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Afghanistan’s Opium Industry Now Employs More People Than Its Military

Source: BI Afghanistan’s opium economy provides more employment – “up to 411,000 full-time-equivalent jobs” – than even the country’s armed forces, according to aquarterly report released today by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan...

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21. 11. 2014
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Dutch bring 120 tonnes of gold back to Amsterdam from New York

Source: Dutchnews.nl The Dutch central bank has secretly brought a large part of the national gold reserves being held in a secure depot in New York back to Amsterdam. In total, 120 tonnes...

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01. 09. 2014
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Afghanistan’s economy is on the verge of a collapse

Source: Times of Oman Power vacuum looms over Afghanistan as UN delays the date for announcing the result of presidential elections to mid-September despite Karzai’s plans to leave office next week. Afghan President...

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27. 08. 2014
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When France Wants To Get Rid Of The US Dollar, You Know You Have A Problem

Source: western journalism The largest bank in France, BNP Paribas, was just hit with a $9 billion fine and a penalty of not being able to transact in U.S. dollars for one year. This action was...

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20. 08. 2014
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How The Future of Warfare is Financial War

Source: Morning Money Au What follows is an exclusive extract of Jim Rickards’ speech at World War D earlier this year. Jim is a lawyer, economist, investment banker and bestselling author of Currency Wars and The Death of...

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07. 08. 2014
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Russia bans all U.S. food, EU fruit and veg in sanctions response

Source: euro news Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western...

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05. 08. 2014
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Cyber Spooks Are in Demand at Investment Banks

Source: WSJ-DIGITS The financial sector is looking to bolster its ranks in the war against cybercrime. Banks, including JP Morgan, Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have cyber security intelligence roles currently advertised on their...

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30. 07. 2014
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The Netherlands was a mailbox paradise for Russia

Editor’s Note: This info is a “Holy Shit” moment. Malaysia Flight MH17 originating from Netherlands is shot down over Eastern Ukraine and Russia becomes the culprit. NATO was conducting Electronic warfare exercises interfering with...

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25. 07. 2014
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European Union-Russia’s FSB, SVR chiefs, DNR, LNR authorities on sanction list

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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19. 07. 2014
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More U.S. Companies Use Chinese Currency Renminbi for Settling Transactions

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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03. 07. 2014
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Russia Uses Sberbank to Flex Its Financial Muscle

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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26. 06. 2014
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ISIS Cashing in on Looted Antiquities to Fuel Iraq Insurgency

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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25. 06. 2014
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Secretive Swiss vaults may hold missing link in platinum price equation

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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23. 06. 2014
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Germans give up on getting back their gold held in US

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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22. 06. 2014
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Gazprom strategy: swapping dollar bonds for gas pipelines

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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18. 06. 2014
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Chinese army think-tank says Arctic energy would help economy

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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10. 06. 2014
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Billions of NATO-dollars unaccounted for

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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09. 06. 2014
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Russian bank chiefs take aim at US dollar

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

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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07. 06. 2014
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War: is still very good for business

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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06. 06. 2014
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SSI of the US Army War College: Waging Financial War

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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02. 06. 2014
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Warship HMS Defender will secure vital sea lanes on first mission

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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02. 06. 2014
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SE Asia’s war on drugs is ‘fueling production’

  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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29. 05. 2014
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THE NEW GEOGRAPHY OF CHINESE INFLUENCE

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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29. 05. 2014
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RUSSIA, BELARUS AND KAZAKHSTAN SET UP NEW ALLIANCE

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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16. 05. 2014
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Extremist groups battle each other for control of Syria’s oil hub

Source: CSMonitor Fighting between extremist factions in eastern Deir ez Zor Province has escalated this week, killing dozens of rebels and forcing residents to flee. At stake is control of a large number...

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24. 04. 2014
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The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence : Financial warfare is the new global warzone

          Source: Irish Examiner A branch of the US Treasury uses sophisticated financial tools to hit targets linked to hostile governments. This is the new global warzone, write Leah McGrath...

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24. 04. 2014
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U.S. Navy Preparing Bitcoin Battalion

      Source: Bitcoin Magazine Bitcoin Battalion Back in December we reported that the United States Air Force has quietly been working on a Bitcoin payment gateway otherwise known as a “snack...

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23. 04. 2014
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Germany sold €40 million of arms to Russia

        Source: Local.De The German government banned sales of arms classed as “weapons of war” – including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons – to Russia in January 2000, but that...

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22. 04. 2014
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Mozambique: Africa’s new narco-state?

          Source: Guardian [...] Both the convoy of small fishing boats and their larger counterpart are here to do business, but not to exchange a few Malaysian bananas for...

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20. 04. 2014
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Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority

            Source: Jerusalem Post Following bitcoin’s gaining a huge new footprint in Israel by unveiling its first Israeli ATM for obtaining bitcoins on March 30, it is worth...

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02. 04. 2014
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Smuggled Libya oil fuels Tunisia economy and instability

Source: Times of Oman Anger has been brewing in Tunisia’s smuggling hub of Ben Guerdane since the closure of its main border crossing stemmed the contraband Libyan petrol trade which fuels the local...

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02. 04. 2014
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US military protecting international banking cartel

Source: Press TV “My assessment is that 90% of the value of the US dollar comes from the US military.” — Former Assistant Housing Secretary Catherine Austin Fitts For decades, America has used...

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30. 03. 2014
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China may fund Filipino rebels

Source: Philippine Star Former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III warned against China’s feared retaliation through economic and environmental sanctions after Manila’s memorial is submitted to the arbitral tribunal on March 30. Alunan said...

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30. 03. 2014
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China-Europe route is the new ‘silk road’

Source: Taipei Times One of the world’s longest railways — a “modern-day silk road” — covers about 11,000km en route from the Chinese megacity of Chongqing to Duisburg, a key commercial hub in...

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23. 03. 2014
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Britain lacks the strategic weight to ally with the U.S. in a large war in Asia

                    Source: canberra times [...] London was a big player in Asia, but that finally ended when prime minister Harold Wilson announced the withdrawal east...

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15. 03. 2014
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China overtakes US in trade with Africa

                Editor’s Note: United States is lagging behind China in Central Asia/Africa. U.S. is fighting wars, China is building strategic infrastructure. “How America ‘manages’ Eurasia is...

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15. 02. 2014
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10 weapons Wall Street uses to manipulate you

Source: MarketWatch 10 ways the Wall Street profit-making machine manipulates Main Street I’ve been observing the Wall Street machine in action since my days at Morgan Stanleyyears ago. The truth is, Wall Street really...

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10. 02. 2014
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Malacca Straits transits hit all time high in 2013, pass 2008 peak

Source: Seatrade Global The key waterway linking Asian and European trade, the Malacca Straits, is a barometer for the health of world trade. Traffic volumes in the Straits peaked in 2008, falling back...

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05. 02. 2014
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Trillion Dollar Map: World Bank to map Africa’s natural resources

Editor’s Note: Accompanied by coups, military interventions/wars and atrocities. Source: Business Standard The World Bank plans to launch in July a $1 billion plan to map Africa‘s natural resources with the aim of delineating more clearly the continent’s uncovered...

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03. 02. 2014
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These 10 Militaries are the Most Well-Funded on the Planet

Source: Policy Mic Love it or hate it, military power is one of the distinguishing features of the world’s dominant nations. Although America is known for the size and power of its military,...

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27. 12. 2013
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New Rail Links to Boost China’s Western Access

New Rail Links to Boost China’s Western Access

Editor’s Note: China’s Strategy: Link Maritime Silk Road to Europe, Africa and Central Asia’s Steel Silk Roads – import strategic raw materials,minerals, oil and gas by land and seaways. Resource-hungry Chinese lead railroad...

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24. 12. 2013
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Germany repatriated 37 tons of gold in 2013

Germany repatriated 37 tons of gold in 2013

Source: Mining Jens Weidmann, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, said Germany brought back nearly 37 tonnes of gold from its reserves in New York and Paris this year and that the final goal...

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16. 12. 2013
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A China-Japan conflict fits our scenario of global economic catastrophe

A China-Japan conflict fits our scenario of global economic catastrophe

Source: The Conversation When China recently declared a new “air defence identification zone” covering some small islands in the East China Sea claimed by Japan, it raised the possibility of an outbreak of hostilities between...

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12. 11. 2013
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Narcotic revenues absorbed by the banking system

Narcotic revenues absorbed by the banking system

Source: Vestnik  Kavkaza Yesterday the director of the Federal Service for Drug Control, Viktor Ivanov, spoke about successful international strategic operations in Central America and Afghanistan and stated that “the cocaine outlet market...

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10. 10. 2013
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You can have even Donald Duck as chairman, real control of Fed rests with private bankers

You can have even Donald Duck as chairman, real control of Fed rests with private bankers

Source: VOR For the first time in history a woman is to head the US Central Bank. Janet Yellen will be appointed by President Obama to run the powerful US Federal Reserve. Her...

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23. 09. 2013
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The Rise and fall of the Petro Dollar

The Rise and fall of the Petro Dollar

Source: The Island “Whatever the state says is a lie; whatever it has is a theft: all is counterfeit in it, the gnawing, sanguinary, insatiate monster.” —Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Pt. I, “On...

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22. 09. 2013
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The Congo Mines That Supply ‘Conflict Minerals’ For The World’s Gadgets

The Congo Mines That Supply ‘Conflict Minerals’ For The World’s Gadgets

Source: Gizmodo Most people who own a smartphone — or a laptop, or a new car — aren’t familiar with tantalum, the rare, blue-grey metal that conducts electricity through these devices. But thanks...

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10. 09. 2013
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Shanghai Five establishes a Bank and Development Fund

Shanghai Five establishes a Bank and Development Fund

Source: timesca The Heads of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States will discuss the establishment of the Bank and Development Fund of the organization, KyrTAG reported with the reference to Kyrgyz Deputy Foreign...

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04. 09. 2013
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Yuan to play a bigger role in Central Asia

Yuan to play a bigger role in Central Asia

Source: China Daily As many countries in the Eurasian corridor seek effective measures to improve their economies, senior officials from Central Asia and Pakistan’s central banks are urging China to establish a solid...

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27. 08. 2013
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Northern Sea Route: Humming with Activity

Northern Sea Route: Humming with Activity

Source: IDSA China and Japan are positioning themselves to take advantage of the opening of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). Presently, the Chinese shipping company COSCO’s container ship is transiting through the NSR...

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26. 08. 2013
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Cyprus economic crisis worse than 1974 war-aftermath

Cyprus economic crisis worse than 1974 war-aftermath

Source: Financial Mirror With the witnesses appearing before the judicial panel investigating the demise of the Cyprus economy nearing an end, former centralbanker Athanasios Orphanides said on Friday that the present situation is...

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19. 08. 2013
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5 companies that make money by keeping Americans scared

5 companies that make money by keeping Americans scared

Source: Salon Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency, has invaded America’s television sets in recent weeks to warn about Edward Snowden’s leaks and the continuing terrorist threat to America. But what often goes unmentioned, as...

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17. 08. 2013
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China’s Strategic Stepping into US’ Backyard

China’s Strategic Stepping into US’ Backyard

Source: albawaba Despite profound geopolitical changes in the Arab world, the Sino-Arab trade has been on a fast track of growth. In fact, the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)...

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12. 08. 2013
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US’ Strategic ‘Pivot’ To Asia-Pacific — Some Implications

US’ Strategic ‘Pivot’ To Asia-Pacific — Some Implications

Source: Mainstream What are the Implications of the Imperial Pivot?  There is a new definition of the Asia-Pacific reflecting the expanded stretch of the imperial territory : The Strategic Guidance document maps the region as “the...

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12. 08. 2013
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Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima bombings Turn into Covert Currency War

Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima bombings Turn into Covert Currency War

Source: PanOrient News When the Bank of Japan launched its monetary bombshell on April 4, taking the rest of world by surprise and financial markets by storm, some termed it Japan’s “second Pearl...

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06. 08. 2013
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Syria seeks to tap frozen bank accounts for food supplies

Syria seeks to tap frozen bank accounts for food supplies

Source: Reuters Syria is trying to tap frozen funds in foreign bank accounts to step up purchases of foodstocks including wheat, as civil war and a deepening humanitarian crisis push President Bashar al-Assad to seek...

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05. 08. 2013
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Snow Job: U.S. Air Force Flies Cocaine from Costa Rica to Miami

            Editor’s Note: The global economy is still afloat without a complete collapse due to perpetual wars  along with a massive global drug trade and money laundering schemes...

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04. 08. 2013
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Sri Lanka port secures China supply routes

Sri Lanka port secures China supply routes

Source: Australian  A $US500 million ($A562.65 million) Chinese-built port opens this week in Sri Lanka, giving Beijing a vital foothold on the world’s busiest international shipping lane as it seeks to secure maritime...

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03. 08. 2013
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How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs

How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs

Source: Guardian On 10 April 2006, a DC-9 jet landed in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, on the Gulf of Mexico, as the sun was setting. Mexican soldiers, waiting to intercept it,...

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23. 07. 2013
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US targets Iran oil exports and Chinese banks

US targets Iran oil exports and Chinese banks

Source: Jerusalem Post The US House of Representatives will vote next week on legislation aimed at slashing Iran’s ability to export any oil. With 360 co-sponsors in the 435-member body, the bill will...

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18. 07. 2013
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Turf Wars:Syrian Kurds battle al-Qaeda-linked Islamists for control of oil fields

Turf Wars:Syrian Kurds battle al-Qaeda-linked Islamists for control of oil fields

Source: Globe and Mail Kurdish fighters have seized control of a Syrian town on the border with Turkey and are battling Islamist rebel groups linked to al-Qaeda for control of oil fields in...

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16. 07. 2013
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As the NSA Follows You, We Follow the Money

As the NSA Follows You, We Follow the Money

Source: Indypendent Since the 9/11 attacks, the United States has witnessed the rapid growth of an intelligence-industrial complex that fuses government and corporate power. According to the Project on Government Oversight, $300 billion...

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14. 07. 2013
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Thailand, Sri Lanka and Burma Triangle: Economic and Geopolitical Revival through Kra-Isthmus Canal

Thailand, Sri Lanka and Burma Triangle: Economic and Geopolitical Revival through Kra-Isthmus Canal

Source: Lankaweb If Thailand’s much discussed Kra-Isthmus canal is dredged, it shifts South East Asian prosperity to the three historically close-knit nations of Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka. Following a strong pro-Sri Lanka...

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14. 07. 2013
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Yuan hailed as the world reserve currency

Yuan hailed as the world reserve currency

Source: SCMP Its supporters excitedly describe it as rise of the “redback” – red for communist China as opposed to the greenback of the US. Now two distinguished academics have joined a chorus...

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14. 07. 2013
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Gwadar: the future trade hub of the world?

Gwadar: the future trade hub of the world?

Source: Pakistan Today The government is considering giving Gwadar a status similar to Hong Kong in terms of special business incentives. This vision aims to turn tides on the region’s economic horizon. Prime...

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01. 07. 2013
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Iran and Sudan’s plan to gain control over Central and Western Africa and its natural resources

Iran and Sudan’s plan to gain control over Central and Western Africa and its natural resources

Source: WT The governments of Iran and Sudan are preparing for a major strategic surge into western Africa, into both the Sahel and the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. The moves have...

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01. 07. 2013
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Somalia Central Bank a ‘slush fund’ for private payments – U.N.

Somalia Central Bank a ‘slush fund’ for private payments – U.N.

Source: Yahoo Money at the Central Bank of Somalia is not used to run government institutions in the war-torn Horn of Africa country, with an average 80 percent of withdrawals made for private...

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26. 06. 2013
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Taliban thriving on Afghanistans opium economy

Taliban thriving on Afghanistans opium economy

Afghanistan 2015: The Dawn of a Regional Opium War? Source: SAM The nature and extent of insurgency in Afghanistan has been predominantly shaped by the opium economy. The dynamics of the opium economy...

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17. 06. 2013
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China and Central Asia: A Significant New Energy Nexus

China and Central Asia: A Significant New Energy Nexus

Source: European Financial Review By Fakhmiddin Fazilov & Xiangming Chen China now accounts for almost 20 percent of the world’s energy consumption and its demand is still growing at high speed. In order to keep up...

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08. 06. 2013
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China details Indian Ocean strategy and interests

China details Indian Ocean strategy and interests

Source: Hindu Blue book’ laments Beijing has trailed behind New Delhi and Washington in securing its interests China has, for the first time, attempted to spell out its strategy — and plans —...

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07. 06. 2013
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Nicaragua Enlists China To Build An Alternative To The Panama Canal

Nicaragua Enlists China To Build An Alternative To The Panama Canal

Source: PopSci After a century as an only child, the Panama Canal is about to get a sister. Nicaragua announced recently that it is awarding China a contract to build an alternative to the Panama...

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01. 06. 2013
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Japan Prints Money to Buy Foreign Assets

Japan Prints Money to Buy Foreign Assets

Source: LTN Japan, the world’s 3rd largest economy that is trapped by its stagnant economy, is venturing into new overseas market to boost its investments so as to revitalize the sluggish economy and seek...

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Would A New ‘Bretton Woods’ Save The Global Economy or is it the Making of a New World Order

Would A New ‘Bretton Woods’ Save The Global Economy or is it the Making of a New World Order

Source: NPR Britain’s chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, center right, at the start of the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting on Friday, May 10 in Aylesbury, England. The role...

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01. 05. 2013
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Where is the world’s gold

Where is the world’s gold

Source: RK Mufti Mubashir History says Gold goes to where it is respected.  98 percent of Gold at Federal Reserve Bank of New York is owned by central bank of foreign nations and...

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BRICS:The Coming Challenge to U.S. Economic Dominance

BRICS:The Coming Challenge to U.S. Economic Dominance

Source: TFT Late last month, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the so-called BRICS – announced they were forming their own development bank to assist other emerging economies. The...

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18. 04. 2013
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By Way of Deception: Former Israeli Intelligence Operatives Now Working For Hedge Funds

By Way of Deception: Former Israeli Intelligence Operatives Now Working For Hedge Funds

Source: Forbes A company staffed with former operatives of Israel’s top intelligence agencies and founded with the help of the former head of the Mossad is being used by hedge funds looking for...

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17. 04. 2013
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America needs a new war or capitalism dies

America needs a new war or capitalism dies

Editor’s Note:  Are we not in a state of perpetual war / global military operations and expansion ? Source: Market Watch America needs a new war? For the economy to survive? Job market to...

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13. 04. 2013
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Pentagon’s Pivot to Asia – 33% of global crude oil and over 50% of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) passes through the South China Sea each year.

Pentagon’s Pivot to Asia – 33% of global crude oil and over 50% of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) passes through the South China Sea each year.

Source: EIA Stretching from Singapore and the Strait of Malacca chokepoint in the southwest to the Strait of Taiwan in the northeast, the South China Sea is one of the most important energy trade routes...

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11. 04. 2013
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Scientists calculate probability of World War IV

Scientists calculate probability of World War IV

Source: VOR A pause between World War III and World War IV comes to an end, pundits from the Russian Academy of Military Sciences said on Thursday. The conclusion is based on a theory...

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10. 04. 2013
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Cyprus to dive into its gold reserves

Cyprus to dive into its gold reserves

Source: FT Cyprus has agreed to sell gold worth €400m from its reserves as a contribution to an international bailout, roiling the precious metal markets as investors feared it could set a precedent for...

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27. 03. 2013
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G4S Readies Guards as Cypriot Banks Prepare to Open

G4S Readies Guards as Cypriot Banks Prepare to Open

Source: CNBC/Reuters A British security firm that transports cash for Cypriot banks is working round the clock, sending teams out with police protection to stock bank machines and readying guards for when banks...

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21. 03. 2013
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How Much Russian Money Is in Cyprus?

How Much Russian Money Is in Cyprus?

Editor’s Note: Is the Cyprus crisis over Russian offshore bank accounts or physical gold. The gold reserves of Cyprus stand at 13.9 tons. StratRisks- Could Cyprus’s gold reserves play a part in the crisis?...

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18. 03. 2013
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The Russians Are Cooking With Gas In Cyprus

The Russians Are Cooking With Gas In Cyprus

Source: Sky News The Russians have made Cyprus an offer it can refuse, but only if the EU throws more money at the problem. Gazprom, the world’s largest extractor of natural gas has...

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18. 03. 2013
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‘American Empire to fall by 2020’ ? – pioneer of revolutionary cliodynamic theory

‘American Empire to fall by 2020’ ? – pioneer of revolutionary cliodynamic theory

Source: VOR History is cyclical and therefore predictable; so believes Professor Peter Turchin, a Russian-American scientist from the University of Connecticut and a pioneer of revolutionary cliodynamic theory. According to the expert, by...

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25. 02. 2013
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Is Asia Heading for a Debt Crisis?

Is Asia Heading for a Debt Crisis?

Source: Time Of the many reasons why Asia (outside of Japan) weathered the Great Recession more ably than other parts of the world, one of the most important was the fact that the region never experienced...

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19. 02. 2013
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Currency wars: It’s starting to look a bit too much like 1931

Currency wars: It’s starting to look a bit too much like 1931

Source: Globe and Mail  History may not repeat itself, but the parallels between the world economy in the 1930s and the world economy today are becoming hard to ignore. Then, as now, the...

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18. 02. 2013
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Europe’s armsmakers scramble for Libya

Europe’s armsmakers scramble for Libya

Editors Notes: Scramble to destabilize countries followed by militarization. Related Articles: An All Out Race for Corporations to Raid Libya with “Fixers”, Heritage Oil wastes no time in snapping up Libyan assets, Ex-Special...

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South China Sea – critical world trade route and a potential source of hydrocarbons

South China Sea – critical world trade route and a potential source of hydrocarbons

Source: U.S. EIA Gov The South China Sea is a critical world trade route and a potential source of hydrocarbons, particularly natural gas, with competing claims of ownership over the sea and its...

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Putin’s Strategy: Gold, Oil and Resource Nationalism

Putin’s Strategy: Gold, Oil and Resource Nationalism

Source: Bloomberg/SF Gate When Vladimir Putin says the U.S. is endangering the global economy by abusing its dollar monopoly, he’s not just talking. He’s betting on it. Not only has Putin made Russia the...

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08. 02. 2013
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Gwadar, a pearl in the Chinese string, has long-term security implications

Gwadar, a pearl in the Chinese string, has long-term security implications

Source: FC The Chinese takeover of operational control of the Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province has set off a lot of chatter within the Indian strategic community with commentators envisioning an “encirclement...

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07. 02. 2013
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Turkey will not halt Iran gold exports despite sanctions pressure

Turkey will not halt Iran gold exports despite sanctions pressure

Source: Mineweb Turkey will not be swayed by U.S. sanctions pressure to halt gold exports to Iran but Tehran’s demand for the metal may fall this year, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said on Thursday....

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07. 02. 2013
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EU and US plan world’s biggest trade bloc

EU and US plan world’s biggest trade bloc

Source: DW The world’s two largest economic powers would like to join forces via a free-trade agreement. Yet the hurdles are large. The EU and US are aiming not just for a small...

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07. 02. 2013
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Investors start a new scramble for Africa

Investors start a new scramble for Africa

Source: FT t is the ultimate in risk versus return. Hunters of investment exotica are heading to Africa, where some of the world’s riskiest markets are enjoying big gains. After trailing behind more...

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01. 02. 2013
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Pak inducts China into Balochistan to counter India

Pak inducts China into Balochistan to counter India

Source:  Northlines Despite its continuing concerns over the freedom struggle of the Balochs which shows no signs of letting up, China, which originally constructed the languishing commercial port of Gwadar on the Mekran Coast...

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01. 02. 2013
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Australia ‘critical’ for US Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean pivot

Australia ‘critical’ for US Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean pivot

Editor Notes: Pentagon’s strategic calculus is to concentrate military operations(lily pads)/naval fleets/equipment in the Asia-Pacific region to maintain control over major shipping/trade lanes, strategic chokepoints (Strait of Malacca), protect national security interests i.e. hydrocarbons-...

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31. 01. 2013
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Mali and AFRICOM’s Africa Agenda: Target China – F. William Engdahl

Mali and AFRICOM’s Africa Agenda: Target China – F. William Engdahl

Editors Notes: An additional  piece worth reading straight from AFRICOM covering future military affairs/influence/operations and strategy for Africa-Role and Mission of AFRICOM: Africa’s Oil, Vital Resources, Countering China, Strategic Chokepoints, Maritime Security, Narcotics...

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30. 01. 2013
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Ya Think …Terrorism may be just excuse for Western powers in Africa

Ya Think …Terrorism may be just excuse for Western powers in Africa

Source: Global Times Mali may continue to be the epicenter of combat, death and French preoccupation for a foreseeable future. This means risks to multinational businesses and foreigners, which could play out across...

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28. 01. 2013
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Role and Mission of AFRICOM: Africa’s Oil, Vital Resources, Countering China, Strategic Chokepoints, Maritime Security, Narcotics

Role and Mission of AFRICOM: Africa’s Oil, Vital Resources, Countering China, Strategic Chokepoints, Maritime Security, Narcotics

Source: AFRICOM.MIL Gen. Carter F. Ham, commanding officer, U.S. Africa Command speaks at Howard Univerity The mission of the command actually is quite simple.  It is to protect the national interests of the...

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25. 01. 2013
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World ‘Plunges Into Currency War’

World ‘Plunges Into Currency War’

Source: Money News Many government officials around the world are concerned that massive monetary easing in numerous nations is sparking a global currency war. Governments from Germany, to Russia, to Brazil, to Thailand...

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