Mês: novembro 2019

Oh, the Atlantic Ocean is so awfully wide!

Europe’s gas alliance with Russia is a match made in heaven   M. K. Bhadrakumar Nov. 3, 2019   Amidst the excitement over the killing of the ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, a development of much impact on international security passed by when Denmark made the innocuous announcement on October 30 that it would permit the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to pass through its exclusive economic zone. Copenhagen modestly explained that it was “obliged to allow the construction of transit pipelines” under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.   The Nord Stream 2, which will connect Russia’s Leningrad Region  to Germany’s Baltic coast, bypassing the traditional route via Ukraine, aims to double the capacity of the already-built Nord Stream 1 to 110 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year that is more than a quarter of the European Union’s gas consumption.  On October 31, Gazprom, Russia’s energy Leviathan, had said 83 percent of the pipeline construction — more than 2100 km of the pipeline — was complete. The permit to construct in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone south-east of Bornholm covers a 147-km-long route section.  Pipelay has been completed in Russian, Finnish and Swedish waters, and for the most part in German waters. The construction of both landfall facilities in Russia and Germany is nearing completion. Thus, the development last week signifies that Russia is certain...

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Bill Bonner on the persecution and assassination of D. J. Trump

Why Are the Ingrates at The Donald’s Throat?   Maria Bonaventura Nov. 02, 2019   Why is the Deep State against Trump? That’s the question on Bill’s mind this week, as he connects the dots between the president’s impeachment… his dubious fight with the Deep State… and the crisis about to overtake the U.S. economy. But first, our editor looks to the European Central Bank on the other side of the Atlantic, where… with a new crony at the helm… the claptrap is sure to continue… Regards, Maria Bonaventura Managing Editor, Bill Bonner’s Diary   Europe’s New Celebrity Grifter Before diving into The Donald’s troubles, Bill casts an eye to Europe. The European Central Bank just got a new president… but not before firing up the printing press one last time. What kind of boondoggles will the new chief get into? The Persecution and Assassination of Donald J. Trump, Part 1 America is greater than ever before… That’s the president’s outlook as he takes to the Twittersphere. But our editor has a different take… and, to POTUS’ dismay, it may leave Trump out of the picture… The Persecution and Assassination of Donald J. Trump, Part 2 Whether the economy is struggling (as Bill suggests) or “doing great” (as POTUS believes), one thing is certain: The Donald has little to do with its fate. And he’s in for trouble if he doesn’t...

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Weird and weirder things…

Things Are Only Going To Get Weirder   Caitlin Johnstone Nov. 01, 2019   Things are getting stranger and stranger. If you would have told someone ten years ago that Dennis Rodman would one day be helping to negotiate peace between North Korea and President Donald Trump, they would have assumed you were describing some weird movie cooked up in the mind of Mike Judge or the South Park guys. But in this timeline it’s an actual news story.   Everything about the last few years has been weird. The mass media’s behavior has been weird, Russiagate was weird, Ukrainegate is weird, a former presidential candidate accusing a current presidential candidate of working for the Kremlin was weird, people constantly accusing strangers on the internet of being Russian agents is weird, factions of the US government constantly leaking information against other factions of the US government is weird, the DNC getting caught rigging their primary was weird, Hillary Clinton losing the election was weird, the Skripal poisoning was weird, US government officials openly tweeting about their Venezuela coup is weird, the breakdown of the entire mainstream Syria narrative is weird, Assange’s arrest was weird, the campaign to censor the internet is weird, and this is just stuff off the top of my head from the areas I’ve been looking at in my own narrow spectrum of focus. Anyone else could list dozens...

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Middle East

New Post Regime-Change Future   Matthew Ehret Nov. 01, 2019     With the transformation of the rules of the “Great Game” in the Middle East emerging out of President Trump’s recent Syrian surprise pullout and Putin’s brilliant manoeuvres since 2015, a sweeping set of development/reconstruction programs led by China now have a chance to become hegemonic across the formerly hopeless, terrorist-infested region. The fact that the Arab states of the Middle East were targeted for destruction by western geopoliticians over the last 40 years is not un-connected to the region’s historic role as “cross-roads of civilizations” which were once the bridge between East and West along the ancient Silk Road (c. 250 BC). Today’s New Silk Road has brought 150 countries into a multipolar model of cooperation and civilization-building which necessitates a stabilized Middle East in order to function. When asking “how could a reconstruction of the Middle East be possible after so many years of hell” I was pleasantly surprised to discover that both great projects once derailed have been given new life with the new prospects for peace and also new projects never before dreamed possible have been created as part of the New Silk Road (Aka: One Belt One Road). Just to get a sense of this incredible potential that is keeping western oligarchs up at night, I want to quickly review just a few...

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