So I was on Zerohedge, everyone's favourite Russian propaganda and anti-Semitism website, and saw a submission from the "Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity" that was obvious pro-Putin propaganda.
Interested, I did a quick Google and found these other articles:
Ron Paul Institute - House chooses new cold war with Russia. Quote:
The resolution condemns what it claims is a Russian invasion of Ukraine (for which it offers no proof) and Russian violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. But it was the US, by backing a coup against the democratically elected Yanukovich government in February, that first violated that country’s sovereignty. And as far as a military presence in Ukraine, it is the US that has openly sent in special forces and other military advisors to assist the government there. How many times have top US military and CIA officials visited Kiev to offer advice and probably a lot more?That hits all the Savushkina trollshop talking points, no?
Ron Paul Institute - US sanctions on Russia may sink the dollar. Oh my god that's so fucking rich. And guess what? Since this article was written, the USD index went from 81 to 97. That's some mighty fine economicisizin' there, Ron.
Ron Paul Institute - NATO's Russia border games. Quote:
The message is clear: Russia is about to attack! NATO has, for no understandable reason, found itself in Russia's crosshairs. NATO cannot figure out how it is that Russia could possibly feel threatened by its actions, which, unlike Russia's are not in the slightest provocative.That's also quintessentially Russian - it hits the "they're even worse than us!" note and the "we're the real victims here!" note that you get from Russian propaganda flaks today.
Russian military plane over international waters 25 miles from the UK coast is "real and present danger" to NATO. Yet...
Yet yesterday US combat vehicles conducted a military parade and show of military force in Estonia just 300 yards -- yards! -- from the Russian border. That is just over 60 miles from downtown St. Petersburg.
Ron Paul Institute - Congress demands war in Ukraine! Quote:
Now titled H. Res. 162, the bill demands that President Obama send lethal military equipment to the US-backed government in Kiev and makes it clear that the weapons are to be used to take military action to return Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine to Kiev's rule.Again with the foaming-at-the-mouth hyperbole. Oh and the blah blah US-backed coup bit too.
Congress wants a war in Ukraine and will not settle for a ceasefire!
The real world effect of this Resolution must be made clear: The US Congress is giving Kiev the green light to begin a war with Russia, with the implicit guarantee of US backing. This is moral hazard on steroids and could well spark World War III.
How can anyone miss this? It's a propaganda website run by the KGB. Even better, its articles are reprinted verbatim or linked at Prison Planet, Zerohedge, Lew Rockwell, the Stormfront forum, and the Bitcoin forum. That's called hitting all the typical KGB collaboration targets.
Thankfully, it hasn't gone totally unnoticed. Here's a great article about Ron Paul's new job as a flak for Vladimir Putin's fascist kleptocracy:
Washington Free Bacon - The Ron Paul Institute for Putin’s Priorities. Quote:
Numerous members of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity have spent years as professional spin-doctors for Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of oppressive regimes, according to an analysis by the Washington Free Beacon.Anyway, so either Ron Paul is a dumbfuck sucker getting his ass used by the Russkies, or he's an avowed traitor to America. You decide!
The institute’s namesake, former congressman and failed presidential candidate Ron Paul, recently made headlines when he defended Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. “Actually he has some law on his side,” Paul said on Fox Business Channel’s “The Independents” last week.
Those comments follow the line taken by Paul’s think tank, which has served as a fount of pro-Russian talking points and conspiracy theories about the U.S. government’s and NATO’s role in Ukraine.
The executive director of RPI and several members of its executive board have long ties to pro-Kremlin outfits, including a public relations shop created to restore Russian President Putin’s global image.
John Laughland, a member of RPI’s academic board, serves as director of studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, a pro-Kremlin NGO that was founded in consultation with Russian government officials.
The IDC was founded as an effort to “repair Russia’s damaged image in the US and Europe and at the same time extend the reach and influence of the [Government of Russia],” according to a U.S. State Department cable published by Wikileaks.
The group’s creation was first announced by Putin in 2007 and it has published reports defending Russia on human rights issues.
“[W]e expect [IDC leadership] to be energetic, pro-Kremlin public figures when they take up their new duties,” said the U.S. State Department cable.
Laughland told the Washington Free Beacon that the IDC is funded by Russian businesses and private citizens, but declined to name them.
He said he joined the Ron Paul Institute’s board at the request of RPI executive director Daniel McAdams, a former foreign policy aide to Paul. Laughland said the IDC has not contributed money to RPI.
The IDC’s New York office told the Free Beacon that it has no formal connection to the Ron Paul Institute, but “sometimes will send them an article” to publish.
Ron Paul’s Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, which oversees the Ron Paul Institute, did not respond to requests for comment.
Laughland, McAdams, and RPI academic board member Mark Almond also worked for the now-defunct British Helsinki Human Rights Group, a pro-Kremlin NGO that defended dictators against human rights abuse charges.
The BHHRG has no relation to the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, a human rights group founded in response to the Helsinki Accords.
The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights referred to the BHHRG as a “PR flack for a new breed of authoritarian rulers in Europe.”
The Daily Beast reported last year that the BHHRG “regularly advocates positions that regurgitate Russian nationalist talking points, minimize xenophobic and illiberal attitudes prevalent in the former Eastern bloc, or excuse authoritarian tendencies.”
Laughland has come to the defense of the late Serbian President and war criminal Slobodan Milosevic, and denounced the International Criminal Court as a “kangaroo court.”
McAdams and Almond have defended Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, with Almond calling Lukashenko’s rigged 2006 election victory a “landslide,” according to the Daily Beast.
“This whole thing that Putin is the big cause of the trouble, and yet there’s pretty good evidence that the Europeans as well as the American government had to contrive to have the overthrow of a government that most people say had been elected,” Paul said on Fox Business Network last week.