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

On July 19, 2014 by stratagem

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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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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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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Extremist groups battle each other for control of Syria’s oil hub

On May 16, 2014 by stratagem
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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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The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence : Financial warfare is the new global warzone

On April 24, 2014 by stratagem
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          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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U.S. Navy Preparing Bitcoin Battalion

On April 24, 2014 by stratagem
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      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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Mozambique: Africa’s new narco-state?

On April 22, 2014 by stratagem
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          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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Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority

On April 20, 2014 by stratagem
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            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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US military protecting international banking cartel

On April 2, 2014 by stratagem
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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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