Mês: abril 2017

Dollar

Petrodollar faces growing threat from the East   Andrew Brenan Apr. 27, 2017   While the recent raft of Sino-Saudi trade agreements benefited Chinese soft power in protecting Xinjiang, and the Saudis by diversifying their economy, China’s slow intertwining with Saudi Arabia complements the Sino-Russo alliance. Primarily, its benefits could lead to a realistic threat to the petrodollar. The Persian rival who showed ‘the way’ In 2012/2013, the US Treasury Department, under the Obama administration, initiated a raft of sanctions in an amateurish fashion against the Central Bank of Iran. As we were told, it was done to tire and bleed Iranian economic and social life enough to draw Tehran into negotiations concerning its nuclear programme. The argument of were they/weren’t they pursuing a weaponized nuclear program isn’t important; how the Iranians circumvented these sanctions is. The sanctions were meant to be stifling, but the Iranians loosened this problematic liquidity noose by using all their banks that weren’t sanctioned, and sold rich Iranian oil to India. Of course, the Indians couldn’t pay Tehran directly. Neither could they pay bilaterally in rupees due to sanctions and infrastructure needed to trade in a bilateral currency. Instead, Iran requested that India pay in gold so India paid Turkey, the Middle East’s gold market, and Turkey gave Turkish gold to Iranian banks, which then swapped with the Central Bank of Iran. Turkey, for its part, may soon...

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Donald Trump

The Worst Mistake of Trump’s First 100 Days   Stephen M. Walt Apr. 26, 2017 After 100 days in office, what is President Donald Trump’s biggest foreign-policy mistake? I’m sure each of you will have your particular favorites. Personally, I’ve found there have been so many blunders it’s been a bit hard to keep track. Let’s consider the options. Was his biggest error appointing an oddball like Michael Flynn to serve as White House national security advisor? Flynn lasted 20 days, which sounds more like a stint in rehab than a period of government service, and was ultimately done in by his dubious activities, his inability to tell a straight story about them, and a flood of leaks suggesting he had no idea how to do his job. His replacement, retired Army Gen. H.R. McMaster, has been cleaning house and made some mainstream appointments, but unqualified hacks like Sebastian Gorka still have jobs while dozens of other key positions at State, Defense, and other agencies remain unfilled. Or did Trump err by failing to monitor, control, or straighten out his associates’ tangled connections to Russia, a failure compounded when people like Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions proved unable to tell a straight story about them? We still don’t know what Trump’s connections in Russia really are, and it’s entirely possible that there’s no fire behind all the smoke....

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Robert Fisk

Interview with Robert Fisk Magne Stolpnessæter and Stein Gjendem April 22, 2017 KULTURVERK had the privilege of meeting Robert Fisk in Beirut. A living journalistic legend and a Middle East correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent for almost three decades, he is still going strong at the age of seventy. In this interview, he talks about history, identity and the unfolding events in the region (Norwegian version here).   We are very good at telling their history. Our colonial objective. Colonial not in the sense of colony, but in a sense of ruling that has always been to emphasize the divisions in society. Robert Fisk (born 1946) is a household name among foreign correspondents. We harbored some faint hope that this occasion might arise. And it did. Meeting Robert is like being transferred back in time to a novel from the Cold War days. Aside from our initial projections, Robert is quite down-to- earth. We met him at a seaside café in Beirut on a sunny day where he shared his experience with us. At once close to and remote from the current drama in the neighborhood of Lebanon. KULTURVERK: Amidst all the carnage and conflict you have experienced, what truly inspires you to go on? What is the guiding light in your life? Robert Fisk: Well, I suppose at the end of the day, I realize that I am...

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Alex Jones

Top 10 Alex Jones Performance Art Characters   Published on Apr 19, 2017 Recently MSM has attacked Alex claiming he is actor and that nothing he has ever said is true. This video shows the top 10 performance art characters he has created through the...

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Gold

The Real Reason to Blame Russia for Everything — Gold Rory Hall Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017 Published on Mar 24, 2017 – economic news china and new attempt by largest bank to increase gold backed accounts. Program for citizens to exchange gold between each other and increase citizens opening Gold backed accounts. the worlds case for use of the dollar is weakening as more reliable alternatives come out. dollar collapse is sure to follow as the world seeks a more stable store of money. golds reliablility will have countries around the world seek to bank in gold the united states being behind the trend could bring economic collapse 2017 faster than we think. How would you feel if you had planned a gathering of your closest family and friends. Your list of invites grows to include some 185 guests. You also invited your known trouble-making cousin. Your cousin shows up drunk, armed and belligerent. He begins harassing a good portion of the guests, smashes some of your prized possessions and then, as an added bonus, he shots and kills 12 of your guest. As your cousin is leaving the gathering he takes your wallet and your wife’s purse. He also goes in your bedroom, opens your safe and removes all your gold and silver. Your cousin now has all your credit and debit cards and all the cash you had...

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