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O Grande Conspirador

Mensagem ao senador: O Grande Conspirador Caro Senador, Temer está no foco de todas as atenções. Todos os seus movimentos e tudo que diz estão sendo monitorados com lupa. Antes de unir o Brasil, ele precisa unir o PMDB: é o que ele está fazendo com visível êxito… Ontem à noite ele conversou por hora e meia com a presidente, que estava “emocional”. Da conversa com a presidente, ele foi para um jantar na casa de Eunício, onde estavam outros senadores: Gleisi Hoffmann, Lindberg Farias, Fátima Bezerra, Katia Abreu e Fernando Collor… Temer acredita nas instituições e as vê funcionando. Mostrou-se satisfeito com as ações do Supremo quanto ao tema do impeachment… Teve êxito na mobilização da bancada do PMDB na CD, obtendo a destituição de Picciani da liderança… E já se movimenta rumo ao Senado que é onde os destinos de Dilma e dele serão selados. Abr.,...

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Dollar

No, Virginia, Russia Won’t Dethrone King Dollar Despite years of harebrained conjectures, Russia–alone or in tandem with China–has neither the strength nor the interest to challenge U.S. financial hegemony. Jacob Dreizin Tue, Dec. 8, 2015   Talk of Russia and/or China burying, destroying, unseating, dethroning, etc., the U.S. Dollar has been bounced around for years, perhaps most recently here on Russia Insider, which yesterday carried a piece by F. William Engdahl on this topic. Mr. Engdahl did a good job hitting most of the clichés of the genre. Oftentimes, bury-the-dollar prognostications involve Russia and China selling off their U.S. Treasury debt holdings, leading to a “crash” in the Dollar. Although Engdahl did not use the word “crash”, he did suggest that Russia’s inclusion of a small proportion of Chinese yuan in its reserves would be “to the detriment of the dollar.” He also claimed that Russia and China can eventually precipitate “a snowball exit from the U.S. dollar”—a “crash” by another name. This reverses-shifting-away-from-the-Dollar line is so widely-discussed and so fundamental to the genre that I can’t fail to debunk it before moving to other points. Fact is, China has already sold most of its long-duration U.S. bonds—which were quickly and painlessly mopped up by the Federal Reserve’s “QE” operation—and nothing happened. We can see that any slack in demand is immediately compensated for by the Fed and other central banks. As for...

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What Stinks in Saudi Ain’t the Camel Dung

Author: F. William Engdahl, 08/12/2015 In recent weeks one nation after another is falling over themselves, literally, to join the turkey shoot known, erroneously, as the war in Syria, ostensibly against the Islamic State or Daesh. The most wanted but most feared question is where will this war frenzy lead, and how can it be stopped short of dragging the entire planet into a world war of destruction? On September 30, responding to a formal invitation or plea from the duly-elected President of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Federation began what was an initially highly effective bombing campaign in support of the Syrian Government Army. On 13 November following the terror attacks claimed by ISIS in Paris, the French President proclaimed France was “at war” and immediately sent her one and only aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, to Syria to join the battle. Then on December 4, the German Parliament approved sending 1,200 German soldiers and six Tornado jets to “help” France. Reports out of Germany say the Germans will not work with Russia or the Assad regime, but with CentCom command in Florida and coalition headquarters, not in Damascus, but in Kuwait. The same week the UK Parliament approved sending British planes and forces to “fight ISIS” in Syria. Again we can be sure it’s not to help Russia’s cause in cooperation with the Syrian Army of Assad...

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Truth

 A Curative for Washington’s Terror Treachery is Here   Russia has now accused the White House of covering for a terror network many believe the US created. The fact many Americans now believe someone is literally trying to destroy their country bears up this claim too.   Phil Butler  07.12.2015 Here’s a look inside the dark nightmare that has become international détente. At the end, I offer a searing summary with a ray of hope. The curative I mention, it’s called truth.The truth of world relationships today lies at the end of a trail of bread crumbs leading straight to Moscow. As strange as that may sound coming from an American writer, I say “the truth is where you find it.”  The “truth” I speak of is, the United States of America has in large measure created most of our current conflicts. The reasons are manifest, and mostly have to do with big business. This has been argued, and illustrated, widely. But some very wise experts, and catalogs of events now reveal just how precarious the world governing systems are today. I shall outlined at length, what I feel are the central issues. Is Fort Knox Empty?  New Eastern Outlook (NEO) contributor F. William Engdahl  now outlines the economic reasons for Washington’s desperation here. What the noted economics researcher and historian reveals is essentially a “broke” America. And he’s not the only one saying this. Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump has alluded to this many times in the past few years. If you ever wondered...

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Yuan

Russia issuing yuan-denominated bonds On the heels of the International Monetary Fund’s approval for the yuan, Russia said it’s preparing to raise $1 billion in yuan-denominated sovereign bonds in Moscow, the Financial Times reported Monday. Asia Times Dec. 07, 2015 Last week, the IMF made the yuan, also known as the renminbi, a world reserve currency by including it in its Special Drawing Rights basket. By integrating the yuan to the SDR, the IMF boosted the credibility of the currency and acknowledged it would be an accepted part of the global economic system. The latest move by Russia will aid the yuan’s international expansion and could lead to ruble-denominated bonds being issued in China and help promote similar cross-currency issuance by other big emerging markets, eating into the dominant role of the US dollar in global capital, said the FT. This isn’t just a diplomatic nicety by Russia, but an opportunity to do an end-around the sanctions imposed by the US and Europe. In September 2014, the US and EU imposed sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine. Since then many Russian companies have been barred from issuing foreign currency bonds in dollars or euros. The yuan-denominated bonds would potentially open a new source of foreign funding for Russian banks and businesses shut out of capital markets in the US...

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