11. 02. 2013
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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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16. 01. 2013
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SPECIAL REPORT – China’s military hawks take the offensive

SPECIAL REPORT – China’s military hawks take the offensive

Source: Reuters At issue these days are the disputed islands known as the Diaoyu (in China) or Senkaku (in Japan) and a string of islets in the South China that China is contesting...

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03. 01. 2013
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Zbigniew Brzezinski: U.S. military strikes against Iran a hazardous strategy

Zbigniew Brzezinski: U.S. military strikes against Iran a hazardous strategy

Source: Washington Post t is to be hoped that the forthcoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings regarding the president’s nominations for secretary of state and secretary of defense produce a wide-ranging debate regarding...

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27. 12. 2012
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US intelligence agencies map China’s rise

US intelligence agencies map China’s rise

Source: Arab News Earlier this month the US National Intelligence Council released its Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds report — a document that comes out once per presidential administration — mapping out likely...

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22. 12. 2012
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Currency Wars Expand Their Battlefield

Currency Wars Expand Their Battlefield

Source:IBT When central bankers intervene and manipulate financial markets it distorts investment decisions and creates capital misallocations. The full effects of monetary easing will likely not be known for years, but some investors...

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18. 12. 2012
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Geopolitical Jitters May Dictate Course of World Economy

Geopolitical Jitters May Dictate Course of World Economy

Source: Bloomberg 2012 was a year when politics at times trumped economic fundamentals, from worries about a break- up of the euro zone to anxiety about U.S. budget policy. In 2013, security concerns...

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15. 12. 2012
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Large Shipments of Gold and Cash Leaving Afghanistan

Large Shipments of Gold and Cash Leaving Afghanistan

Editors Notes: Currently Afghanistan is a narco state, a cozy relationship between private wealth and a corrupt public authority .   Related Articles to purge Afghanistan resources :UN chief says discovery of vast...

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13. 12. 2012
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Burma druglords could cash in on opium and methamphetamine production due to Afghanistan decline

Burma druglords could cash in on opium and methamphetamine production due to Afghanistan decline

Editors Notes: U.S. engagement of Burma is no coincidence.  U.S. diplomacy to provide humanitarian aid packages to Burma is a veneer to hide the U.S strategic military shift to Asia Pacific. Why? Economics....

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13. 12. 2012
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THE DIVIDED OCEANS – Towards a larger Asia-Pacific security architecture

THE DIVIDED OCEANS – Towards a larger Asia-Pacific security architecture

Source: Telegraph India The security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, which American ‘re-balancing’ towards Asia and Barack Obama’s tour of some Asian countries so early into his second presidency seek to address, are...

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10. 12. 2012
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National Intelligence Council see Asia overtaking America, Europe by 2030

National Intelligence Council see Asia overtaking America, Europe by 2030

Source: Abs-Cbn China’s economy is likely to surpass the United States in less than two decades while Asia will overtake North America and Europe combined in global power by 2030, a U.S. intelligence...

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26. 11. 2012
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Russia ‘printing money for Syria’ claims report

Russia ‘printing money for Syria’ claims report

Source: Telegraph Russia is printing bank notes and sending them by the plane load to Syria to help the besieged regime pay its soldiers and civil servants, a new report suggests. Flight records...

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21. 11. 2012
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Investors ready to go to Syria after collapse

Investors ready to go to Syria after collapse

Editors Notes: Deja Vu  Related Article: An All Out Race for Corporations to Raid Libya with “Fixers” Source: Gulf News UAE-based Syrian businessmen will have investment worth $1 billion in Syria across different...

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11. 11. 2012
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Turkish Minister dreams of Silk Road on Aegean

Turkish Minister dreams of Silk Road on Aegean

Source:Hurriyet Daily The western province of İzmir, one of the most industrialized Turkish cities, could be the center of Europe-Asia trade with the North Aegean Port, Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım said yesterday....

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05. 11. 2012
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Libya helps bankroll Syrian opposition

Libya helps bankroll Syrian opposition

Source: FT The top financier of the Syrian opposition is no Arabian Peninsula oil kingdom or cloak-and-dagger western spy outfit, but struggling, war-ravaged Libya, which is itself recovering from a devastating civil conflict....

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30. 10. 2012
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Iraq: Report on Money-Laundering

Iraq: Report on Money-Laundering

Source: AP/NYT Iraqi auditors believe as much as $800 million in American dollars is being sent out of the country illegally each week, draining it of hard currency, according to a report by...

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25. 10. 2012
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Germany to check gold reserves stored abroad

Germany to check gold reserves stored abroad

Source:Deutsche Welle Much of Germany’s gold reserves are stored abroad, in vaults in the US, Britain and France. No one has actually seen the gold bars for a long time – which has...

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16. 10. 2012
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Swiss Military Preparing for EU Meltdown Scenario

Swiss Military Preparing for EU Meltdown Scenario

Source: New American As the growing economic crisis continues to wreak havoc throughout the European Union, the armed forces of tiny Switzerland are preparing to deal with a potential EU disaster that could...

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08. 10. 2012
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Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week

Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week

Source: CNBC A single mysterious computer program that placed orders — and then subsequently canceled them — made up 4 percent of all quote traffic in the U.S. stock market last week, according...

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27. 09. 2012
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QE3 Triggers Fear of New Currency Wars

QE3 Triggers Fear of New Currency Wars

Source: CNBC Fear has crept into the foreign exchange markets: fear of central banks. Currency traders are rapidly shifting assets to countries seen as less likely to try to weaken their currencies, amid...

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