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I am sorry to announce that David Bergland has died at the age of 83. He had been battling prostate cancer.

Bergland was the 1984 presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party. He was also the 1976 candidate for Vice-President.

I met David in 1973 and worked closely with him... Blog - 2019-06-04 - Original post - cached version

A determined father was not about to give up trying to find out how his entire family plus four cousins were killed one morning last fall. The US denied conducting any raids in the area. Then the bomb fragments were found. How many times has this tragedy been repeated in the futile 18 year war?... Blog - 2019-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted a condemnation of Syria and Russia’s assault on the Idlib province. Yet even the US government special envoy for Syria admitted on video that Idlib is home to the largest concentration of al-Qaeda fighters. Are Trump’s advisors feeding him false... Blog - 2019-06-03 - Original post - cached version

An investigative report from the New York Times. Warning: Graphic Video

The post One Bomb. 11 Children Killed. And the Evidence That Implicates the US appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-06-01 - Original post - cached version

… on Seeing Julian’s Political Asylum Unceremoniously Withdrawn

Have any of you readers had the trouble Ray has experienced in getting the following photo out his mind?

Ray’s hair/beard grows in disheveled witness to the uncivilized treatment accorded his admired friend... Blog - 2019-05-31 - Original post - cached version

Jailed Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange is reportedly “too ill” to even speak at a scheduled extradition hearing today. He is said to be “gravely ill” and even near death. If Assange is worth more dead than alive to the governments he has embarrassed by publishing the truth about their crimes... Blog - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

Today is the 133nd anniversary of Randolph Bourne’s birthday. named its parent institute for this early 20th century antiwar activist. Read Jeff Riggenbach’s biography of Bourne.

[Transcribed from the Libertarian Tradition podcast episode “Randolph Bourne (1886–1918)”]

... Blog - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

Robert Mueller resigned today as Special Counsel investigating Trump Campaign collusion with Russia. Though he found no collusion, his parting shot was aimed directly at Russia for “interference” in the election. His evidence? Allegations of a grand jury. Meanwhile, John Bolton swears that Iran... Blog - 2019-05-29 - Original post - cached version

It’s a David vs. Goliath story. A former local newspaper reporter, Robert Stuart, is taking on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Stuart believes that a sensational video story about an alleged atrocity in Syria “was largely, if not entirely, staged.” The BBC would like it all to just go away... Blog - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version

It may be in Afghanistan or Iraq, Vice President Mike Pence told the graduating class at West Point, or it may be Korea or South China Sea or even against Russia, but one thing you can be sure of: You will see combat. Why constant normalization of war? Why the acceptance of perpetual war? Will... Blog - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Check out this great podcast by former Navy SEAL and Afghan War veteran Kenny MacDonald.

The post How The War in Afghanistan Was Lost appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Brigadier General Joe Heck, Chairman of the NCMNPS, and Vice-Chair Debra Wada listen to testimony by Don Benton, Director of the Selective Service System, at a hearing in Washington on April 24, 2019. Photo by Edward Hasbrouck.

NPR’s Morning Edition today includes a report by David... Blog - 2019-05-26 - Original post - cached version

How far we’ve come as a country. Consider the following proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower for Memorial Day in 1955:

“Whereas Memorial Day each year serves as a solemn reminder of the scourge of war and its bitter aftermath of sorrow; and Whereas this day has traditionally... Blog - 2019-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on May 23, 2019.

The post Tulsi Gabbard and Tucker Carlson on Syria False Flags and War With Iran appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-05-25 - Original post - cached version

Monday will be a sad day for far too many people who have lost sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and friends to war. Unfortunately, the takeaway from this day – that they died for freedom or some other bromide – only helps ensure future parents, husbands, wives, siblings and... Blog - 2019-05-24 - Original post - cached version

Yemen’s Houthis rebels targeted the Najran Airport in southern Saudi Arabia, for the third time this week on Thursday. The Najran Airport reportedly houses a military base. The Saudi coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maki said the drone was intercepted, "An explosive-laden drone sent by the... Blog - 2019-05-24 - Original post - cached version

He faces 170 years.

The indictment is garbage. It begins by citing public requests by Wikileaks for classified documents from a number of governments. As though this is different in kind from what any investigative reporter might do.

(Please assume the term “allegedly” throughout... Blog - 2019-05-24 - Original post - cached version

Julian Assange is currently held under inhuman conditions in a maximum-security UK prison, with prolonged periods of complete isolation which amounts to torture. This kind of punishment is purely vindictive on the part of the British "justice" system. He will very likely be held prisoner under... Blog - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Just over a week since it was floated that 120,000 US troops could go to the Middle East to confront Iran, now we are hearing that the president wants 10,000 troops. Where will they be based? Are they to go up against Iran’s military? Or are there other targets in mind? On today’s Ron Paul... Blog - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Video from a New York Times investigation. This appears to be exempt from the normal NYT paywall. If you do encounter the paywall, try clearing your cookies or open in a different browser.

Warning: It is quite graphic and hard-hitting.

The post How US Weapons Ended Up... Blog - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

June 19 and 20 Scott Horton is giving speeches at Porcfest in New Hampshire.

On the 19th, Scott’s on with his friends, the great libertarian comedian Dave Smith and FFF president Jacob Hornberger.

Then on the 20th he’s doing another talk on the wars.

The post Scott... Blog - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Jimmy Dore is a comic who has taken on Russiagate, a deadly serious matter. He is one of those brave souls who count themselves as progressives but dared to call into question Russiagate.

There are those who will tell you that Trump is a despicable human; and so if Russiagate tarnished... Blog - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Timecalls attention to one of Mike Pompeo’s many lies:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that Iran and Al Qaeda are collaborating is at best an exaggeration that is not supported by any available information, U.S. intelligence... Blog - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Incoming US Defense Secretary Shanahan has informed us that Iran’s nefarious intentions toward the US and its allies in the region have been put on hold thanks to the deployment of a US carrier strike group and a handful of B-52s to the region. Details about the original threat, claimed by... Blog - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

The treacherous government of Ecuador has opened Julian Assange’s private quarters at its UK embassy up to US investigators, who have seized Assange’s legal defense documents, medical records, and electronic devices. In what kind of court is the prosecution allowed to see the defendant’s case... Blog - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration consider the Houthi Rebels in Yemen to be an Iranian proxy and have accused Tehran of sending arms to the group. Trump blamed Iran for the war in Yemen in a statement from November of last year, “the country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war... Blog - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Bruce Riedel reports that the Saudi government is agitating for a U.S. attack on Iran, and the crown prince is the leading supporter of a new war:

Saudi Arabia is eager for the United States to take military action against Iran in... Blog - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

A small rocket was fired in Baghdad’s Green Zone (the US Embassy neighborhood) yesterday and the Trump Administration has been quick to take advantage of the apparent attack to blame Iran. There was little damage and no casualties, but Bolton is using it to maximum advantage to push Trump toward... Blog - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

William Westmoreland (“Westy”) looked like a general should, and that was part of the problem. Tall, handsome, square-jawed, he carried himself rigidly; there was no slouching for Westy. A go-getter, a hard-charger, he did everything necessary to get promoted. He was a product of the... Blog - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Tensions between the US and Iran are ratcheting up as the War in Yemen rages on. National Security Advisor John Bolton warned the Iranians "we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces". The danger of this open... Blog - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

The last time negotiations were planned between Venezuelan government and opposition forces, opposition leader (and US puppet) Guaido launched his ill-fated coup and the talks were scuttled. Today a new effort, brokered by Norway, is being launched to solve the conflict without further bloodshed... Blog - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

The ducks are lining up for the warhawks aiming for Iran. Today the State Department announced that all non-essential personnel should leave the US Embassy in Baghdad. US allies are wondering where are these “increased threats”? Are the neocons about to get their Iran war? On today’s Ron Paul... Blog - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Wall Street Journal reports some unsubstantiated speculation coming from a single anonymous administration official about alleged sabotage of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf:

An initial U.S. assessment indicated Iran likely was... Blog - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to the next war that the United States engages in, it appears that the government is experiencing a bit of flip flop syndrome. It is like a child who cannot decide what it wants. "Mommy, I don’t want war with North Korea anymore. I want to go into Iran…I mean Venezuela…no, North... Blog - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

US warships and B-52s moved to Iran’s borders to counter an “unspecified threat” to US interests. President Trump warns of massive destruction should Iran make a wrong move. Are neocons about to get their war on Iran? Former CIA officer and political analyst Phil Giraldi joins to discuss…in... Blog - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

Jon Utley, one of the most dedicated and principled pro-freedom and antiwar activists in the nation, received a well-earned Lifetime Achievement Award from American Conservative magazine at their Washington dinner last week.    Jon has been in the forefront of the antiwar movement since 1990,... Blog - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

At 10:00pm EDT, news reports that police have left without arresting any activists, but crowds still gathering.

On Facebook Live:

The post Livestream: Feds To Raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC appeared first on... Blog - 2019-05-12 - Original post - cached version

The Army’s new uniforms are a throwback to World War II. Making the Army Great Again?

News that the Army is moving to a new, retro, uniform modeled on World War II-era designs got my military friends buzzing. Not so much about the “new” (old) uniform, but all the badges, ribbons, tabs,... Blog - 2019-05-11 - Original post - cached version

The post Chelsea Manning’s Statement on Release from Jail and Second Grand Jury Subpeona appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-05-11 - Original post - cached version

As the media focuses on the Mueller report and Attorney General William Barr, the Trump administration has been especially hawkish in their foreign policy. National Security Advisor John Bolton said the US is sending an aircraft carrier and a bomber taskforce to the Persian Gulf to be prepared... Blog - 2019-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Trillions of dollars in Pentagon spending have just disappeared into thin air. The Pentagon failed its first ever audit last year. There is so much off-the-books spending that no one has a clue where it’s going. US troops show up in Niger and Congress has no idea how they got there. Is the... Blog - 2019-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Trump is grousing that regime change in Venezuela is harder than his ideological advisers promised him:

President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed... Blog - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

According to a new Washington Post article, President Trump is frustrated with his national security advisor, John Bolton for promising the Venezuela regime change would be a cakewalk. He’s concerned about being boxed into a corner, says an anonymous source. We know the president loves Fox… but... Blog - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

I just got word that Gerry Condon, President of Veterans For Peace, was
bloodied and “taken to ground,” as they like to say, for trying to get food to people inside the occupied Venezuelan embassy this evening.

This link should take you directly to a photo of Gerry Condon on the... Blog - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

Pompeo and Bolton are hoping that one of two false pretexts will push Trump to war on Iran. First the bogus intel report from Israel that Iran was poised to attack and second the disinformation that Iran is pulling out of the JCPOA treaty. Will the neocons hoodwink Trump into another US war... Blog - 2019-05-08 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims that Iran killed 600 Americans during Iraq War II. The syllogism goes, Iran supplied EFP bombs to Sadr’s militia, the Mahdi Army, they then used those bombs on U.S. troops. Ergo “Iran,” meaning the ayatollah and his government, killed those troops.

Is... Blog - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

President Trump is threatening additional billions in tariffs against Chinese imports while sending warships up to China’s declared territory in the South China Sea. Is this another big bluff? Will talks continue? What do the markets have to say about it? Tune in to today’s Liberty Report:... Blog - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Paul Pillar puts John Bolton’s latest fear-mongering on Iran in context:

National Security Advisor John Bolton, aided by his comrade-in-arms Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is doing everything possible to instigate a war with Iran.... Blog - 2019-05-06 - Original post - cached version

John Bolton announced yesterday that the US was deploying a carrier strike force to the Middle East to convey the message to Iran that the US doesn’t want war. Makes perfect sense. So will a false flag be launched? Another provocation? In today’s Liberty Report we discuss the several extremely... Blog - 2019-05-03 - Original post - cached version

The international humanitarian relief NGO Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres(MSF) released a report on the alarming number of Yemeni mothers and children dying from a lack of proper healthcare. They focused on two facilities where they provide free health services. The Saudi led...


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