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Angry protests Wednesday night at UC Berkeley forced the cancellation of a talk by conservative firebrand and Donald Trump supporterMilo Yiannopoulos on Wednesday.

That sparked criticism from President Trump, who said on Twitter: If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?

Trumps tweet heightens a debate already roiling the University of California over free speech, hate speech and what to do aboutYiannopoulos.

Heres a look at the free speech issues and what we know about how vulnerable funding could be:

Yiannopoulos campus talks have generated protests and anger from students and faculty, but top UC officials have generally said they believe he has a right to speak.

Less than a month before the events in Berkeley, protesters at UC Davis prevented him from speaking on their campus.

Some in the university said both cancellations were a blow to free speech and thatYiannopoulos should be allowed to be heard, no matter how offensive his views are.

Opponents of Yiannopoulos say he is a provocateur who has no place on campus.

At Berkeley, a letter by adozen faculty members argued that his talk could be canceled on the grounds that his actions which they called harassment, slander, defamation and hate speech violated UC Berkeleys code of conduct.

UC President Janet Napolitanoand the Board of Regents have advocated fighting offensive speech with more speech rather than censorship. This concept was included in Principles AgainstIntoleranceapproved by UC regents last year as guidelinesfor the 10-campus system. Campus administrators are counseling a similar approach to those urging a ban on Yiannopoulos.

Some free-speech advocates have cited cases similar toYiannopoulos.

Berkeley allowed African American student organizations to sponsor a 2012 campus visit by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has been widely accused of anti-Semitism, racism and homophobia.

The UC president at the time, Mark Yudof, denounced Farrakhans message, but defended his right to speak.

UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof on Thursday condemned this weeksviolence and said that campus officials went to”extraordinarylengths” over weeks of planningto helpthe Berkeley College Republicans prepare for the event.

“We thoroughly condemn the violence and lawless behavior, and we deeply regret that the actions of a few trampled on the 1st Amendment rights of others,” he said.

Very dependent.

The UCs total budget generally runs well over $20 billion, but several billion of that comes directly from the federal government.

Federal funds are the universitys single most important source of support for research, generating $2.8 billion and accounting for nearly 51% of all university research expenditures in 2013-14,according to a UC report.While UC researchers receive support from virtually all federal agencies, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation are the two largest sponsors, accounting for nearly 80% of UCs federal research contract and grant awards.

UC, for example, manages the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which gets more than $700 million in federal funds, that report said.

Its hard to know whether Trumps tweet was actually suggesting a policy change or simply commenting on the protests at Berkeley.

But it would likely be hard to segregate much of federal funding from just one university given that it involves programs that provide money to many different institutions and activities.

As for federal student aid, UC got more than $1.6 billion in 2014. The UCs medical facilities got $2.8 billion in federal money.

Yiannopoulos, 32, writes for Breitbart News a popular website among the far right and he is an avowed supporter of President Trump. Hes also a flamboyant provocateur who has been denounced for propagating racism, misogyny and anti-Islam views, but hestyles himself a champion of free speech.

This summer, he gained notoriety for encouraginga barrage of harassment against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones, which prompted Twitter to ban him from the social media platform.

Controversy, unrest and, occasionally, violence has followed his speaking tour at colleges across the U.S., for which Berkeley was to be the final event. Last month, aman was shot outside aUniversity of Washingtonhallwhere Yiannopouloswas scheduled to speak.

At theUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukeerecently, according to atranscript of his remarks that appeared on the Breitbart website, he mocked a transgender student by name for filing a Title IX complaint about bathroom access. He also said:

Black Lives Matteris the ultimate divisive movement.

If white privilege is a thing, why are people working so hard to be black? All of the award shows and cultural events favor black culture.

Man up is a big no-no for liberals, intent on eliminating masculinity from our culture. Toxic masculinity and rape culture and all the other idiotic things they like to say in their war against men.

Wednesdays decision by Berkeley officials is the second time in two weeks thatrowdy protests have forced the cancellation of one of his lectures.UC Davisalso canceled one of his speeches last month.

The cancellation of his talk at UC Davis sparked debate about the limits of free speech and hate speech.Davis College Republicans decided it was unsafe to continue the eventafter a large number of protesters blocked access to the venue, according to a release from the school.

UC Davis interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter said he was deeply disappointed by the protests and the cancellation and said he worriedthat outside groups are using college campuses to trigger conflicts intended for the national stage.

I get very, very alarmed with folks who don’t treat [freedom of speech] for the treasure that it is, he said two weeks ago.

So far, the UC system has resisted calls to cancel Yiannopoulos talks. At noon, just hours before Wednesdays event, Berkeley administrators issued a statement saying they were committed to tolerance as well as free speech.

In the weeks before Yiannopoulos planned Berkeley appearance, administrators received hundreds of letters from faculty, students and others demanding they bar him from speaking.


Trump suggests cutting funds to UC Berkeley after protests force speech cancellation

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1:15 p.m.: The story hasbeen updated with remarksYiannopoulosmade in Wisconsin in December.

9a.m.: This story has been updated with comments from a UC Berkeley spokesman.

This article was originally published at 8:05 a.m.

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NATO Shows Firepower in Poland as U.S. Allies Worry About …

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ZAGAN, Poland On a snowy Polish plain dominated by Russian forces for decades, American tanks and troops sent a message to Moscow and demonstrated the firepower of the NATO alliance on Monday.

Amid concerns that President Donald Trump’s commitment to NATO is wavering, the tanks fired salvos that declared the 28-nation alliance a vital deterrent in a dangerous new world.

The tank rounds of “The Iron Brigade” of the 4th Infantry Division were not directed towards Russia, but the signal to the Kremlin was clear: “Don’t mess with Poland, or any other NATO member an attack on one, is an attack on all.”

The 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicle and 3,500 troops represent the biggest U.S. deployment in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Three years ago, when separatists loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine eventually leading to its annexation, the U.S. didn’t have a single tank in Europe.

That’s what brought this force to Poland; to bolster the defense of Eastern Europe against any further incursions by Putin.

“This is the largest ever U.S. deployment in Poland and it’s about deterrence,” Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, told NBC News. “An outright attack by Russia is unlikely, but the best way to keep it unlikely is to do what we’re doing here today.”

He watched the half-hour live-fire exercise with Polish President Andrzej Duda and many lawmakers who’ve been campaigning for years for a permanent U.S. presence to deter Russian troops on their border.

Russia sees the deployment very differently; not as a warning, but as a provocation, a “security threat,” according to Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

But in the past year, Russian forces have carried out massive military exercises and deployed missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons on the Polish border.

Tensions are rising between a resurgent Russia and a nervous NATO, including some members which were once part of the Soviet Union.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev even warned Friday that “it all looks as if the world is preparing for war.”

“More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe,” the 85-year-old wrote in Time magazine. “NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank.”

A map showing the location of Monday’s joint exercise in Poland. Google Maps

Hodges made clear NATO believes the threat from Russia is real.

“Russian aggression takes many forms,” he said. “Cyber, misinformation, threatening other countries, Russian snap exercises. We’re serious this is not just a training exercise. It’s to demonstrate a strategic message that you cannot violate the sovereignty of members of NATO … Moscow will get the message I’m confident of it. ”

The alliance’s troops have been deployed across several NATO states in recent weeks; with German troops arriving in Lithuania which was part of the Soviet Union a quarter century ago and occupied by German Nazi troops during World War Two.

U.S. soldiers march with their flag in Zagan, Poland, on Monday. Natalia Dobryszycka / AFP – Getty Images

British troops are reinforcing Estonia and Canadian troops have been sent to the third Baltic state, Latvia.

The message from all these vulnerable countries to Russia is the same; think twice before you make a move here; either by sending troops across the border (the ultimate red line for NATO), by cyber warfare or by inciting ethnic Russians against the Baltic governments.

At least two large NATO exercises, involving tens of thousands of troops, are planned for the summer.

Last year there were more than 150 exercises in Europe, an escalation over other years.

One of President Barack Obama’s last acts was to quadruple the funding of American forces in Europe to $3.5 billion in 2017.

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NATO, U.S. Want Dialogue With …

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance and the new U.S. administration agree on the need for dialogue with Russia “from a position of strength.”

Stoltenberg said on January 31 that in phone conversations with U.S. President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis, “they all conveyed the same message: that the United States remains committed to NATO and the transatlantic bond.”

“The message of the new administration is that they also want dialogue with Russia but from a position of strength,” he added.

Relations between NATO and Russia have sunk to lows not seen since the Cold War amid tension over Moscows annexation of Ukraines Crimean Peninsula in 2014, its backing of insurgents in eastern Ukraine, its involvement in the Syrian conflict, and other issues.

Trump, who took office on January 20, has called for improved relations with Russia and has rattled Europe with criticism of NATO and praise for Britain’s plans to leave the EU.

He has called NATO “obsolete” but also said the alliance is still “very important” to him.

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Ron Paul Suggests A Better Solution Than Trump’s Border Wall | Zero Hedge

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Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Just one week in office, President Trump is already following through on his pledge to address illegal immigration. His January 25th executive order called for the construction of a wall along the entire length of the US-Mexico border. While he is right to focus on the issue, there are several reasons why his proposed solution will unfortunately not lead us anywhere closer to solving the problem.

First, the wall will not work. Texas already started building a border fence about ten years ago. It divided people from their own property across the border, it deprived people of their land through the use of eminent domain, and in the end the problem of drug and human smuggling was not solved.

Second, the wall will be expensive. The wall is estimated to cost between 12 and 15 billion dollars. You can bet it will be more than that. President Trump has claimed that if the Mexican government doesnt pay for it, he will impose a 20 percent duty on products imported from Mexico. Who will pay this tax? Ultimately, the American consumer, as the additional costs will be passed on. This will of course hurt the poorest Americans the most.

Third, building a wall ignores the real causes of illegal border crossings into the United States. Though President Trump is right to prioritize the problem of border security, he misses the point on how it can be done effectively and at an actual financial benefit to the country rather than a huge economic drain.

The solution to really addressing the problem of illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and the threat of cross-border terrorism is clear:

remove the welfare magnet that attracts so many to cross the border illegally, stop the 25 year US war in the Middle East, and end the drug war that incentivizes smugglers to cross the border.

The various taxpayer-funded programs that benefit illegal immigrants in the United States, such as direct financial transfers, medical benefits, food assistance, and education, cost an estimated $100 billion dollars per year. That is a significant burden on citizens and legal residents. The promise of free money, free food, free education, and free medical care if you cross the border illegally is a powerful incentive for people to do so. It especially makes no sense for the United States government to provide these services to those who are not in the US legally.

Likewise, the 40 year war on drugs has produced no benefit to the American people at a great cost. It is estimated that since President Nixon declared a war on drugs, the US has spent more than a trillion dollars to fight what is a losing battle. That is because just as with the welfare magnet, there is an enormous incentive to smuggle drugs into the United States.

We already know the effect that ending the war on drugs has on illegal smuggling: as more and more US states decriminalize marijuana for medical and recreational uses, marijuana smuggling from Mexico to the US has dropped by 50 percent from 2010.

Finally, the threat of terrorists crossing into the United States from Mexico must be taken seriously, however once again we must soberly consider why they may seek to do us harm. We have been dropping bombs on the Middle East since at least 1990. Last year President Obama dropped more than 26,000 bombs. Thousands of civilians have been killed in US drone attacks. The grand US plan to remake the Middle East has produced only misery, bloodshed, and terrorism. Ending this senseless intervention will go a long way toward removing the incentive to attack the United States.

I believe it is important for the United States to have secure borders, but unfortunately President Trumps plan to build a wall will end up costing a fortune while ignoring the real problem of why people cross the borders illegally. They will keep coming as long as those incentives remain.

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