Ron Paul Deserves More Respect »

Although Ron Paul placed second in the Iowa straw poll, behind Michele Bachmann by the slimmest of margins, most media commentators—both left and right—refused to anoint him as one of the “big three” candidates remaining in the Republican presidential contest. Translated, the media gatekeepers, as they did in his 2008 campaign, are telling the...
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Profiles in Privilege »

In his book The Cigar, Barnaby Conrad III writes that before John F. Kennedy signed the trade embargo in 1962 banning Cuban cigars he had his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, get him 1,000 cigars. Once Salinger had secured 1,100, the president said: “Now, that I have enough cigars to last awhile, I can sign...
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United Nations Sanctions Hurt Civilians »

The UN Security Council has approved more sanctions against Iran. Those left-liberals who think of the UN as a check on American belligerence should reflect on the implications. The UN has served as a fig leaf to US empire since the Korean War, and, when it postures itself as being for peace, rather than war, it never actually obstructs US warmaking. Why should we respect this organization that violates the human rights of people everywhere to freely trade? Even by conservative estimates, the anti-Iraq UN sanctions through the 90s killed hundreds of thousands. All who love peace should look upon the UN with grand skepticism.

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