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Gaza: “Humanitarian” ceasefire unravels within hours

August 1, 2014
Fox News    
Posted in News

"A three-day cease-fire on the Gaza Strip that began Friday quickly fell apart, with both Israel and Hamas leveling accusations of violating the truce at each other within hours of it beginning. The cease-fire took effect at 8 a.m. local time and was expected to last for a period of 72 hours. However, nearly two hours after the cease-fire went into effect, Israeli tanks shelled the eastern part of Rafah, which lies close to Gaza's borders with Israel and Egypt, killing at least four people and wounding 15, Gaza officials told the Associated Press." (08/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pwyrzjg  

What limited government?

August 1, 2014
Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  
Posted in Commentary

"Limited government means that the government’s powers are limited in nature and scope. Omnipotent or unlimited government means that the government can do whatever it wants. Limited government certainly was the founding principle of the U.S. government. That’s what the Constitution was all about. By enumerating the powers that the federal government would be permitted to exercise, the Framers were establishing limited government. The first ten amendments to the Constitution further restricted the powers of the federal government. Yet, how can anyone really say that the United States is still characterized by limited government?" (07/31/14)

http://fff.org/2014/07/31/what-limited-government/  

Libya: Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

August 1, 2014
Modesto Bee    
Posted in News

"Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. The sweep in the eastern city is part of a new backlash by hard-liners against their rivals ahead of the sitting of a new parliament." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nqmnhn4  

Americans have nowhere to hide from the tax man

August 1, 2014
John Engle Heartland Institute
by John Engle  
Posted in Commentary

"Most countries tax their citizens (and non-citizens for that matter) for the economic activity conducted within their borders. That is where they have preeminence as the sole governmental bodies as sovereign states. Yet the United States believes it can claim that foreign income for itself, simply because the generator of the income holds an American passport. Apparently American citizens are so free that they have the privilege to pay for Uncle Sam’s spending even if they have no inclination to live in the United States. So long as they hold that passport they will be milked for all they are worth." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l7aygns  

Iraq: More than 5,000 killed in July

August 1, 2014
Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    
Posted in News

"Antiwar.com has determined that at least 5,207 people were killed and 2,018 more were wounded during the month of July. Our analysis of the figures is below. Also, the Kurdish government is asking the U.S. government for weaponry, and the Mosul Brigades appears to be quickly gathering strength. If both groups gain reinforcements, it could mean higher figures for August." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/navkhcp  

CIA admits it spied on US Senate staffers

August 1, 2014
The Guardian [UK]    
Posted in News

"The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials. Brennan acknowledged that an internal investigation had found agency security personnel transgressed a firewall set up on a CIA network, which allowed Senate committee investigators to review agency documents for their landmark inquiry into CIA torture." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oq27rtn  

Relationship of politics to morality

August 1, 2014
Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"A manufactured conflict is flashing through libertarianism: self-described 'humanitarians' versus insultingly-labeled 'brutalists.' In a much circulated article entitled 'Against Libertarian Brutalism,' the libertarian luminary Jeffrey Tucker defines the 'humanitarians' (of whom he is one) as people who love liberty because it 'allows peaceful human cooperation ... creative service... keeps violence at bay ... allows for capital formation and prosperity ... leads to a world in which people are valued as ends in themselves.' ... By contrast, 'brutal libertarians' are said to find 'what's impressive about liberty is that it allows people to assert their individual preferences, to form homogeneous tribes, to work out their biases in action, to ostracize people based on 'politically incorrect' standards, to hate to their heart's content so long as no violence is used ... to be openly racist and sexist.' In short, 'brutal libertarians' value liberty because it allows them to hate and to discriminate." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pbsowsm  

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