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European Union-Russia’s FSB, SVR chiefs, DNR, LNR authorities on sanction list

On July 25, 2014 by stratagem

Source: famagusta-gazette Director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov, Director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Mikhail Fradkov and President of Russian North Caucasian Republic of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov were put on...

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More U.S. Companies Use Chinese Currency Renminbi for Settling Transactions

On July 19, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Treasury and Risk Among U.S. companies that do business in China, the proportion settling transactions in renminbi (RMB) has nearly doubled in the past year. The United States still lags behind some European nations, but...

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Russia Uses Sberbank to Flex Its Financial Muscle

On July 3, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Business Week A quarter century ago, when communist regimes in central and eastern Europe tumbled one after another, the economically devastated Soviet Union could do nothing but watch. The USSR fell apart,...

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ISIS Cashing in on Looted Antiquities to Fuel Iraq Insurgency

On June 26, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: National Geographic Much evidence suggests that ISIS cashed in on the Syrian oil fields it captured. But two weeks ago, Iraqi intelligence officers discovered new sources of its income, according to a report in...

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Secretive Swiss vaults may hold missing link in platinum price equation

On June 25, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Reuters Underground vaults next to a Swiss farming village may reveal one reason for the platinum market’s indifference to its biggest ever supply shock. Most analysts and market players expected steep price...

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Germans give up on getting back their gold held in US

On June 23, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Mining On January 16, 2013 Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank, said it will ship back home all 374 tonnes it had stored with the Banque de France in Paris, as well as...

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Gazprom strategy: swapping dollar bonds for gas pipelines

On June 22, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: VOR After the new contract between Gazprom and CNPC was signed, the western media was quick to claim that Russia’s gas giant would not be able to fund the pipeline needed to...

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Chinese army think-tank says Arctic energy would help economy

On June 18, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Reuters UK Oil and gas resources in the Arctic are an important resource to guaranteeChina‘s sustained economic growth and the country should actively look at developing it, state media on Wednesday cited...

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Billions of NATO-dollars unaccounted for

On June 10, 2014 by stratagem
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Editor’s Note: And Now NATO using Ukraine to syphon more money from EU Source: volkskrant.nl Billions of dollars are unaccounted for in the books of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Parliamentarians of 28 NATO countries...

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Russian bank chiefs take aim at US dollar

On June 9, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: america aljazeera  Russian companies will make bypassing the U.S. dollar in international transactions a top priority, the heads of three Russian banks said this week, in the latest sign that Russia is...

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The U.S. Treasury Department Is Sharing Bank Data With Intelligence Agencies

On June 9, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: IBT Even though the U.S. Treasury Department allows intelligence agencies such as the CIA and NSA to access Americans’ banking information, there are a few limits. At the end of last week,...

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War: is still very good for business

On June 7, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Independent Ireland Simon Rowe - The Irish defence industry is making billions from selling key parts for everything from Apache helicopters, to unmanned military drones and miniature technology for cyber warfare.Irish-based companies are...

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SSI of the US Army War College: Waging Financial War

On June 6, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: ISN The United States is no stranger to waging financial warfare, observes David Katz. What’s different now, however, is its unique position within global financial markets. It’s enabling Washington to project power...

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Warship HMS Defender will secure vital sea lanes on first mission

On June 2, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: portsmouth.uk HMS Defender, which is based in Portsmouth, will spend six months on security operations in the Middle East for her maiden mission. The Type 45 destroyer will police busy shipping lanes in...

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SE Asia’s war on drugs is ‘fueling production’

On June 2, 2014 by stratagem
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  Source: UCANEWS.COM Cultivation of opium in Southeast Asia’s notorious Golden Triangle region has doubled in the past decade, according to an in-depth study that rebuffs claims by governments that an aggressive anti-narcotics policy...

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THE NEW GEOGRAPHY OF CHINESE INFLUENCE

On May 29, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Diplomatic Courier The economic growth of a nation, under certain conditions, can lead to a simultaneously expansionist foreign policy designed to ensure the establishment of its commercial and military influence in strategic...

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RUSSIA, BELARUS AND KAZAKHSTAN SET UP NEW ALLIANCE

On May 29, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: AP The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on Thursday created an economic union that intends to boost cooperation between the ex-Soviet neighbors, a pact which was at the source of the...

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