial-complex [...]
  • America Once Had The Finest Free-Market Healthcare In The World --- Then The Government Invaded & Ruined It
    By Liberty Report Staff​Jacob Hornberger writes:Americans once had the finest healthcare system in the world — a free-market healthcare system. It was so reasonably priced that hardly anyone had medical insurance, with the possible exception of catastrophic insurance. It was a system in which people in all income categories were being treated. Doctors, who at that time loved their profession, would voluntarily provide free healthcare services to poor people simple out of sense of moral oblig [...]
  • Politics As Usual: Senate Refuses To Hold Iran War Debate
    The Senate Majority Leader is attempting to block consideration of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill that would withhold funds for any attack on Iran without Congressional approval. As usual, the debate is not about whether or not to go to war or even debate a war, but to make partisan political points. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); [...]
  • Boxed in by Neocons and the Media, Will Trump Launch Iran War?
    By Ron Paul​President Trump did the smart thing last week by calling off a US airstrike on Iran over the downing of an American spy drone near or within Iranian territorial waters. According to press reports, the president over-ruled virtually all his top advisors – Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel – who all wanted another undeclared and unauthorized US war in the Middle East.Is Iran really the aggressive one? When you unilaterally pull out of an agreement that was reducing tensions and boosting [...]
  • Bad Means Will Never Produce Good Ends
    By Chris RossiniNo matter what one's knowledge of mankind's history, whether it be an understanding of just a few decades ago, or even a few centuries ago, everyone can answer the following question with the same exact answer:Which man-made institution has produced the most violence and death...whether it be in the current year of 2019, or thousands of years ago in 2019 BC?The answer, of course, is the government, or the state.No other group of people can come even close to matching the violence [...]
  • New Sanctions To Hit Iranian Kids - Pompeo, Bolton Thrilled...
    Somehow even more sanctions are going to be slapped onto Iran today, with the Administration admitting they increase suffering of the civilian population. If the US claims it does not want to punish the Iranian people, why does it keep punishing the Iranian people? (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); [...]
  • SPECIAL REPORT on Iran: Trump Delivers A Setback To The Neocons
    By Liberty Report StaffWith cascading events taking place with Iran, and neocons yearning for another disastrous war, President Trump called off a disproportionate response to Iran's downing of an unmanned U.S. spy drone. The President should build off this and move towards diplomacy and peace.Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams discuss below: [...]
  • Pompeo & Bolton Are Good For Gold & Bad For Peace...Gold Soars To 5-Yr. Highs
    It took a little over a decade, but the fantasy that The Fed has had things under control since the 2008 collapse has turned into the reality. It was all a lie. QE failed and is no longer just a “temporary” measure. Add in the prospect of yet another war and the motivation to own real money like gold is accelerating! [...]
  • Iran Downs US Spy Drone: ​Who's The Aggressor?
    The downing of a US spy drone near (or within) Iranian airspace has -  conveniently for neocons - raised tension and further boxed in President Trump. Pressure on Trump for a military response to Iranian "aggression" will increase. Will he take the bait this time? Or will more such provocations be needed? (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); [...]

Ron Paul’s YouTube Videos

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Chris Hedges’s Truthdig (Drilling Beneath the Headlines)


Counterpunch

  • The U.S.-Iran Imbroglio: Dangerous Lessons To Be Learned
    The bizarre decisions and events over a 48-hour period between the United States and Iran outlined the dangerous times that we are confronting and point to Donald Trump as the most dangerous aspect of all.  Iran is a problem for U.S. interests, but not a genuine threat.  The same cannot be said for Trump whose More
  • Reflections and Correspondence at the Abyss
    Along with the promotion of a leadership personality cult (the “Great God Trump” as the greatest U.S. president since George Washington), hostility to the (purported) rule of law (“look no further than the United States Supreme Court and our court system nationwide” to see the plot to “destroy our country”), and so much more, scaremongering about the supposed menace of a big radical Left and conflating centrist bourgeois parties like the Democrats with “the [radical] Left” are hallmark characteristics of fascist-style politics. More
  • Trump’s Ministry of No Information
    The Trump administration has halted, without explanation, the routine practice of reporting the current number of nuclear weapons in the US arsenal, the AP and United Press International report. The new secrecy will make it nearly impossible to estimate the true cost of nuclear weapons, to show adherence to arms control treaties, or to pressure More
  • Fool Me Twice
    America, under geopolitically obtuse presidents, has done economic and military violence to many poor, vulnerable nations.  Profitability has solidified this as its only tactic, and even defeats--Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria--are gagged down without altering it.  The reason is plain: America is not a country in the sense of a polity organized to benefit a people; it’s a vast War Machine built to gorge itself on the bounty of its citizenry.  Outcomes be damned: all that matters is the continuity of its outrageous profit.  More
  • Warren and Sanders: Compare and Contrast
    To avoid being divided and conquered in 2020, progressive voters must choose between Warren and Sanders, their two leading, if not only, alternatives to the Democrats’ establishment candidate. Are there strategic differences between them relevant to making that choice that are accessible now? This question was raised directly in a recent article by Elizabeth Bruenig, More
  • The Monkey’s Face
    “The more reified the world becomes, the thicker the veil cast upon nature, the more the thinking weaving that veil in its turn claims ideologically to be nature, primordial experience.” – Theodor Adorno (Critical Models) “Year after year On the monkey’s face: A monkey’s face.” – Bashō “Nature contains, though often unnoticed, an extraordinary amount More
  • A World of Shadows
    The Allegory of the Cave Some 2,500 years ago, Plato warned us of the invisible chains tying us to a distorted world of deception, ignorance and powerlessness. In the beginning of book 7 of The Republic, Plato explains how people chained to the dark floor of a Cave can only look ahead of them. They cannot More
  • Correcting a Colonial Injustice: The Return of the Chagos Islands to Its Natives
    The correction of this injustice has been achieved through a long drawn fight, somewhat of a David and Goliath contest. The outcome, culminating in a spectacular opinion and vote, has a number of consequences that can impact a rules-based international order, a commitment promoted by the UN Charter which specifically seeks to ‘establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained…’. More
  • Violent Voyeurism: Surveillance, Spyware and Human Rights
    Surveillance is merely a variant of violent voyeurism, the human behind the camera or visual apparatus observing behaviour in a setting, often private. Its premise is privacy’s violation; its working assumption is privacy’s irrelevance; officially tolerated such a concept is unofficially repudiated. Studies on surveillance do as much to reveal its problems as accommodate them: More
  • Reflections on Abbie Hoffman and Joshua Furst’s Novel, Revolutionaries
    Joshua Furst’s novel Revolutionaries, which offers a fictional portrait of Abbie Hoffman, was published in April 2019 and was reviewed in the New York Times and the New Yorker. In the novel, the Abbie character is named Lenny Snyder. His son, Fred, tells his story. I read the reviews before I read the novel; the reviews More
  • The Hydroponic Threat to Organic Food
    In the last 7 years there has been a quiet redefinition taking place in the USDA National Organic Program that oversees organic standards. Large scale industrial producers have insinuated themselves into organic certification to transform what the green and white label stands for. Original organic was based on a simple equation: Healthy soil = healthy More
  • Where Do the Politics of Reparations Go From Here?
  • Instigators of a Persian Gulf Crisis
    Recent weeks have seen tensions between the United States and Iran soar, initially after a May 2019 incident in which four commercial vessels were struck in the Gulf of Oman (two Saudi oil tankers, one Norwegian and an Emirati ship), ebb thereafter and escalate yet again when a similar attack took place a month later on the Japanese Kokuka Courageous and Norwegian Front Altair tankers, also in the Gulf of Oman. More
  • Trump May Already be in Too Deep to Avoid War With Iran
    President Trump’s last-minute change of mind over launching US airstrikes against Iran shows that a military conflict of some description in the Gulf is becoming highly probable. His hesitation was most likely less connected with an Iranian surface-to-air missile shooting down a US surveillance drone than with his instinct that militarising the crisis is not in America’s best More
  • Hopeful Things
    Abandoning religion wasn’t at all hard. I forgot the feasts, the priests, the dutiful drones, and the money-worshipping hordes of hypocrites that turned up and tuned out every Sunday, just as they had forgotten the Gospels and their communist implications – if ever they had read them. The decision to leave was political, not spiritual: More
  • Deep Fakes: Will AI Swing the 2020 Election?
    Imagine, on the day before the 2020 presidential election, that someone posts a video of the Democratic candidate talking before a group of donors. The candidate admits to being ashamed to be an American, confesses that the United States is a malevolent force in the world, and promises to open borders, subordinate the country to More
  • Bill Clinton in Kosovo
    “War in the name of morality provides as many reasons for historical shudders as war in the name of self-interest, for at least the latter may be easier to call off when self-interest calls for compromise.” – Lawrence Freedman, Review of International Studies, July, 2000 The Balkans has often been prone to seizures of mysticism, More
  • Brief Impressions of the Japanese Conjuncture
    I was last in Japan 12 years ago. Japan is a study in contradictions. Economically, it should be regarded as a basket case. Japan’s 2019 debt-to-GDP ratio stands at 235.96% of its GDP. Even Greece, after a decade of troika (EU-IMF-ECB) “fiscal waterboarding”, has a ratio of 191.27%. The US’s ratio is at 108.02%, and More
  • Is Mexico Winding Down or Winding up the Drug War?
    As Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador begins transitioning his country away from its decade-long drug war, which has killed more than 100,000 Mexican citizens since 2006, officials in the Trump administration have remained largely silent about his moves. Washington is continuing its public relations strategy of saying very little about the war while helping More
  • Trump’s Return to Full-Spectrum Dominance
    The United States is formally committed to dominating the world by 2020. President Trump’s Space Directive-4, on the production of laser-armed combat aircraft as possible precursors to space weapons and the possibility of nuclear warheads being placed in orbit, moves the clock forward. An interesting and credible paper by T.J. Coles in CounterPunch recently reported More
  • Greed and Politics Should Not Drive Forest Policy
    The Custer Gallatin National Forest should withdraw its North Bridger Forest Health Project (2,296 acres of commercial logging, including 667 acres of clear-cutting). Despite the government’s claims, there is nothing particularly unhealthy about the public forest in and around Fairy Lake, Battle Ridge Campground and Brackett Creek. Yes, the snow is deep, growing season short More
  • Protecting the Great Burn
    The Great Burn is Missoula’s best kept wilderness secret, a landscape lost for more than 50 years from the devastating effects of the fire that bears its name. Its recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. Yet, the Burn is under fire once again, this time by off-road vehicles, snowmobiles and mountain bikes that threaten More
  • ‘Modified’: A Film About GMOs and the Corruption of the Food Supply for Profit
    Parts of the documentary Modified are spent at the kitchen table. But it’s not really a tale about wonderful recipes or the preparation of food. Ultimately, it’s a story of capitalism, money and power and how our most basic rights are being eroded by unscrupulous commercial interests. The film centres on its maker, Aube Giroux, who resides More
  • The Gothic and the Idea of a ‘Real Elite’
    Where human eyes have never seen, where human beings have never been, I build a world of abstract dreams, and I wait for you. – Sun Ra An author is only truly immortal when his expression is so famous that it is anonymous. Such is the case with Otto Julius Bierbaum, whose quip, ‘Humor ist, More
  • Send ICE to Hanford
    Send ICE to Hanford El Dorado, The city of gold, it’s been told Was an Incan creation Designed to consign the Spanish Chrysophiliacs away To fall prey to the chasms and canyons of the Marañón, and Amazon lowlands, of course The fever and the legend it engendered Grew worse, but the basic idea Was sound: More
  • Eve of Destruction: Iran Strikes Back
    It was a helluva week on the Iran front. It started with attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13th and ended with Donald Trump ordering, and then calling off, a military attack on Iran on June 20-21. How we got from beginning to end of that chapter in ongoing US-Iran saga is worth close consideration. More
  • Sorting Out Reality From Fiction About Venezuela
    Last April marked a special anniversary for Cuba but one that we should all reflect upon given the current events in Latin America, particularly in Venezuela. In mid-April 1961 three cities in Cuba were bombed at the same time from the air. Immediately the US government claimed that Cuban defectors carried out the action with Cuban planes and pilots. The media quickly “confirmed the actions”. More
  • Pickin’ and Choosin’ the Winners and Losers of Climate Change
    If you’re still in the tribe that thinks climate change is maybe not a thing, or a thing that might happen a hundred years from now, perhaps you might like to consider this: everyone else is already moving beyond that debate and starting to pick and choose who’s gonna be saved and who’s not, who’s gonna be a winner and who’s gonna be a loser. If you want to have anything to say about which of those two camps you get slotted into, maybe it’s time to reconsider your position. More
  • “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran”
    Was the U.S. spy drone that Iran shot down On Thursday, June 20th, in international airspace, or was it over Iranian airspace as Iran insists? Flight coordinates in strategic locations are easy to access, but that misses the point altogether. Here is the point: The U.S. has acted belligerently and violated the most basic tenets of More
  • The West’s Disgraceful Silence on the Death of Morsi
    Ye Gods, how brave was our response to the outrageous death-in-a-cage of Mohamed Morsi. It is perhaps a little tiresome to repeat all the words of regret and mourning, of revulsion and horror, of eardrum-busting condemnation pouring forth about the death of Egypt’s only elected president in his Cairo courtroom this week. From Downing Street More
  • The Old Japan Disaster Horror Story
    A theme often repeated in the media is that Japan is suffering terribly because of its low birth rates and shrinking population. This has meant slow growth, labor shortages, and an enormous government debt. Like many items that are now popular wisdom, the story is pretty much nonsense. Let’s start at the most basic measure, More
  • The Gallatin Forest Partnership and the Tyranny of Ego
    We all have egos that we erect to circumscribe and reify the “self,” or so I have been told. Some scholars have gone so far as to argue that our lives consist of little more than obsessively hitting the world’s feeder bar to obtain emotional and material rewards for the ego, not unlike rats in More
  • How Mountain Bikes Threaten Wilderness
    Mountain Biking is a significant threat to our wildlands—both in designated preserves like national parks, wilderness areas, and the like, but also Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) and roadless lands that may potentially be given Congressional protection under the 1964 Wilderness Act. Wilderness designation is one of the best ways to protect biodiversity, watersheds, wildlife habitat, More
  • The Journalist as Hemorrhoid
    Occasionally I am subject to the hysterical stupidity of cable news, as when, for example, my father and I spend time together. He is 80, and likes to watch drivel such as CNN, Bloomberg Business and the like. It is always a stunning experience to see the performing monkeys who masquerade on camera as journalists, More
  • Yankee Worship of Bombings and Endless Wars
    “From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, from Libya to Somalia in Africa, from Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, all forming a U.S. air curtain descending on a huge swath of the planet with the declared goal of fighting terrorism. Its main method is summed up in surveillance, bombardments and more constant bombardments. More
  • Iran—Who and Where is The Threat?
    The official US narrative on Iran is that it is an escalating threat to “peace and security” in the Middle East and must be stopped. Step by step, with Mike Pompeo and John Bolton—two war maniacs—taking the lead, the Trump administration has sought to destabilize Iran with sanctions, if possible bring about regime change, and More
  • Revisiting Morality in the Age of Dishonesty
    If Donald Trump actually follows through on his recently tweeted promise that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “will begin deporting the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States … as fast as they come in,” what will you do? According to the faith I was raised with I More
  • Facebook’s Libra Isn’t a “Cryptocurrency”
    In mid-June, Facebook — in cahoots with 28 partners in the financial and tech sectors — announced plans to introduce Libra, a blockchain-based virtual currency. The world’s governments and central banks reacted quickly with calls for investigation and regulation. Their concerns are quite understandable, but unfortunately already addressed in Libra’s planned structure. The problem for More
  • The Palestinian Kids Fighting Israel’s Occupation
  • A Brief History of US Concentration Camps
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has ignited a firestorm of criticism, from both the left and the right as well as the mainstream media, for calling US immigrant detention centers “concentration camps.” To her credit, Ocasio-Cortez has refused to back down, citing academic experts and blasting the Trump administration for forcibly holding undocumented migrants “where they are brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.” She also cited history. “The US ran concentration camps before, when we rounded up Japanese people during World War II,” she tweeted. “It is such a shameful history that we largely ignore it. These camps occur throughout history.” More
  • Race, Identity and the Political Economy of Hate
    Several theories have been put forward to explain the schisms roiling American politics. The least contentious, meaning the one not obviously intended to produce a political result, is that a battle is underway within the oligarch class. Given the role of security and surveillance state officials, the precise alliances driving the split--- if the term is accurate, aren’t clear. An alternate explanation is that a defense of the existing order is underway. The latter has been put forward in terms approximating a ‘redneck rebellion.’ More
  • America’s Respectable War Criminals
    A Boston Globe story highlights Wellesley College alumnae Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton’s return to the College for their 60th and 50th respective reunions. The story states that “their early days at Wellesley College were marked by uncertainty and feeling out of place.” But they “overcame their trepidation and went on to illustrious careers including More
  • “So Happy”: The Trump “Boom,” the Nation’s Despair, and the Decline of Joe Biden
    A common media narrative on Donald Trump is that he foolishly fails to run on his greatest strength, the economy. Instead of smartly trumpeting his leading political asset, the “booing” economy, the story runs, Trump stupidly rails against immigrants.Trump has often seemed to (well) trump what would seem to be his best political card with wild Bad Grandpa rants against diverse targets and enemies, immigrants above all. More
  • Roaming Charges: Ask Your Local Death Squad
    + Forget about Hope Hicks. If the Democrats had any sense, they’d invite E. Jean Carroll to testify publicly about how Trump raped her in the dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman. When Trump asks Carroll to advise him on what to buy, she agrees, and the two eventually make their way to the lingerie section. More
  • Fake Food, Fake Meat: Big Food’s Desperate Attempt to Further the Industrialisation of Food
    The ontology and ecology of food Food is not a commodity, it is not “stuff” put together mechanically and artificially in labs and factories. Food is life. Food holds the contributions of all beings that make the food web, and it holds the potential of maintaining and regenerating the web of life. Food also holds More
  • The Art of Trade War: Is Trump Winning His Trade War against China?
    President Trump is a villain, almost cartoonish in his malignance. He’s a heel. He might as well be tying kidnapped maidens to train tracks and twirling his wispy mustache. He’s the antagonist whose death later in the movie you hope will be epic, horrifically brutal, and deeply satisfying. And, so, we carry over our emotional More
  • Trump’s Russian Problem
    In two and a half years, Donald Trump and his national security team have managed to worsen virtually every aspect of American national security policy. Trump has bullied and harangued our traditional West European allies and, as a result, bilateral relations with Britain, France, and Germany have become more difficult. France, Germany, and even Japan More

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