“All these “leaders” have a vested interest in deceiving the people. And how fortunate for these “leaders” that men do not think…’cause if they did, they wouldn’t be in power.” – HighImpactFlix
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ZeroHedge| As the situation in Syria continues to escalate, guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook has weighed anchor off Syrian territorial waters, and is reportedly being “harassed” by low-flying Russian warplanes, which have buzzed the “Arleigh Burke” class warship at least four times according to CNN Turk.
Of note, the Donald Cook has 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles on board.
It is claimed that the US Donald Cook-named destroyer left Cyprus ‘s Larnaca port and landed near Syrian territorial waters. It was claimed that the missile destroyer named “Arleigh Burke” class Donald Cook (DDG-75) reached Tallus 100 kilometers and had 60 Tomahawk fuses on board. –CNN Turk (translated)
A Navy source confirmed the deployment with the Washington Examiner, who said that the guided-missile-destroyer had just completed a port call in Cyprus, while the Pentagon reportedly draws up plans for how to deal with the situation.
U.S. military planners have drawn up more than one option for possible military action against Syria, including a strike similar to last year’s attack in which 59 sea-launched cruise missiles inflicted heavy damage on a Syrian Air Force airfield in Homs.
Pentagon officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the options now are similar to those presented to President Trump after last year’s chemical attack in northern Syria that killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including women and children.
But officials said the president could decide to choose a more robust option this time, given that Syrian President Bashar Assad didn’t seem to get the message last time. –Washington Examiner
What is surprising is that according to the latest Stratfor naval map, there was no other major naval support – either amphibious or carrier strike groups – in the vicinity of Syria as of April 5.
The destroyer’s aggressive positioning comes hours after Israel conducted a Monday morning strike on Syria’s T-4 airfield, situated about halfway between Homs (Syria’s third-largest city) and Palmyra (famously the site of ancient ruins). RT reports that two Israeli F-15 jets fired eight guided missiles at the airfield from Lebanese airspace. The jets never entered Syria.
The IDF has long noted the T-4 base for its housing of Iranian and Quds forces with the backing of Syria.
For a long time Iran and the Quds Force have been operating, with the backing of Syrian forces and the approval of the Syrian regime, from the Syrian T-4 Airbase near Tadmor. pic.twitter.com/U9H33vDF4O
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) February 10, 2018
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reports on Monday “I don’t rule out anything right now,” when asked about a potential response – noting Russia’s alleged involvement.
“The first thing we have to look at is, why are chemical weapons still being used at all when Russia was the framework guarantor of removing all the chemical weapons?” he said. “And so, working with our allies and our partners from NATO to Qatar and elsewhere, we are going to address this issue.”
Last year, the U.S. warned the Kremlin ahead of the strike so that Russia could make sure its planes and personnel in Syria were not in harm’s way.
This time, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow has issued an explicit warning to Washington that any “military intervention” in Syria would be “unacceptable” and would lead to the “most serious consequences.”
The U.S. acted alone in April last year, but this time it could work through a coordinated international response. –Washington Examiner
Britain and France have also hinted at possible military action in Syria – following comments by British Foreign Secretary, who spoke by phone with French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday, saying that there should be “no impunity for those that use such barbaric weapons,” in reference to the gas attack.
Speaking to reporters at a Monday cabinet meeting, President Trump said he would be making a decision “very quickly, probably by the end of today” about the U.S. response.
“This is about humanity. We’re talking about humanity, and it can’t be allowed to happen,” Trump said.
Information about the #USA destroyer USS Donald Cook carrying #Tomahawk missiles, which was anchored near the coast of #Cyprus, is moving towards the #Syria-n coast.
It seems that the next 48 hours will be hot in the eastern Mediterranean.#Russia #Iran #France #Israel pic.twitter.com/rO9NzhKrcV
— Eva J. Koulouriotis (@evacool_f) April 9, 2018
Meanwhile, Russia appears to be making preparations for an imminent, US-led attack and according to unconfirmed reports, there have been “intensive flights of Russian aircrafts along the Syrian coast & over Khmeimim base, in addition to the intense flights of military aircrafts belonging to the Assad regime in the sky of Homs. There is great anticipation from Assad and Russia for a possible blow.”
now intensive flights of Russian aircrafts along the Syrian coast & over Khmeimim base, in addition to the intense flights of military aircrafts belonging to the Assad regime in the sky of Homs. There is great anticipation from Assad and Russia for a possible blow.#USA pic.twitter.com/isYVMsosje
— Eva J. Koulouriotis (@evacool_f) April 9, 2018
WATCH BREAKING NEWS: US Destroyer Off Syria Coast
by Julie Telgenhoff
China launched the Petro-Yuan on Monday which will negatively affect the US Dollar.
Since it would be impossible to build a global New World Order without the world’s most populous nation, the globalists decided to use America’s markets, jobs and wealth as bait for luring the insular Chinese into the fold. And in return for joining the New World Order, China’s communist officials were offered the prestige and power of being the world’s new economic leaders.
This strategy was publicly admitted by globalist super-minion George Soros in a 2009 video interview with FT…
Starting at the 9:26 mark of the below video, George Soros says the following…
“I think this would be the time, because you really need to bring China into the creation of a new world order – financial world order. They are kind of reluctant members of the IMF. They play along, but they don’t make much of a contribution because it’s not their institution. Their share is not commeasurate – their voting rights are not commeasurate – to their weight. So I think you need a New World Order that China has to be part of the process of creating it, and they have to buy in. They have to own it the same way as I said the United States owns… the Washington consensus… the current order, and I think this would be a more stable one where you would have a coordinated policies.”
Here’s that video with globalist pig Soros ….
Interesting enough, James Corbett says,
“At the very top of this Bankster pyramid, the Chinese elite is connected directly in with the U.S. Western elite.”
Corbett has carefully documented the “8 Immortal Families” in his report on China and the New World Order which shows how the 8 Immortals are totally connected to Henry Kissinger and the Rockefeller-Rothschild banking elite. This is the way they will lead us into a New WORLD Order.
“The West is being engineered into a world system of governance and government that can only come about through the rise of the East. It’s been puppeteered from the very start. There is no doubt that China’s rise right now is something that has been long planned for and carefully engineered.”
You can read the full article here: http://asheepnomore.net/?s=james+corbett+china
Then we have a compelling article written by William Engdahl, who is a strategic risk consultant and lecturer and a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, “New Eastern Outlook”, he shows compelling evidence that the transfer of the geopolitical center of gravity to what he calls Eurasia is something the West will have to get used to. Engdahl gives an impressive account of “the present global political and economic situation in the context of China’s New Economic Silk Road as the One Belt, One Road project is often called.” Further more he states, “What I’ve seen in my many visits to China, and have studied about the entirety of this enormously impressive international infrastructure project convinces me that a Eurasian Century at this point is unstoppable.”
Engdahl writing for the Strategic Culture Foundation tells it like it is, the unpopular truth:
“The American Century has lasted a mere seven decades if we date from the end of the war. Its record has been one of dismal failure on balance. The industrial base of the United States, the predominant leading industrial nation and leading scientific innovator, today is a hollowed, rotted shell with once-booming cities like Detroit or Philadelphia or Los Angeles now burned-out ghettos of unemployed and homeless.
The Federal Debt of the United States, owing to the endless wars its Presidents engage in, as well as the fruitless bailouts of Wall Street banks and Government Sponsored Enterprises like Fannie Mae, is well over 103% of GDP at an astonishing $19.5 trillion, or more than $163,000 per taxpaying American and Washington is adding to the debt this year at near $600 billion. Countries like China and Russia are moving away from subsidizing that debt at a record pace.
This is the sunset for the American Century, a poorly disguised imperial experiment in hubris and arrogance by a gaggle of boring old patriarchs like David Rockefeller and his friends on Wall Street and in the military industry. It is the starkest contrast to what is going on to the east, across all Eurasia today.”
This conspiracy against the good people of America has been well planned out. In reading further on in Engdahl’s article, he writes, “The Eurasian Century is the name I give to the economic emergence of the countries contiguous from China across Central Asia, Russia, Belarus, Iran and potentially Turkey. They are being integrally linked through the largest public infrastructure projects in modern history, in fact the most ambitious ever, largely concentrated on the 2013 initiative by Chinese President Xi Jinping called the One Belt, One Road initiative or OBOR”. You can read the full article here: http://asheepnomore.net/…/the-global-plot-to-take-down-ame…/
So with all that said, we all need to understand that the West IS Engineering its Own Downfall. And all this East vs. West conflict is just for show. They’re playing us all on their masonic, black and white chess board. There are no savior programs to make America great again because they’re all in on the take down of the America. BRICS is no savior program either because they’re all in on the game.
Remember …in order to gain global power and control, there can be NO super power, like America ….and what better way to take down that super power through currency to which will negatively affect every American economically (well, those in on the game will witness a great transfer of wealth …to them).
Do you remember when China called for new global currency ???
China is the world’s biggest crude consumer and buys most of its oil from Russia. However, most settlements are still in US dollars. The launch of the petro-yuan now allows Moscow and Beijing to use national currencies instead.
China and Russia are actively reducing dependence on the dollar in bilateral trade. In October 2017, Beijing launched a payment system for transactions in yuan and Russian rubles. This means that settlements for Russian oil deliveries to China, which have reached 60 million tons per year, can be done without using the dollar.
After Monday’s launch of the yuan-backed oil futures in Shanghai, there have been negotiation between Russia and China on mutual promotion of oil futures in national currencies, RIA Novosti reported. In 2016, the St. Petersburg exchange in Russia launched Urals oil futures in the Russian ruble, and support from China could prop up Russian crude futures.
China’s new oil benchmark had a hugely successful debut. On the first day of trading in Shanghai, 62,500 contracts with more than 62 million barrels of crude traded for a notional value of nearly 27 billion yuan ($4 billion), Zerohedge reported. Glencore, Trafigura, Freepoint Commodities and other huge oil-trading corporations took part.
Russia held its position as China’s largest crude oil supplier in February. Russia supplied 5.052 million tons, or 1.32 million barrels per day (bpd) last month, up 17.8 percent from a year earlier, according to Reuters, quoting the Chinese General Administration of Customs.
The increase in volume happened as a result of a second Sino-Russian oil pipeline, which began operations on January 1. It doubled China’s capacity to pump oil from the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) system. ESPO connects Russia and China with a direct pipeline.
Article Translation: MI-6 is about to turn off the lights in the UK & blame it on Blowfeld Putin
by Julie Telgenhoff
In reality, neither the UK nor the US have done anything to protect their grids from a cyber attack. Why not? The danger has been known for a long time. Their respective governments failure to do anything about this vulnerability is bizarre as they sit around and worry and fuss about the possibility of a cyber attack, but do absolutely nothing to prevent one.
With that said, will the globalists and their intel agencies stage and then pin the next false flag operation on Russia? They seemed to have tired of the Muslim bait card.
There is really no way to look at this but as the lead up to a 3rd world war. There is the possibility that all this Russian hullabaloo has been designed to create a Quick perception of Russia as a terrible enemy to the American and UK people.
MAYBE they don’t have time to perpetuate this same scenario that was done over several years as they demonized the poor Muslims???
After all, the Petro-Yuan launching on March 26th, is yet another gash to the empire, as it slowly bleeds out …
Is there a false flag coming soon???
It would make the financial dominoes fall even more quickly, giving them their much needed scapegoat for the empty banks they’ve ponzied out, and it would give deep state controlled countries the responsibility of determining who to blame.
I personally believe that Rome will continue to go down slowly, albeit upping the ‘boiling frog’ false flag events. I don’t believe anything extreme will happen suddenly on March 26th. Fear makes people pliable, and also, consume more, so MAYBE ….that’s what this propaganda serves.
On another note, IF something should come to fruition during that time, the way to prepare against an actual threat is to announce this information publicly so that the targets can prepare themselves for a possible false flag attack.
IF the UK were to have their lights go out both literally and figuratively, the scenarios would read like this: MI6 plans to hit the UK, the same way our CIA/FBI/Mossad hit the US on 911, then blame it on whoever they want to fight with. This would cover up the impending financial apocalypse as caused by someone other than greedy anglo-american bankers and their petrodollar ponzi scheme.
Please share this article and one last thing …always remember that there is no money in peace.
Zero Hedge reports:
Millions of Americans believe that Russian agents tried to infiltrate the voting systems of individual states – even though the Department of Homeland Security clarified that it was unable to verify who or what organized the attacks.
Despite this, UK intelligence agencies are warning the National Grid (a major utility company), the National Health Service, the Sellafield nuclear power plant and Whitehall Departments to brace for a potentially crippling cyberattack organized by Russia that could trigger a widespread blackout, following its decision to blame Russia for the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy, per the Sunday Times (an attack that’s increasingly looking like a false flag).
Spy chiefs have warned the bosses of Britain’s key power companies to boost their security amid fears of a Russian cyber-attack that could put the lights out.
The National Grid was put on alert last week by officials from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a branch of the signals intelligence agency GCHQ – and given advice on how to improve its defences to prevent power cuts.
NCSC officials, working with the National Crime Agency and MI5’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, have told key organisations that they could face attempts to steal the data of taxpayers and patients or “denial of service” attacks that could shut down their websites.
A Whitehall security source said: “They’re contacting all the critical national infrastructure operators. They’ve been in touch with National Grid with guidance.”
Paul Chichester, the NCSC director of operations, said: “It is absolutely right that we give advice to sectors on defending themselves from cyber-attacks.”
On Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed that former Russian spy, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned with “a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia” known as ‘Novichok’.
The chemical agent, which was identified by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, has been used by May to suggest that Russia’s culpability in the attack “is highly likely.”
On these grounds, she claimed that only two scenarios are possible:
“Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country. Or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.”
And while the British government’s line has been uncritically parroted by the global press with little scrutiny of its plausibility, evidence has emerged that points to a larger pool of possible culprits than just Russia.
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Meanwhile, Russia has already expelled 23 British diplomats – the same number as the UK kicked out a few days earlier – while also ordering the closure of the UK consulate in St. Petersburg and the Moscow British Council, a cultural and educational organization.
The warnings about a Russian cyberattack come just days after the US Treasury followed through with sanctions against two Russian intelligence agencies as well as a Russian troll farm and an associated Russian oligarch that were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
And they also precede what’s expected to be a flurry of actions to be authorized by May this week to crack down on Russia’s ties with the UK.
May will chair a meeting of the national security council on Tuesday to decide how to respond. Downing Street has drawn up plans to:
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UK officials are set to keep beating the anti-Russia drum this week, with Foreign Minister Boris Johnson set to meet with NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg. Already this weekend, Ruth Davidson, the Tory leader in Scotland, suggested that the Kremlin-backed television channel RT should be shut down.
“Russia Today exists for the sole purpose of promoting the agenda of Putin’s regime,” she said. “Objectivity is poisoned when state agents pump propaganda into the households of this country.”
Britain will not name the 23 Russian spies it has ordered to leave. But intelligence chiefs are worried Moscow will publish the names of the alleged spies that it has decided to expel – which would render them useless for espionage in other foreign locales.
Of course, it’d be incredibly foolish for Russia to authorize a massive cyberattack in the UK right now while it’s facing so much scrutiny. But that likely wouldn’t stop the UK from reacting by blaming Russia if an attack should happen, regardless of the credibility of any evidence gathered.
The United States accused Russia of being an “irresponsible player” for boasting about an array of new, mostly hypersonic weapons, that President Putin said would make its nuclear arsenal invulnerable to interception by the US.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters it was “unfortunate” to watch a video animation depicting “a nuclear attack on the United States” that accompanied Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech Thursday, calling the video “cheesy” and “irresponsible.”
“We don’t think that kind of imagery, in a cheesy video, as being a responsible action.” She also said Putin’s announcement confirmed, “what the US has known for a long time that Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for more than a decade in direct violation of treaty obligations.”
She then proceeded to ignore Russian reporters at today’s press briefing.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 1, 2018
As reported earlier, in his speech which took the west by surprise with the scale of Russian military accomplishments, Putin unveiled the latest additions to the country’s nuclear arsenal, including underwater drones capable of launching nuclear strikes and hypersonic missiles. The Russian president made the announcement at his annual state of the nation address in Moscow, Putin’s last speech before Russia’s presidential election on March 18.
“We don’t regard that as behavior of a responsible player,” Nauert said.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon urged calm and expressed it was “fully prepared” to handle the advanced Russian nuclear threat.
“We’re not surprised by (Putin’s) statement. And the American people should rest assured that we are fully prepared,” Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White adding that she was “very confident” in America’s ability to react to “anything that may come our way.”
“We are prepared and we are ready,” she said. “This is not about defense. This is about deterrence.”
Ratcheting up the new cold war rhetoric, she added that “we need to ensure we have a credible nuclear deterrent, and we are confident that we are prepared to defend this nation no matter what.”
The White House echoed the Pentagon’s statement, saying that US deterrent capabilities “are and will remain second to none.” Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press that the country is “moving forward to modernize our nuclear arsenal and ensure our capabilities are unmatched.”
“US defense capabilities are and will remain second to none, and now because of the new defense budget of 700 billion dollars, our military will be far stronger than ever,” Sanders said.
“I see some of this as a response to the US nuclear posture review, which is quite remarkable in that it stresses the importance of nuclear weapons and building up the US nuclear arsenal — something President Trump himself has said,” said Angela Stent, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies.
In other words, a new nuclear arms race has begun.
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The Trump administration has asked for a major boost in military spending for 2019, requesting Congress approve a budget of $686 billion, the largest in US history, and an increase of $80 billion from 2017, which the Pentagon says is primarily aimed at countering Russia and China.
US officials are also increasingly turning their attention to trying to develop some sort of defense against hypersonic missiles. In its proposed $9.9 billion requested budget for 2019, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is asking for $120 million to develop hypersonic missile defenses, a big increase from the $75 million in fiscal 2018.
Source: Zero Hedge
Russian Central Bank Gold Reserves Rise to 1,857 Tons in January, Passing People’s Bank of China’s 1,843 Ton Gold Hoard.
The Central Bank of Russia ended 2016 with 1838.21 tonnes of gold on their balance sheet.
Central Bank of Russia added 7.2 Million ounces (approximately 223.945 tonnes) in 2017.
The chart below shows the Central Bank of Russia’s Gold Reserves by month with tonnage rounded to the nearest metric ton.
The Central bank of Russia has added about 576 tons of gold to her reserves from June 2015 – to January 2017.
Russian Monthly Gold Purchases June 2014 – January 2018
Under the disguise of Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump sneakingly gifted Ukraine with American lethal defensive weaponry; Russia has responded warning the United States that a red line has been crossed.
The deepstate (military industrial complex) elite’s spokesman, Senator John McCain of the Armed Services Committee, and neocons once again are trying to inflame a war by convincing U.S. President Donald Trump to send weapons to Ukraine. It undoubtedly will be seen as an “aggressive” move against Moscow, as intended.
“The reported decision to authorize the sale of sniper rifles and ammunition must only be a first step,” McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “I urge the president to authorize additional sales of defensive lethal weapons, including anti-tank munitions, and to fully utilize security assistance funds provided by the Congress to enable Ukraine to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The Eastern European country has been reliant on support from Washington since pro-Western government forces overthrew the Ukrainian leadership in 2013, as warned by Ukraine Deputy Oleg Tsarov prior. Paid CIA snipers hired by Maidan leaders subsequently shot at protesters and police, according to Polish former presidential candidate Janusz Korwin-Mikke and Urmas Paet.
A leaked phone call further confirmed the assumption that the U.S. planned a coup in Ukraine.
The audio uploaded online showed Victoria Nuland, the then top U.S. diplomat in Europe, and Geoff Pyatt, the U.S. envoy to Kiev, discussing the merits of Ukraine’s various opposition figures and if things were in place. In the recording, Nuland can also be heard saying “f**k the EU,” if they aren’t ready for their alleged plot and to go ahead without them.
Estonian Foreign Minister and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, c0llaborated and confirmed that snipers had shot at both police and protesters in a conversation with EU foreign Security Policy Catherine Ashton when an additional tape was leaked by Officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) loyal to the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich. Paet said that snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were hired by Maidan leaders.
In fact, Nuland even admitted the subversive actions the U.S. was taking in Ukraine for the past few decades during a public speech where she stated the “U.S. has spent five billion dollars ($5,000,000,000) to subvert Ukraine,” assuring her listeners that there are prominent businessmen and government officials who support the U.S. project to tear Ukraine away from its historic relationship with Russia and into the U.S. sphere of interest (via “Europe”).
The U.S. would never admit publicly that it was involved in Ukraine. Under former President Barack Obama the policy was to not send weapons to Ukraine with the exception of allowing some private contractors to send small arms; Trump is changing that, signaling a major shift in U.S. policy.
Instead, the Obama administration opted to covertly send the Russians (a supposed “enemy” of the U.S. at the time) Uranium through the Uranium One deal and later sanctioned Moscow after annexing Crimea. The uranium sold could have been used to make bombs to use in Ukraine.
That deal is now under scrutiny by the Trump administration Justice Department amid deciding to approve a commercial license authorizing the sale of $41.5 million of weaponry including Model M107A1 Sniper Systems, ammunition, and associated accessories to Ukraine, the Washington Post reported.
According to a Trump state department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, the decision was “part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity, to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to deter further aggression.”
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov responded stating the U.S. decision will only make the conflict more deadly and suggested that Russia could be forced to retaliate He also said the U.S. can no longer cast itself as a mediator.
“It’s not a mediator. It’s an accomplice in fueling the war,” Ryabkov said in a statement.
Thanking the U.S. for its support, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed the concerns over how the weapons would be used.
“American weapons in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers are not for an offensive, but for a decisive rebuff of the aggressor, the protection of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, as well as for effective self-defense,” he wrote on Facebook. “It is also a trans-Atlantic vaccination against the Russian virus of aggression.”
The Washington Post added that the timing of approving this deal and another sale in Canada is no mere coincidence.
“We have crossed the Rubicon, this is lethal weapons and I predict more will be coming,” said one senior congressional official. It’s likely no mere coincidence that Canada also approved lethal defense sales to Ukraine this week, which would happen only if the Canadian government knew the United States was on board, the official said.
Activist Post reported in late August that the Trump administration was considering sending weapons to Ukraine after Kiev reported 3,000 Russian troops in the country in what we said would be “the words heard around the world and the move that starts WW3.”
U.S Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated the U.S.’s position that Russia has not abided by the Minsk ceasefire agreement meant to end separatist violence in eastern Ukraine.
“Despite Russia’s denials, we know they are seeking to redraw international borders by force, undermining the sovereign and free nations of Europe,” Mattis told reporters.
Trump has previously accused Russia of taking Crimea by force in a series of tweets and his White House stated that the U.S. president expected the annexed Black Sea peninsula to be returned to Ukraine, Reuters reported.
Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
Russia responded at the time, stating it would not hand back Crimea to Ukraine or discuss the matter with foreign partners.
“We don’t give back our own territory. Crimea is territory belonging to the Russian Federation,” Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Trump’s statements contradicts comments he made in an interview with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos last year when he said: “The people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were.”
Under the law, the State Department must notify Congress of planned foreign military sales, which is then proceeded by a review in which lawmakers can act to stop the sale. It was unclear whether the administration had formally notified Congress, but lawmakers are unlikely to try to block the deal given that Democrats and Republicans alike have both called on the government to send weapons to Ukraine.
It’s also important to note that “heavier” equipment requested by Ukraine, the Javelin antitank missile system, has still not been approved.
Although, as a recent interview with a Texas company AirTronic corroborates, the antitank missiles have long been sold to Ukraine for over a year now, VOA News reported.
“We started delivering our product to Ukraine last year and we are continuing deliveries up until now,” Richard Vandiver, Chief Operating Officer at AirTronic, said to VOA’s Ukrainian service.
As U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Twitter and on the floor of Congress in regards to a controversial law, “They want to rubber stamp. They want no debates, and they want to send your kids to war.” Where is the vote for sending weapons to Ukraine beating on those war drums?
Nobody wanted to have this debate. They want to rubber stamp. They want no debates and they want to send your kids to war pic.twitter.com/BcBc8AcftP
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 27, 2017
Sending lethal weapons to Ukraine is a reckless move and creates a situation where American arms could kill Russian soldiers, a predicament that could thrust the two nuclear-armed nations into a deep war.
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by Julie Telgenhoff
Houston we have a problem.
As the US Dollar is deliberately being destroyed by the BRICS alliance, which is a planned destruction, we will soon see the new rising players of China and Russia …playing their role on the road to an eventual one world governance.
What’s very disturbing to me is when I see many Americans jumping for joy as they read commentary about their own currency being destroyed.
From the RT article, Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance, check out the following comment by an American:
“YESS !!!..KARMA….. the zionnist warmonger Rothchild colony is sinking like the Titanic Ship !…sooner the better ..imagine peace in the world ?? no world war 3 ? no more the U.S. bullying north korea and all the third world countries !!”
What in the world is this American thinking? That somehow the warmongering US isn’t a part of this plan for a global police state governance? That any of the BRICS countries (mainly China and Russia) are going to come in and give her the cushy life she’s always had living in a country considered a super power with the it’s military might and dollar dominance? That wars will cease because the global wealth left the US and went to the East? That Russia and China will be the new heroes of human rights, especially to those living the the US?
I just don’t get it? I see so many Americans rooting for their own demise …no clue that once that dollar ceases to have it’s global glory, they will experience massive hyperinflation and who knows what else in the near term future. Without that protection and the America’s ability to be a global military threat, I’d say the future isn’t looking to good for us Americans. Maybe we can take a glance at the future by visiting Zimbabwe.
These globalists cannot allow for any country to be a super power with military might if the plan is for a one world tyrannical government with all countries of equality. The destruction of the US dollar by shifting the wealth from West to East, is a deliberate plan. Back in 2010, former World Bank president said that in the next 40 years, today’s leading countries will go from having 80% of the world’s income to 35%. Remember …he’s an insider.
According to RT,
Gold moving from the West to the East
“We have to put the BRICS initiative into a broader context. It is just part of a geopolitical tectonic shift which started decades ago. We have seen a constant outflow of physical gold from the West to the East. At the same time, the West has lost the economic war, and as a consequence, the focus now turns to the financial system. China dominates the world economy and has displaced the US as the world’s most formidable economic powerhouse,” he told RT.
The creation of a new gold standard by BRICS is also a step to end the US dollar’s domination of the global economy
“As Bejing and Moscow understand that America used the dollar to control the world, by implementing a new kind of ‘Gold standard 2.0’ they want to distance themselves from this control. Furthermore, the vast majority of the people in Asia sees gold as superior, or ‘real’ money, something the West has forgotten, because of all the paper wealth (credit) they have accumulated,” said Grass.
The expert notes the BRICS countries account for 40 percent of the world’s population and around 23 percent of the world’s domestic product.
“In combination with the announcement of pricing oil in yuan, using a gold-backed futures contract in Shanghai, the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank, China is setting up an alternative to the post-Bretton Woods establishment. This is certainly a game changer,”said Grass.
Physically backed precious metals market spells the end of paper gold trade
The level of trust between BRICS countries can help them establish intragroup gold trading, which would be 100 percent physically backed.
“This will present a viable challenger that could over time lead to a break up of the current system since the West will likely still trade paper gold in the meantime,” Grass said.
According to London gold clearing statistics for 2016, the total trading volume in the London Over-the-Counter (OTC) gold market is estimated at the equivalent of 1.5 million tons of gold. The volume of 100oz gold futures on New York’s COMEX reached 57.5 million contracts during 2016 or 179,000 tonnes of gold, the analyst notes.
The amount of mined gold is much smaller
“If we now take into consideration that only approximately 180,000 tons of gold have actually been mined up to today the scam is just gigantic and obviously unsustainable. The paper scams in London and New York will either blow up when the paper price of gold drops to zero or when just a fraction of investors insists upon receiving physical gold in return,” Grass said.
The expert believes that with paper gold trading, the established gold exchanges could cease to exist sooner or later.
“They will likely become obsolete and lose their importance over time. Although one cannot predict exactly how fast this will happen, the trend is clear: OTC and COMEX are working toward their own destruction,” he said.
Gold prices could explode if trading were backed by physical precious metals
“It will definitely lead to higher prices for physical gold. Imagine if you could buy on COMEX and OTC gold at a much lower price and still have the option to sell it in Asia for a much higher price; this would kill the old paper scams immediately. Therefore, I would guess that both could come up with new restrictions that only cash settlements will be allowed to avoid this. We know for example that even today 99.96 percent of COMEX gold futures are settled in cash,” Grass wrote.
The final battle: Gold vs. US dollar
The analyst recollected the Heartland Theory of Halford Mackinder, a British geostrategist at the beginning of the 20th century who influenced the likes of Kissinger and Brzezinski. Following the theory, we will soon face a war between physical gold and the US dollar.
“As per my understanding, we are moving into the final phase, the battle between currencies – one that will be backed by a hard asset which was real money since time immemorial until 1971 and the other one, backed by promises that future generations will pay through debt, inflation and ever-rising taxation,” he said.
Getting away from fiat currencies will be good for gold
“I would like to conclude with a final thought from my friend Jayant Bandari: the combination of negative yields, massive political risks around the world, and any attempt to move away from traditional currencies will be positive for gold and will take it to the next level. Investing is very much linked with geopolitics – once you understand the big picture, it becomes apparent what you should invest in,” Grass told RT.
Former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn entered a guilty plea Friday to lying about efforts by the incoming Trump administration to help Israel avoid censure at the UN Security Council over its illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
Yet several major US media outlets were initially silent about the Israeli connection.
Flynn appeared in federal court in Washington to admit that he lied about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador last December, in the weeks before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
The single count charges that Flynn lied to federal investigators about two conversations; in the first, on 22 December, Flynn asked the Russian envoy to delay or defeat the UN Security Council vote condemning Israel’s settlements.
In the second conversation, a week later, Flynn had asked the Russian government to refrain from retaliating harshly to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration – an act, ironically, that would benefit the United States.
According to the charge sheet, Flynn made false statements to the FBI about these conversations during questioning on 24 January 2017, days after Trump took office and Flynn was already National Security Adviser.
Flynn’s guilty plea is a result of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director appointed by the Department of Justice in May to lead a broad investigation sparked by allegations of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Flynn’s plea is widely taken as an indication that he is cooperating with Mueller, and that he may provide evidence against other targets of the investigation.
The Trump transition team’s effort to halt the UN resolution was unsuccessful. It passed with no opposition on 23 December, after the Obama administration declined to cast a veto.
Flynn’s plea adds to the mounting evidence of Trump’s collusion with Israel to shield it from accountability for its violations of international law.
Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East peace envoy Jared Kushner was being probed by Mueller over contacts with Israeli officials aimed at thwarting the UN vote.
In October, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of the Mueller investigation.
While Papadopoulos is a far more junior figure than Flynn, he had championed Israeli settlers during an April 2016 visit to Israel. Papadopoulos’ remarks impressed one Israeli right-wing observer that “Trump has somewhat of a prism on world affairs, and that there are some reasonably informed people trying to advise him.”
Yet despite the clear signs that Trump’s consistent concern seemed to be advancing Israeli, rather than Russian, interests, the focus in US mainstream media has barely paid attention to the collusion with Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
Reports on the websites of NPR, CNN and CBS about Flynn’s plea seen by The Electronic Intifada on Friday morning initially made no mention of Israel at all. CBS and CNN later added information about Flynn’s role in trying to thwart the UN resolution vote.
An undercover FBI informant in the Russian nuclear industry who was made to sign an “illegal NDA” by former AG Loretta Lynch, claims to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money related to the controversial Uranium One deal – according to The Hill investigative journalist John Solomon and Circa‘s Sara Carter.
The informant, whose identity was revealed by Reuters as energy industry consultant William D. Campbell – and is very ill battling cancer – is testifying before congress next week after the NDA which carried the threat of prison time was lifted.
As previously reported, Campbell was deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry where he gathered extensive evidence of a racketeering scheme involving bribes and kickbacks.
“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials. –The Hill
Campbell’s attorney, former Regan Justice Department official Victoria Toensing, previously told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs
“He can tell what all the Russians were talking about during the time that all these bribery payments were made.”
Sara Carter and John Solomon sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity to discuss:
Sarah Carter: He’s very sick and he’s been battling cancer and going chemo. He is in a battle for not only his life, but in a battle against what he perceives as people within the US government that don’t want this story to come out.
But there’s so much information that he is willing to share with the public to set the record straight, and believe me we’re gonna get it out there. He is going to have his say. His voice will be heard.
Hannity: He knew about the bribery, kickbacks, extortion of Putin’s agents in the US?
Sara Carter: Yes, and he will be able to lay that all out for everyone, and he will do that for Congress. John and I have been working on this for months and months and months. He came to the [Obama] DOJ with this information.
John Solomon: He is going to be an extraordinary fact witness because he gathered so much information. There are videotapes where the Russians are opening up briefcases full of cash. These are the people we then gave uranium to, that we then gave nuclear fuel contracts to.
Hannity: This is happening before they sign off on Uranium One? They knew about bribery extortion kickbacks money laundering before? They knew this was Putin and they did it anyway!
John Solomon: Yes. The Russians really thought they had played America on this one.